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RATINGS: 1395   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2923) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Vintage 2014. Dark brown/black colour, dark brown foam. Aroma of chocolate and caramel along with bitter roasty flavours. Sweet with bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced. Good imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, and boozy, with hints of chocolate, coffee, leather, and tobacco. Taste/Palate: sweet and creamy; finishes slightly astringent and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4677) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, tobacco, light pine, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, char, tobacco, herbal, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, leather, tobacco, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (618) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
2015/03/20 - Pours a jet black colour with a thin, creamy, khaki head that quickly reduces. Aroma is cocoa, burnt sugar, coffee, licorice, strong molasses, spices and alcohol. Taste follows nose; bitter coffee, cocoa, burnt sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with average carbonation and bittersweet, mildly warming finish. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whitehotg8 (85) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
2014 poured into a snifter. Appearance is dark as night with that nice dark khaki head that fades. I get cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, slight licorice, hint of spice in the aroma. Taste is complex and satisfying. Notes of coffee, chocolate (both sweet and bitter), toasted nuts, cinnamon, and at the end just a nod to the hops with a lingering oily texture. Solid, well executed imperial stout. Got some socked away for later!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (1050) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2015
Deep brown to black color, light brown head. Coffee nose, licorice, chocolate, ripe fruit, caramel. Dark chocolate taste, roasted malt, burnt sugar, espresso coffee, bitter finish, well balanced. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidezdonz (316) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAR 18, 2015
12oz bottle packaged on 6 November 2014 as per the back label. Poured into a Westmalle goblet. It poured pitch black with minimal head and low retention. Smelled of mocha chocolate with hints of espresso at first but followed by some alcohol. Taste followed the smell with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Later on some booze does show. It was smooth, creamy and velvety with very light carbonation. Overall, I thought that this was a decent stout. Taste wise its not the best of its style but it is certainly solid. I’ve also heard that it ages well so I may have to find another bottle to age a few years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigericsports (55) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Bought a 4 pack from Safeway, Berkeley,CA. Bought a growler from Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room in Berkeley, CA. Appearance: Black color with a small brown head from tap with good retention and some lacing. Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, and chocolate. Taste: Roasted coffee and malts, dried fruits and chocolate. Palate: Medium/heavy bodied. Overall: A solid imperial stout,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (129) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
I thought Bigfoot would always be my favorite here, I believe I found new SN fav, big malt forward aroma great toffee caramel with backbone of huge French roast. Flavor is a million bucks rich? Nice nitro like bubbles and great mouth coating finish. Superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAR 8, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Can't see through it at all. Brown Head. Thick lacing. Smell: roasted malts. Licorice. Chocolate. Slight fudge. Taste: coffee, maybe espresso. Black licorice. Some sort of spice, coriander?? Feel: thin mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Overall: nice beer. A spice I can't figure out. First drank: home 3/8/15 Vintage: 2014

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