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RATINGS: 1212   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - 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!

3.3
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2481) - San Diego, California, USA - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6257) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (655) - 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.

4.8
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeahler (45) - USA - NOV 24, 2012
12oz bottle from a four pack. Pours a dark black with a lil off white head. Smells like dark malts and alcohol, a little chocolate and hoppy-ness. Taste is similar, a lot of dark malts and alcohol, little coffee, chocolate. It’s a little hot, more than I expected. Alcohol isn’t very well hidden. Overall a solid imperial stout, especially for the price.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1098) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2012
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a really nice roasted malt characteristic, nutty, slight coffee note, and light chocolate. Appearance is pitch black with a really thick tan head that linger for forever. Taste is interesting, big on malts, but there is a note of the cascade poking through. Nothing to be distracting just enough to know that it’s there. Again a more pronounced coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and nut note. Palate is medium to high carbonation with a lightly chocolatey aftertaste. It’s over 10% abc, but I don’t taste it at all. Really well disguised. Overall, Grand stuff get it if you can find it. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3514) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft w/ James in Norristown. Pours a thick mirror black color with medium tan head that dissipated quick. Small amount of Lace. Aromas and flavor of roasted malt, chocolate malt, piney hops, tobacco, and cocoa powder. Med carboantion in this full bodied stout. Would like to try it in 6 months and see how shes tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1176) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Creamy cocoa aroma, notes of molasses, coffee, malted milk balls, anise. Flavor of coffee and cocoa, light roastiness, with definite anise notes and the malted milk balls. Definitely a good one.


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