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RATINGS: 1212   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chickenflea (348) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black pour with small tan head, aroma brings notes of nice cocoa powder, coffee, roast, alcohol and maraschino cherry. Taste is very sweet with prune juice overtones. Very soon the coffee and dark chocolate tastes kick in followed by some alcohol burn and some floral bitterness. The taste is very promising but rough. I have two bottles left from the four-pack and these are definitely going to be stored for a couple years. The palate is perfect with medium carbonation and chewy texture. Full body. Overall it is good, but as I mentioned, it should get smoother with some age. I very nice beer in light of the price. Once again, SN gets props for staying true to their micro-brew heritage.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3341) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is some semi-sweet chocolate with some roast and brown sugar. Flavor is a strong roast and a heavy molasses malt. Some sugar and intense char malt with a bit of alcohol finish things up. This was a wonderful Impy stout. Plenty of heavy syrupy sugar malts with a warming alcohol. Not a lot of hops but this is a nice malt bomb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2553) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2015
Bottled:
Pours black with medium head.
Aroma is roasted malt, ash, beef stock, soy sauce and some smoke.
Taste is roasted malt, ash, licorice and dark chocolate leading to a warming alcohol finish.
Pretty good, but there’s quite a few Imperial Stouts like this one out there.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoNo (69) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle purchased at Systembolaget. dark brown to black liquid with a high brown foam that disappears after a while. The aroma of orange, vanilla and cocoa. Pleasant soft and slightly oily mouthfeel. The flavor of vanilla and dark chocolate.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1698) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Man this is a great beer. First it pours a super dark color with a nice off white head. the nose is roasted coffee with some hints of hops. Alcohol with caramel, coffee and chocolate. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (435) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has strong coffee aromas with chocolate and roasted scents as well. It has chocolate and coffee flavors with alcohol tastes and warming. There is a bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 22, 2015
Packaged 08.13.14. Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter on 01.18.15. A: Cocoa, dark chocolate, and roastiness. A: 2 1/2 finger light tan fluffy head that is retained. Midnight black body with no red. T: Cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark fruit are dominant. Raisin, a slight coffee bitterness, and a slight woodiness are subtle. P: Creamy smooth and fluffy. Somewhat light mouthfeel. It’s a tiny bit watery. O: I hated this before and actually dumped it down the drain. Palates can apparently change after one year, and now I love it. What is now a slight coffee bitterness was overwhelming before. The alcohol is almost completely hidden because magic. This is a top-tier stout that should be hoarded.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (61) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
This imperial stout is a real and complex one of a kind! Pitch black and mounted by a nice pale beige head, the beer’s aromas are nose-filling: malt, roated malt, coffee and chocolate. Pretty common nose for an imperial stout. I get some alcohol and a bit of whiskey as well. Just by making the beer dancing in the glass, you expect a medium to full body from the beer. The taste brings back the aromas described above so no need to say again, but the mouthfeel has a fine acidity that cuts right in the middle of the tongue making the beer almost sparkling on the palate, and this has nothing to do with the beer’s carbonation wich is average. Very good and interresting beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (392) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Black, brown head. Aroma: chocolate, cocoa, coffee Palate: Medium to full body,smooth carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (911) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 18, 2015
oil-black with a medium-light-brown head, fine/creamy carbonation of an inch that sticks around as a film (slow rate of decay.) Aroma is chocolate, touch of soy sauce, lemon-grass with hint of lavender, some sap, touch of caramel. Body is medium-heavy, syrupy and a bit oily with moderate carbonation, medium-fine coarseness, soft feel with very little burn. Flavor is a touch smoky light caramel sweetness with light chocolate, a touch of woody pine, light bitterness in the finish. Toasted marshmallow. A delicious imperial stout given that it has not been barrel ages - you can tell they worked a while bringing out interesting yet balanced flavors. I particularly like the smoky/woody/caramel notes in the flavor - that is grand!!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ejh8 (105) - - JAN 17, 2015
Real dark and rich imperial stout with a coffee taste. Not metallic, very smooth. Perfect for those cold winter nights by the fire. Subtle tasting, not overwhelming. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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