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RATINGS: 1354   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 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 (1814) - 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 (266) - 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 (746) - 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 (1044) - 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 (3222) - 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 (241) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (1088) - - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matty (308) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle - 2014 on the label. Pours black, I held this up to the light and it’s 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!

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