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RATINGS: 1186   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
12oz bottle from Binny’s Plainfield. 2012 Vintage. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is dense and rich dark chocolates and cocoa powder, licorice, roasts with some coffee and a very light char, a light earthy hop, and touches of vanilla. Flavor is really nice with plenty of creamy, rich dark chocolates and cocoa powder, licorice, heavier roasts with a bit of a mocha-vanilla note and hints of tobacco, and a somewhat spiced earthy hopping. Finishes dry, moderately bitter, and roasty with lots of dense chocolates. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable Imperial Stout. Big, bold, and creamy with plenty of balanced chocolates and roasts. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2012
This is a pretty brilliant effort by the folks at Sierra Nevada. Pours jet black with a smallish burnt mocha head. I love that they used honey in here -- it’s apparent, and warms it up in a really lovely way. Nose is dark chocolate and molasses, with a hint of coffee and some burnt marshmallow. It’s only a tad hot, and that would surely fade with some age. Flavor brings the hops to counter all that sweetness and bring out the roasty qualities in the malts. Nice and thick. I’m impressed -- really hope this one becomes a regular seasonal!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Thick ink black pour with a half finger head the color of chocolate milk. Head recedes quickly leaving a fine broken collar. Bakers chocolate and cocoa powder aroma with a HK t of anise. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, dark roast without being bitter, and a strong coffee-like finish. Very bold, roasty, and a little hot. I like it and will age a few to see what happens.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
freekyp (1537) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5342) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Midnight black with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, light licorice, coffee notes and hops. Taste is strong roasted malt notes, vanilla, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and hop notes. Body is medium-full with a chewy feel and a dense, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, coffee, vanilla notes, molasses and dark chocolate. Nothing "out of the ordinary" but this is well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada branded snifter. Pours a very deep dark brown topped with a two and half finger fluffy beige head. Above average retention, considerable amount of splotchy lacing as the head slowly recedes. Bakers chocolate and phenol alcohol on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate, roasted dark chocolate malt and a with just a hint of dark fruit midpalate. Finishes dry with a touch of roasted espresso, warming alcohol, and continued notes of cocoa. The lighter sider of full bodied, moderate carbonation, slick mouthfeel. A decent Russian Imperial Stout, but not as complex as I was expecting. The roasted chocolate malt flavor tends to dominate and at the same time lacks depth. I’m looking forward to revisiting this brew again to see if it delivers more the second time around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2302) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Comme je les aimes, un corps machable avec assez de sucre qu’on la sent bien peinturer le palais. Chocolat, café noir, coco et une finale agréablement amer. Buvabilité bien domestiqué, merci Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
11/14/12. 12oz bottle from nulledge. Deep black pour with a nice tan head. Rich aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee and just a touch of alcohol. Nice creamy chocolate in the flavor with plenty of roast, coffee, and a hint of ash. Delish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (635) - Delaware, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance is a perfect 10... very dark with a great brown head. Aroma is nice, smoked malt, caramel. Taste is excellent -- coffee, roasted malt. I think it’s just a bit thin and a bit bitter given the % . I would’ve liked a little more body, still great.

   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.

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