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RATINGS: 1072   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2132) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Pours opaque black with a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolatey, apologize my nose is a bit blocked. Nice boozy, full-mouthed choco-roasty with a nice coating effect.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark oily brown black with a tight sudsy reddish tan head that settles to a thin collar and wispy film. Aroma has nice bakers chocolate that is bitter some cold pressed coffee and subtle anise notes. Taste is more of the above, but the bitterness really shows as well as the bakers chocolate and licorice flavors and good roasted malt and subtle coffee notes (really nice and bitter). Palate is full oily and slick with a coating dry finish. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jcro32 (19) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2012
N: Cocoa powder, black coffee, and roasted malts prevail with a hint of hops. A: Practically black with deep tan head that recedes quickly. T: Definitely on the bitter side of a stout but it’s very enjoyable with a dry roasted quality. Almost smoky but not quite. P: Slick but sticky with medium light carbonation. Fits in nicely. O: Something different from SN with similar results to most of their brews. Very good. Well worth a look especially during these cooler months.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (847) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2012
12oz into snifter. Black with dark tan head, nice looking beer. Aroma is somewhat muted, some chocolate and roasted malts but not a lot else. Taste is very nice, fairly boozy, smooth chocolate and a hint of coffee. Hops are subtle but add some balance. Body is good, on the thick side of medium with medium carbonation. Another great beer from SN.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
big ol imperial stout. bold flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, bittersweet in the finish but definitely not on the sugary side. full bodied, average carbonation, doesnt distract. little oily sticky in the mouthfeel, really nice in that dept. long semi sweet finish, bold. glad SN didn’t disappoint with this one, very nice. complex, bold, doing its own thing and doing it well. gotta love it

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods, listed at $2.99 but they only charged me $1.99. STICKING IT TO THE MAN. Woo. Pours dark brown, nearly black with a modest mocha head. Nose is piney hops hiding underneath chocolatey and bitter coffee malts. Taste is both sweet and bitter. Full, warming palate. A bit boozy. I imagine this could taste even better after maybe a year.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to a small head with some lace. Aroma is dark coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol. Taste is dark coffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, slight alcohol and dry bitterness on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (673) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Pours black, with the least possible head. Great malty nose with some smokeyness, licorice and coffee. I really like this because its not too overly sweet. A strong hop flavor and bitterness that balances and counters with all the coffee, chocolate, and background flavors of leather, smoke, and molassas. Very enjoyable palate. Burn in the finish, with some carry over flavors. Great new beer! Bold.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Courtesy of beerbastard. Pours jet black w/ a milk chocolate colored head. Solid flavors of roasted malt, espresso, cocoa. Smooth w/ a nice bitter hop finish & slight alcohol burn. Good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark, almost black. No head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and booze. Flavor matches the aroma.


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