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RATINGS: 1082   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1547) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Really high alcohol content (10.2%), but tastes rich and smooth. This is one of the better Imperial Stout’s available.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1736) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours black with full tan head. Aromas of ash, milk chocolate, and heavily roasted malts. Flavors of black coffee, alcohol, bitter nuts, and heavily roasted malt. A little too bitter and thin but still quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeKeller (839) - Kemi, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black beer with a beige head. Aroma is very malty, roasted with coffee and salted licorice. Flavour is hoppy with roasted malts and salted licorice. Tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (145) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a black liquid with a beige head which almost immediately disappears. Aroma is strong and the taste backs this up. Huge malt flavours and dark fruits. Quite a kick of coffee with a healthy bitterness which goes some way to balance the huge flavours. A truly over the top beer which is exactly how I like them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2014
0.355l bottle from Bierkoning. It’s almost like pouring motor oil in the glass. Really dark and black with a really good looking big lasting deep ash brown head that’s leaving some hefty lacings. Not to extreme on the nose initially, but it has a strong theme of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Some slightly charred coffee beans and a little dark fudge sweetness. Gains more momentum after a while in the glass and it’s not bad at all. It has a really thick and almost cut-through feeling in the mouth. Quite gentle on the prickling carbonation. It’s roasted in the taste alright. Lots of burned coffee and really dark butter black Belgian sugarless chocolate. Cocoa nibs with hints of burned dry wood. There is a a faint coffee acidity all the way on the back. Soft warming tail and it’s lingering burned in the mouth. A nice really ink black flavored imp stout. 30.03.2014

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (1653) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle. Aroma sweet, milk chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, some warming alcohol. Inviting. Pitch black colour. Taste is mostly sweet, chocolate, intensely roasted, some alcohol. Decent hoppy bitter base, which reveals itself in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedevilsfan (134) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2014
deep roasty complex coffee/nutty blend with some chocolate notes attached. This is a serious imperial stout that doesn’t disappoint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whoisghost (45) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
A beautiful black with a brown creamy head. Coffee and molasses nose. Very sweet and it hides the ABV well. Coffee and malt flavours dominate here. Palate is a little light for the style but not too bad, good carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnoaksson (693) - , SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
Jag vågar knappt ta det här ölets namn i min mun. Så stor respekt har jag för det. Det här är Allah, Jah, Shiva och fan och hans moster på släktkalas. Prisad vare vem det än är. Glöm förresten namnet, det enda du behöver ta i din mun är ölet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13596) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, 10.2%. Creamed coffee aroma, hint of smoke. Black colour. Small dark brown head. The flavour starts off sweet with a fruity and sweet hop note. Turns salty and roasted with a late cream note. Late alcohol bitterness along with the bitterness of roast barley. Powerful, but fairly well-balanced. Gets rather boozy when nearing the end of the bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TourDeBeer (116) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
Narwhal 2012. Aroma’s of roasted nuts, molasses, chocolate, caramel, as it warms alcohol. Huge aroma profile. Head has dissipated by the time I looked at it. leaves a medium lacing. mmMmmm. coffee aroma’s at first taste. This is how a stout should taste. So much malt. low sweetness, low to medium bitters. Full bodied, thick/oily texture. A long finish.


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