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RATINGS: 1468   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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4.1
CurlyJoe (385) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2017
Pours a thick, dark black with almost no head. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, some fruit too. Blueberries maybe. Taste is very well rounded, a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, a bit of hops. Dark chocolate taste lingers in the mouth long after a sip. Does down very smoothly, low carbonation so it’s like treacle or syrup. Not super boozy either.

3.9
bbbeer (905) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Very dark brown, small beige head. Aroma toasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. Full body. Slight alcohol presence. Moderately sweet up front, finish is drier. Mocha, nuts, dark fruit flavors. Well made, nice complex flavors, powerful but drinkable.

3.7
Maracuja05 (2056) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2017
27-01-17 // bottle at home. Pours a deep black beer with a solid beige head. Taste is sweet, malty, liquorice, dired fruits, chocolate, cocoa. molasses, roasted coffee, very complex and rich in taste.

4.3
MarkoNm (3013) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 5, 2017
Pours pitch black color, topped with a medium small head, dark coffee cream colored, creamy and lasting. Mild chocolate nose with some roastiness upfront. Gentle with some fruity notes present as well as some vanilla. Creamy and silky body. Chocolate sweetness is moderate with some final warmth of alcohol. Aftertaste is gently roasted and lasting. Very lovely and easily drinkable.

4
beer_queue (147) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Pours out dark brown but is still pitch black in the glass. Rich, bittersweet chocolates on the nose with dark roast coffee in the back. Flavors start off with the dark chocolates just like the nose; middle has some roasted malts & caramel/molasses; finishes with bittersweet coffee. Medium-full mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Dries out nicely at the end without being too intense. Alcohol is well hidden except when it nears room temp (barely noticeable even then). Very balanced flavors; nothing really dominant or overwhelming. Extremely drinkable, easily accessible, & affordable, too. Might make for a good introductory imperial stout?

4.5
ozzy70 (1334) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Draft at Whole Foods, Omaha. Black, tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, light roast coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Taste of mild bitterness, cocoa, roasted malt, sweet chocolate.

2.6
brandon1989 (712) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2017
2016 bottle. Pours a dark black color with a two-finger khaki head. The aroma is bakers chocolate and booze. The flavor is also bakers chocolate, very boozy, some hints of vanilla, and dark roasted malts but not burnt.

3.6
Tjeerd (664) - GERMANY - JAN 28, 2017
Always condider imperial stouts to be out of the real beer contest. It is very good, nice but could very well be a dessert wine something. Ntl me like.

3.7
oobawa (1865) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Strong impy stout, big and boozy yet negotiable in its heat, in need of some months in the cellar but still enjoyable now. Pours a rich, deep black but leaves little head or lacing, and the nose leans mocha-ish but seems fleeting for such a chunky brew. Taste hits with a big chocolate-rum-raisin note, maybe some deep black cherry and molasses, with a anise-tinted liquor fade. Needs a bit more bitterness to firm up the sugary notes that appear as it warms, but the bourbon barrel edition probably helps ease the growing sweetness. As it is, not a bad massive stout, just one that could use some maturity.

4.3
Steven_B (249) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2017
2013 Bottle. Pours black with a medium off white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and a very slight smokiness. Flavour is stunning. Lots of chocolate with some coffee. Held onto this for a while but worth it. Beautiful beer.


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