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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours black with short lived light tan head. Smell is dry roast malt, and light graham cracker with a faint alcohol hint. Taste is dry toasty charred malt, a touch of light alcohol and some bitterness from the hops. Body is a touch thin for an imperial stout and carbonation is pretty soft. Overall nice, but not a really deep, rich flavor and body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2012
12 oz bottle from Dean. Poured a pitch black almost oily body with a smaller mocha brown super tiny tight bubbly head. Aroma of mocha, sweet dark chocolate syrup, soy sauce, cola, molasses, carob, wet burnt toast. Medium body with a slight hint of heat, a milky mouthfeel and average carbonation. Flavor of burnt toast, dark chocolate, melted marshmellow, alcohol, dark fruit skins, burnt molasses, tobacco. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
A very nice stout from SN. Smooth, chocolate, toffee, roasty, caramel taste. Tan head. Hints of booz. Average carbonation and a very smooth stout. Overall, real good beer and looking forward to another.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle, this beer poured black-brown into the glass and made a half finger light tan and tan colored cover that receded to a island of bubbles and ring, this beer was opaque and I was not able to see any carbonation except at the sides of the glass, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, there was a thin film of dark sediment with thicker areas on the bottom of the bottle, this Impy had aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some caramel, malt and brown sugar like sweetness with a hint of licorice, it had flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, some dry chocolate (Bakers Chocolate), chocolate and dark brown sugar sweetness, the finish had some malt bitterness, hops and bitter coffee that lingers a little, the mouth feel was thicker than medium with a little creaminess, average carbonation, this Impy had a nice mixture of roasted malt and chocolate aroma, and nice flavors, I recommend trying.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finhead (1352) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Jet black with a brown head. The aroma has sweet chocolate and toffee mixed with some light roasted coffee. The full body has a creamy and somewhat sticky texture with average carbonation. It has a mildly sweet taste that becomes more roasted and bitter during the long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a nice light brown head and spotty lacing, aroma has a decent amount of chocolate mixed with roasted malt, the flavor has a sweet front end with cocoa and sweet chocolate in the finish, the abv is slightly tasted in the finish, wanted a little more out of the mouthfeel of it, all around a nice addition to the seasonal brews from SN, will probably pick up at least one 4 pack a year.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. A surprisingly easy to drink 10 percent beer. Lots of cocoa and chocolate goodness. A little bit of bittersweet coffee on the back end that sticks with you for a while. Nice tan head adds some creaminess to the experience. Pretty decent from start to finish although lacking some of the complexity and depth of the marquee names here. This is a solid easy to get impy stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2417) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle from Mari’s. It’s amazing how many ratings have hit this beer so quickly. Pours pitch black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates to a tan film with a few bubbles. The alcohol legs are definitely present. The aroma has a lot of roasted characteristic, some lactic notes, some booze. the taste is big and roasty, a good coffee hit, some dark chocolate, and warm rush as you swallow. You can feel the warmth but not taste is. Really good - very impressed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11919) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Faint aromas of chocolate, barley and leafy hops. Jet black with a maroon tint. Nicely blended coffee, toffee heavily roasted cocoa and caramel upfront with a thick and massive finish leaving the palate with notes of raisins, oats, molasses, resin and fudge. Overall, a big malty monster of a beer with a full body and complex flavors. I’d give this an A+ rating. Great job SN.


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