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RATINGS: 1092   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cladinshadows (44) - USA - OCT 30, 2012
Very viscous and pitch black with a small tan head that lingers around the edge of the glass. Aroma is generally subdued, but the alcohol is noticeable in the aroma (not like they can do anything about that at 10.2%). Taste is smoky roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, with a little bit of savoriness/umami and a bitter chocolate finish. Only seems to be missing a little in the "middle". The body is huge, but some more sweetness instead of just maltiness to back that up would have been nice. The hopping level suggests that this beer is intended to compete directly with Old Rasputin. Overall an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (796) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours deep black, tan brown head that lasts. Aroma of chocolate and cocoa, taste is of dark cocoa, bit of alcohol maybe. Nice beer, would probably benefit for aging for a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (209) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2012
;pours opaque black with quarter inch tan head.aroma of chocolate,coffee,and roasted malt.flavor is a little smokey.bitter dark chocolate,coffee,molasses and raisins.full bodied.medium carbonation and a bitter finish.alchohol is present but pleasant.balanced between sweet and bitter.if someone have given me a bottle of this i would have thought it was a little more higher end on the price than it was.this is solid and i would recommend picking up a four pack

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5410) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black with a medium sized dense tan head. The aroma has roasted malts, dark chocolate and some black coffee. The flavor is roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of tobacco. At colder temps there was some alcohol, but that disappeared with warming. Overall, this was a fairly tasty and reasonably priced Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2012
bottle from Triangle Wine. good aroma, sweet, roasty, smokey. I’m getting bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke, little red berry now and again. dark orangy brown color, ok head, spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Heavier body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Pretty good, more smokey than most Impy stouts, that aren’t smoked otherwise. solid as usual offering from SN

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle pours an ink black color with a thin brown head. Scent is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate with roasted malts up front.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle. Dark with a thin beige head. Light roast aroma. Full bodied flavour with coffee, roast malt and bittersweet chocolate notes. Lasting roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
The beer pours a black color with a large tan head. The aroma has some roasted malt as well as some dark fruit. The flavor is very similar. There is a good bit of smoke and heavily roasted malt. I also get some sweet chocolate and cherry notes, as well as a good dose of alcohol. I also get a bit of tobacco in the flavor. As the beer warms I get a huge amount of black licorice flavor, which I am not a huge fan of. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Bottle shared by bvery, thanks dude! Very good impy stout but throw in some bourbon and thay would be a winner. Re-rate - bottle from AV1 on November 20, 2012. Black pour with the nitro type look, thick mocha head and lacing. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a little bit of hops. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a slight alcohol and bitter finish. Bumped up my appearance, taste and palate by one each.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6222) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Very dark brown pour. Roasted malt and hop bite flavor. Chocolate and molasses. Nice brew.

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