RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (250) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
4 finger brown head, black body. Nose: Liquorice, dark chocolate, malt and coffee. Aroma: Coffee, dates, liquorice, malt, dark bitter chocolate, grapefruit, resin, cacao-powder, brown sugar, Madeira, caramel, chalk and ash. Long bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (453) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
A rich, black-brown liquid flows from the bottle into a stout glass, covered in a chocolaty foam. The head becomes almost immediately insignificant, dropping into the beer and leaving only a trace of itself on the surface of the brew. A boozy vanilla and thin molasses fill the air above the glass, the aroma not huge, but scintillating. First sip is a nice roasted coffee, hints of molasses, a basic, Imperial Stout; then the second sip and third. Not as impressed as I was the first time. A nice forward, but the taste is just salty, lightly bitter and takes away from the flavor of the brew. A little thin texturally. and too soft to carry the flavor. Not a lot of carbonation here and Im wondering what this will be like in a year. Im going out to buy a second. See you back here in a year with this one. I need to give this another chance considering the ratings here, because I am just not finding that sweet spot that everyone else is enjoying. Very eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pumpkin87 (247) - - NOV 23, 2014
Jet black with attractive tan head that quickly vanishes, leaving slight, decorative lacing. Bouquet is roasted malt, that is all. In the glass, though, dark roasted coffee takes over, with slight chalkiness and well-controlled bitter cocoa. The 10.2 percent ABV comes as no surprise, but it translates into strength, not burn. Yes, its big, but not in a wreck-your-palate way, more like picking you up and carrying you onward. Definitely one to age; it could well get better. An exemplary stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quick3Beers (1129) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
This imperial stout gets it mostly right. The aroma falls short out of the bottle, but is mostly roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste is big on malt; bitter chocolate plays a major role. The alcohol is perfectly balanced with the malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Narwhal Imperial Stout is very dark. Black even. Very complex and rich. Tan head and is great in colder months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dojken (525) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
Flaska. Rund o go doft. Krmigt fin balanserad smak. Det hr r ntt som Patte hade gillat! Eftersmaken gtt balanserad. Glidarl!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ahem (11) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
This made me think of various types of Guinness brews but I actually prefer Narwhal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Thanks to spinrsx for this. Pours black with a big fizzy brown head that lowers to a wisp. Aroma is orange citrus hops, with vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is awesome. Great balance with some sweet vanilla beans and mocha but is light as I like it. Citrus hops add complexity that I love. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours black like motor oil with tan head. Nose is lots of chocolate. Taste is some creamy caramel, chocolate and roast. Some dryness in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (11343) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle at home split with Sarah from BEER:Shop St Albans. REally dark opaque black coloured pour with a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is biscotti, dark fruits, raisin, slight belgian yeast. Nice layered malts, with smoked malts and melanoidin sugars. Flavour is rounded soft roasts, brown suagrs, really rounded and full malts. Clean and smooth roast. Nice clean ferment with lingering tart berry fruit, and dark choc. Really smooth palte, velvety on the tongue. Very Very Good.

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