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RATINGS: 1353   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5367) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2012
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a thick dark beige head. Big, roasty, hoppy, massive Imperial Stout. Pretty much nails it just like you knew Sierra Nevada would. Bigtime chocolate notes, cocoa nibby, with a hefty hop bill to balance it out a little, still finishes quite thick and sugary. All around just a great example of the style. Very smooth and easy on the palate for the ABV. Really well executed. On par with the greats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (675) - Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 On draft at Whole Foods Watering Hole. Incredibly beautiful jet black pour with a creamy khaki head. Mocha aroma with a hint of biscuit. Taste starts with roasted malt right off and quickly transitions to dry cocoa. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel; hides the alcohol very well. Damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike67 (1008) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a thin, short-lived, creamy, light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, espresso, dark fruit and citrusy hops. Body is full and creamy. Taste is burnt toast, brown sugar, cappuccino, chocolate dark fruit and a lot of citrusy hops. Finish is long and very bitter. This brew should improve with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Picked up a 4-pack last month. Last one so I should review it. 12oz 2012 vintage (was there a previous year?) Pours a nice roasted dark black. Decent coffee colored head. Smells of almonds, milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is decent. NIce carbonation, nice balance of sweet birch syrup and coffee with a hint of cocoa. Some vanilla

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Tart, raison-y aroma. I get some brown sugar, too. Alcohol, too. Black body with a thin light brown head. Taste is not well-balanced. Extreme sweetness followed by salty, bitterness. I feel like I want to take a drink of water after every sip. A rather abrasive palate. Thick body that nails your mouth with astringency and leaves a rather inexplicable numb, slickness. Overall, not impressed. Don’t know what this beer is about, and I don’t think it does, either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emeister84 (1803) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Aroma: roasted milk chocolate, molasses, and slight black cherry. Appearance: jet black, thin tan head. Taste: molasses, cocoa, espresso-like bitterness, and significant booziness. Palate: Full, milky-smooth, with prickly, boozey sensation, and a bitter, boozey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle: black pour with small tan head. Aroma is soft with cocoa, coffee, malt and light citrus hops. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark roast grain, caramel. Palate is thick with a full mouth malty sweetness that grows into a dusty, grainy light bitterness with a alcohol warmth and tingle at the end. Rather easy drinking, with more flavor and bitterness coming out as this beer warms. I will store a few and hope the flavors mature over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3989) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Deep black brown body, moderate-sized tan head, streaky lacing. Nose is chock full of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and oddly, some citirc hops. Flavor is similar, without the citric bitterness. Nice mellow blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, mild bitterness and roasty dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (772) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Aroma is sweet, molasses, licorice, yet some hops as well. Appearance is dark brown, brown half-finger head. Taste is roasted malt, slight licorice, molasses, no real hints of coffee. Alcohol is present, but no burn, well-balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking. Overall, it’s very good, and relatively cheap, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5367) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Fresh 2012 bottle, nose inky coffee black with a touch of sweet plums and molasses, subtle roast, baker’s chocolate, and even getting some mild PNW hop prickle. Dark brown/black pour with a light brown head. Taste moderately bitter and [somewhat too] sweet, resting on a hollow scoop; mild mineral character under light plum and roast, a little hoppier than many impies but nothing like Black Sun or what later developed into Black IPAs. Little bit extra acidity, good deal of cacao but not overly heavy, and there’s very little in the way of coffee. Malts are moderately developed, alcohol doesn’t burn but is slick and slimy, to the great detriment of an already oily full body. Swipe of ash in the finish and it passes a nice espresso creama on the the way out. Disappointed at this stage, but I’ve found some of the bigger offerings from SN to greatly improve with age as they mellow, so here’s hoping for development.

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