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RATINGS: 1037   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


4.7
   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.

4.7
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ellery (22) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2013
Wow this is only the second time I’ve had this beer and what a monster! Black sooty oil colour with a brown/cream head,tastes like smokey Belgium chocolate with coffee syrup tipped over the top.. Long lingering finish of smoke and bitter chocolate, thanks sierra for this magnificent Specimen of a brew!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (41) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
I really like this Imperial Stout. Very good taste, no bitter hop flavor. Overall a super beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PlinyTheOlder (5) - - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
Wonderful experience in every way. Great pour and color. In the same category as Dragon Milk and Expedition Stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cduncan14 (136) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
From a growler into a pint glass. Aromas of cocoa nibs, coffee, and roasted malt. The color is an opaque black with a thin tan head. The taste is a sweetness akin to dark chocolate, with enough bitterness to keep it from becoming syrupy. It’s very well-balanced for such a chocolatey stout. It has a full body and a taste that lingers the way that melted chocolate does, with a perfectly soft carbonation that’s so critical for stouts. This is a very, very good stout and I’d recommend it highly.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Draft at Busters on 28th. Black body with one of the browbeat heads I’ve seen. Excellent lace. Milk chocolate aroma. Amazingly strong hop profile. Enjoying this more than the Bells Black Note I had earlier. Outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1099) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout has a thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, and the taste is of black bread, chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, charcoal, bitterness, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, heavy, warming, and smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it in the strongest way! RJT

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
12 oz. bottle. pours opaque abyss, espresso cap. nose is very wonderful, dark choco roasted malts caramel popcorn. mouth is shamelessly dark chocolate, roasted barley, no harsh bitters here, just like velvet. overall, is a damn treat to drink. velvet.


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