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RATINGS: 1447   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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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigwesticle (37) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2012
this was an odd beer but I guess i liked it overall. I kept thinking it just tasted like SNPA blended with a high alcohol imp stout. Pitch black inky pour. Hoppy, high alc, and tastes like some hybrid stout... not quite sure. Different hops but I swear they taste the same as SNPA.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyrsa (696) - - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle from stocks. Black with med dark tan head. Char, wine yeast and sulphur. Roast, dark charred malt, raisin, more wine yeast. Strong body with above average sweetness, nuts, dark fruit and malt. A bit too sweet but ok.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salwal (441) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle poured with the fizzics... Pours pitch black with beige head. Nose of intense roasted malt, liquorice. Taste is intense chocolate and coffee extremely balenced roastyness... long lasting warming mouthfeel lingering to cocoa.. This is a winner

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1430) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2017
Widerspenstiges Phenollakritzohopfenmonster mit einschmeichelt angenehmer Espressosurealkoholpower. FETT & AWESOME ;)...0,1 fr nen Bon, auf der BRAUKUNST LIVE 2017.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurlyJoe (188) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2017
Pours a thick, dark black with almost no head. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, some fruit too. Blueberries maybe. Taste is very well rounded, a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, a bit of hops. Dark chocolate taste lingers in the mouth long after a sip. Does down very smoothly, low carbonation so its like treacle or syrup. Not super boozy either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (796) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Very dark brown, small beige head. Aroma toasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. Full body. Slight alcohol presence. Moderately sweet up front, finish is drier. Mocha, nuts, dark fruit flavors. Well made, nice complex flavors, powerful but drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maracuja05 (1023) - Mainz, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2017
27-01-17 // bottle at home. Pours a deep black beer with a solid beige head. Taste is sweet, malty, liquorice, dired fruits, chocolate, cocoa. molasses, roasted coffee, very complex and rich in taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkoNm (2583) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 5, 2017
Pours pitch black color, topped with a medium small head, dark coffee cream colored, creamy and lasting. Mild chocolate nose with some roastiness upfront. Gentle with some fruity notes present as well as some vanilla. Creamy and silky body. Chocolate sweetness is moderate with some final warmth of alcohol. Aftertaste is gently roasted and lasting. Very lovely and easily drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_queue (134) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Pours out dark brown but is still pitch black in the glass. Rich, bittersweet chocolates on the nose with dark roast coffee in the back. Flavors start off with the dark chocolates just like the nose; middle has some roasted malts & caramel/molasses; finishes with bittersweet coffee. Medium-full mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Dries out nicely at the end without being too intense. Alcohol is well hidden except when it nears room temp (barely noticeable even then). Very balanced flavors; nothing really dominant or overwhelming. Extremely drinkable, easily accessible, & affordable, too. Might make for a good introductory imperial stout?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ozzy70 (1005) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Draft at Whole Foods, Omaha. Black, tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, light roast coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Taste of mild bitterness, cocoa, roasted malt, sweet chocolate.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brandon1989 (598) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2017
2016 bottle. Pours a dark black color with a two-finger khaki head. The aroma is bakers chocolate and booze. The flavor is also bakers chocolate, very boozy, some hints of vanilla, and dark roasted malts but not burnt.


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