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RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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
callmemickey (3703) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Deep black brown body, moderate-sized tan head, streaky lacing. Nose is chock full of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and oddly, some citirc hops. Flavor is similar, without the citric bitterness. Nice mellow blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, mild bitterness and roasty dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (423) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Aroma is sweet, molasses, licorice, yet some hops as well. Appearance is dark brown, brown half-finger head. Taste is roasted malt, slight licorice, molasses, no real hints of coffee. Alcohol is present, but no burn, well-balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking. Overall, it’s very good, and relatively cheap, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5248) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Fresh 2012 bottle, nose inky coffee black with a touch of sweet plums and molasses, subtle roast, baker’s chocolate, and even getting some mild PNW hop prickle. Dark brown/black pour with a light brown head. Taste moderately bitter and [somewhat too] sweet, resting on a hollow scoop; mild mineral character under light plum and roast, a little hoppier than many impies but nothing like Black Sun or what later developed into Black IPAs. Little bit extra acidity, good deal of cacao but not overly heavy, and there’s very little in the way of coffee. Malts are moderately developed, alcohol doesn’t burn but is slick and slimy, to the great detriment of an already oily full body. Swipe of ash in the finish and it passes a nice espresso creama on the the way out. Disappointed at this stage, but I’ve found some of the bigger offerings from SN to greatly improve with age as they mellow, so here’s hoping for development.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2479) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pours an almost black color with a bubble reddish brown head. Notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and syrup. Silky mouthfeel. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7352) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2012
12 ounce bottle from 3300 South State Store. Pours a jet black color with a medium tan head. A big nose of cocoa, minerals, some roast. The flavor is excellent: heavy roast, massive chocolates, bitter dark chocolates and bitter hops, lingering heat, vanilla, finishes sweet with light alcohol. Very hoppy, but big enough that it is just part of the story. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Short 12oz bottle, black cap.black label. Vintage 2012. Color of roofing tar, BLACK. Foam is color of chocolate milk. Aromas of coffee, roasted barley, alcohol, mead, wooded hops. Oily texture, creamy body, very heavy. Tastes of char, burnt sugars, unsweetened cocoa, charcoal, leather, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and alcoholic heat. Mostly burnt grains character. Some hop character lies beneath the heavy malt backbone. Overall, All of the flavor you’d look for in an Imperial Stout are all there. Very big, a HomeRun! (3547)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1517) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Very dark opaque and slightly oily with a thin coffee foam head. Lots of dark roast coffee on the nose and some anise. Bitter dark roast malt, espresso, and dark chocolate. Tasty...gonna cellar some. Not quite Old Rasputin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Big thick cocoa head. Taste matches. Cocoa , molasses , some vanilla. Damn fine stout. Mr Narwhal would be proud. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1394) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Black pour, NICE brown foamy head. Chocolatey malty boozey aroma, flavor is rich cocolate, fruit and more alcohol. Creamy, mildly bitter finish. Damn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGB (570) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. More on the taste with coffee, roasted barley, molasses etc. Nice palate, a bit sweet though.

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