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RATINGS: 1184   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


Pastor's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 9, 2012
A pretty solid stout, the right balance between bitter and malts. the mouthfeel is just the way I like it. would love to see what some age does this.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ramboraffe (730) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
355 ml bottle. Black with tanned head. Smell is roasted malt with espresso coffee and chocolate. Taste is heavy roasted malt body with coffee and chocolate. Finish is warming alcohol. Dry with medium bitterness and low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1368) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2014
Olajosan folyó, sűrű és fekete ital ez, ami likőrös, maláta kekszes, illatos dohányos, kakaós, kesernyés, medvecukros, fásan fanyarkás és igen száraz. Remek itóka!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weordie (104) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a deep black with a thick medium chocolate head. Aroma of smokey cocoa with a hint of coconut. Taste of dark chocolate, smoke and a hint of coffee. Simply put... delicious

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1439) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
@ julafton med fader och fadern. Mycket chocklad i aromen, väldigt balanserad i smaken, rostade kaffe toner. Fantastisk

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quack-Duck (8147) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2014
bottle, merci Monsieur le Docteur! Deep black, with a brown head. Chocolatey nose with soem coffee. Almost oily consistency. Full-bodied, dark, dark malts, roasty, with chocolate and freshly ground strong coffee, also some dried fruit in the background - dates, figs and apricot. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1085) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a disappointing stout. When I saw the bottle my eyes lit up. I was hoping for a big, thick, chocolatey, roasty, hoppy stout. It feels like it’s trying to get there but it’s a little too light, a little too sweet, and a little light on the roast. It seems closer to a black IPA without a big enough hop hit. It pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit with some roast and earthiness. Sweet chocolate caramel tase with roast and grapefruit. Some more chocolate on backend. It has the components. But just doesn’t come together for me. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dlihcsnatas (347) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Thick black brew with brown head that dies off fast. Smells of alcohol and chocolate malts. Taste is pretty much the same but with a hop bitter dryness. There is an alcohol bite to it that does let you know this one is not something to chug but rather sip at. Decent brew but too much booze to make it really enjoyable. Got a 4 pack so thinking about hanging on to the other 3 a while to see if they mellow some with age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bootlegger007 (70) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2014
Pours Black, very black with a small diminishing head which clings to the glass, roasted malts very earthy aroma high alcohol fumes, flavour was heavily roasted malts, coffee and chocolate mixed in had a very earthy bitterness to it, soft carbonation, found it refreshing even on a 33 degree evening slick in the mouth, excellent stout.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (37) - - DEC 18, 2014
Pours black, thick with light brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is very faint toasted malt, faint cocoa. Taste is toasted, chocolate, dried dark fruit with barely a hint of alcohol. Nice chewy mouthfeel. This is a great stout and the ABV is barely noticeable, which could be dangerous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
12 oz. bottle from Vintage Estates Wine and Beer, poured into a snifter. There’s a nice light brown head that you don’t always see when pouring a heavy beer like this. Just coming out of the bottle I notice that it’s not as thick-looking as others either. Still, it’s jet black and completely opaque. Smell isn’t as complex as I had expected. It’s certainly roasty, like a burnt toast kind of scent, with a little dark chocolate. Smells like a stout, not really an imperial stout. Really shines on the palate, though. There’s a lot going on, but not so much that it overwhelms you. Bitter up front, sweeter on the finish, lots of roasty flavors and a lot more coffee to it than expected. The mouthfeel is perfect, I’d never believe that this is a 10.2% beer. Goes down like a normal stout. This beer is of the style and high-quality that I expect from Sierra Nevada. Very well done.


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