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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1349) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGB (566) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a rather thin head. Nose has some roasty notes to it. Feels very thick and rich, with some harshness of alcohol in there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2933) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
12 oz. bottle viscously poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying an opague, black/brown hue, with a slowly diminishing amount of creamy, brownish tan head froth, and clingy ribbons & spots of lacing. The aroma was heavily roasted, with a grain and straw scent that bore a light creamy nature, expressive cocoa & coffee, but no notice of alcohol at this point. A strong flavor profile included a combination of hefty malt, potent, earthy, lingering, and slightly abrasive hop bitterness, light smoke & wood, and an amped alcohol presence that was hiding during the aroma introduction. Full bodied, with a pleasantly dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1575) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Pours an opaque black with a big dark tan head that diminishes somewhat, but stays. Aroma is licorice, blackstrap molasses and espresso. Taste is a complex combination of those noted in the aroma as well as dark roasted grain and bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol not evident in the taste, though expresses itself as warmth after the swallow. This is a big one; not for the faint of heart.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matthewgerke (67) - - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Poured black with a thin tan head and good lacing. Coffee aroma with some of the molasses coming through as well. Great flavor profile with the roasted malt being joined by the chocolate and coffee notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
On draft at Bigelos. Black and thick with a classic tan head. Nice looking beer. This had so much malts and chocolate. The chocolate was powdered cocoa. Some coffee. Alcohol was felt more than tasted. Such a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozarkspops (368) - - DEC 10, 2012
Dark dark brown pour. Rich brown head. West coast hop aroma with a bit of booziness. There is a bit of roast to the aroma or I would think this might be an ipa. A bit of hop bitterness right off the bat. Then the booze hits you (could use a few months more of aging). Finishes with chocolate roastiness. Not bad but a little harsh even at 10%+ abv. ---Rated via iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Appearance: Black SURPRISE! Nice thick tan head. Aroma: big roasted malt but not in the coffee way more of a bittersweet chocolate. I hardly get any hops at all. Taste is sweet and sweet and a bakers chocolate and sweet some more. Palate is nice thick but not overly so. Overall not a great stout. oh well.


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