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RATINGS: 1468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
thevep (22) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle - very powerful aroma (smell it even from a distance) with a sweet, chocolate flavour packing quite the punch. It has a syrupy feel to it but quite pleasant. The alcohol content definitely comes through and it produces a similar effect in the throat/sinus area as a good port will.

4
DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
This is a very nice yet unremarkable Russian Imperial Stout... Tasty but a bit understated for the power and umph I typically expect for the style which isn’t necessarily a bad thing... Goes down easily and is surprisingly drinkable given the 10+% ABV... I would gladly drink again...

4.3
Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle: Thanks James: Vintage 2012: Nice almost black pour (where it’s tin, it’s dark brown). A small thin head/more lacing on top of a pitch black (in glass) colored beer. After just some seconds there’s only a pitch black beer left in the glass with a brown circle on the side of the beer and glass. The aroma’s of this beer are a mix of roasted malts, liquorice and bay leaf, hint of tar, roast, coffee, coal and something light light berry/cherry alike. The flavours are really good, strong, deep and dark, a mix of: dark roasted barley malts, tar soaked bay leaf, herbal and floral bitterness, spices, pepper, roasted grass and hay, hint of tar, deep dark chocolate, coal drenched in tar, espresso and espresso bitters, coffee roast and burned malty wood tones. Delicious! Creamy but no cream taste. Deep! Aftertaste is dark bitter, roasted malts, green grass, liquorice &bay leaf and burned wood. Low carbo, soft light creamy smooth close to silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture. Damn this is tasty: deep, dark, balanced and strong. Lovely!

3.6
scooterbub (1068) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 6, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours completely black with a slight red hue around the edges and has a thin, dark tan head that fades. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pine, resin, fruit and some hops. Has an aroma of malt and warming alcohol. Has a decent body that is slick and coats the mouth. The finish is a touch dry, and warming. Easy to drink and enjoyable. The alcohol is hidden rather well. On a side note, it was better the first time around, but the third bottle didn’t seem the same. Will have to crack the fourth and update.

4.2
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours a deep almost black with a medium deep creamy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, nuts, citrusy and piney hops. Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, nuts, caramel and piney grapefruity hops.

4.7
mrhillburger (12) - - FEB 5, 2013
The Narwhal! Poured in a glass Pitch Black. Chocolate, coffee, nutty, and molasses are what I smell. The taste is very complex and bold. It sticks around for a while too. I enjoyed this beer. It took me 45 minutes to drink it, but the warmer it got, the flavors evolved and became richer.

3.9
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Appears quite oily in the glass. Very dark brown with mahogany flashes down the glass. Dense but small dark tan coloured head. Falls away pretty quickly. Aromas are quite restrained all things considered. Powdered chocolate, dried apricots, roasted grains and some alcohol. Flavours are initially quite salty for mine before and aggresively bitter and slightly sour finish. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty bloody good got to say.

4
That1Guy (2241) - Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2013
12 oz bottle pours pitch black with a light tan head that sticks around. Very nice. Initial hit of vanilla and anise, plus a bit of booze. Mostly sweet flavor of molasses, more anise, some bitter roast balancing it out, plus some chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Top notch.

4.1
bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
A gorgeous pour, almost opaque black into the glass, with the deepest ruby-mahogany fringes. The head, initially tan/choco-brown, diminishes quickly, leaving no head nor lacing of which to speak. The nose is of milk chocolates, roasted coffee beans, wet tobacco, tons of toffee. dark fruits, vanilla extract and generous caramel malts. The finish contains wet tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans and a balanced bitter pine hopping. The full body accompanies a touch of lingering ABV to provide a chewy palate with an oily mouthfeel. A great, full-bodied Impy Stout that is chock-full of flavor and substance. One of the best! Prost!!!

3.9
McNeillR (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Deep brown body with a sheer khaki head, spicy chocolate notes with a small nudge of unbittered boldness underneath. A real sheen of fervent yeast before any contact with tastebuds. Indisputable quality to the initial taste, sheets of roasted coffee wrap around a very sweet Coco-Pop smoothness. Panel beating sweet caramel bite in the midrange doesn’t fuck about.
Tight, varnishy follow through and a really peppery carbonation with the mouthfeel keeps the malt ploughing through the palate without a break.

The best Sierra Nevada I’ve had? Not overpowering in any aspect, their experience shines through - heads clearly buried in old school Stout concoctions and pushing any notion of hops off the table. Looking forward to cracking the other bottle some time down the line and the possibility of some ages versions.
Bottle, Appelation Wines, Edinburgh (Comely Bank Store)


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