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RATINGS: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Ar: Vinous, raisin and some woody resin - molasses and dark sugar. Ap: Black, opaque - medium mocha head with moderate retention - very thin cap of uneven lacing, some suds. T: Sweet dark raisins and chocolate - ashy, with lots of bittersweet cocoa throughout - warming alcohol and high bitterness - hop flavor is piney and woody - finish is more dark chocolate, charcoal, and dark dried cherries. P: Full lush body - medium-high carbonation - dry finish. O: Delicious. Complex mixture of dark fruit, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Very satisfying, with a rich mouthfeel to top things off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (722) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Another great beer that I wish I get all winter. Aroma muted but good chocolate and roasted malts most noted. Very dark brown with red hues in the light with a small tan head. The aromas and flavors grow and get better as it warms. Starts out with flavors of chocolate,grains and roasted woody notes but the finish in bitter the good kind that stay on your palate for 3 to 5 mins. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3685) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12 oz bottle. Big black pour with a small tan head. The aroma is lush and intoxicating. A whirlwind dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Mild dark fruits and touches of honey. Flavor is big and bold. Strong bitterness imparted from the richness of the roast. Lots of chocolate with touches of coffee and mocha. Nice big mouthfeel. Very nice beer from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEstimator (27) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Somewhat muted nose, but chocolate and roasted tones dominate. Palette is near perfect; thick, unctious, nearly syrupy mouthfeel! Taste exudes chocolate, dark bing cherries, toasted malt and burnt goodness! The amazing finish lingers nearly forever and permeates the mouth for MINUTES after swallowing; finish being rather bitter, but pleasant. Almost reminds you of the things you don’t taste on the forefront. Excellent, excellent stout! Most intriguing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle... Poured black with a moderate, tan head. Substantial roast on the nose. Barley/cereal grains with roast, coffee, dark malt, dark chocolate. Nice drinking for 10.2%. Moderate bitterness astringency with a sweeter side towards the finish. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2891) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Nice aroma with a lot of wood. Flavor follows with a dominant wood along with chocolate and coffee. it gets better as it warms. Probably should be served at 50 degrees plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1552) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle via SL... Midnight black in color with small mocha colored head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Really smooth, the texture stands out before the taste.... Creamy, velvety easy to drink for a high alcohol content beer. Taste is nice roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with no one ingrediant standing out above the rest. Really well balanced. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, another winner by SN. I will have to pick up a couple to let them mature

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4824) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 pack - 12oz bottles. Black pour, tan head. Nice looking stout, but not as viscous as some. Chocolate, roast, sweet malt, notes of molasses, and finishes with bitter piney hops which really cleans up the palate. Well worth the purchase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12oz bottled the 279th day of 2012 (October 5th) from OB Quick Stop, in Ocean Beach no less. Black body, 1 1/2 finger mahogany head, fair retention. Anise and pine tar hops are what I get up front, and this beer had been sitting out at least a half hour before I opened and poured it. Also getting a good amount of cocoa and some roast, doesn’t seem burnt in the nose--yay. Flavor continues with the hops and anise (and other aforementioned descriptives), more roast and chocolate forward, and some added soy and alcohol heat. Dry finish with bitterness peaking at a 4-5, a bit ashy and burnt--not too bad though. Big full body with light to moderate carbonation. Very tasty imperial stout--I actually would prefer this big beer to their Bigfoot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1449) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Aroma of coffee, black licorice, and alcohol. On the palate this is delicious thick, smooth, chocolate, brown sugar. However, this has a really dry finish and all youre left with bitterness and burnt chalk.

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