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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Bottle shared by bvery, thanks dude! Very good impy stout but throw in some bourbon and thay would be a winner. Re-rate - bottle from AV1 on November 20, 2012. Black pour with the nitro type look, thick mocha head and lacing. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a little bit of hops. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a slight alcohol and bitter finish. Bumped up my appearance, taste and palate by one each.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Very dark brown pour. Roasted malt and hop bite flavor. Chocolate and molasses. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 pack from the Weave. Had not heard about this. Dark brown, approaching black with a minimal tan head. Nose is very roasty, lots of bakers chocolate, light tobacco, and char. Flavor is similar, light grassy hops, roasty chocolate bitterness, mild sweetness. A bit boozy on the palate but a well made imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Dark brown pour evolved into a near pitch black opaque liquid in the glass, with ruby highlights. The head was quite small in size, but it left some awesome khaki lace. The aroma of the beer showed off the roasted malts, with the smells of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The taste was an extension of the smell, but with amped up intensity. The coffee taste was thick in this beer, with a bitter, astringent finish. If I let the sip linger in my mouth, some powder cocoa notes crept in. I usually dislike "Imperial" stouts that have runny, weak mouthfeel. Luckily this was not one of those namby pamby beers. The body was as thick as they come. Sierra Nevada has delivered another awesome product to the mass market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/black with a foamy very dark tan head. Aromas of dark milk chocolate, treacle and perhaps a little coffee and spice. Full bodied. Flavor is dark, dark milk chocolate, some coffee, hints of treacle and hop spice. Finishes bitter and nitty gritty. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Medium mouthfeel with a rich malt with coffee chocolate and booze with a bitter finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering, a good Imperial stout from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1150) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate. A little heavy on the palate with soft, light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, molasses, coffee, chocolate, with a bittersweet chocolate finish. A very nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
deep black .. mild head, medium foam .. . bought at specs, thanks for the 50 g’s judes, jimmys outta here .. . slick silky mouthfeel .. . tar and mars tar .. . not at all complex but damn enjoyable!! .. . . who’s this guy, every pissed off lieutenant from every 80’s movie???

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours very dark brown to nearly black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of black licorice, roasted coffee, and smoky malts. Nice flavor of charred espresso, licorice, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Slick mouthfeel. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3771) - - OCT 25, 2012
bottle. narwhals...weird. silky black pour with a small dark brown head. nose of roasted barley with a strong hop bite and noticeable alcohol. roasty with piney spruce and alc in flavor. really strong, really hoppy, really dark. warming finish. lots of leftover bitterness from hops in finish. black ipa fans will like it.

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