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RATINGS: 1265   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3043) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
29 Nov 2012, bottle. black, thick foamy head that fades fast. nose is mocha coffee and moderate alcohol, with bitter chocolate twinge. med body and mildly fizzy. there is a serious woody flavor that comes out in the taste. mocha or sweet black coffee, some tree bark, maybe spruce hops. very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
LetsGoState (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Appearance is medium brown head and almost black color. Aroma is a chocolate malt. Taste is toasted chocolate with some strong hops. Overall a little too much alcohol content for my preference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Smells great....milk chocolate...some alcohol. Pours pitch black with a minimal mocha head. Tastes chocolatey...some coffee...some alcohol. VERY good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
matthewnhart (7) - - NOV 28, 2012 does not count
One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. Thick, rich, and the booze is virtually unnoticeable. The coffee and chocolate notes are subtle and perfectly balanced. This rivals OB's Ten Fidy. And for ~$5 less/4 pack & ~$12 less/case, it may just top it. The latest of several reasons why SN is my favorite brewery. Well done SN, well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (560) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle pour to snifter. Another good value from Sierra Nevada and a very good tasting beer, but it just doesnít measure up to the stiff competition in the Imperial Stout style (IMHO). It is somewhat like what the SNPA is in the IPA style--a very good beer that I will drink anytime, but only if something better is not available.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a black appearance with a foamy dark brown head and nice lacing. Somewhat piney, a bit sprucey, lightly minty, dark chocolate, roasty malty aroma. Somewhat dark fruity (fig, plum, dark grape), dark chocolate, piney/minty flavor with a somewhat bitter, yet smooth chocolate finish. Really a nice brew that I hope to get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Itís Sierra Nevadaís first broad cast imperial stout so why am i surprised at how fine it is? Pours deep & black, and sure I havenít seen darker head. Coffee, milk chocolate, leather, wood smoke what I smell. Doesnít want the mouth to contain it, so active. & perfect weight, not light, but not as heavy as other imperials. taste buds say roast (malt), beef, burgundy, alcohol, bitter pine with a sour-bitter-burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12oz bottle from total wine in norfolk. pours surprisingly think for a mass produced imperial stout and sits a deep, dark, mocha in the glass capped by a thin, creamy, dark beige head. aroma is heavy on the chocolate, with notes of cocoa powder, chocolate cake, brownie bits, and hersheyís backed by molasses, earthy soil, and charred coffee beans with hints of vanilla as it warms. flavor is truly delicious with a hefty dose of dark chocolate, mocha coffee, burnt brownie ends, and roasted malts up front backed by earthy hops, toasted pumpernickel, toffee, and a bit of ash on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with smooth carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that leaves a heavy, roasted, chocolatey finish. overall, this really is a damn good imperial stout. iím not usually a fan of SNís dark beers but this is a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted chocolate, espresso, molasses, dark dried fruits, vanilla, citrus malts. Awesome. Black hue with a nice average sized medium brown head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Finish is lightly cloying and heavy bitter. Overall a fantastic Impy from Sierra Nevada. Loved every aspect of the beer but the best part is that it will only get better with time. Should cellar extremely well and very reasonably priced. Wonderful all the way around. Canít wait to see what itís like next year!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12oz bottle. Black with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, citrus, chocolate and some sweet caramel. Flavor is full on bitter roasted malt and bitter hops up front with some dry cocoa and light caramel sweetness, very mild alcohol presence. Full body with a thick, creamy mouth feel. This is a really great beer, it will be interesting to see how it ages.

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