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RATINGS: 1038   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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


jcr's rating

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Opaque black. Frothy deep tan head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, grapefruit with hint of molasses, vanilla, alcohol. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Fully body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Sweet cocoa taste balanced by lingering hop and roast bitterness and peppery alcohol, but not quite enough. Taste of vanilla, burnt malts, coffee. Rich mouthfeel. This is a good imperial stout, but the sweetness gets to be too much. Lots of imperial stouts out there just as good, many better.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (405) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is thick, sweet, chocolate, and mild coffee. Bakers chocolate is coming through. Tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (218) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pitch black with beautiful tan head, leaving considerable lacing on the glass. This looks like an Imperial Stout all right. Very strong aromas of coffee, alcohol, chocolate etc. Very big on the alcohol. Roasted/toasted barley, cocoa and coffee beans hit the tongue. Very creamy, fairly big body, medium carbonation. As far as imperial stouts go, this stands among the finest.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from 2012 @ DeleteBeach. Pours pitch black with a lasting big creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, soy, licorice, lots of hops - pine, citrus, wood and some dark fruit. Taste is moderate sweet, heavy bitter and light acidic.Body is medium, texture is thick and creamy, carbonation is soft. Finishes chalky, alcoholic and quite warming.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeB311 (12) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
On tap at whole foods. Aroma is all chocolate and coffee and the taste follows suit. Really nice balance with roasted coffee and a sweet chocolate finish. A really thin head and no lacing. Thick body with low carbonation. I would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (1762) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Thick roasty nose, with raisins, bitter chocolate, coffee, canned cat food, a bit of burnt rubber and some fumes. Opaque dark brown. Strong dark chocolate initial, bussing hops, shredded coconut, bit of licorice. Very nice stuff. Changes nicely throughout the palate. Seems a tad thin for the high alcohol, but still very nice stuff.

2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
jagad5 (52) - - APR 13, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pitch black and opague. The aroma suggests an excellent example of Imperial style stout. It was fantastic right up to the point where the burnt flavored liquid hit my tongue. It was all downhill from there. Sometimes stouts get better as they warm up or their high alcohol content kicks in. It did get less bad but never crossed the threshold to average, let alone good. Perhaps Sierra has a quality control problem. I have tried several of their various beers and have yet to find one worthy of the exaulted scores they receive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are earthy, smooth coffee with mixed berries and dark chocolate. Creamy oak barrel with peppery alcohol and floral aspects. Spicy with nutty notes and plummy raisins. Earthy with light smokiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and dark berries with marzipan. Mellow coffee with dark chocolate and cola. Some lemon with Xmas pudding and light pine. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8576) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 4, 2014
Bouteille:Literally black, presumably clear, big creamy tanned head, sweet toasted malt, chocolate, caramel and dried fruits plus a tinge of vanilla and wood in the complex aroma; medium to solid sweet-bitter flavour, pretty full bodied and quite soft; lingering robust chocolatey, toasty and fruity finish with vanilla and molasses. A very, very pleasant Bier…

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingstoni (1336) - FINLAND - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with a frothy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, licorice, chocolate and citrus. Bitter and sweet taste. Flavors are chocolate, nuts, tar and vanilla. A bit oily feel. Bitter finish. Well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
terrybail (508) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
12 oz bottle from Steve Guess what it pours a pitch black:) rich thick and chewy just how I like it coffee chocolate not too boozy really good


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