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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
bbbeer (799) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Very dark brown, small beige head. Aroma toasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. Full body. Slight alcohol presence. Moderately sweet up front, finish is drier. Mocha, nuts, dark fruit flavors. Well made, nice complex flavors, powerful but drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maracuja05 (1105) - Mainz, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2017
27-01-17 // bottle at home. Pours a deep black beer with a solid beige head. Taste is sweet, malty, liquorice, dired fruits, chocolate, cocoa. molasses, roasted coffee, very complex and rich in taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkoNm (2627) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 5, 2017
Pours pitch black color, topped with a medium small head, dark coffee cream colored, creamy and lasting. Mild chocolate nose with some roastiness upfront. Gentle with some fruity notes present as well as some vanilla. Creamy and silky body. Chocolate sweetness is moderate with some final warmth of alcohol. Aftertaste is gently roasted and lasting. Very lovely and easily drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Pours out dark brown but is still pitch black in the glass. Rich, bittersweet chocolates on the nose with dark roast coffee in the back. Flavors start off with the dark chocolates just like the nose; middle has some roasted malts & caramel/molasses; finishes with bittersweet coffee. Medium-full mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Dries out nicely at the end without being too intense. Alcohol is well hidden except when it nears room temp (barely noticeable even then). Very balanced flavors; nothing really dominant or overwhelming. Extremely drinkable, easily accessible, & affordable, too. Might make for a good introductory imperial stout?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ozzy70 (1050) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Draft at Whole Foods, Omaha. Black, tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, light roast coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Taste of mild bitterness, cocoa, roasted malt, sweet chocolate.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandon1989 (619) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2017
2016 bottle. Pours a dark black color with a two-finger khaki head. The aroma is bakers chocolate and booze. The flavor is also bakers chocolate, very boozy, some hints of vanilla, and dark roasted malts but not burnt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjeerd (474) - GERMANY - JAN 28, 2017
Always condider imperial stouts to be out of the real beer contest. It is very good, nice but could very well be a dessert wine something. Ntl me like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (1078) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Strong impy stout, big and boozy yet negotiable in its heat, in need of some months in the cellar but still enjoyable now. Pours a rich, deep black but leaves little head or lacing, and the nose leans mocha-ish but seems fleeting for such a chunky brew. Taste hits with a big chocolate-rum-raisin note, maybe some deep black cherry and molasses, with a anise-tinted liquor fade. Needs a bit more bitterness to firm up the sugary notes that appear as it warms, but the bourbon barrel edition probably helps ease the growing sweetness. As it is, not a bad massive stout, just one that could use some maturity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steven_B (238) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2017
2013 Bottle. Pours black with a medium off white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and a very slight smokiness. Flavour is stunning. Lots of chocolate with some coffee. Held onto this for a while but worth it. Beautiful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (572) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi. Pours a very dark brown with highlights and a tan head that doesnt last, minimal lacing. Inviting rich cocoa aroma, licorice, coffee. Dry savoury taste, dark bitter chocolate, rich roasted malt, light coconut. Full feel, slick body with a hopped up middle and lingering choc and coffee, some warmth. Didnt come off too complex, very approachable yet rich and bitter.


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