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RATINGS: 1434   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
humlelala (1348) - DENMARK - DEC 17, 2016
(35 cl bottle from Systembolaget; 2016 vintage; Pkgd: 08/17/16; 1314) Poured at room temperature into a Phjala stemmed tulip glass reveals a pitch black body with two fingers of pillowy toffee head that recedes a little leaving lace. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt with notes of licorice and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel, full body, soft carbonation and a warming finish. Flavour has sweetness, a hint of ascerbicity and booze. A pleasant sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smithld1 (213) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
2016 edition from a supermarket in Hong Kong. Cheap - less than 3. Licorice heavy scent and first taste. Descends into something deeper and spicier. Good imperial stout. No ten fidy or speedway though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2672) - GERMANY - DEC 11, 2016
Opaque black with a low scummy head that clings to the sides. Light nose for the boldness of this beer - toasted malt and chocolate. Big roasted malt body with a bitter finish, like espresso. Thinner than I thought it would be but still powerful. nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bursprak (2712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle @ home, from Systembolaget. Almost pitch black with a dark tan head. Notes of heavy roast, bitter chocolate, light fudgy, liquorice and some light ash.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2360) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - DEC 7, 2016
Whats not to like about this? Chicory, berries, deep roast, caramel, cocoa powder, alc, dates, plum, licorice, hops, heat. Thats enough. Just going to sit back and enjoy now.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (118) - Nossebro, - DEC 5, 2016
Black as night in colour with a brownish foam as typhical as thy can be. Nose is blend of toffee, plums, roasted malt. Taste is a nice mixture of some sweet plummy tones appearing first and then a rather complex mixture of chocolate, coffee, roastiness and even ashes (!) with a slightly warming end of well hidden alcohol and a bitterness. Top notch Imperial Stout the way I like it best - plain and simple and no fancy barrel aged stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EerieDrinks (60) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2016
1 finger thick, off white/light tan head. As dense as a frothy latte, it really stays there for a while too. Great lacing. Pitch black beer. Aroma is fresh coffee beans, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate and tobacco. Hints of cardemum and dried fruits Taste successfully follows the aroma almost spot on but adds liqourice and brings along a bitterness that almosts bites your tongue off. Warming alcohol at the back. Unfortunately a bit thin. The oily palate it gives you saves it up from being a 2 though. Overall, a world class stout. Glad I followed the recommendations and tried it out for myself. Hopefully I can get one more and store it for a year.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (2233) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Aromas of duge, light bitter hops, chocolate, fudge, cocoa, roast. Taste has chocolate, hops, fudge, dark fruits, bitter roasty, ash.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1623) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Draft at Downhouse - jet black, frothy tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, cherry, vanilla. Very full on the tongue...sweet woodiness, coffee, vanilla cake through... Nothing really spectacular or innovative about this beer but its very well made, very enjoyable. Well makes booze too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (1155) - - NOV 30, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2016 Pours black color, with tan light brown/brown head. Aroma: intense note of molasses, dark malts, roasted barley, hint of cocoa, esters of dark fruits, some peat in the background and gentle fruity, herbal, cedar note of hops. Flavor: rich malt aroma with notes of toasted, toffee, espresso coffee, toffee, dark bitter chocolate, roasted barley (bitter slightly sourish, gentle peated), supported with molasses, hint of cocoa, herbal/cedar note of hops and dark fruits esters. Finish is slightly sticky, dry and bitter. Body is thick, texture soft, carbo low. RIS brewed in classical manner.


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