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RATINGS: 1434   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
tkrjukoff (4324) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Sb. Pours pitch black with a great brown lacing head. Aroma is sweet roasted fruity a bit acidy ashy soy coffee. Flavor is acidy roasted malty sweet fruity bitter coffee and dark chocolate in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (4319) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4305) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On tap at the Growler Station @ Albertsons. Dark and heady, smooth despite the elevated ABV. Initial high, fluffy beige head. Sweet dark roast malts, hints of dark chocolate, a little alcohol on the nose, and definite warmth at the finish. Velvety and slick. Worth seeking out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4270) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap at Churchkey. Sweet rich malty nose, with chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Nutty sweet with some lactose. Dark black opaque with tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet and rich, malty with molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Nice roasted bitterness with hop bitter finish. Alcohol warming, with bitter rich lingering sweet after.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (4246) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Pours black with medium, frothy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hints of dates and burnt sugar. Taste is creamy chocolate sweet at first followed by a huge coffee bitter that rounds off with a licorice and molasses finish. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4229) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2014
taster @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black with a light, tan head cover, specks of lace. Taste is thick syrupy malt that adds a bit of a bitter edge in the palate, then moves to obvious warm alcohol in the finish. A strong sipper, although not a presentation I would pick - too much like cough syrup without complexity. Average.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4223) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (4217) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2013
It poured a dark black and gave the same color body. Some nice speckled, block-like lacing formed boxes around the sides of the pint glass, interesting. The smell had dry, roasty cocoa and coffee up front with a slight touch of hops in the background, and some vanilla as the beer warmed. The taste was dry and roasty between the coffee and cocoa and brought back some of that bitter hops. The finish was very dry. The palate was about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a hopped up RIS that is very good and I would come back to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4209) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle at Cafe Sara, november 29th 2015. Black body with a medium tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, molasses, fruit. Taste is mildly boozy with chocolate and espresso, sweet fruits, warm and pleasing. Short bitter roasty aftertaste.


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