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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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ellery (29) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2013
Wow this is only the second time Ive had this beer and what a monster! Black sooty oil colour with a brown/cream head,tastes like smokey Belgium chocolate with coffee syrup tipped over the top.. Long lingering finish of smoke and bitter chocolate, thanks sierra for this magnificent Specimen of a brew!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (69) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
I really like this Imperial Stout. Very good taste, no bitter hop flavor. Overall a super beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PlinyTheOlder (5) - - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
Wonderful experience in every way. Great pour and color. In the same category as Dragon Milk and Expedition Stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TourDeBeer (123) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
Narwhal 2012. Aromas of roasted nuts, molasses, chocolate, caramel, as it warms alcohol. Huge aroma profile. Head has dissipated by the time I looked at it. leaves a medium lacing. mmMmmm. coffee aromas at first taste. This is how a stout should taste. So much malt. low sweetness, low to medium bitters. Full bodied, thick/oily texture. A long finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF, and yes a bold monster. Rich malt forward and such a delight from this brewery. Always liked the pale but this is a cut above. choclate roast and all the above. Such a good IMP STOUT/

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
citydave (69) - - OCT 31, 2014
Oily black with no head. Aroma of cocoa, oats, malt. Subtle coffee. Taste is the same. Rich and complex. Warming, dry finish. Excellent imperial Stout.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Man this is a great beer. First it pours a super dark color with a nice off white head. the nose is roasted coffee with some hints of hops. Alcohol with caramel, coffee and chocolate. Delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutjunkie (89) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Pours thick black, tan head similar to a coffee crema. nice mouthfeel, thick flavour with, coffee, chocolate, dart fruit and vanilla. slight dry kick at the end. Great beer, i have a stash of the 2012 and 2013 brews, both great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
From a growler into a pint glass. Aromas of cocoa nibs, coffee, and roasted malt. The color is an opaque black with a thin tan head. The taste is a sweetness akin to dark chocolate, with enough bitterness to keep it from becoming syrupy. Its very well-balanced for such a chocolatey stout. It has a full body and a taste that lingers the way that melted chocolate does, with a perfectly soft carbonation thats so critical for stouts. This is a very, very good stout and Id recommend it highly.


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