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RATINGS: 1387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine and More in Sacramento. The aroma on this has a nice sweetness, with underlying chocolate notes. Not too sweet, though. There is underlying roastiness present, with a little anise, too. Opaque black body with a medium, rather quickly dissipating light brown head. Fair lacing. Starts silky and smooth, before this delivers moderate roastiness in the middle with hints of cocoa and coffee. Finishes slightly sweet with a touch of anise. A little undercarbonated, but I would prefer that to overcarbonation. A very silky beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a nice dark color with minimal tan head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is sweet, toasty, roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Flavor is initially bittersweet with heavy notes of coffee and orasted malt with subtle notes of chocolate. Finishes with a nice dry bitter alcoholic finish that is clean. Medium body with light-medium carbonation. Overall this is a delicious beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2125) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pitch black with minimal head. Smell is strong roasted and caramel malt. Rich and nice. Tastes is bold, chocolate and coffee. Balanced though. Thick texture with low carbonation and heavy body. Really hits the spot for an RIS.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10247) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Light ash, coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Black with small brown head. Sweet dark chocolate/caramel malt and strongly bitter herbal hops flavor. Lighter body for the style. I’ll give it this - can easily finish the bottle and don’t have to stand in line 4+ hours to get it. Solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (832) - Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours jet black with about half a finger of creamy, brown head. The aroma is coffee and anise and big malt, and the flavor is comparable to Old Rasputin or even the vaunted Ten Fidy stout. There’s smooth chocolate tones from top to bottom and a bitter finish. Very rich, very strong. You’re not gonna find a better stout than this at the price, and it holds up well against far more expensive beer.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2012
First rating in Years! Pours a rich brown almost black with a very small head and no lacing. Faint coffee aroma. Very delicate mouthfeel. Almost can't tell this is 10.2%! Very nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5796) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours black, with a short-lived dark tan head. Aroma is licorice, chocolate. Flavour is rich roast, coffee, chocolate.....with a strong tang of piney hops. Burned, ashed, slightly acidic notes... Alcohol is only evidenced by a slight back throat burn, and then after most of the bottle is gone. Most Impressive......nice bittering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1106) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a dark brown with an off white to brown lacing. Deep chocolate aroma with some serious citrus. Could almost be a double black ipa. Black licorice and booze.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
12oz bottle to snifter. Deep dark and dangerous. Roasted malt aroma. Forward hop presence.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (6267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Dark malts, spices, licorice aroma notes. Flavors are intense but alcohol warmth isn’t too fierce. Finish is smooth.


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