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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevada’s High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come.

Style: Imperial Stout
Hops: Magnum, Challenger
Malts: Two Row Pale, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, Roasted Barley

Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: October, 2012


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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (439) - - NOV 16, 2013
Had better imperial stouts. Pours black with hints of a brown head that never really forms, and quickly goes away. Some roasted malts on the nose - but it is faint. I am not getting the multiple tastes that others are - for me, this is roasted malt, some bitterness, and some booze. Maybe there is some bitter coffee, but this does not have the range of flavors in other imperial stouts. I do like the mouthfeel - it has a chewy quality to it. Overall, it's fine - just not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle: Pours a near opaque with a thing tan head. Roasted aroma. Some chocolatey and toasted coconut notes. Soft oak in the background. Pretty fluffy texture; less slick than other Imperial Stouts. Flavor is a bit one dimensional. Some cocoa and roast, with an inky finish. Some dull oak notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (671) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 22, 2016
Draught. Pitch black with a fading creamy light beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, dark fruits, hint of honey. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, bitter coffee notes, some honey on the finish, liquorice, blackcurrant, toffee. Dense creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OliverJ1990 (8) - - JUL 18, 2016 does not count
Tastes very resinous- i.e. woody, black licorice, heavy malts. Has faint traces of walnut, oats, and whispers of baker’s cocoa and roasted coffee. Very impressive for a Stout. Best enjoyed in a chilled chalice glass (different than the Belgian Tulip glass). Toffee or Kettlecorn make good food pairings

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark brown/black color. Roasted malt, cacao, chocolate, coffee aromas. Sweet taste of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and molasses. Long, heavy finish with sweet flavors lingering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (3782) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle at Cafe Sara, november 29th 2015. Black body with a medium tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, molasses, fruit. Taste is mildly boozy with chocolate and espresso, sweet fruits, warm and pleasing. Short bitter roasty aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1560) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. A- Roasty, chocolate syrup. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Bitter, roasty, cocoa. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, dry bitter finish. O- Looks and smells good but the flavor is something weird. I can’t quite but a finger on it but it’s an odd bitterness. Can’t imagine this is normal because if so, it’s way overrated.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kolasni13 (4) - GREECE - JUN 12, 2016 does not count
2nd best imperial stout i ve tasted. This is one special beer Its on the sweet side of imperial stouts. Chocolate and caramel are noticed on the first sip. After that the alcohol shows up and from there on it unleashes all the ingredients. For this kind of beer this one goes down very easy

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
colui72 (615) - HONG KONG - JUN 4, 2016
Deep black with a thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Smooth and fullbodied in the palate, with strong roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, booze. Sweet/bitter, rich and well balanced, sticky and tasty. Gorgeous ale!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle share @ DLD 2016. Pour is black with a very small tan head. Aroma and aroma of roasted coffee grounds, light chocolate, and booze. Finish is similar with pretty much only booze and coffee coming through.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparf (216) - Östersund, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
Tappad 31/7, 2014. Komplex, mogen arom. Mycket välbalanserade toner av melass, kaffe, malt och en lätt kryddighet. Alkoholen anas och det finns en svag ton av instängt rum. Fullständigt svart och ogenomskinligt öl, ett av de färgtätaste jag sett under 25 års provning! Enormt stor smak, köttig, malttung och med gräsinfluerad beska. Kaffebönor och en avrundad kakao sätter nyanserna mitt i prick. Enastående väl balanserad utan att bli ointressant. Här finns en något för stor sötma med bara en touch syrlighet som ackompanjemang, en snyggt avslipad rostning gör sällskap med en halvtorr avrundning. Eftersmaken är diskret, lång och mycket angenäm. Överväldigande stor och fyllig kropp — jag kapitulerar fullständigt. Kolsyran är nästan overkligt elegant och lättar upp den sötbemängda viskositeten perfekt.


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