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RATINGS: 1403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Taste is the same with lots of hops, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Long roasted hoppy finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (2539) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Really high alcohol content (10.2%), but tastes rich and smooth. This is one of the better Imperial Stout’s available.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigericsports (55) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Bought a 4 pack from Safeway, Berkeley,CA. Bought a growler from Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room in Berkeley, CA. Appearance: Black color with a small brown head from tap with good retention and some lacing. Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, and chocolate. Taste: Roasted coffee and malts, dried fruits and chocolate. Palate: Medium/heavy bodied. Overall: A solid imperial stout,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Delicate aroma of raisins and hard roasted malt. The taste has both strong espresso coffee, dark chocolate, anise, raisins and a little hint of sherry (or maybe it’s a little cherry) towards the end. In addition there is a taste of dried peat, oak and a little vanilla. The finish is moderately hoppy with extravagant taste of bitter dryness mixed with bitter roasted cocoa beans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparf (239) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
matthewnhart (7) - - NOV 28, 2012 does not count
One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Thick, rich, and the booze is virtually unnoticeable. The coffee and chocolate notes are subtle and perfectly balanced. This rivals OB's Ten Fidy. And for ~$5 less/4 pack & ~$12 less/case, it may just top it. The latest of several reasons why SN is my favorite brewery. Well done SN, well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5173) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Aroma absolutely screams "DRINK ME!" Smoky, oily, with strong notes of roast malt, quality coffee, chocolate and molasses, it demands that you take more than a mere taste. It pours an oily black sable that could hide in the folds of Darth Vader’s cape, with a firm and fine-bubbled tan head that hangs around for a while. Smoky flavor has firm tones of top-shelf malt and chocolate - you’d think they had tossed Hershey bars into the mash tun. Subtle notes and hints of quality coffee, molasses and caramel sneak through. Sweetness is not too strong - this ain’t no dessert beer. Firm, smooth, somewhat oily texture has a good amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, chocolaty, lip-smacking finish. Nar this whal when you can! :D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Short 12oz bottle, black cap.black label. Vintage 2012. Color of roofing tar, BLACK. Foam is color of chocolate milk. Aromas of coffee, roasted barley, alcohol, mead, wooded hops. Oily texture, creamy body, very heavy. Tastes of char, burnt sugars, unsweetened cocoa, charcoal, leather, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and alcoholic heat. Mostly burnt grains character. Some hop character lies beneath the heavy malt backbone. Overall, All of the flavor you’d look for in an Imperial Stout are all there. Very big, a HomeRun! (3547)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhillburger (12) - - FEB 5, 2013
The Narwhal! Poured in a glass Pitch Black. Chocolate, coffee, nutty, and molasses are what I smell. The taste is very complex and bold. It sticks around for a while too. I enjoyed this beer. It took me 45 minutes to drink it, but the warmer it got, the flavors evolved and became richer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Porterguy41 (19) - - FEB 28, 2013
This is an oustaning ale, dark as night head disapates quikly, coffee & chocolet notes stand stright out no alcohol taste, vary well done, this is a must have for anyone who like imperal’s.

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