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RATINGS: 1039   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 Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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


4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
The oleí 1/4" dark brown head on a blackout brew. Yup. Aroma is pretty clean. Not too roasted at all, and not much else happening. Smells good though. There are so many great imperial stouts out there. And this is one of them. Itís very simple - maybe even more clean than youíd like. But thereís just nothing to complain about. A gentle molasses is really the only lingering flavor; otherwise neat, trim, and proper - an imperial stout. Again, the mouthfeel is pretty damn standard, but in the enjoyable respect. Admittedly thin, thus the lowest point score for this one. Overall, itís pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If youíre more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. Iím not writing grandma about it, but Iím sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you canít get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess Iíd have to say a kinda laid-back imperial, but an awesome stout none-the-less. And most importantly, a great beer, regardless of the words on the label.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: First off, Iím buying much more than a four pack next year. The one Iím trying tonight is just a few months old and itís already improving with age. A wonderful addition to the great Sierra Nevada portfolio. Hid alc. fairly well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had heavy chocolate syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted and burnt malt; light pine and mint hops; light alcohol; dark fruit; plum; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee, dark fruits, cherry, plum, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa, roasted almonds and meat, a little alcohol, chocolate syrup, pine hops, a little banana, fudge and chocolate cake. The medium to full body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (572) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
On tap at Liquid Assets. Pours a thick black color with a huge frothy brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Smooth full flavors of toffee, roasted malt and mild hoppiness. Mild sweetness. A great imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MLe (6) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2013 does not count
Dark chocolate, herbs, lether and smoke.black, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish, great imperial stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1742) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2013
I love this beer. Beautiful pour in the glass with frothy brown head with holes in it like swiss cheese. Milky cocoa notes jump from the glass. Lots of cocoa nibs with some dark coffee flavors. Just a silky smooth mouthfeel. Perfect on the tongue. Hoppy bite at the end. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Aroma is coffee, mildly vinous, dark malts and a hint of smoke. The flavor is dark malts, smokey notes, dark fruit, vinous, oily texture and a tangy/alcoholic finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black with a small toasted looking head. Aroma: Very roasty - nice!!! Coffee, chocolate, burned/roasted bread, smoke. A really nice aroma. Well, maybe a great aroma, but an even better taste!!! Wow.. So much flavor! Pretty much the same as the aroma just a hell of a lot more of it. No taste of the alcohol but a little heat in the throat. Mouthfeel is as close to being the biggest as possible without it getting there. Still, a fantasticly, nicely lingering aftertaste. A fantastic beer!! Would love to try this on some barrels! Wow, this is really, really(!) a hell of a brew!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Wow. How have I not had this before? Bottle from a four pack. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and malt. Pours black black black with blackness and a tan sticky foamy head. Taste is dark with roasted coffee, semi-dark chocolate and just a hint of dark fruit and licorice. This is big and roasty and damn near perfect. It gets a little sweet and boozy towards the end but by then, I donít care.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franzen (182) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Aroma contains dark fruits and is vineous and a bit alcoholic. There is some burnt wood but otherwise the aroma is more that of a barley wine than an imperial stout. Strange enough I can actually notice sand in the aroma
Pitch black with thick beige head
A bit sweet with some almond in the taste. There is a pretty intense dark chocolate presence in the taste. Even if the the taste begins a bit sweet the bitterness wins the tug oí war. The finishing bitterness is really intense and is the typical dark chocolate bitterness.
Full body, creamy and also a bit oily texture
This one is relly fantastic, I was bit sceptic judgin by teh aroma but the taste is fantastic


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