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RATINGS: 1316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

kbutler1's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a nice mocha tan head. molasses and roast notes in the nose. First thing I notice is the mouthfeel, a little light for my liking but not too far off. Sweet molasses, dark roast without being bitter, and a slight touch of leather. Ends with a lingering slight roast bitterness hat lingers. Not bad.

   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. There’s 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 that’s 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 (1460) - 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 (1638) - 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 doesn’t seem as big as its abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badpuppy69 (301) - orange, California, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours black with decent head. Aroma is chocolate cherries some dark fruits Bailey’s 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 I’m 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 (886) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Roasted malt aroma with a stronger hop presence than I expected. Floral and earthy with resinous, grassy pine character countering the burnt malt, coffee bean and oatmeal notes. I shouldn’t be too surprised coming from SN but the hops are a bit too prominent for this style, in my opinion, taking away from the robust malt profile a bit too much. Even after warming up considerably, the nose is still pretty tame on this beer. Medium bodied with a deeply roasted dark malt flavor that’s complimented by a bitter, earthy hop presence that lingers into a slightly boozy finish. The hops aren’t as strong as the nose hints at but there’s still prominent in the flavor with sticky pine needle bitterness and subtle citrus. The dryness of the hops compliment the bitterness of the roasted malts. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate and espressoo/coffee bean followed by lighter chocolate and alcohol sweetness. The high is relatively well masked but there’s definitely some warmth lingering in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but the strong hop character hinders the malt flavors a bit too much for my preference. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary. Great value for the price of the four pack though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mghj (36) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Poured jet black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of dark malts. Tastes of choclate coffee and a hint of licorice. As I am drinking this there is a taste of alcohol in the back of my throat. Very nice Imperial Stout.

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