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RATINGS: 1456   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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3.5
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Appearance: Black with cm thick tan head. Aroma: Liquorice, treacle, spiritous, slight aniseed and floral. Taste: Medium bitterness and sweetness, low/medium sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, lingering liquorice, aniseed, bitter sweet spiritous finish, with a final net of sourness. Comments: Tasty and glass lace. Rating for 2012 bottle.

4.2
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Dark brown/borderline black pour with a small mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, honey and roasted barley. Taste is heavy on the sweet side and medium to low in bitterness. Smooth carbonation and long chocolaty aftertaste.

4.4
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Thick black brown no reaction to light with a creamy tan head. Scents of raw dark chocolate. Great bitter chocolate taste with a light creaminess. Dark that fades to a little bourbon bitterness. Good Strong Dark.

3.8
DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. 2013 bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Black with a frothy light brown head. Roasty aroma with coffee liqueur, a bit of alcohol and a bit of cocoa notes. Bittersweet flavor, roasty, with espresso, dark chocolate, liqueur notes and a bitter finish, roasty and hoppy. Rounded-mouthfeel. Very good.

3.7
beerandbeyond (1009) - ISRAEL - MAR 4, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Opaque black with a big, thick, mouse-like flavorful (and alcoholic!) mocha head. Nose is loaded with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar and carobs. Some hop earthiness and faint ash. Rich chocolate flavor, creamed coffee liquor, heavy roast, malt sweetness and medium bitterness. Faint tartness. Full body, perfect soft carbonation, a bit too alcoholic, quite heavy but complex. Cool.

4.1
BadAprilia1000 (437) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours motor oil black and thick with a cappuccino head. Aroma is roasted barley, cocoa nibs, chocolate, slight licorice, some dark fruit sweetness, and a huge malt molasses note. Taste is bitter chocolate, thick syrupy malt, molasses, vanilla, some booze, roasting coffee beans, bready, some burnt caramel. Huge flavor, a bit thinner on my tongue than some others of the style, but perhaps makes it more drinkable. Overall a great beer, love what they did with this one.

3.9
BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
A: raisin, licorice and malt. Ap: used motor oil pour with a thin dark khaki head. T: very intense taste. Medium sweetness, slightly bitter. Alcohol prevalent. P: is a little thin for the style. O: a good beer but a few draw backs in some areas lets this one slip a little.

3.6
Beersiveknown (5300) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Very dark brown with dark tan lacing. Rich roast barley and sweet cocoa. Full bodied, light carbonation, sweet, rich malt, dry toast, touch of lactose perhaps. Dry roasty malt, fairly abrupt, boozy but still light in the mouth. Rich but one dimensional

3.8
JanLaursen (3372) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
Flaske, 355 ml. Meget mørkebrun med et stort, frodigt og luftigt lysebrunt skum. Brændt sukker. Ristet malt. Let lakrids. Appelsin-noter- Nybagt rødbrød. Fuldfed krop. Lang eftersmag. Godnat.

3.9
Nidaros (40) - NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Vicously black with a quick failing mocca coloured head. Nose is mostly hops, dark berries, soy and leather. The tase is down the same line, sweet but not overtly cloying. Soy, leather, dark berries and some hops. Very nice and rich mouthfeel. This is for sure the best beer I’ve had from Sierra Nevada!


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