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RATINGS: 1464   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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4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2013
This beer is so thick I’m fairly certain that no odors can escape it’s liquid embrace. But the taste is amazing, with some serious chocolate and roastyness throughout. The finish is thick with low bitter hops that offset the sweet malts. Great Great beer.


3.9
SONOFWODEN (74) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Another great one from Sierra Nevada. This is head to head with Old Rasputin. Narwhal pours with a thick, cream-colored head that hangs around nearly to the end. I definitely pick up dark cocoa, roasted coffee and a very slight sweetness. Celebration Ale and Narwhal are a great left jab and right hook for Late Fall and Winter. I am not a Sierra promoter -- but -- I picked these up about a month apart and they really hit the spot for this time of year!

4.3
snowcrash000 (58) - Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2017 Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells wonderfully of rich milk chocolate, with notes of caramel, coffee and a hint of dark fruits. Taste follows the nose, with an outstanding, smooth and rich milk chocolate taste and notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits and just a hint of licorice. Light bitterness and and a very rich, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. I think this ages incredibly well. I had a 2016 bottle and the chocolate was so rich and smooth, while the bitterness seemed pretty light. I'd take this over Old Rasputin any day, which is more coffee-forward, sweeter and has a much worse mouthfeel, in my opinion.

3.9
GregMooreNH (168) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Pours deep, dark brown with a thick, dense head that lingers. Aroma is chocolate, roast and the distinctive magnum hops. Taste is chocolate, toffee and roast - each working in slowly. Finish is smooth coffee flavor. A very good imperial stout.

4.1
MKromhoutNC (26) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Good stout taste - thick, only slightly sweet, caramel coffee goodness. I think I'll drink the rest! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
herinmary (95) - RUSSIA - DEC 8, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Аромат поджаристый, солодовый, кофейный. Во вкусе хороший баланс жженого солода и кофе со сливками без лишней горечи и сладости, но и без изысков.

3.8
Vighals (4500) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2017 Svart med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter salt lakris, noe pepper og kakaopulver. Fyldig. Smaker salt lakris, noe sitrus og kaffebitterhet, lett maltig sødme.

3.5
Thunderverb (125) - Visby, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2017
Pours black with on head. Atoms of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and coca cola. High bitterness. Taste of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Decent.

4
Poobah (474) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 21, 2017
Black with a tan head and an espresso, vanilla nose. Malty, syrupy and well-carbonated with a dark chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, somewhat dry finish. Some alcohol warming.

3.8
HULK777 (641) - - NOV 20, 2017
Aroma is vanilla, dry cocoa, cream, cake, and pie. Taste is coffee, chocolates, chocolate cream, and milk.

4.2
sharkydodson (1850) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - NOV 18, 2017
the aroma is caramel and chocolate with hints of vanilla, toffee, cocoa, brown sugar and robust... the taste is caramel and chocolate with notes of roasted malt, toffee, cocoa, vanilla, coffee and brown sugar... sweet, dry and bitter aftertaste...


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