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RATINGS: 1237   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


imaragingbull's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, - JUN 1, 2013
Pours opaque black with decent tan head. Big malty aroma, complex chocolate salty caramel tarry coffee mocha and light citrus hinting in the background. Med full body, complex malt character salty chewy finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jahe (65) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2015
Pours black from Tap with Brown head. Chocolate cocoa aroma and some roasted notes. Thick full sweet body with more chocolate. Nice bitterness and some alcohol

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (127) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 6, 2015
12oz bottle from Warners at the Bay, Pours black with a rather large head for an ImpStout. The nose leaves me unimpressed, but the taste is as beautiful as described by the commercial text: Rich with cocoa and coffee. Long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutgap (39) - Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12 oz to snifter,pours black with a small light brown head that rapidly leaves.Aroma of chocolate, coffee,alcohol. Medium -full body, slick and soft carbonation with a quick sweet finish.This 2014 bottle is not as complex and flavorful as the 2013, hopefully time in the bottle will bring it around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1833) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2015
Flaska. Svart öl med ett generöst beigt skum. Dofter av choklad, rostad malt och grapefrukt. Medel mot stor kropp, oljig munkänsla. Härliga smakinslag av rostad malt, kaffe, lakrits, torkad frukt och plommon. Beskan i avslutningen är högst njutbar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (770) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Almost black beer with a brown, frothy head. Strong aromas of dark coffee and roasted barley. Tastes of pure dark chocolate, strong dark coffee, and lots of roasted barley. I taste some chalky bitterness too. Bittersweet, lactic finish. Some pepper-like burn lingers on the back of the throat after each sip. Flavor profile leans more toward the bitter side of things than lactic sweetness. Very solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crille (89) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2015
Apperance: Black color with a small brown head.

Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, and chocolate. And a hint of grass maybe..

Taste: Roasted coffee and malts, dried fruits and some chocolate.

Palate: Medium/heavy bodied.

Overall: A solid imperial stout, no more… Great with 10,2%!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (58) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget, 2014. Most is already written about this stout. Strong and deep flavor of espresso, chocolate, lightly roasted bitterness, and some dark dried fruit. Taste that stays long. Crazy good !!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (932) - HONG KONG - FEB 21, 2015


355 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Very deep blackish brown Less than one-quarter finger head and dark beige foam which fades in 20 seconds. Moderate sticky lacing and near zer0 carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant ale malt, with strong roastyness, whipped cream, strong cocoa, coffee, sugar, caramel, toffee, very light alcohol, very light lemon and sharp grassy hops,

Taste: Nice strong sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, strong rum-like alcohol, light honey, sugar, vanilla, black coffee, lime, strong bitter hops and quite sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Fairly slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Fair to good malty backbone with solid roastyness. The Barcardi rum-like booze and honey-sugar sweetness dominates and pretty much overwhelm everything else. Not that I don’t like them, but they seems to make its taste less subtle when I want to explore further. Vanilla and coffee are pale shadow, thin and no creamyness. Simple-minded but strong limey hops rounds it up. Good but it’s seems something’s missing…

Hoppiness: Magnum’s toffee, light lemon and sharp grass in nose. Lime and fairly strong grass in taste. Bitterness is overwhelmed by rum booze so much that the 60 IBU is rather tame for a lasting, sugary sweet bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry after taste. Sweet and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: Its name implies a whale of a Stout and I did expect a lot. As it turns out, the neat cocoa aroma and lovely sweet rum taste is really enjoyable, but on the other hand it lacks creaminess and all those subtle coffee and dark roasty tastes so common in other Imperial Stouts. So it’s nice but doesn’t blow my mind like North Coast’s Rasputin. Worth trying but not top.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1233) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from Market Street. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aromas are rich chocolate, coffee, oil. The mouthfeel is dry bitter and roasty with a heavy body and good carbonation. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5138) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Perfectly black with a medium brown colored head. Nose of anise and milk chocolate. There is also some nice plum character. This tastes of rich dark chocolate and tobacco. There is also some espresso and a hint of umami. Prunes with a hint of salt were also present. Overall, a well done imperial stout, but a little hot in the finish. This is necessarily a sipper. I like, but do not love it.


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