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RATINGS: 1139   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


TheEpeeist's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3380) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
12 oz bottle, actually a few. Dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head. Nose is milk chocolate, hay, prune and dark roast. Full body, a tad chalky, with a lively tang. Taste is dark chocolate, grapefruit, pine and espresso with a pinch of salt. Rich, rustic and roasty. Yum.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ahem (6) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
This made me think of various types of Guinness brews but I actually prefer Narwhal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Thanks to spinrsx for this. Pours black with a big fizzy brown head that lowers to a wisp. Aroma is orange citrus hops, with vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is awesome. Great balance with some sweet vanilla beans and mocha but is light as I like it. Citrus hops add complexity that I love. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (600) - Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours black like motor oil with tan head. Nose is lots of chocolate. Taste is some creamy caramel, chocolate and roast. Some dryness in the finish. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (3618) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle at home split with Sarah from BEER:Shop St Albans. REally dark opaque black coloured pour with a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is biscotti, dark fruits, raisin, slight belgian yeast. Nice layered malts, with smoked malts and melanoidin sugars. Flavour is rounded soft roasts, brown suagrs, really rounded and full malts. Clean and smooth roast. Nice clean ferment with lingering tart berry fruit, and dark choc. Really smooth palte, velvety on the tongue. Very Very Good.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nicksbeers (15) - - NOV 21, 2014
Didnít have any head at all. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Medium body for sure. Little bit of bitterness at the end. BUT WOW, this has chocolate and coffee and lots of it. wow. Little bit of caramel sweetness at the end. This goes down real easy. I donít pick up any alcohol. As it warms you can smell a little bit of the alcohol but nothing bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (513) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with a minimal tan head. Bitter dark chocolate, malt, and coffee with an alcohol presence. Tasty and complex and probably will age gracefully. A bit of an edge to it when fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2028) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Nose is dark and bitter chocolate. Pour is black with a small light brown head. Taste is dark dark chocolate to the point of almost being a harsh bitterness. Smooths out with each sip. A tad grassy so Iím guessing this is relatively highly hopped. Flavors start to come together as it warms but still seems a little out of balance. Ok but Iíd like to see it with some age on it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
voyageurmike (48) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Draft in a sampler glass. Definition of a big imperial stout, although it is a quite flavorful beer for something with its ABV. Inky black with medium body, lots of bitter chocolate and coffee nuance to the taste. Really pleasant brief, clean finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (1865) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Had at Bottlecraft In San Diego. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much in aroma. Flavor is very malty caramel and sweet. Close to a barley wine. Not much roast. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bork (316) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Rather mild on flavors and a fair bit harsh on the alcohol. Some roasted notes with a bit of chocolate and molasses. All in all a good brew but unimpressive. Maybe a year or two in storage will be beneficial.


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