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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (586) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a classic looking imperial stout. Nice thick black liquid with a nice mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, some booze, a nice sweetness in the form of some hidden dark fruit gems sich as raisins and figs. Full mouthfeel. Taste is roasty, also get some hoppy notes in there like grapefruit, dark rich chocolate, slightly sour, liqourice, cherries. A very nice imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpekar (476) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Poured an oily black with a 1 finger foamy brown head. Nice complex aroma with anise, prunes, dark chocolate and slightly smokey. The beer had a good thick texture and the flavor of espresso and a nice dark chocolate bitterness. There is a building alcohol flavor and warmth in the middle. The dark chocolate bitterness builds into the finish with a good bit of alcohol warmth lasting for a long finish. Excellent!!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a dark black with light brown head, roasty dark chocolate aroma, tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malts, not my favorite stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (1075) - , Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 11/13rerate. Lowered from 4.0. A rare stout that isn’t better as it warms. Alcohol too prevalent then. Will try again. 12oz bottle purchased from Plano whole foods. Aroma is the only thing I didn’t give great marks to. The alcohol overshadowed any roasted aroma. 5 for palate and appearance. Taste was great and less so as it warmed due to alcohol taking over. At it’s best this beer is a smooth slightly creamy, chalky GREAT stout...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Solid imperial stout that is begging t be aged in a barrel. Thick mouthfeel with a mocha head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Taste full of coffee and bitterness that hides itself dark cocoa. Great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Motor oil color. Great aroma of dark chocolate, anise, sugar. Very unique hoppy character. Thick mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Sweet malts at the first taste. Coffee like burned malts in the middle. Lingering bitterness in a very pleasing way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2737) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours an attractive almost black color with a big tan head. Aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, and a solid dose of some citrusy hops. Taste is complex, with a velvet smooth mouthfeel. Rich chocolate, some really nice earthy roasty notes, coffee, and a solid amount of bitter hops throughout without much of a tell of the above 10 ABV. Really tasty and dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
This 2012 version 12oz bottle pours with a deep dark brown body supporting a thin light mocha colored head. The aroma is rich oily dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, chocolate, chocolate malt balls and a bit of black licorice. The taste is just plain good giving up lots of rich dark roasted coffee that moves quickly into yummy chocolate and highly roasted maltiness. In between the initial notes are smooth chocolate covered malt balls. This is just dandy. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2012
(bottle) Pours jet black with a thin dark tan head and minimal lacing. Initial aroma when cool provides a large scent of stewed dark fruits, concord grape juice, chocolate covered raisins, booze, roasted malt, and some cocoa. Smells slightly different than most imp stouts, as the scent is more dark fruit heavy, and the roasted malt takes a back seat. Further warming lends an unexpected scent of pumpernickel bread. Flavor holds plenty of chocolate covered raisins, bitter cocoa, roasted barley, and jammy plum. This then finishes out to a lingering roasted finish with the slight warming of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is perfect. While very good now, I can definitely see this one developing quite nicely in the cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle poured black with a brown head and fair lacing. Aromas are subtle malts, hops, coffee and hints of coffee. The flavors are where this beer comes threw...bitter sweet chocolate with coffee overtones, spicy malts with licorice and molasses undertones and subtle notes of hops and dark cherries. The finish bitter and dry with a lingering maltyness and subtle bitter dark fruit notes.

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