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RATINGS: 1178   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 Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
355mL. Pours a clear, deep mahogany. Thick head formation. Rocky, dense. Huge retention. Huge lace. Nose is lemon, detergent, cleaning up to savory bittersweet chocolate, but aroma is not the high point here. Taste is melted dark chocolate with some lemon meringue, sweet orange chocolate. Cleans up even further to hazelnut chocolate and vanilla. Palate is excellent- bitter, silky, not too dense. SN has a lot of talent for imperial stouts, this is just not as good as some others. But for being a regular in their lineup, Iím a happy camper. As it warms, rich Kalhua silkiness and mild vanilla/coffee is awesome. Serve is a large snifter so it can breathe and dump the detergent volatiles. Consume room temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Shiny black with an inch and a half of cocoa colored head. Aroma is cocoa, and gingerbread with roasty and treacle notes. Taste is the same, but richly medicinal with coffee (donít mean that in a bad way), and finishes pretty cleanly with a prickle for something so heavy-duty. $9/4-pack

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours dark black, rich, and creamy. Good head. Not too thick. Tastes very nice. Roasty and malty. Nice dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with a good finish. This is very polished and well done. What I have come to expect and appreciate from Sierra Nevada. While it isnít over the top or blow me away, it certainly could be a staple for years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours almost black with a dense dark tan head, mild lacing. Aroma is bakers chocolate, lots of earthy hops, tons of roasty malts, some black coffee hints. This tastes amazing!!! Good bitter sweet chocolate, earthy hops with just the right amount of bitterness,smooth coffee, not boozy at all, good mouth feel, really impressed with this one from sierra Nevada

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12oz bottle. The aroma is sweet malt with a lot if darkness. The appearance is jet black with a tan head with nice lacing. The taste starts dark and turns sweeter and finishes almost dark chocolate. The palate is dark and dry with a burnt malt aftertaste... Pretty pleasant. Overall, i look forward to aging this beer and seeing how it changes. It is beers like this, that make beer worth drinking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reberiii (360) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Malty caramel aroma, super dark and thick in appearance, the taste is full of bitter hops with a sweet background, and the beer is medium to full body with a lingering bitter finish. UPDATED: Chocolate and dark fruit nose, bitter hop front velvety/coffee to chocolate middle, almost rye finish. Like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
12oz bottle pours black with coffee/cocoa head lasting awhile leaving an oily type of lacing on the glass.aroma and flavor upfront is old fashioned black licorice and dark roasted malts. The maltiness comes in the middle and the end. There is an alcohol burn in there that is mild enough to almost miss. Drinking this around 45 degrees gives this a great array of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2025) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Blackish with a resilient brown head and light lacing. Aroma of roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and light booze. Very nicely balanced between bitter and sweet rich dark chocolate, roast and coffee flavors. Overall, the alcohol is quite well hidden. Medium-full bodied, smooth. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3217) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Pours black with a medium mocha head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has burnt molasses and cocoa...the faintest hint of smokiness...boozy. flavor has coffee and burnt/roasty malts...hint of anise and still faint smokiness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a burnt/roasty/bitter warming finish...lingers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Deep dark black pour with a creamy tan head and plenty of lacing. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. If I can manage to keep these around for awhile it would be nice to see how they taste a year from now.

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