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RATINGS: 1110   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3109) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Pours black with a medium mocha head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has burnt molasses and cocoa...the faintest hint of smokiness...boozy. flavor has coffee and burnt/roasty malts...hint of anise and still faint smokiness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a burnt/roasty/bitter warming finish...lingers.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1707) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Deep dark black pour with a creamy tan head and plenty of lacing. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. If I can manage to keep these around for awhile it would be nice to see how they taste a year from now.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1022) - Nevada, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Dark and potent with chocolate and roasted malts. Foam leaves lots of lacing. Medium body with low carbonation. Dry black malts and chocolate. Finish is excellent and well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, sugar, and cherries. Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate brownies, grapefruit and citrus hops, and caramel. On the palate the beer is full bodied with medium carbonation, thick and creamy. The alcohol is very well hidden just adding a warming sensation at the end. Very enjoyable!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle from Binny’s. I had no idea this even existed until I went to the store. Pours blackish brown with a tan head. Nose is cocoa, faint char, resiny hops and some licorice in the distance. Light fruit and roast, molasses. On tasting, this is quite dry and balanced. Medium-full body. Cocoa and light molasses and a deep charred note persist. Lots of hop character in this one, herbal and bitter with some fruity hop notes as well. This should age well for the next 6mths. Damn good stuff and glad to see SN branching out some. One of the most drinkable RIS’s I’ve ever had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4973) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2012
12oz bottle pours a murky black with some creamy, slightly off white head. Big malty nose, toasted bread, molasses, coffee grounds, licorice. Flavor is malty, sweet, licorice, burnt caramel, dark chocolate. Full, dry finish. Fairly standard.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4232) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
The aroma is a bit weak but has burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and hops. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a nice tasting beer and true to style but the aroma is weak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottled from Casa De Oro. Black in color. Strong roasty nose. Might be a hint of alcohol and some hops. Roasty up front with some burnt coffee. Some hop character and some alcohol. A little thinner bodied than expected. Finish leaves a little to be desired as well. Not terribly tasty for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1784) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark black with medium brown head. Smell is sweet malts, roast, expresso. Taste is bitter hops and expresso with some dark chocolate, char hints and sweet toffee. The char and sweetness with the bitterness linger. Mouthfeel and texture remind me a bit of the Oatmeal stout that was in this year’s Camp Pack. Rich, full, creamy. Nice. Will continue to be a SN fanboy with this offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1974) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
Bottled sample. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of vague bramble fruit, coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavors are a blend of dry coffee, herbs, currents, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with a somewhat woody finish. Solid, but a but underwhelming.


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