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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 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (187) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Midnight black body blanketed by a thick dark tan foamy pillow. Long lasting head retention and decent lacing. Syrupy consistency layered with complexity. Freshly roasted coffee and malts fill the nostrils on the first waft as faint scents of vanilla and molasses creep in. Leaves an amazing tingling feeling despite the leaden viscosity. Rich nutty flavors with undertones of decadent chocolate. Tastes of raisins, cherries, and even a bit of raspberry welcome an earthy aftertaste. Subtle hints of oak. Very polished stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle at Cactus. Thick and dark. Very nice taste, boozy, dark malt, bitter, coffee, vanilla. Full on alcohol punch but in a good way. Burnt, cocoa, brown sugar. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixer006 (24) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from drinkstore a few months ago. Nice texture to this with a smooth finish, nice dark aroma. Quality beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (148) - MalmŲ, Sweden, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
4 finger brown head, black body. Nose: Liquorice, dark chocolate, malt and coffee. Aroma: Coffee, dates, liquorice, malt, dark bitter chocolate, grapefruit, resin, cacao-powder, brown sugar, Madeira, caramel, chalk and ash. Long bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (301) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
A rich, black-brown liquid flows from the bottle into a stout glass, covered in a chocolaty foam. The head becomes almost immediately insignificant, dropping into the beer and leaving only a trace of itself on the surface of the brew. A boozy vanilla and thin molasses fill the air above the glass, the aroma not huge, but scintillating. First sip is a nice roasted coffee, hints of molasses, a basic, Imperial Stout; then the second sip and third. Not as impressed as I was the first time. A nice forward, but the taste is just salty, lightly bitter and takes away from the flavor of the brew. A little thin texturally. and too soft to carry the flavor. Not a lot of carbonation here and Iím wondering what this will be like in a year. Iím going out to buy a second. See you back here in a year with this one. I need to give this another chance considering the ratings here, because I am just not finding that sweet spot that everyone else is enjoying. Very eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pumpkin87 (127) - - NOV 23, 2014
Jet black with attractive tan head that quickly vanishes, leaving slight, decorative lacing. Bouquet is roasted malt, that is all. In the glass, though, dark roasted coffee takes over, with slight chalkiness and well-controlled bitter cocoa. The 10.2 percent ABV comes as no surprise, but it translates into strength, not burn. Yes, itís big, but not in a wreck-your-palate way, more like picking you up and carrying you onward. Definitely one to age; it could well get better. An exemplary stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennetporter (355) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
This imperial stout gets it mostly right. The aroma falls short out of the bottle, but is mostly roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste is big on malt; bitter chocolate plays a major role. The alcohol is perfectly balanced with the malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aumentm (439) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Narwhal Imperial Stout is very dark. Black even. Very complex and rich. Tan head and is great in colder months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matty (257) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle - 2014 on the label. Pours black, I held this up to the light and itís like a black hole - nothing came back. Very slight tan head that disappeared very quickly. Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee & malt. Full bodied, the taste was much of the same as the aroma with a little sweetness thrown into the mix. Finish kept the same theme with the coffee coming through a little more. The chocolate coated the mouth for a bit. Some warming after the swallow as well. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (869) - - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Coffee/roasted malt aroma with notes of molasses and chocolate. Pours black as night with a thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. A very rich and full-bodied stout that starts with dark chocolate and molasses flavors. The finish is a bit dry, but luxuriously smooth with slight hints of roasted malt and coffee that clings to palate after the sip. Excellent stout!

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