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RATINGS: 1094   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Gorgeous pour, rich and viscous ink black with two fingers of dense and creamy chestnut brown head. Lots of bitter black grain in the nose, espresso and unsweetened chocolate, blackstrap molasses, burnt sugar. A touch of dark fruit comes through as well. Not crazy about the flavor. Tons of bitter dark grain. Black grain all over, tons of bitter acidity. Hard to get anything else. Wonderful mouthfeel though, full and viscous with a lasting finish.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (140) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle (12oz. $9/4 pack): pours black with small darkish head. Mediumlus body. Pretty sweet. Cocoa taste.pretty good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmericanHobo (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Dark as dark can be nice stout aroma on pouring. Taste is heavy with roasted coffee flavor and hints of dark chocolate. Bold flavor on the palate. Finish is very chewy malty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (901) - USA - SEP 17, 2014
Black with a thick brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee and bold chocolate. Rich chocolate with a coffee backbone. Full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Mild, bitter finish.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MarkAg86 (3) - Conroe, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2014 does not count
A very complex stout. A serious beer with hints of cocoa but not overly chocolaty. Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1092) - Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Dark oil black. Thick tan head. Coffee. hot. Not sure what to make of this. More alcohol taste than anything else.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coachd (103) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours out black as night with a tan, sticky head. The amount of foam that it yields is the only thing that brings the appearance down from a 5 to a 4 - other than that it’s beautiful. Aroma is a little roasty, a little hoppy with a surprising amount of malt sweetness. I am also getting light cappuccino-like coffee aromas. Definitely doesn’t smell as strong as it looks. Tastes smoky with a sharp hop bitterness that comes out in the middle and stays through the aftertaste. I am getting some dark chocolate flavors as it warms up. I would prefer a thicker palate, but that’s really my only complaint. Good offering from Sierra Nevada, a brewery that is really growing on me.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (345) - HUNGARY - SEP 12, 2014
Éjfekete színű, átlátszatlan testére kakaó barna hab telepszik, szakaszosan előtörő illatai között mogyoró, rumos kávé aromája lengi be az étert. Az olajostól némiképp ritkább textúrájúnak tűnik első szemrevételezésre, belekóstolva azonban mennyei testesség, krémes állag bontakozik ki. Már-már szirupos jellegben öltenek testet a pörkölt maláta, kakaó és sötét csokoládé ízjegyei, selymes egymásba karolásuk intenzív összhatást produkál, melyhez az alkohol likőrös jellege szolgál nyomatékként. Egészen fantasztikus imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (951) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep black with toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste big on the roasted malts, with coffee and dark chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
STLGoldendog (55) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours a thick black with a vanilla cream head. Smells of malt and roasted espresso. Thick bitter sweet taste. A nice stout that’s not too heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (792) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle an oily black with a soft, oily chocolate head. Aroma is big roasted malts, anise, burnt coffee, light dark fruit. Chocolate, some alcohol when it gets to room temp, and some nice caramel notes as well. Flavours are a blend of dry coffee, herbs, currents, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with a somewhat woody finish. Solid, but a bit underwhelming.


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