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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swillguzzler99 (188) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2015
2015 12 fl ounce bottle. Pours tar black with minimal carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, licorice nose. Taste is biscuty with chocolate. Slight linger with the alcohol warming. FWIW, my first imperial stout that Im rating. Im a fan.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2800) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2015
2015 Bottle. Pours black and thick with a small brown head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, licorice, and fruit. Taste is heavy chocolates, some coffee, and then more chocolate, and finally a light licorice flavor.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CryptLiquor (8) - oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015 does not count
The thicker than oil look from the Narwhal absolutely drew me in but considering my familiarity with Sierra Nevadas expertise at dumming down most of their attempts of anything potentially complex, ambitious, or unique (hell, even the basics) I knew to keep my expectations low. Im honestly surprised at some of the rating shown here, because this product sacrifices any drinkability for a directionless, over the top body. Oh, on a side note, Im pretty sure Narwhals are harmless sea creatures and absolutely not worthy of occupying this intimidating looking label Sierra Nevada has chosen to depict this drink.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbunting75 (42) - - OCT 17, 2015
Pours jet black with tan head. Strong roasted coffee flavor that doesnt come through as strong on the nose. A notch below the upper tier stouts but still very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Absinthe is the night air as I sip this big boy. Clear to me is the cocoa nibs and coffee astringency. Ten percent is fast moving and hard hitting. I love it! Narwhals are a myth, this stout is not. A beer mudslide trapping all vehicles in its path. Threat level 9. I would like to basement this bad boy and taste it a year later. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2015
12oz bottle 2015. Pours oil-black. Tan head, no lacing. Aroma and flavor: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, chocolate syrup. Creamy mouthfeel, rich finish. Excellent RIS.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Black as night, absolute gorgeous looking beer. Smells like chocolate, coffee and big roasty malt. Big thick mouthfeel dominated by chocolate and coffee. Theres a really nice roastiness and black licorice taste as well. Super well balanced, nothing is overwhelming. As it warms up I get a sweet chocolate syrup taste as well. Hersheys chocolate. Awesome Imperial Stout!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (13057) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
2014 bottle. Almost black, opague. Malt, roast and a hint of licorice in the aroma. malty salty flavor with roast and licorice. Hint of chocolate. Pleasant, slightly alcoholic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBobCA (16) - Campbell, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
12oz Bottle. Yummy! 2015 version not as good as last year. I am a huge stout fan and I like this one.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1490) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Delicate aroma of raisins and hard roasted malt. The taste has both strong espresso coffee, dark chocolate, anise, raisins and a little hint of sherry (or maybe its a little cherry) towards the end. In addition there is a taste of dried peat, oak and a little vanilla. The finish is moderately hoppy with extravagant taste of bitter dryness mixed with bitter roasted cocoa beans.


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