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RATINGS: 1446   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 23, 2013
12-ounce bottle in Albuquerque. Pours with a very think, lasting tan head. Big aromas, led by chocolate. Full mouthfeel, big body. Rich dark malt flavors with cacao character, late touch of molasses and alcohol notes. A great winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours solid black with a faint dark brown head that disappeared very quickly, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is strong coffee, sweet chocolate, and malts. Taste is quite sweet, chocolate, and alcohol with undertones of fruit - perhaps dates. Finishes with a slight, but distinct bitter. It loses virtually all carbonation within minutes of the pour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (731) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black pour with brown head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted malt. Suppressed notes of fruit as well. Balanced taste with notes of liquorice. Full body and just the right warmth from the alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (1498) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap @ Bottleworks. Pours ink black with medium thick mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Taste is rich chocolatey malt, mild hops balance out the finish. Notes of dark molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Thick body. Not as heavily roasted as the aroma suggested. Clean, straightforward imperial stout. Really needs some barrel time to take it to the next level. And, in fairness, may do well with some time in the bottle as well.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GIJOE (1107) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours jet-black with a thick, foamy, brown head that stays a while. Copious lacing. Nose is malt with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. Taste is devilishly bitter and some leathery, burnt-sugar notes come through on the palate. This full-bodied beast delights with moderately lively carbonation and a long caramel toffee finish. Home run, Sierra Nevada! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
S_Side_Smitty (749) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is molasses, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is molasses and prunes with deeep dark maltiness. Theres a creaminess to this one, as well. Dont really pick up any coffee or chocolate in the taste. The finish is kinda sweet for a stout with just some faint bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
On tap at Unos, this rich coffee noted stout had great malts and a strong flavor with big bold finish. Boom.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiMuBai (222) - - NOV 19, 2013
Pours a dark brown to ebony color with a very thin, tan head. It has a thick, heavy and alcohol-warmed mouth feel. The taste of molasses is present with a nice bitter finish. AND the 10.5 ABV is a beast. A session beer for vikings.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (373) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Deep coffee-brown beer with a thin beige head that is not much more than a surface film. Nose of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Flavor has a medium roast coffee bitterness up front followed by a touch of sourness with undertones of bitter chocolate and black strap molasses. This is not an overly powerful imperial stout, having a more subtle flavor, but that doesnt mean it lacks complexity. Not the best beer Ive had in this style, but one of the smoothest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
A solid imperial stout. Lacking a little in taste compared to some of the better imperial stouts. Has a solid bitter finish though.


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