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RATINGS: 1318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

italianjohn's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2012 Bottle ... Black pour with a thin tan/beige kind of creamy head ..... Great aroma of cocoa, roasted coffee and some bitter hops .... taste is of bitter roasted coffee, bakers cocoa, some sweet molasses is def there, caramel malts, and bitter hops that lingering on the back end .... finish is bold, hoppy, dry and lingering .... mouthfeel is slick, a little creamy, oily and full bodied .... amazing brew well put together ... abv hidden well ... could drink this all day

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorkenstein (216) - - NOV 29, 2015
Aromas of alcohol, dark fruits and dark chocolate, as well as roasted coffee and malts. Taste is roasted malts and coffee, as well as dark fruits and dark chocolate. Some faint black licorice as well in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (931) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Packaged on 11/3/15, my bottles of Narwhal are still pretty fresh. While Iíve decided to write my review and record my notes after the initial tasting, Iím planning to age the other two and update my notes as needed. If I can be allowed to milk the nautical theme, Narwhal pours black as the deepest sea with tan colored foam on the surface. Aroma propels cocoa, bold coffee, booze. Flavor is bettersweet, roasty, and complex. Feel is full and dry. Even Sierra Nevadaís malt-forward beers tend to be aggressive. With 60 IBUís, I thought Narwhal might be like that too. Surprisingly, itís more rich than bitter, even in its freshest state. Iím looking forward to seeing how this will change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thereís a slight acetone aroma initially, but this fades, and is replaced by cocoa, coffee, raisin, and sweet bourbon caramel with a light, faint hint of wood. It pours jet black with a viscosity to the pout and topped by a brown, frothy head that has moderate retention and leaves a light, messy lace. The taste is a high bitter cut by a medium high sweetness that strengthens late to balance it out. The beer is thick and creamy with a soft foamy carbonation and a full body thatís woody with dark chocolate and raisin notes and turns smokey with caramel and resin before finishing with a smokey pine and roasted character with a sharp bourbon warmth that ducks away quickly and turns to dark chocolate raisins. The aftertaste is smokey wood, caramel and chocolate nuts with a mild lingering quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep black color with a light brown head. Tons of roasted, slightly burnt malts, with dark fruits, light anise. Overall a very solid and easily accessible imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kassner (1462) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2015
On tap at wf wexford. Oily deep cola color. Full of dark fruits caramel and port. Just a tad sweet so keep for sipping. Some hops to balsnce

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours an opaque black with with a small brown ring that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark cocoa, molasses, touch of alcohol and coffee. Taste is a complex blend of sweet dark chocolate, coffee, bitter roasted malts, alcohol and some sweet molasses on the finish... Great imperial stout that doesnít seem as big as its abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badpuppy69 (302) - orange, California, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours black with decent head. Aroma is chocolate cherries some dark fruits Baileyís Irish creams light leather. Taste follows the aroma with heavy silky mouth feel. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (285) - - NOV 20, 2015
12oz bottle. 2015 vintage. Appearance: Black and opaque with a khaki brown foam cap that lingers a bit. Aroma: Light roasted coffee with some raisin and cherry notes. Somewhat subdued. Taste: Deep, rich malt sweetness with a strong roasted edge. Some dark fruit and sherry notes intertwine, with noticeable bitterness accentuated by slightly astringent roast. Mouthfeel: Medium with some viscosity and a light to moderate carbonation. Touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Slightly slick on the tongue, with a touch of dark fruit and a strong lingering roast. Overall: You can tell this is a fresh version, with a strong roast component dominating the overall profile of this beer. Aroma is maybe a little subdued to some other imperial stouts, but overall very good. Over time Iím sure this will improve as the roasted edge softens into some fruitier flavors.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darb85 (178) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Chocolate nose. Black with a tan head. Sweet with woody nod. Cocoa powder finish that sticks around. Decent all around

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MunBro (895) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
Tried at Craft Beer Market YEG. Sierra Nevada tap takeover Nov 18. Huge roasted malt and chocolate flavours with a very crisp and smooth finish for a stout. Yum!

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