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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (6120) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
nice sweet burnt malty aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, soft carbonation, burnt dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (4059) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is dark fruits, roasted coffee, chocolate and a little coal. Full bodied and creamy. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2014
As with all of Sierra Nevada beers this is a great tasting beer. A bit too much coffee for me but apart from that very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2600) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Pours a super dark black/brown with a light brown head. The smell is molasses, Dark roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate. The taste is dark fruit, dark roasted malt, chocolate ending dry with some alcohol burn. The body is medium with fine carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hereandbeer (14) - BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
A rather bitter wee number, plenty of alcohol in the aroma but it’s not so noticeable in the flavour. Lots of roasted flavours giving some dirty coffee notes. A little syrupy but relatively little body for such a strong beer. A satisfying strong, bitter stout (you will love it if you are looking for those three things).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedhawkFIN (56) - FINLAND - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 355ml bottle@home (from Bierzwerg) - Dark beer with dark black brown color with minimal brownish head. Aroma has dark chocolate, raisins wih coffee and roasty malt. The taste sweetish with some medium bitterness and light sourness. Palate is almost full with sweetishky sticky texture and almost flat carbonation. Finish is dryishly bitter. This US Imperial Stout has been geared more towards malty sweetness instead of a more typical hop loaded Stouts of the new continent. Personally I like the more hop oriented ones but this is definitely still worth checking out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of cocoa and chocolate with caramel and raisin. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Follows aroma with some dark fruits and raisin. Great stout, I wish it was year round.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazymorton (25) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2014
caramel, toast, chocolate, earthy, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, full body, creamy, now this is a stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 24, 2014
0.355 l bottle, thanks Petteri! Pitch black color. Soft roasty aroma with coffee, raisins. Soft roasty flavor with coffee, charcoal, raisins, nuts and restrained pine. Very harmonous, drinkable and complex beer. Surprisingly soft and delicate yet rich and extremely tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BreWedge (482) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
12 fl oz bottle sample. Pours a thick, opaque black with a small to mid size mocha head. Aromas are strong black liquorice, wood, nuts, and burnt sugar. Tastes are roasty, some coffee, and a little alcohol. Big body, warming, oily, moderate carbonation, and a medium alcohol finish. Not a huge fan of imperial stouts but this one was pleasant. Did a decent job covering the massive 10.2% abc.

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