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RATINGS: 1446   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (993) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: roasty, licorice, chocolate, coffee, molasses Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5884) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Absolutely loved this. This is really like a slightly less-complex bodied version of Old Rasputin but with a bit more kick, in the body and afterwards. And isnt too thick. Excellent.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
slash196 (4) - - NOV 19, 2012 does not count
This is just a home run from Sierra Nevada. Think Victory Storm King meets Old Rasputin. Velvety-smooth, with floral hop bitterness, cool roastiness and a clean, dry finish. Hoppiness makes it stand out from the Imperial Stout mainstream, perfect balance and drinkability means it punches with the best of them. An instant classic. Cant wait to see how it ages.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
freekyp (2044) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Absolutely fantastic. Narwhal deftly avoids the pitfalls of many Imperial stouts, hiding its 10% alcohol and maneuvering around the syrupy sweetness of some cousins. Pours black with a slight tan ring of head. Nice right carbonation does a good job of scraping the tongue. Dark espresso and cocoa pervade, and some light high alpha hops add some nice tongue-zinging spice. An absolute masterpiece.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1233) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2012 Vintage. Pours pitch black with a small dark tannish brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of dark roast coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, hints of coffee and a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes with a touch of boozy dark chocolate.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (535) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2016 Bottle - intense - lovely stuff - complex brew this time... and very roast coffee aftertaste this time - enjoyed but so full and syrupy that i found one was enough.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JBill42 (11) - Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Absolutely look forward to this beer every year. Dark, creamy, smooth, little burn, but totally awesome.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MarkAg86 (10) - Conroe, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2014
A very complex stout. A serious beer with hints of cocoa but not overly chocolaty. Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SlimJimMcGraw (4) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2012 does not count
12 oz bottle from 4 pack - retail 9.99 - Excellent aroma, and for being a 10.2% alcohol the taste is well hidden with the chocolate and malty flavor. This Imperial Stout has earned its way as one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. After taste was great.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emeister84 (2298) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Aroma: roasted milk chocolate, molasses, and slight black cherry. Appearance: jet black, thin tan head. Taste: molasses, cocoa, espresso-like bitterness, and significant booziness. Palate: Full, milky-smooth, with prickly, boozey sensation, and a bitter, boozey finish.


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