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RATINGS: 1110   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Might be my favorite imperial stout now. Pours with a thick head. Definitely smell molasses and chocolate. Taste includes chocolate, caramel, and molasses. FULL body!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1533) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Draft at Common Table Dallas. Big huge tan head sitting on a dark black base. Sweet chocolate malty nose. Taste is the same with a very light nitro type body. Bitter and dry on the end and very full flavored. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle. Spicy chokolatl, orangepeel aroma. Black, brown layer. Spicy flavour, cinnamon, cardemom, cocoa, light citrus. Mellow mouthfeel, sparkly, surprisingly light body. Cocoa aftertaste. Well balanced, but needs more bacon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4051) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Sticky big chocolate stout with nice roast build and super bitter. Really well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2243) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2012
12 oz. bottle from a 4 pack bought at Whole Foods P Street. Pours a viscous black with a smallish dark tan frothy dense head. Nose and flavor are rife with bitter dark chocolate and espresso roast, cacao nib, and hints of vanilla and almond sweetness. The roasty char character is gorgeous, a bit reminiscent of Expedition. Rich and lush on the palate. Damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle with Carla from Fred Meyer. Pours dark brown with dark tan foam. Smells roasty with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and sweetness. Feels nice and thick and tastes more bitter than expected with hints of java, but the taste falls a little flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4881) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2012
black pour with a thick khaki head that fades fast. nose is huge with coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, cocoa, and sweet. nice on the palate, slapped with bitter chocolate, followed by alcohol,light coffee, and a creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Almost black in color with a nice khaki head. Very strong roasted malt and coffee notes. A bit of burnt sugar, some licorice, molasses, earthy hops, and a strong cocoa character. Surprisingly bitter with a heavy roast, coffee, and hop flavor profile. Tons of dark chocolate, molasses, and only a mild toffee sweetness. Some earthy tons, licorice, and a hint of alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackfrost9p (289) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. Very enjoyable imperial stout. Very noticeable cocoa and espresso flavors along with a bitter aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

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