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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esquetee (7) - Bend, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
On tap at Broken Top Bottle Shop; beautifully dark, spicy, vanilla, some dark roasted cocoa-ness. Mouthfeel leaves little fireworks on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours a deep black with a very small, filmy brown/tan head. Aroma has a lot of brown malt with light dark chocolate, mild dark roast coffee, light sweetness at the end melding with a modest amount of roasted malt character. Flavor starts off sweet of molassasses, light rum flavor but quickly moves into a bitter chocolate and dark fruity sweetness. Notes of anise, prune and raisin come through with a pronounced coffee ending. The body of the beer holds the flavors and there is a ton of residual sugar to aid in almost completely hiding the high alcohol present in this brew. Mouthfeel is superb with a well balanced mix of sharp, fine carbonation melding with an oily, sugary feeling beer. Overall a very well crafted beer thats impeccably balanced, creating a complex beer. I bought this as a single but will probably end up buying a six pack to age and see what happens to it as it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (830) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
A thick and creamy chocolate malt shake with a bit too much molasses for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (265) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at the Red Hot. Opaque, dark tan head. Scent of dark chocolate and booze. Tastes the same, with a little smoke flavor. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
COMRADEJOSH (318) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Notes of roasted malt and some dark chocolate. Smooth on the palate with deep dark chocolate mixed in. Very warming alcohol on aftertaste. Worth trying other than that I don’t know how to compare as it is my first imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) 12 oz bottle. The look is dark, black in color, and decent tan head. The smell is dark dark chocolate, malt, roasty, deep, chalky, and cocoa. The taste is rich, chocolate, plums, roast, and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4293) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Sb. Pours pitch black with a great brown lacing head. Aroma is sweet roasted fruity a bit acidy ashy soy coffee. Flavor is acidy roasted malty sweet fruity bitter coffee and dark chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
355 ml bottle, thanks tiong. Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cream and tobacco. Rich flavour of roasted malts, wood, strong bitterness, bread and some salt. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a lobg, warming, roasty finish. Strong and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6150) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
355ml bottle from Ales by Mail
<nr> 2012 vintage - Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vegetables and licorice. Taste is roasty , sweetish and salty with notes of licorice, coffee and hints of vegetables. Finish is roasty, salty and bitter with hints of licorice. Okay IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Black with a thick beige/light brown head. Aroma of nutty, roast malt, coffee, chocolate, bread, yeast. Taste is sweet with a light sour and bitter finish. Thick oily texture, low carbonation. Good beer.

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