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RATINGS: 1389   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6253) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3348) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle, fresh 2013 vintage. Very dark brown pour with a modest brown head. Light bits of lacing throughout and a small head retained for the entire glass. Good roast and espresso notes, a little sweetness from the molasses. Bittersweet cocoa plays a minimal role, sort of overshadowed by the lingering smokiness. I like the amount of hops now, but in my mind this is begging to be cellared… better make room next to the Bigfoot. Still, served fresh is a pretty fine experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12619) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Vintage 2012, end of 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma of licorice, coffee beans, caramel and dark sugar, with quite a bit of alcohol showing. Thick and sweet flavour with licorice and burned notes, and plenty of hop presence and a bit of warm alcohol. Classic American imperial stout, in no need of barrel aging and rare coffee blends...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
(Bottle, 2013): Pours black with a lovely mocha coloured head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, roasted malt, smoke, chocolate and a slight hint of alcohol. Flavour is very sweet dark fruits, chocolate, charred wood, choco-malt, vinous notes and again, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is fantastic and the beer itself is dangerously drinkable for 10.2%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (462) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
The aroma is malt - slight chocolate, slight coffee, roasty. Pours black with a caramel brown frothy head, mostly diminishing, very good lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy just a little thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish bitter. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
I’m surprised that this beer "only" scores a 92... what in the. Poured into a shaker pint. Appearance: Pitch black. Tan head. Poured nicely. A bit of lacing, but not much. Smell: Chocolate. Some smoke. A lot of roast. Not much in terms of dark fruits. Taste/feel: Well, that’s some damn good stuff. Chocolate and roastiness, as you’d expect. Some smoke. Dark fruits in there a little bit (mostly as it warms), but not too much. Alcohol is hidden well as far as flavor goes, but there’s a definite warmth there. A bit more "harsh" than some other RIS’s, I suppose. The feel isn’t quite as full bodied as some others I’ve had, which is a slight knock, but still excellent. Drinks a bit too easily. Fantastic beer. Not much else to say about that. Underrated, in my opinion. Stands up well to some other, perhaps more popular, RIS’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Near black pour with a quickly fading khaki head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and dark sweet fruits. There is also a hint of booze mixed in with the aroma. Taste is a well balanced delight to sip on, nice mix of dark fruit and maltiness. Overall a great beer, very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (1104) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
12 oz bottle - pours black with thin mocha head . Aromas of cocoa and dark fruits . Tastes of light roast coffee , dark cocoa and faint raisin/date/figs . Silky mouthfeel . Excellent imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (2185) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap Dublin’s. Deep black with minimal head. Nose of bitter chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit, and pine bitterness. Flavor is roast balance with bittersweet chocolate. Again, a bit of a green, pine-citrus hop bitterness poking through. Coating mouthfeel. More hop presence than I typically like in an imperial stout, but still quite good.

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