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RATINGS: 1434   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6860) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 30, 2013
355ml bottle. Pitch black colour with small to average, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense dark malty aroma with hints of molasses, cocoa. some coffee. Taste is minimally sweet dark malty, hints of coffee, cocoa, molasses, a touch of honey, slightly bitter hoppy counterweight; oily texture; lasting bitter hoppy and roasty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TATE (407) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with little head. Big aroma of molasses. Flavor is big and intense chocolate and coffee. The only issue I had was with the 10% ABV you can taste the hot alcohol as well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Marshal swimming in the ocean causing a commotion cause theyre awesome. This is a great imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2013
12 oz bottle - Very black pour. Small head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. A hint of sweetness. The hops surprisingly cut through the coffee and strong roasted barley flavor. Very nice one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (35673) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2013
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, alcohol, and light notes of exotic fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa beans, alcohol, roasted malt, citrus fruits, hops, and hints of coffee, leading to a dry and bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (1204) - Calgary, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, malts and vanilla. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, faint licorice and a hint of black cherry. Perfect carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and full bodied but still remaining crisp. Excellent beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2013
Poured a murky deep brown with a solid tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate and soft toffee-ish malt. Medium creamy body, flavour of roasted caramel malt, chocolate and smooth coffee. Dry, bitter sweet cocoa end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2012.Pours black with a smallish tan head - some lacing. Coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry with some earthiness . Full bodied, creamy and smooth this has an excellent mouthfeel. Taste is predominantly malts with some earthy and herbal hops. A hint of licorice on the finish. This was even better after waiting 7 months. May try to find some more to try after a year or more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4533) - Holbk, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle at home. Black with a brown head, no lacings. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, notes of hones), medium hoppy. Flavor medium sweet, heavy bitter of dark malts and hops, light spicy of honey. Almost full body, quite flat. Uhm!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Chilly up here in the mountains, so I figured I could turn on the central heating or crack open an imperial stout. I chose well. A High Altitude stout for high altitude. This brewer cant put a foot wrong in my book. Everything they touch turns to gold. This one was an impenetrable teak with a lavish cappuccino head. Even the aroma made me feel warmer: Milo hot chocolate notes, espresso and nose-prickling white pepper. Creamy mouthfeel giving way to a phlegmy finish. Honeyed sweetness, vanilla, bitter espresso and some heat in the swallow. Effortlessly drinkable. A faultless imperial. (12 fl oz bottle from Leura Cellars. 2012 edition.)


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