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RATINGS: 1249   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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF, and yes a bold monster. Rich malt forward and such a delight from this brewery. Always liked the pale but this is a cut above. choclate roast and all the above. Such a good IMP STOUT/

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
citydave (60) - - OCT 31, 2014
Oily black with no head. Aroma of cocoa, oats, malt. Subtle coffee. Taste is the same. Rich and complex. Warming, dry finish. Excellent imperial Stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1709) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Man this is a great beer. First it pours a super dark color with a nice off white head. the nose is roasted coffee with some hints of hops. Alcohol with caramel, coffee and chocolate. Delicious.

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 (138) - 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. Itís 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 thatís so critical for stouts. This is a very, very good stout and Iíd recommend it highly.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Draft at Busters on 28th. Black body with one of the browbeat heads Iíve 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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black pour with nice fluffy tan head, aroma brings notes of nice cocoa powder, coffee, roast, slight smokiness, but yields to a real nice dark fruit with some plums, as well as some sweet red berry which works fairly well, but is subtle. Taste is awesome, a great mix of plums, figs, dark fruits mixing with some slight red fruit, very nice raw coffee taste goes into some cocoa, both sweet and bitter, mixing with some roast, char, and slight smoke, finishing with another hit of the fruit and more of the roast. This is very well done, especially for the price and availability. I need more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1423) - 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.

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.


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