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RATINGS: 1459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevada’s High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s 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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4.2
StoutHead (966) - DENMARK - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours pitch black with a small and shortlived brown head. Really great aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Really smooth and FULL mouthfeel. Small amount of alcohol in the aftertaste along with the lingering taste of roasted malt and coffee. From the description it may sound like most other imperial stouts, but this is REALLY good (imho) - absolutely the best beer I’ve had from Sierra Nevada.

3.7
Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Medium high and lasting brown creamy head. As expected the body is indeed pitch black. The first that hits the nose is alcohol followed by roasted malts and choccolate. The flavor is quite clearly of roasted malts coffee and choccolate whereas the expected liquorice is just hinted. The beer is relatively bitter and not as sweet as feared. As the combination of roasted malts, coffee and bitterness is rather heavy the alcohol is nicely subdued. Low carbonation. Long bitter and dry finish.

4.6
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: First off, I’m buying much more than a four pack next year. The one I’m trying tonight is just a few months old and it’s already improving with age. A wonderful addition to the great Sierra Nevada portfolio. Hid alc. fairly well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had heavy chocolate syrup, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted and burnt malt; light pine and mint hops; light alcohol; dark fruit; plum; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee, dark fruits, cherry, plum, bitter chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa, roasted almonds and meat, a little alcohol, chocolate syrup, pine hops, a little banana, fudge and chocolate cake. The medium to full body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.

4.2
brewballs (215) - USA - JUN 29, 2013
This is an extraordinary brew! Captain Ahab would definitely approve of this on his ship. It is dark but beyond a draught. It has a bitter head. Its aroma is like a coffee mixed with chocolate. It reminds me of an espresso stout, but not so harsh. It has a smooth wash down and the aftertaste is delicious! Sierra, who are mostly known for IPA’s, really get it right with this stout. An absolutely joy to partake in!

4
Sigmund (7537) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
355 ml bottle, shared by gunnar. Pitch black colour, moderate to low brown head. Nice aroma of chocolate / cocoa, molasses and coffee. Same elements in the flavour, add a little liquorice and decent hops, and you’re there. Good stuff.

4
gunnar (9098) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Aroma of roast, soy, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is moderate sweet, heavy roast with dark chocolate, tar and charcoal. Smooth thick oily mouthfeel. Lingering light bitter finish, lovely

4.2
Holmen1 (5914) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: cremeskum over en velduftende, sort væske. Cremet mundfylde, so smooth. Kaffe, sjokolade og alt jeg trenger. Litt salt og humlebitterhet i kledelig antrekk. Smaskegod. Heldigvis er ettersmaken laaaang.

3.7
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee/chocolate/mollasses notes, plus light dough and hops. Flavor the same. Average to smooth texture. Not bad but not the best.

3.6
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottlle. Chocolate, coffee, malt alcohol aroma. Dark brown color with nice small tan head. Chocolate and coffee. Alcohol burn takes away from finish and palate.

3.9
brnandersen (3909) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2013
355 ml bottle, 2012 Vintage. Pitch black with a thin, light tan head. Roasted aroma with dark chocolate, coffee, dried sweet fruits, licorice and hard roasted malts. Taste is sweet. Full body, thick texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes sweet with hard roasted malts, bitter chocolate, licorice and a hint of alcohol. Very straightforward Imperial Stout, well balanced as rest of the Sierra Nevada beers.


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