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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Inky, with a big tan head. Great tap handle. Tangy, licorice, slight astringency. Overall the beer has an unfinished edge to it, but it’s still very drinkable. Medium body. On tap, Whole Foods.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6214) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Whole Foods - on tap. Dark black, licorice-like pour with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma has some dirty feet accents, a touch of creosote. Full-bodied flavor with nice bittersweet baker’s chocolate accents, some creosote, a back end of licorice. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Can’t get the image of the Narwhal on Elf out of my head - "Bye, Buddy. Hope you find your dad."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4204) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
12 oz. bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a small brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate heavy with some minor notes of coffee and honey sweetness. Maybe a touch of herbal, floral hops. The flavor is nicely roasted with more dark chocolate, honey, coffee with a mildly bitter, chocolaty finish. Very nice imperial stout that gets higher marks because of the awesome value.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (4395) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
Draught @ Churchkey, Wash., D.C. Pours cloudy veryy dark brown with small tan head. Dark, roasty and caramellish aroma with malty notes. Sweetish, malty flavour with notes of roast, caramel amd fruit. Warming alcohol presence. Slightly bitter and roasty finish. Really nice. Really, really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
12 oz bottle from Imbibe Wine. Nose is light amounts of chocolate, and hints of sweet molasses and mocha. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor is sweet chocolate, a little coffee, and white pepperiness. Finishes with some light alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NosirIwont (2140) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle. 10.2%. No best before date. Pours black with a dense brown head. Good lacing. Deep roasted aroma with a tar note. Flavour is tart and slightly fat, with a light citrus note, a roasted note, tar, and alcohol in the background. Nice bitter, somewhat dry, coffee finish with a lingering alcohol burn and a bit of grass. Overall really good; well-balanced, especially the alcohol, despite the high %. 05.10.13.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (4745) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
To Little bottle.Pitch Black colour with medium beige head.Aroma of licorice and rosted malt,feels oily and sweet with flavor of tar and mortor oil,good full body and rosted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Black with a reddish brown head. Burnt grain aroma. Coffee, licorice and smoke with malt and substantial hops. Layered and complex. Not as thick as most imperial stouts. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisFields (95) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Appearance- Dark with a thin tan head Aroma- Sweet raisin, malt, and chocolate. Alcohol is present as well. Taste- Starts sweet, hints of figs caramel and cocoa. Ends on a slightly bitter malt and coffee note. Palate- Medium body, very light carbonation. Smooth. Overall- Pretty impressed with this offering from Sierra Nevada. A Solid Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1227) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Poured from bottle. Thick, dark color with light-brown head. A nice malt forward aroma full of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, some coffee, and figgy fruits. Taste is sweet initially and then finishes bitter...almost astringent from the roasted malts. Overall, this is a great beer from Sierra Nevada. I actually had been overlooking it due to the lower price point but the staff at the bottle shop convinced me to give it a try...and I’m glad that they did. This beer will be interesting to age out and see what it does in the upcoming years.

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