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RATINGS: 1317   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG111 (668) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma is rich dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Flavor is dark chocolate and and a nice hoppy bitterness. Sweet up front with a bitter finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Nice offering from sierra nevada. Dark brown pour with a bit of a tan head. Light malty nose. Dark roasted chocolate and coffee. Alcohol content hidden by flavor but this packs a punch. A bit to much carbonation for me. But overall quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoToBi (8) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2014 does not count
Not too much bitterness on the palette, neither is it too sweet. Nicely balanced. And excellent value for the price. Might just become a regular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3683) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
Bouteille (merci Patrick). Un liquide brun presque noir. Un nez de chocolat, de tabac avec une superbe amertume qui transperce. Une bouche amère de chocolat rôti, de café torréfié et de houblon. Un autre superbe produit de la part de Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2077) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours almost black like oil with tan head. Cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, and some caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very complex, very smooth. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (764) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10.2% and the year it was brewed. (2013) There is a short deScription of the beer as well. Appearance: It has a very dark black body which is completely opaque. From the slow pour I got a tall tan colored head that settles down fairly quick but makes tons of cool lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma has a mild character with some modest sweet and roasted maltiness. Taste / Palate: The mild aroma gives way to a big bold full bodied malty sweetness on the tongue. There are notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, and raisins. It’s 10.2% abv is noticeable but mellow and adds to its overall character. The palate feels smooth with light carbonation in this big heavy offering from Sierra Nevada. It finishes slowly with just a touch of earthy hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
witthatsbier (431) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Pours dark brown/blackish with beige head that does not last long aroma is sweet malt with coco notes taste is bitterish with light coffee tones and bitter sweet finish that lasts body is thick which is not surprising given the strength overall ok but iv,e tasted better sierra nevada ales

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, lots of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee, bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2351) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 2014-06-6: 7+3+7+3+15 = 3.5. Bottle, 2013 edition. Black with a medium sized diminishing dark brown head. Roasted malt, chocolate, warming alcohol, vanilla, pine and citrus hops, doughy yeast notes.. Medium body, oily/sticky texture, medium carbonation. Medium/heavy sweet and medium bitter. A bit hot from mid to finish leaving a bit of a stinging sensation on the gums. Drinks ok for the abv, but somewhat forgettable in the big black ocean of imperial stouts.

Looks pretty good. Still a bit too hot on the alcohol for my taste. It starts ok with soft vanilla and chocolate flavours, but then the alcohol takes focus which is a shame. Starts well, but it’s downhill from there. Leaves me alone and disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iceman15658 (135) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a very deep brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is mainly smokey and nutty. Taste is a tad on the sweet side with a slight finish of dark roast coffee.

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