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RATINGS: 1318   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2128) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle. This is a big beast of an impy and it has all of the roasting and burnt carmel you could ever want.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emartell (307) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - OCT 6, 2013
Aroma exquisito que te invita a tomar esta delicia! Las notas que se perciben y distinguen principalmente son chocolate, cacao, café y ligeros destellos a madera. Notas dulces que se perciben deliciosas! Referente a su apariencia color negro completamente petroleo. Cuerpo medio, carbonatacion baja. Corona de espuma baja de nula duración, percibiendose únicamente ligeras evidenciasde espuna color beige obscuro en los costados del cristal. En boca suave, muy cremosa y extraordinariamente bien equilibrada. Al paladar se percibe sumamente cremosa, sabores a chocolate y café. Un muy buen equilibrio entre un muy ligero amargor y notas dulces que no envuelven completamente el paladar ni se nota agresivamente. La potencia alcohólica solamente se deteca al final del trago teniwndo un final de larga duración! En resumen una excelente Imperial Stout americana cuya cremosidad elegante y a la vez potente, la hace parecer una Milk Stout. Los sabores no don típicamente los de una Imperial Stout, sin embargo las notas a café y choxolate aparecen claramente. Una exquisita, diferente y agradable Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap at Churchkey. Sweet rich malty nose, with chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Nutty sweet with some lactose. Dark black opaque with tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet and rich, malty with molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Nice roasted bitterness with hop bitter finish. Alcohol warming, with bitter rich lingering sweet after.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle from September 2012. Pour is black and dense with a khaki medium head and minimal lacing. Smell is awesome. Bakers chocolate, milk, espresso, licorice, hops. Taste is similar. Lots of chocolate notes, bitter hops and espresso with a creamy silky texture. Dessert quality beer and then some. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown. Head is a dark brownish white, foamy head. Aroma deep complex coffee smell. Taste, deep coffee, slight chocolate and an strong alcohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FriendOfBeer (98) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Cappuccino-like head. Sweet malt aroma. Strong alcohol presence at the beginning. A little too sweet at the start. Very coffee and chocolate like taste. Bitter dry aftertaste. Long finish! Overall a complex stout. Each level of taste is substantial. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4599) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

2013 Vintage.

Appearance: Slips out a black, viscous-looking body, though with only a very, very small, tan head.

Smell: An aroma choked with rich maltiness -- molasses, chilled espresso, chocolate, along with full notes of licorice sticks, plump raisins. Minor spiciness, slim smokiness.

Taste: Boldly roasty, espresso-laden, and heaping with melted, fine dark chocolate and thick molasses. Restrained sweetness, as it’s tempered by the sharpness of the roasted malts, hops, and warming alcohol. Black licorice. Dark fruits. A little additional fruitiness attributed to the hops, slightly resiny. Reasonably dry on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Big and beefy yet relatively balanced -- I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of roast, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. A great beer but a little too fresh I think, would be great with a little age to soften the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2013
10/5/13. $3.99 bottle from CBO. 1st beer of the night This is a great imperial stout! Nose is boozy chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Slight burn. The best Sierra Nevada beer I've had to date. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3335) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle
This was the 2012 vintage with just a couple of months on it. A fine and very affordable imperial stout now ranks with Old Rasputin as a beer I need to revisit more frequently than I manage to. Grab a couple of bottles when you get a chance and enjoy a brewery which has not sold out despite being one of the most influential in the country.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep oily base sweeps into the glass like the greasy remains of a dirty shop rag. Long sticky legs give it that heavy feel of a big imperial stout. Anise, licorice, and malt merge with the sticky chocolate and light smoke to create a pleasurable experience.

Flavor / Palate - Thick, oily, and chocolately this is strong without being a diabetes bomb like certain Southern Tier releases. Boozy and heady it does not take long for the ABV to make its presence known. Sticking to all corners of the mouth it lasts for a long time. Perhaps just a notch below the best it might be one of the best that is widely available at a low price point.

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