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RATINGS: 1457   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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4.6
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
From a growler into a pint glass. Aromas of cocoa nibs, coffee, and roasted malt. The color is an opaque black with a thin tan head. The taste is a sweetness akin to dark chocolate, with enough bitterness to keep it from becoming syrupy. It’s very well-balanced for such a chocolatey stout. It has a full body and a taste that lingers the way that melted chocolate does, with a perfectly soft carbonation that’s so critical for stouts. This is a very, very good stout and I’d recommend it highly.


4.6
CanCrusher (1066) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JUN 14, 2017
Bottle 0,355L. Shared by Kita. Pours a deep black color with tan light brown head, that leaves fast. Aroma of dark coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dried fruits and caramel. Taste starts light sweet with roasted malts and chocolate, finish is moderate bitter with dried fruits. Full body, smooth texture, soft carbonation. Excellent brew...

4.5
Kita (2117) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 8, 2017
Bottle, 0.355l, shared with CanCrusher. Pours pitch black with small and quickly diminishing light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, dried fruit. Taste starts sweet and rich roasted malty, chocolate and licorice follows, mild fruity and herbal note present, too. Mouthfeel is thick, warming and smooth, while finish is medium bitter. Full body, thick texture and soft to average carbonation in palate. Awesome...

3.8
KoNrRiI (1485) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2017

0.33 bottle @ Hotel Borgmestergaarden
Black with a small, brownish head. Aroma of dark malts, roast, molasses, and perhaps a bit of barbecue sauce. Taste is sweet, also malty, a tad fruity, chocolate emerges, prunes make a shy appearance, alcohol can be felt ever so slightly. A full body, a thick texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is long and gets sourer and bitterer with time. Overall a great beer, relatively simple but straight to the point; does not let down but neither does it particularly impress.

4
GarrettB (1580) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2017
December 18th, 2014 - The Narwhal has character, unique and pleasant, and perhaps not entirely unlike its namesake. Dark and deep, like so many fathoms under the sea, the Narwhal brags about its flavor through the nose, where jerk chicken spices express themselves up front, followed by lower, sweeter notes of barbecue sauce, pork and bacon. A finer touch of pine boughs appear in the clearing of the aftertaste, all served on a thick, floating palate. The flavor uses more licorice to develop its body, with more of the barbecue tastes appearing here, too. Neither too boozy nor too prickly, it is a deep and moderate brew with a lot of flavor per square sip.

3.8
MavDunk (103) - - MAY 14, 2017
Pours jet black with beige head. Scent is heavy mocha with chocolate undertones. Taste is boozy cocoa and coffee. Full body. Aftertaste is warming liquor. A good but not great imperial stout.

3.9
b79turner (260) - 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
SvanteL (489) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2017
Riktigt mörk med fast, kompakt, bruntskum. Stor rostad doft med kaffe, torkade fikon och dadlar. Mycket lakrits i smaken plus kaffebeska men även en liten sötma från torkad frukt. En mycket bra imperial stout.

4.1
HenrikSoegaard (14100) - 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
Desverger (11091) - 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
Niller (1706) - 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.


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