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RATINGS: 1316   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4408) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Very dark brown with dark tan lacing. Rich roast barley and sweet cocoa. Full bodied, light carbonation, sweet, rich malt, dry toast, touch of lactose perhaps. Dry roasty malt, fairly abrupt, boozy but still light in the mouth. Rich but one dimensional

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
Flaske, 355 ml. Meget mørkebrun med et stort, frodigt og luftigt lysebrunt skum. Brændt sukker. Ristet malt. Let lakrids. Appelsin-noter- Nybagt rødbrød. Fuldfed krop. Lang eftersmag. Godnat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nidaros (40) - NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Vicously black with a quick failing mocca coloured head. Nose is mostly hops, dark berries, soy and leather. The tase is down the same line, sweet but not overtly cloying. Soy, leather, dark berries and some hops. Very nice and rich mouthfeel. This is for sure the best beer I’ve had from Sierra Nevada!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5615) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
(Bottle, 0.355 l - 2013 vintage, from Systembolaget, 20140222) The beer poured black. Its head was quite large, light brown and it lasted long time. Aroma had hops, roasted malts and liquorice. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, liquorice, sweetness, hops, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste had liquorice and bitterness. Not an unsual imperial stout but the long aftertaste was nice: it avoided too intense burntness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8200) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
355 ml bottle.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, some roasted malts, sweetish chocolate and faint sugary notes. Flavor of licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, some caramel and mild ashy notes. A bit sweet sticky palate, lingering roasty finish. Some alcohol burn at the end, but nothing disturbing. Quite heavy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
33 cl bottle vintage 2012 @ olio, BBE 2285206:44
Aroma has cocoa, salty licorice and some herbal tones. Also hints of semi-dark chocolate. Flavour has salty licorice, some ashy tones, herbs and some semi-dark chocolate. Also distant coffee notes. Rich and smooth palate. Perhaps a bit too salty but rather nice still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kingi (555) - - FEB 21, 2014
very nice chocolate soft with hints of roasted coffee. aroma is much the same with maybe some more coffee. palate is flat , sticky, full body, fairly long chocolate light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (6600) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from coldbrewky, many thanks Steve. Almost black colored beer with medium beige head. aroma of roasted malt, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate. taste, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, wood, raisins. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneakychi (66) - - FEB 19, 2014
Ap: Black, small beige creamy head. Ar: rather sweet, some vanilla, hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of black currant. Some alcohol as it gets warmer. Nice! T: medium to high bitterness, roastyness, some acidity from roasted malt. P: full bodied not especially round mouthfell but rather sharp fizzy like feeling in the tounge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
2013 vintage. pours very dark brown with a small yet persistent creamy beige head showing some nice lacing patterns. burnt malts - overdone, strong coffee, smokiness, lots of blackberries along with roasted-like acidity, very ashy and almost powdery ashes, resin, molasses with their minerals, earthy. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily but not cloying, harsh resinous-bitter-coffee-mineral finish. boozy. not what i’m seeking for in a ris. DP.

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