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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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


skmikeg's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a Pitch black with a foamy one finger tan head, which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, bakers coco, espresso coffee, some molasses, and some dark fruits. Taste is of roasted malts, bakers cocoa, dark roasted coffee, molasses, some dark fruits, some citrus hops, and a little booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and bitter, long, slightly hot finish. overall, a pretty nice Imp. stout that is a great bang for the buck.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1629) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle with dutchdrebus and benzai. Black color with a small white head. Smells and tastes sweet, roasty, chocolat, coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4515) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle @ home. Black colour with a lovely medium sized light brown head. Smells roasty, coffee, alcohol. Tastes sweet, alcohol, mocca. Sounds weird but it’s lacking in taste a little bit for me. Full body, soft carbo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6638) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
draft at Sierra Nevada Taproom, Chico, CA. Kind of shocked that i have not rated this yet, big stout, heavy roast, dark chocolate, coffee. Rich, intense stout, well done

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (144) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2015
355 bottle enjoyed @ home, 2013 vintage. Pours black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and alcohol, a little boring. Flavour is roasted malt and bittersweet. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and very flavourful, roasted malt, dried fruits and on the boozy side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1123) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Dark brown with thin head. Smells dark fruity & boubony & chocolatey. Flavor follows. Some dryness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (895) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2015
Immediate smell upon popping was licorice...smelling directly gives a complex smell though, mostly of coffee, deep and smooth, very dark black, can’t see through, taste is coffee and slightly bitter, alcohol fairly strong, milky smoothness in background and lightly on finish...licorice still in there though

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (912) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2015
Chocolate, caramel, coffee, and dark fruit in the aroma. Rich flavor with chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Boozy finish with coffee/chocolate bitterness. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2015
very hot,,, a bite to match,,,, 4pack,, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, resin, spruce, leather, earthy, alcohol, clove, cough drop, licorice, black, clear, rocky head, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, soft carbonation, long finish,

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1258) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a near pitch black color with a thin tan head. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt notes with a hint of molasses. Excellent flavor with rich bitter notes. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9575) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
UPDATED: APR 23, 2015 Bottle [from trade with mista] @ home. Opaque black color, medium sized brown colored head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly mocha, some coffee, roasted malts and chocolate bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture, suitable carbonation.


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