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RATINGS: 1404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

OnWisconsin's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Black as night when poured into a tulip glass. No light was seen through with only a finger of brown sugar colored head. Aroma is forward with roasted malts followed by some dark cocoa. On the tongue you get roasted malts again with bitterness folllowed by cocoa. Dark cherries really comes out after with warms to cellar temp. As for mouthfeel, it is a bit on the lighter side for its style and a little much in regards to cabonation on the tongue. Solid and will get a few each year to compare to see if it improves with age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (256) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2016
Excellent...and quite unexpected! Aroma, appearance, taste...Aroma, delectable! Appearance, enticing! Taste...chocolate, sweet, smooth, rich, elegant! Heavenly creamy. I never would have even guessed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lacho (74) - USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours like burnt oil, thick and dark. Aromas of rum, prune and licorice are upfront. Head is foamy and caramel colored, beautiful. First taste is warm even though beer was chilled beforehand, the high alcohol content is present but espresso coffee, amaretto and dark Mexican chocolate come through. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
svandyke (180) - USA - OCT 20, 2016
South Bend pour- nice lacing. Good smell of chocolate and hints of bourbon. Dark chocolate bittersweet in the taste with hoppy taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5762) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
355ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger and a half of light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is cocoa with coffee and roasted grains and hints of licorice. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and grassy hop bitterness with some alcohol and licorice notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nicely crafted brew that suits the style well, but a little bit thin in the body. Tasty and recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Msdrbeat (500) - East Lansing, USA - OCT 19, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. 2014 edition. Smooth and cholateyy with a hint of booze. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (841) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: roasty, licorice, chocolate, coffee, molasses Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Dark. Little head. Smooth alcohol. Roast. Coffee. Really good. Top tier imperial stout. Easy to get and fairly priced. Get some. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
euniceradio (455) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours black, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, booze, some nut. Taste of same. The malty sweet finish comes across like a cherry skin. Bitter cocoa and herbal coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jiangning (3) - Anshan, CHINA - OCT 10, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
I find the body a bit watery for my liking. Everything else is spot on. Big roasted notes, heavy espresso, dulcet tones of vanilla and a touch of anise. Smooth, rich but not overtly boisterous. Delicate but big and warming.

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