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RATINGS: 1082   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Big nose of roasted barley and notes of espresso with hint of vanilla and booze. First taste impression is dryness and some astringency with only earthy or minerally connotations. The hop bitterness and astringency from the dark malts seem to clash in a coarsness on the palate right now making me think this one needs age, but the lack of sweetness and overall weightiness makes me wonder how much time it could actually stand up to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rob6239 (622) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours black with good amount of head. Aroma has coffee, cocoa, caramel. Taste has surprising amount of smoke and something like licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1038) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pitch black pour with a nice khaki head that slowly fades to a cap. Aroma is cocoa powder, coffee, molasses, and hint of licorice. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a little smoky. Lasting coffee aftertaste. Silky on the palate. Really nice overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours a solid black color with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of caramel. Earthy citrusy hop aromas meld nicely with light aromas of dark dried fruits. The flavor is sweet with caramel and chocolate with a nice shot of espresso. A bit of earthy citrus hop flavor but mostly a roasty bitterness in the flavor. Light dark fruit flavors with a hint of alcohol round out the flavor quite well. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy velvety mouthfeel. Very nice Imperial Stout I really enjoyed this one and I guess I need to get back to the store to buy a few more to lay down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2012
8 oz draft - pours dark black with thin, diminishing head. Coffee and roasted malts on the faint nose. Medium bodied. Wonderful vibrant tastes of cocoa, nuts, plums, dark cherries, vanilla and goodness. Finishes long and true, lots of hops and toastiness. Yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffreythewolf (5) - redding, USA - OCT 31, 2012 does not count
Strong aroma of yeast. Initial flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malts and rooibus tea. Unlike other imperials, this stout does not warm up well and becomes a bit harsher as the temperature rises. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2012
12-oz. Pours jet black with a loose and creamy tan head that sticks around. Big roasty dark chocolate nose. Creamy thick body. Great combination of light coffee, intense chocolate, and roast on the mid palate. Long roasty finish. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2012
12oz bottled October 6, 2012. Served at around 55F.

Pours black with a three finger light brown head that leaves impressive lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, some chocolate and dark fruits, a bit of herbal hops, some alcohol. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor starts with chocolate, coffee, dark fruits such as figs, plums and raisins, dark roasted malts, fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, some alcohol on the finish but not too bad.

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

Very tasty and rich Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada. Drinking very good in its fresh state, will put some back to age as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1207) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Bottle. Colour... Black as a moonless Halloween night! Nose... Boozy with heaps of dark chocolate and hints of molasses. Palate... Thick and rich and chocolatey ( and I don’t mean Nestle’s Quik!). Man this stuff is thick! There’s a delightful char character that tempers the sweet side and the booze is ever present. What a wonderful elixir for All Hallows’ eve!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nsanders (490) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Near black with a creamy tan head. Rich malty, alcohol, smokey, and coffee aromas. The beer is sweet and obviously higher in alcohol as it is accompanied by the warmth. Moderately heavy body.

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