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RATINGS: 1297   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 16/20
rjplumer (719) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Heavy cocoa and roasted coffee aroma. Heavy black body with a tan foamy thin head. The first taste tells you it means business with it’s intensity. Roasted cocoa and coffee blast with a warming sensation as it goes down your throat reminds you that this is an imperial strength stout. Leaves with a dry clean finish and if you pay attention you’ll pick up the sweetness of molasses. Definitely a winter warmer type of brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (421) - HONG KONG - DEC 5, 2014
Pitch ink-black. Beige head with big chunky bubbles, starts out thick but settles into creamy thinness. Smells like ash/tobacco, booze, an almost dusty attic, pepper, hint of potpourri. Tastes of burnt/roasted dark malt, dark chocolate, cheese/yeast, quite bitter, ends on a sour note. Body is smooth but thin, a bit of spice. Very big and interesting even if it might not be to my usual taste - lots of burnt ash and cheesy yeast, which is an unusual combination and slightly odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from Citysuper at home. Thick black pour with brown edges and a dense tan head. Aroma is lots of malt, booze, leather, even a bit blue cheese-ish. Taste is very big, rich boozy and toasted malts. Slight bit of licorice but not bad. Very smooth. Finish is warming booze. Very solid but not outstanding stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle, 29/4/14. Pours black, creamy tan head. Nose of chocolate, coffee, molasses, roast. Tastes decent sweet molasses, milk chocolate, dark cocoa, roast, coffee, some hop bitterness. Great balance: "more than solid, but not quite special" is what I wrote at the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Draft at Parker Pie. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Flavor follows, a molasses, dark chocolate. roast up front. A bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamT (255) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Vintage 2014, 12oz bottle from Brewmaster’s in Wilson. Black pour, zero visibility with frothy medium brown head. Excellent lacing. Chocolate malt, booze and some dark fruit (figs) aromas. Thick chocolate malt flavor up front with a mostly chocolate malt finish, but there were hints of dark fruit on the finish as well . As it warms the booze taste really starts to come out. I thought this was a solid beer, but I was looking for a bit more in the taste, I also tried to find the coffee (taste or aroma) but was unsuccessful . Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (631) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Yummy......solid showing very sweet beer....great beer...Yummy.:-X....................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (941) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Aroma of sweet roasted malt, some coffee, and some vanilla like bourbon. Bet the bourbon aged narwhal would be great as this already has some bourbon characteristics. Very smooth, balanced and full flavored. Nice imperial stout. Has a smoothness to it that has a slight milk stout feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2951) - 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (215) - 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.

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