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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 Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiMuBai (222) - - NOV 19, 2013
Pours a dark brown to ebony color with a very thin, tan head. It has a thick, heavy and alcohol-warmed mouth feel. The taste of molasses is present with a nice bitter finish. AND the 10.5 ABV is a beast. A session beer for vikings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydslip (331) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Deep coffee-brown beer with a thin beige head that is not much more than a surface film. Nose of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Flavor has a medium roast coffee bitterness up front followed by a touch of sourness with undertones of bitter chocolate and black strap molasses. This is not an overly powerful imperial stout, having a more subtle flavor, but that doesnít mean it lacks complexity. Not the best beer Iíve had in this style, but one of the smoothest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
A solid imperial stout. Lacking a little in taste compared to some of the better imperial stouts. Has a solid bitter finish though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1478) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Deep dark brown color, nearly black. Healthy cardboard brown head. The lace says hi and then jets. A chalky aroma: nutty, a bit toasted. There are more berries, though. The booziness manifests itself as a quasi-cherry liqueur. There is some horseblanket, but itís very subtle. Itís much sweeter in the nose than I expected. Iíve never seen a cocoa nib, but I feel like there is one in the aroma. The flavor is much more burnt and roasted than in the flavor. There is a nutty finish that blunts that casual saccharine sweetness. The coffee and cocoa on the label are an accent, not the main event. As the heat comes in, the more dark, burnt flavors really emerge. Feels dry and chalky, but there are some softer finishes on the palate. Iíll bet this one ages nicely. Letting it warm up a bit is an absolute must: take one out of the fridge and put it on the counter while youíre leading up to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2872) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
It is a bit rough around the edges, alcohol is pretty hot, finish is dicey. This is a middle of the road IS. Got it at Wegmans in Erie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bwyu (55) - - NOV 16, 2013
Roast with lots of coffee dark chocolate. Nice hop bitterness to balance the richness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (439) - - NOV 16, 2013
Had better imperial stouts. Pours black with hints of a brown head that never really forms, and quickly goes away. Some roasted malts on the nose - but it is faint. I am not getting the multiple tastes that others are - for me, this is roasted malt, some bitterness, and some booze. Maybe there is some bitter coffee, but this does not have the range of flavors in other imperial stouts. I do like the mouthfeel - it has a chewy quality to it. Overall, it's fine - just not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Iím currently rating every SN brew Iíve ever had in one clean sweep. I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (2216) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
(tap) clear very dark colour with a small brown head; aromas of roast, smoked fruit; rich and balanced flavour, slightly thick palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierenjoyer1 (98) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Smells of unsweetened chocolate, some coffee, roasted barley and malts. Pours dark brown with a thin rich medium brown foam which laces nicely. Same as my aroma observation but a nice lingering of unsweetened chocolate and roasted malts and coffee. I really like this beer and will buy it again. Bottle serving from Binnyís.

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