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RATINGS: 1395   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3406) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a black (SRM 45) body....nose is redolent with roasted malts, including chocolate, coffee, plum, raisin, roast beef, minimal hop tones.......taste is sweet to start, with plum, raisin and other dried fruits, moving to a bit of toffee/caramel, then coffee, lighter chocolate, and umami with beef and soy sauce notes, finishing with a moderate roasted malt hop bitterness, the heavy sweetness lingering throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol warmth present, low carbonation. I cannot think of ways to change this Imperial Stouts recipe, but this is a sugar bomb, and greater attenuation would improve it and hopefully lower the sweetness to a more balanced result. That would also increase the alcohol, so a different yeast? BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (900) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
A 12 oz bottle from Liberty Wine Merchants on The Drive in Vancouver. Full black with a generous tan head. Massive and intense chocolate and coffee notes here. Sweet, but with a dry finish. No side by side comparison available at the moment, but compares well with Old Rasputin and Brooklyn Breweries Black Chocolate imperial stouts. It’s a keeper...or not. I mean, I’d like to put some aside to try in a year or so, but it’s so good that it’s not going to happen. I’ll be drinking it up every chance I get!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Thick pour like motor oil. Medium head. Aroma is a lot of cocoa with some roasted malt tones. Medium boxed. Thick and chewy. Complex. Molasses notes with chocolate and roasted malts. Slight bitterness and coffee near end. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (328) - Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Black in color with a caramel-colored head. The lacing coats the side of the glass. I smell coffee and chocolate. Peanut butter in the aroma like a reeses peanut butter cup. The taste is like perculated coffee. There is a long drawn out finish. Creamy texture. Full-bodied beer with a bitter sweet taste. Slight taste of ginger. Overall this beer was very enjoyable. Almost s sessionable beer. Yum yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dansrc51 (46) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and anise. Nice thick body without being overwhelming like some big stouts. Great flavor and appearance. My go to stout in the winter Leave your pretensions at the door.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is dark chocolate, light soy sauce, and caramel. A little dry on the palate, thick body, crisp, but with long coffee finish. Pretty classic stout but the fact that it’s a 10% imperial is. Its not boozy or that sweet, almost like it been modeled after classic Irish stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (480) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours very dark with a nice coffee mocha colored head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cherry, and raisin. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, molasses and dark fruit. Strong flavors and creamy and smooth in the mouth. Just a hint of sourness that I imagine will mellow over time if this beer is allowed to sit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 17, 2013
355ml bottle from drink store. Hey black, big rich mocha coffee colored head. Doesn?t last. Nose is roasted malt, milk chocolate and light coffee. Flavour belies the mellow nose, it?s intense dark roasted malt, rich, rich, espresso and dark chocolate and a blast of tangy resiny hops. Huge rich body, soft carbonation, but it?s there. Mouthfeel is big, slick and oily. Finish is not overdone, all the flavour ids in the middle - dark, almost burnt malt, a little lingering coffee bitterness. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
2013-10-09. Black body with a nice brown head. 4+ Aroma has good amount of green hops over a rich dark malt base. Mild alcohol and cocoa like roast. 7++ Flavour is similar, rich sweet dark malt base has a good dose of green hops and a fair bit of hoppy bitterness. Moderate roast character, and cocoa highlights. Alcohol is not overly present in the flavour but leaves the inside of your mouth tingly from the alcohol. 7++ Smooth medium to full bodied palate is pleasantly carbonated. Bottle is a bit old but drinks like it is very fresh, with a lot of hop presence. Bottle, 2012 Vintage, from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draft at Whole Foods- Tallahassee. Served in a giant 20oz plastic cup, fuck yes. Pitch black pour with a thick creamy brown head that laces all the way down. Big, rich, chocolate malt aroma, coffee and roast. Flavor is similar with chewy chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and ending with gracious amounts of bitter piney hops. Thick body and mellow carbonation. Mighty fine.

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