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RATINGS: 1402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown-black with a minimal tan head. Hop-driven aroma, with a lot of roast and coffee malt notes. The flavor is a bit more malt driven, with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and some floral hops. The beer doesn’t lack for complexity, but the flavors don’t all work together to the same extent as in the truly top-notch imperial stouts. A respectable offering, but not quite an elite one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottled. Pours black gold with a short tan head. Average retention and decent lace. Big aroma of cocoa, candy, coffee, and earthy hops. Very sweet flavor that finishes with a blend of roast and hop bitterness. Full body, good carbonation, thick-creamy texture. Drys out at the very end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (904) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12oz bbottle from Kalamazoo megabev. Deep black pour with brownish hue. Inch and a half of dark brown head about the shade of a cardboard box (head density of Guinness but half a dozen shades darker). Very sweet nose: possible sweet floral hops, mellow cola syrup, hint of bitter licorice. Medium oily mouth feel with a small amount of tingle. This is a big beer, lots of hops and lots of malt. Taste is roasty, lots of cocoa, a bit of bitter licorice, sweet malt. Finish is very warm and makes the ABV evident. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a jet black with a thin cream head,smell of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and hint or carmel, taste is the same...I love this beer top of the list for me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle shared by Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolatye, roastiness, coffee and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering roasty finish. Solid beer, but yet another Impy Stout (yawn)?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Smith Street Cellars. Full marks. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with an off-white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black, about an inch of creamy foam, solid lacing. Dark chocolate aroma tempered by a slight coffee note. Flavor is dominated more by the bitterness of the coffee but a slight sweetness bubbles up from time to time. Fairly dry which lends it a slightly boozy character along with the ABV. Overall, above average but misses the mark of great stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Motor oil black pour with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt. Tastes are bitter chocolate and coffee with dark fruit and burnt notes. Slick medium palate. Nice and drinkable. Covers alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle, nice black, aroma is roasty and flavour is so as well, it has a nice creaminess and overall, a nice offering

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2477) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at Theresa’s. A fresh, rich, roasty stout with some sweetness, dark bread, coffee, molasses, and a little hop bite. Very good! I was wondering when I would see an imperial stout from SN, and they have brewed up a good one, like I thought they would.

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