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RATINGS: 1459   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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4.2
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
2012 bottle. Can’t believe I didn’t rate this before when I bought it.... and really surprised at how wonderfully this held up and aged. Most of my forgotten cellar has gone to crap but this is beautiful. Thick dark chocolate pour little head 4.5. Not much in the way of aroma but it is old and still cold. Flavor screams dark chocolate in a very natural way. Reminds me of what Brooklyn used to taste like. Big alcohol up front but the syrupy richness catches up to give some balance. Long roasted barley finish. The carafe and roasted stand out. For only having 5 malts this is incredibly complex. Perfect mouthfeel. Chewy fluffy, wonderful. In a world of crappy Imperial Stouts this one stands out. Don’t remember it being like this when I bought it though.

4.2
GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Black with tan head. Aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, roast. Tastes of licorice, dark chocolate, roast, light dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.1
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2015
12 oz bottle, 2015 version. Opaque with a dense tan head and sticky lace.
Aroma is creamy chocolate, molasses, coffee, prune.
Flavor is dark roasted malt, burnt toast, vanilla, molasses, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Unlike previous years, the alcohol is well hidden. No heat on the finish.

4.3
ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Pours a perfect jet black color with excellent lacing and great head retention. It smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes like burnt toast and burnt coffee. This is an epic stout and is one that is most memorable!

4.3
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Aroma is chocolate and coffee, taste is super chocolaty with a great coffee finish...fantastic finish!

3.9
Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate notes is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt with some black chocolate notes. Body is pretty full with nice creamy touch with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed overall with good mix of complexity and good drinkability.

4
aracauna (3604) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Very balanced imperial stout. No one note sticks out more than any other. Rich molasses and cocoa malt melds into the hops. No harshness but sticky.

4.5
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Big nose, fresh, super bright yet so smooth. Great roasty middle, nice mouthfeel and lingering finish.

4.5
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle from Plonk. Pours perfect opaque thick black with tan head. Rich dark stout, chocolate aroma and coffee roastiness, medium sweet with excellent balance of bitterness, not cloying. Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation. superb without being overwhelming.

3.7
dysenteri (324) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2015
alcohol, dark chocolate, raisin. roasty malt pitch black appearance bitter, a bit too boozy still (2014 version).


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