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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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3.9
lesifflebiere (1887) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Version 2014. Texture mi-épaisse, assez carbonatée, d’un noir parfaitement impassible, et couronnée d’une mousse couleur d’érable. Le nez est classique, de café et de chocolat noir. Un brin âcre en début de gorgée, elle dévoile vite ses richesses, chocolat liquide mi-amer et café moka velouté. Les houblons tranchent bien la rondeur des malts en finale, avec un côté fumé qui conclut le tout. Très bien faite, tout en étant située en territoire franchement connu.

4
Whatup14 (2008) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Bouteille au Mondial 2015. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka. Arôme de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat, mélasse. Goût de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat noir, touche de café, bonne amertume. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense.

4.3
magpieken (129) - - JUN 10, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. bottle. Pkgd 20/10/14. Jet black colour with a dense, creamy tan head which lasted well before settling to a ring and left some very nice lace lines. Roasted malt aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, prunes, tar and port. Light to medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Very roasty. Medium to full body. Slick texture, soft carbonation, noticeable alcohol (reminiscent of vodka but without the burn) and a long roasted, bittersweet finish. Very nice and also very drinkable.

3.6
minihame2 (641) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is on the weaker side, roasted malts, sweet molasses, some cherries? Tastes like well roasted coffee with a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is really oily and thick, silky smooth with very little carbonation. For an IS it’s not that special but still very well exhibits the typical characteristics. I like it but it’s a tough category to compete in.

4.1
elbernays (1509) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 29, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2015 Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours deep black with thin tan head. Coffee, toast, chocolate, lactose nose. Flavour is lactose, light coffee, blackberry,. Smooth full velvet body, not a hint of abv. Lovely stuff.

4
GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours black with a slight brown head which is quite dense. Aroma is a molasses, candi, coffee and some roast malts. Taste is smooth cocoa, coffee., slight roast and some candi sugar. Full bodied with a velvety mouthfeel.

4
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2015
A really nice roasty, cocoa-ey, sweetish imperial stout. Sierra Nevada strikes a nice balance here, which is perhaps what they do best.

3.7
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle: Inky black color, thick & viscous with a rich, velvety tan head that shows decent retention. Aroma of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, warming alcohol, leather, hints of ashy tobacco, & some black licorice. Taste is a bit more complex & involved, taking the aroma one step further in every facet. Heavy roast, charred malts, smoke, bitter cocoa nibs, anise, black licorice, a bit of dark fruit, even a touch of espresso near the finish. Licorice is the heaviest flavor lingering in the back-end with some ashy & leafy notes from the hops, lightly spicy. Aftertaste also heavy with charred woodiness, smoke, & burnt malt. Thick body, heavy mouth feel. A really nice RIS from Sierra Nevada.

3.8
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle from trade with Cunningham, cheers man! :-) Pours a jet black body with a small light beige head. Nose is licorice, dark berries, leather, chocolate, almonds and hints of nougat and dark malts. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and hints of licorice, grains, alcohol and dark berries. Full body, high to medium carbonation. Pretty straightforward, but definitely a solid imperial stout.

4.1
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2015
2013 vintage. Pours a deep black with short lasting tan head. As the bottle was opened strong aromas of dark fruits and molasses filled the air. In the glass is much the same with an alcohol burn in the back of the nose. Flavours bring molasses, coffee, plums and ethanol. The finish is an off-sweet mix of prunes, raisins, and dark chocolate. Big body and a a slightly sticky and slightly astringent mouthfeel.


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