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RATINGS: 1446   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5887) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, tobacco, light pine, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, char, tobacco, herbal, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, leather, tobacco, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


4.8
SpartanStout (39) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Smoke, smoke, smoke. Sierra Nevada's finest beer that everyone should experience.

3.9
doriangrey (76) - Diamond Creek, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2017
Bit of a Christmas pudding. Quite sweet, molasses, dried fruit, some Mighty imp liquorice ( though not overpowering) and chocolate cocoa powder. Very good but not best imperial stout

3.6
chipvp (1) - - OCT 16, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2017 Smooth and creamy dark chocolate, molasses and mild coffee notes. Nice levels of hop and alcohol that balance very nicely. A great overall brew

3.7
Lowe1983 (1622) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Pours a black color with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet with molasses and chocolate. Also had some roasted malts and slight warming. Flavor is the same with more of the alcohol warming.

3.7
jmohno (1652) - Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2017
Black. Cherry tobacco, mineral, mild cocoa, mild roast, sweet caramel, herbal. Same taste, on the sweet side, syrupy some, some hot heat. Not as good 2017.

3
Chill799 (10) - - SEP 22, 2017
Nice stout. Aroma is not very interesting. Just a nice stout beer aroma. Taste however is smooth and chocolatey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
pintbypint (3767) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2017
12oz brown bottle. 2016 release. Black pour with a nice low sitting tight bubbled brown head and moderate lacing. Nose has roast and chocolate malt, brown sugar. Taste is rich dark chocolate and cocoa with brown sugar, caramel. Finishes with dark chocolate, burnt malts and a hint of alcohol and some late bitterness. Actually very smooth for an over 10%, impy. Nice full mouth feel. Very well done.

3.7
thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2017
This bottled brew from a bottle shop was served at a cool temperature and poured a head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind an opaque black brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The weak aroma was malty. The mouthfeel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong roasted malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of roasted malt sweet brown malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

4.5
Fisler (659) - Bamberg, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2017
2016er Edition - fließt ins Glas wie Motoröl. In der Nase röstig, Zartbitter-Schokolade. Im Trunk unfassbar cremig, sehr schokoladig, süß, mittig holzig, rauchig, Röstmalz, hinten bitterer, verbrannt, aber lecker. Wahnsinnig geile Komposition, großartige Drinkability, absolutes Spitzenbier!

4
ttutony (930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2017
Jet black with a tan head. Potent roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter hops. Great beer.


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