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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (417) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Excellent stout, lives up to the imperial billing, hoppy, flavorful, bitter, almost like a strong black IPA, notes of coffee, and a bit of fruitiness. frothy head.....awesome beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3187) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
On draft at whole foods in falls church. Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter finish. A very nice imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 9, 2012
A pretty solid stout, the right balance between bitter and malts. the mouthfeel is just the way I like it. would love to see what some age does this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Smoky, malty and even a slightly briny aroma. Beautiful opaque black (even under a bright halogen light I see only a sliver of ruby/brown at the corner of the glass) with a long lasting but thin light brown head. Sweet, charred malt flavors and a good alcohol bite hit first. This evolves into a delicious mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, figs and dark cherries along with a very light vanilla/marshmallow flavor in the back. There’s an underlying earthy bitterness and tames the sweetness perfectly and a dry huskiness that wraps it up. Bittersweet chocolate is left behind in the aftertaste. While maybe not quite as balanced as Old Rasputin, it compares very favorably to it. Happy International Stout Day!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (302) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
12 oz bottle to a snifter. Pours a opaque black with hints of dark brown. It leaves a thin tan head with moderate to little lacing. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, roasted barley, leather, burning paper, and pepper. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, roasted malts and barley. There is a little smokiness and a hint of dark fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium to chewy and very sticky. Excellent stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Sampled on 11/8/2012. This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized tan foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and molasses. The hops are earthy and herbal. Decent carbonation. A pretty big stout, lots of roasty and chocolate malts, yet fairly bitter. This one could be really interesting with a couple of years of bottle aging. Or even better some time in a whisky/bourbon/rum barrel. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Pours very dark brown/black with tacky lacing. Aroma of dark roasted chocolate with a hint of anise. Thick, rich palate with chocolate malts, a nutty, woodsy back palate, and a lingering campfire flavor on the finish. Great for a cold night.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
(Draught) deep near espresso brown, cramy tan head, nice lacing. Nose of cocoa, honey, chocolate chips. Taste is really complex, rich chocolate, honey, lightly hoppy, semi sweet chocolate, great palate finish. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (668) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Dark brown color with thin medium brown head and light oily lacing. Strong chocolatey malt aroma. Flavor is creamy malts with deep cocoas and slight bitterness. Delicious with minimal alcohol presence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle from Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with some plum and coffee and a bitter finish. Very tasty.


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