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RATINGS: 1389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium tan head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is almost Scotch-like, with iodine and warm alcohol, as well as dark chocolate and some pine hops. Pine hops up front lead into bitter dark chocolate and strong espresso, with bitter cocoa in the mid-palate. The finish is full of warm roasted malt, with a lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is a lovely imperial stout. It is weighty yet well-balanced, rich and warming, and to top it all off features a fantastic label design!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours black with tan head. nose/taste of dark fruit, roast coffee, roast chocolate malt and Bakerís cocoa. Slightly dry. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1749) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout has a thick, creamy, tan head, lots of thick lacing left on the glass, and a very dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, and the taste is of black bread, chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, charcoal, bitterness, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes semi-dry, heavy, warming, and smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it in the strongest way! RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2012 Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout poured aggressively into snifter. The beer is pitch black, no light coming through. It produced a nice dark khaki head of tight little bubbles. The nose comes off as chocolate, bittersweet chocolate. Coffee notes, roasted barley, dark fruits of cherries and raisins. Sweet smelling, caramel malts and a hint of alcohol. At the front of the palate there is a nice bitterness of espresso and hops, this rolls into chocolate and alcohol across the middle of the palate, some dark fruits and then finishes with a bit of chocolate that mellows the palate. As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable on the nose and taste. and the coffee seems to become more prevalent. This beer is a bit bitter, should cellar very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2549) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft. Deep black . Half inch thick creamy tan head. Beautiful lacing. Taste is full bodies with an old ale quality. Reminds me of the life and limb. Delicious and better IMO ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (348) - - JAN 4, 2013
Jet black color with nose of chocolate and coffee. Velvety texture with a heavy roasted malt taste with a bite of hop bitterness. Minor alcohol on finish. Easy drinking impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015 Poured pitch black into generic snifter with small brown head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, and more roasted chocolate. Flavor follows with bittersweet chocolate and a very nice roasted finish. Extremely smooth with just the right carbonation. Thick but easy drinking. Like velvet. I would compare this closely with Oaked Yeti, with less sweetness and more bittersweet. This is a phenomenal brew feom SN. Easily rank this above some of the more hyped impies. I really canít find anything wrong with this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1464) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a near black with light tan foamy head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and black licorice. Taste is sweet with caramel notes giving way to a bitter peppery finish. Robust and filling. Couldn't have more than one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Coffee and roast aroma with toffee. Coffee and roast flavor with toffee and light chocolate. Fuller bodied. Coffee and roast lingers with rech malt and toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2013
This beer is so thick Iím fairly certain that no odors can escape itís liquid embrace. But the taste is amazing, with some serious chocolate and roastyness throughout. The finish is thick with low bitter hops that offset the sweet malts. Great Great beer.

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