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RATINGS: 1453   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (948) - SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Lightly dense roasty bottle nose. Really opens up in the glass. Rich malt, dark chocolate. Thick body, fairly cloying, very sappy. Quite an alcohol bitter roast end. Tab head thins leading to some light whisps of baldy lacing. Nice, maybe a bit weedy but generally fine . Still, not overly complex and a bit one dimensional.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1961) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
12 oz bottle This was a gift from a friend. The stout poured a pitch black with a no head only a tan collar. The aroma was just as complex as the taste: A mixture of molasses, chocolate and licroice with exotic fruits. The taste is bold and almost overpowering. This is not for the faint at heart. The medium body stout had soft carbonation. The finish was dry and somewhat bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Absolute monster of a stout. Chocolate and coffee notes at the forefront, with a hot alcohol finish. Jet black with a light tan head - delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (3840) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Thin black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is molasses and coffee. Flavour is sweet dark fruit, coffee, jam on a thick velvet base.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2155) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Has nice orange peel note from the challenger, medium sweetness, fairly bitter, medium-thick body, bit of a cocoa character, good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Black pour with brown head. Aroma is rich, slightly sweet, with dark chocolate and coffee. Big and boozy with dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts. Finishes on a bitter note and lingers with hot alcohol. I dont think this is quite ripe enough.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sunni05 (33) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Nice and thick as you sip it. Hints of chocolate in the nose. Explodes on the palate with coffee and dark chocolate notes. There's a bit of bitterness from the hops...very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintofbitter1 (7) - - DEC 24, 2013 does not count
The Narwhal pours opaque black with an orange rim, essentially motor oil. The bouquet intermixes prunes, dark chocolate, dried figs, cherry cordials and Chambord. Absurdly rich and thick, it gives new definition to "full-bodied." The palate boasts bitter with espresso grounds, fermented fruit and chocolate bars with 85% cocoa! Admirably complex but overbearing, unapproachable. ---- instagram.com/pintofbitter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 23, 2013
Very nice imperial stout. Smooth and slightly sweet. Again SN makes a beer that is approachable yet not boring. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2595) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a four finger tan head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee, higher ABV is hidden. $2.60 for a 12oz bottle from a Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, ME.


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