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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1083) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 2013 bottle - Pulled a year old bottle from my cellar and Narwhal improved very well with age. More chocolate aroma than before, as well as the coffee and dark fruit as before and some cherry. Taste has more chocolate also and the roast flavor has rounded out nicely allowing a bit of sweetness to come to the front. The coffee is almost like a mocha flavor now and the dark cherry is still there. Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very good. Need to buy more to age even longer. Pours black with a hint of brown highlights, a half finger of tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast and a hint of dark fruit. Taste has cocoa and roastiness with some coffee and a dark cherry flavor. A medium bitterness that is both roasty and hoppy. Semi dry and moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is semi creamy with a medium body and carbonation. Solid stout with nice flavors but may improve with a little aging, allowing some of the sharper flavors to round out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (512) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2013
This is a great imperial stout! Aroma is bold, rich, espresso, faint chocolate, and a little boozy. Taste is coffee and rich malt flavor. The finish is smooth and delicious and very full bodied... really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (368) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2013
strong aromas of coffee and chocolate,licorice,caramel bit of smoke and some spice... deep dark brown/black liquid allows no light thru with thin tan head leaves plenty of lacing..you get all the flavors of the aroma in the flavor along with a bit of dark fruitiness,vinous quality,and even a bitter hint of tingly hops at the end..kind of reminds me of old Rasputin with a bit more fruit and licorice flavor..overall if you like Russian imperials youll be very pleased by this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrjaxson (514) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2013
An appearance point for the bottle label artwork--really! Not only a great-tasting imperial stout with layer upon layer of chocolate and coffee sweetness plus a mild kick of hop bitterness, but a killer design on the label to set the tone for whats to come. The first three bottles in the four-pack went down so quickly, its going to be a challenge to hide the last bottle in the beer cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Aroma: Dark malts, chocolate hints
Appearance: Pitch black with brownish head
Taste: Dry cocoa, hints of coffee
Palate: Big coating mouthfeel. Very dry cocoa finish.
Overall: Not as complex as I had expected, but this big beer is very tasty and the abv makes this a very warming beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Nice roasted malt aroma. Good looking pour with thick tan foam. Big toasty malt flavors jump right out. Theres dark chocolate, caramel and a little smoke. Nice lingering finish. The heavier mouth feel helps the flavors. Easily one of the best imperial stouts Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black with a small toasted looking head. Aroma: Very roasty - nice!!! Coffee, chocolate, burned/roasted bread, smoke. A really nice aroma. Well, maybe a great aroma, but an even better taste!!! Wow.. So much flavor! Pretty much the same as the aroma just a hell of a lot more of it. No taste of the alcohol but a little heat in the throat. Mouthfeel is as close to being the biggest as possible without it getting there. Still, a fantasticly, nicely lingering aftertaste. A fantastic beer!! Would love to try this on some barrels! Wow, this is really, really(!) a hell of a brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abrakarl (433) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2013
Great beer. Not the heaviest but rich and rewarding. Certainly a much more interesting beer than their regulars: pale ale and torpedo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4448) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Summerlin, Las Vegas. Black pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruity, coffee, roasty, some licorice and a hint of ash. Flavor is sweet roasted, chocolate and fruity, slightly spicy and smooth. A bit chemical finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (843) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Black with a thin dark head. Chocolate soy nose. Huge body smooth chockaty with a bit roast finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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