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RATINGS: 1443   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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rangersteve (1) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2016 does not count
Excellent seasonal stout. One of the highest on my list. Pricey and hard to find, but worth the effort.

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tsd08460 (1219) - 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

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dwyerpg (6365) - 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 isn’t too thick. Excellent.

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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. Can’t wait to see how it ages.

4.9
freekyp (2387) - 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
SPDickerman (1239) - 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.

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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
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


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