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RATINGS: 1435   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (8063) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Very nice balance. Some great roast, smoked malt with booze and a little coffee. Pours thick but not syrupy. Black with mocha head and great lacing. Nice delivery, great on palate. Finishes bitter with nicely balanced caramel malt. Awesome. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1871) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
Pitch black with dark head, very thick. Quite a strong taste, with a yeasty aftertaste.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ken1 (1855) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013
A nice roasted flavor with notes of licorice and a nice bitterness. A slight oily mouthfeel. Color is black with a light brown head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOLA_DK (379) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle at home from ØlKonsortiet. Pours pitch black with a good brown head. Malty, roasted aroma. Medium full body, roasted flavour. Warming alcohol. Long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7140) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Slightly chilled bottle, 2012 vintage into snifter. Big pour. Smell is quite toned down, sharp alcohol and blackjack sweets. Mouthfeel is medium to light surprisingly, but frothy which I really dont like in an imperial stout. Taste is hoppy - some urinal cake, smoke. Poor balance, a confused flavour and not very enjoyable. Improves with a bit of air but it cant be rescued. Below average.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5693) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). 2012 vintage. Thanks to dresden for this one! Black with a medium creamy tan head and little lacing. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, sweetness notes, hints of smoke and light citrus. Taste is moderately sweet with dark and bitter chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and light citrus. Medium body. Slightly creamy and slightly oily. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Good drinkability for an Imperial Stout. Not cloying. Good balance.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ellery (29) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2013
Wow this is only the second time Ive had this beer and what a monster! Black sooty oil colour with a brown/cream head,tastes like smokey Belgium chocolate with coffee syrup tipped over the top.. Long lingering finish of smoke and bitter chocolate, thanks sierra for this magnificent Specimen of a brew!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (413) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: 1 head the color of which is like coffee with lots of cream. Moderate lacing left on the glass. The color is black no opacity even with direct sunlight. Carbonation seems to be moderate. Aroma: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of smokiness, some citrus peel Mouthfeel: body is heavy and very similar to a strong cup of expresso. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Flavor: coffee, expresso, dark chocolate, smoke flavor similar to grilled meats, strong citrus peel. Overall: this is not a training wheel beer. A finely crafted product from Sierra Nevada, this beer is outstanding on a cold day when you want something to sip in front of the fireplace.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (844) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. 2012 release, jet black, small tight brown head, oily, slick texture, lots of lacing on glass, intense aromas and flavours of liquorice, espresso coffee, bitter chocolate, dark roast malt, stewed stonefruit. Quite heavy going, but very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2409) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
355ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Pours virtually pitch black, with a brown head. Compact, tarry aroma, licorice, chocolate, tobacco, mint leaves, coffee beans, leather, ashes, caramel, asphalt, roses. Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Rich, compact, complex taste, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, eucalyptus, ashes, tar, iodine, faint smoke, caramel. This is a real monster of a stout, it will probably benefit from a few years cellaring. At the moment it is almost too immense to drink. (2013-07-19)


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