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RATINGS: 1387   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours a thick dark black as youd exect, with a very foamy tan head. Smellslike a bottle of matt ant booze. But the tase is all smooth and cocoa. On the whole it’s a fairly clean Imperial Stout that’s actually kind of one dimensional in taste but none the less very good. I’d be very interested to taste it on Oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Small single finger head. No carbonation. Very little lacing that disappears almost immediately. Black as used motor oil. Smells of alcohol, dark roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, and cocoa. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, burnt wood, and alcohol. Some alcohol burn on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. Good Stout, but not quite outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
7stern (571) - Bromma, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2014
Almost black. No head but medium carbonation and remaining laces. Chocolate aroma. Full bodied taste with coffee, chocolate, malt, licorice and little sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (9912) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2014
12 oz bottle. 32352. From bierzwerg.de.
Black colour... do I need to add something... The aroma is incredibly pleasant with biscuits, chocolate, sweetness, cocoa, and a lot of maltiness. Wow! The flavour is roasted malt, dry liquorice, ash, dryness, bitterness, alcohol burn... wow, this is incredible. Anyone who can get this beer... please get it! Absolutely a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Love this brew. I have been waiting for an imperial stout from these guys for so long, and the fact they put it out in a 12oz is great. Sampled last year and then aged a few bottles and tried along the way. Great brew, malted and roasted well, totally enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumbo (1164) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle at The Ale House, Chelmsford. A slow sipping beer, that pours out black with a very small tan colour head. Roasted malt aroma, with chocolate and molasses. Very rich. Full bodied. Slick texture. Warming. Big in ABV and taste, no bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMA (261) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2014
Pitch black. Big brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma and taste of roasted malt and bread. A bit sweet. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
From notes: Poured opaque, inky black with a small, thin caramel-colored head that was gone quickly. Aroma mixes notes of bitter chocolate and roasty coffee. Full body, moderately thick with an oily note that lingers in the finish. Flavor of dark, roasty coffee that gives way to a note of lightly bitter chocolate. The coffee becomes more pronounced as it warms. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotchzombie (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Pours dark brown black with almost no head. A rim is tan in color and there are some finely-bubbled legs. The mild aroma is coffee and molasses. Taste is creamy sweet cocoa into molasses and roast coffee. The finish is burnt malt into a mild but distinctive hop bitterness. Some sense of the ABV but it is warming and subtle. There are notes of dry bakers chocolate as well. This is not as in your face and flavor-forward as some other top ImpS, but it has depth, balance and real drinkability. I enjoyed the hoppy finish which nicely balances the sweet malts. Excellent. Is there such a thing as a sessionable Imperial Stout? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (607) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2014
Doften är bärig, lätt vinös, mörkt bröd, lite söt. Stor kropp och mycket kolsyra. Smaken är av mörka bär, söt, lätt rostad med kaffe, mashmallows, och en lite torrare avslutning där en mer tydlig rostad bitterhet träder fram. Och kaffe, och citrus.

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