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RATINGS: 1448   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beezmon (12) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Slight alcohol taste but pretty well masked. Flavors of coffee, chocolate... kinda thick. Need to sample again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Sampler at the brewpub in Chico. Very solid brew. Quite impressive. Wow!! Good thing they bottle it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PlinyTheOlder (5) - - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
Wonderful experience in every way. Great pour and color. In the same category as Dragon Milk and Expedition Stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle at Beauchief Cellars, Sheffield - Pours a lovely jet black, almost tar like, with a lasting beige head. The nose is a big hit of liquorice, coffee, black fruits, smoky yet sweet. The palate is a bit cloying, but you let that go once you let the tastes swim in. Excellent

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle->snifter. Black with medium tan head. A: weak, with roasted malt and citrus notes. T: bitter, biting malt, ash, coffee grounds. Tad boozy. Not as good as advertised/expected.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (671) - Peoples Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2013
The silky mouthfeel reminds me of the crushed black velvet of an Elvis painting...outstanding and enough alone to love this beer. But theres also the complex yet balanced blackness of the liquid as it caresses your mouth, throat, and ultimately your mind.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Tap. Dark with minimal head. Kind of flat. Not too much roasted flavor, but the alcohol tastes and flavors were very apparent. Not bad, but not the finest example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (891) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours black with heavy lacing. Very syrupy. Aroma of raisin, dried cherry, molasses, peat, coffee. Flavor is molasses, cocoa powder, coffee, woody, with the Sierra Nevada bitterness. Finish is quite dry. A nice heavy, dark and bitter beverage for a cold night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
This is a great stout. Nice and heavy, the way it should be. Chocolatey and thick, this stout is also very high gravity which lends itself to being drank while sitting down. :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2013
(bottle) black with tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is roast malt, some coffee and molasses, alcohol.


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