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RATINGS: 1453   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (258) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2017
2016 12 oz bottle. Pours black as night with a slight tan head. Nose is bitter dark chocolate, coffee, malt. Taste is similar, somewhat mild for an imperial stout. Smooth and drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (450) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2017
Riktigt mrk med fast, kompakt, bruntskum. Stor rostad doft med kaffe, torkade fikon och dadlar. Mycket lakrits i smaken plus kaffebeska men ven en liten stma frn torkad frukt. En mycket bra imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13803) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 10, 2017
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Strong chocolate notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (10510) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2017
Bottle at home sourced from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - black pour with a tan head. Dark roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste with coffee, chocolate, caramel, treacle, hoppy backing, dark dried fruit, some earthy charred burnt malty notes in the finish. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1640) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle from Voldby. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Light bitter roasted finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moebbels (780) - FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
A pitch black beer with a quickly settling dark brown head. Nose has deep notes of cocoa beans, espresso and roasted malts. Sweet taste at first but a very intense bitterness quickly overpowers it and leads to a lingering aftertaste. Medium carbonation and full but drinkable body. Excellent IS with just the perfect balance of malty sweetness and roastiness offset by just the right amount of hop bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyrsa (721) - - 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 (463) - 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 (1551) - 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 (207) - 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.


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