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RATINGS: 1457   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 Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Taste is the same with lots of hops, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Long roasted hoppy finish.

4.2
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap. Appearance is jet black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste. dark chocolate and roasted coffee with just a little alcohol. Body is creamy and thick with a bit of carbonation. Very good imperial stout.

3.4
jackl (8011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle sample @ The White Horse. The pourís a deep brown color with a tiny tan head. The nose is roasted malts. Wood. Bitter chocolate. Some cake. Light grassy hop aromas. The taste is surprisingly hop-forward. Woody, earthy hops. Charred grain. Sticky caramel and chocolate. Long finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Overall, pretty decent. Still, this is a middle-of-the-road imperial stout. I drank this alongside a Plead the 5th, and Narwhal was clearly the junior of the two.

3.8
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Odd...once you taste it, you canít smell it anymore. I think it smelled pretty good. Taste is pretty hop forward for a stout...then chocolatey, and dark roasted barley. Finishes with what I would imagine vodka would taste like if you added a hint of liquid smoke.

3.3
Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
Black,brown head.Nose of chocolate, roast, molasses & brown sugar.Full bodied roasted palate,chocolate notes.Alcohol presence is too prevalent

4
improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with brown, almost orange head. Pouring it looks like used motor oil draining from an oil pan. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is very noticeable in the taste, but is not overpowering. Taste is medium bitterness coming from the roasted malts and coffee. Texture is thick and a bit syrupy.

4
AirForceHops (7129) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. From a 4 pack. Thin tan head on opaque black brew, leaving some good retention. Aroma brings notes of nice coffee, rich roasted malt, alcohol and burnt barley. There are smooth chocolate malts from start to finish. Espresso notes. Nice finish of coffee and piney hops bitterness which give it a lingering duration. Body is rich with sugar and roasted malts. At 10.2% the alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall when you think about how largely produced and vastly distributed of a brew this is; This is a brewing marvel! And for the price of a four pack well worth a buy. Iíve paid much more money for other Impy stouts that havenít had the flavor or respectable complexity.

3.8
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
Pours very thick and black, visibly viscous, with a nice tan head. Aroma is initially nice and chocolatey, but soon loses its power and becomes a bit sour and uninteresting. The flavour is a long-standing affair; intially sweet, tasting akin to chocolate ice cream, it starts to develop astringent roasted malt flavours, before finishing with a sour redcurrant and pine bitterness alongside the maltís sharp acidity. Lovely body on it, if a little oily and flat. Lovely.

4.1
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours oily pitch black with a tan head and an amazing sweet dark chocolate/ roasted coffee aroma. Slight waft of ethanol as i take a sip. Intense roasted coffee/toffee/molasses flavour hit with a slight warming on the way down the throat.

3.6
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Good stuff. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee and salt water. Taste is heavy malt and bitter coffee. Finishes sticky malt with an alcohol burn.


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