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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (4466) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2012
This one is a bit heavy on the hop bitterness and the licorice aroma. Not really all that much chocolate, though there is a pronounced coffee finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Summerlin, Las Vegas. Black pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruity, coffee, roasty, some licorice and a hint of ash. Flavor is sweet roasted, chocolate and fruity, slightly spicy and smooth. A bit chemical finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4441) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
29 Nov 2012, bottle. black, thick foamy head that fades fast. nose is mocha coffee and moderate alcohol, with bitter chocolate twinge. med body and mildly fizzy. there is a serious woody flavor that comes out in the taste. mocha or sweet black coffee, some tree bark, maybe spruce hops. very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (4437) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is chocolate, milk, lacto, Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, quite straightforward, slightly bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation. A classic Imperial Stout, maybe not perfect, but at least very solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4413) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is dark fruits, roasted coffee, chocolate and a little coal. Full bodied and creamy. Excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
The aroma is a bit weak but has burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and hops. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a nice tasting beer and true to style but the aroma is weak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (4389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium to big tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, coffee, red berries, bread, biscuit and raw sugar. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of licorice, chocolate and red berries. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Balanced stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a rather thin head. Nose has some roasty notes to it. Feels very thick and rich, with some harshness of alcohol in there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4364) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Dark beer out of the bottle with a small brown head. Nose of alcohol, molasses, and chocolate. This is a hot beer with plenty of alcohol. Flavors of bitter chocolate, molasses and roasted grains. There is a long green hop finish and a lingering resin bitterness.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Short 12oz bottle, black cap.black label. Vintage 2012. Color of roofing tar, BLACK. Foam is color of chocolate milk. Aromas of coffee, roasted barley, alcohol, mead, wooded hops. Oily texture, creamy body, very heavy. Tastes of char, burnt sugars, unsweetened cocoa, charcoal, leather, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and alcoholic heat. Mostly burnt grains character. Some hop character lies beneath the heavy malt backbone. Overall, All of the flavor youd look for in an Imperial Stout are all there. Very big, a HomeRun! (3547)


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