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RATINGS: 1449   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of cocoa and chocolate with caramel and raisin. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Follows aroma with some dark fruits and raisin. Great stout, I wish it was year round.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazymorton (25) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2014
caramel, toast, chocolate, earthy, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, full body, creamy, now this is a stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - APR 24, 2014
0.355 l bottle, thanks Petteri! Pitch black color. Soft roasty aroma with coffee, raisins. Soft roasty flavor with coffee, charcoal, raisins, nuts and restrained pine. Very harmonous, drinkable and complex beer. Surprisingly soft and delicate yet rich and extremely tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BreWedge (519) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
12 fl oz bottle sample. Pours a thick, opaque black with a small to mid size mocha head. Aromas are strong black liquorice, wood, nuts, and burnt sugar. Tastes are roasty, some coffee, and a little alcohol. Big body, warming, oily, moderate carbonation, and a medium alcohol finish. Not a huge fan of imperial stouts but this one was pleasant. Did a decent job covering the massive 10.2% abc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is thick, sweet, chocolate, and mild coffee. Bakers chocolate is coming through. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlover82 (240) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pitch black with beautiful tan head, leaving considerable lacing on the glass. This looks like an Imperial Stout all right. Very strong aromas of coffee, alcohol, chocolate etc. Very big on the alcohol. Roasted/toasted barley, cocoa and coffee beans hit the tongue. Very creamy, fairly big body, medium carbonation. As far as imperial stouts go, this stands among the finest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from 2012 @ DeleteBeach. Pours pitch black with a lasting big creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, soy, licorice, lots of hops - pine, citrus, wood and some dark fruit. Taste is moderate sweet, heavy bitter and light acidic.Body is medium, texture is thick and creamy, carbonation is soft. Finishes chalky, alcoholic and quite warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeB311 (14) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
On tap at whole foods. Aroma is all chocolate and coffee and the taste follows suit. Really nice balance with roasted coffee and a sweet chocolate finish. A really thin head and no lacing. Thick body with low carbonation. I would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3730) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Thick roasty nose, with raisins, bitter chocolate, coffee, canned cat food, a bit of burnt rubber and some fumes. Opaque dark brown. Strong dark chocolate initial, bussing hops, shredded coconut, bit of licorice. Very nice stuff. Changes nicely throughout the palate. Seems a tad thin for the high alcohol, but still very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
jagad5 (89) - - APR 13, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pitch black and opague. The aroma suggests an excellent example of Imperial style stout. It was fantastic right up to the point where the burnt flavored liquid hit my tongue. It was all downhill from there. Sometimes stouts get better as they warm up or their high alcohol content kicks in. It did get less bad but never crossed the threshold to average, let alone good. Perhaps Sierra has a quality control problem. I have tried several of their various beers and have yet to find one worthy of the exaulted scores they receive.

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