RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadas High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold with notes of bakers 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CJack (52) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Black pour, almost no head or lacing. Light aroma belies strong taste. Taste is funky bitter, dominated by roasted barley (smoke with coffee notes). Generous hops for style increase bitterness. Alcoholic taste not well-masked. As much as I do like Imperial Stouts, this is a big swing but a miss, there are better options. ---Rated whilst imbibing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrystrill (91) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle northbar leeds . Nice impy stout. Refreshing change from coffee and chocolates. Had a slightly turkish delight quality to it . Recommend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Nice dark pour with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Nice chewy taste with hints of coffee and chocolate. Great aftertaste. A really nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 12oz bottle. Good lacing, black color, tan head, frothy. Smell is of burnt oats. Toasty, roasty for an IMP, but better and bitter-er than most. Fun beer, feels polished and complete. Great job! Edited 6/16/14: It has aged well after a year and a half, even more smooth than I thought it would be at this age. All the same tastes are there--maybe it has mellowed out since I last rated it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Snifter pour of dark thin liquid, full finger khaki head. Nose holds lots of bitterness, malts and coffee, fairly roasted. Flavors follow, with plenty of bitter coffee and roasted malts. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. Quite drinkable, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, and decent tan head. The smell is dark dark chocolate, malt, roasty, deep, chalky, and cocoa. The taste is rich, chocolate, plums, roast, and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1555) - - JAN 22, 2013
Pours black with a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, black coffee. Black coffee bitterness up front, bakers chocolate, toasted malt, black liquorice, lingering hop quality in the finish that works with this stout. Medium to fuller body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2013
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a lovely big crema head. The nose has earthiness with cream and dark chocolate notes. Theres just a hint of hops in there. The taste has big notes of dark chocolate and herbs, perhaps getting into mint chocolate. The palate is medium to full bodied and similar in the texture with such an elegant finish. Overall, a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle: Black, thin beige head, spotty lacing. Heavily roasted nose, slight dark chocolate. Dry and bitter up front, roasty, bakers chocolate background. Malty, roasty, pale sweetness, strong bitter chocolate on the backside. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. A very robust Imperial Stout, but not as thick or rich as I expected. Very big for your every day Stout, but Imperial? Finishes slightly dry, bitter chocolate, roasty, with a moderate hop bite. Nothing out of the ordinary, but fairly solid. Bigger than many in the 12oz container.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (6007) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Poured a dense black with a khaki colored head that quickly dissipated. The aroma has notes of mocha, marshmallow, roasty, and malty bitterness. Taste is very roasty and on the verge of smoke. Hefty.

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