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RATINGS: 1177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2013
This was one of the thickest beers I’ve had, very dark flavor with a bitter finish, overall very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 2, 2013
1/13/13 notes: Beautiful bottle artwork, and a quintessential, well rounded imperial stout. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is roasty with complex dark chocolate and hints of cherry, a sweetish chocolate and mocha middle and just enough hop bite to pick up the flavors from one’s palate in the finish. A meditation on the dark wonders of malts in this strong stout style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dommod2011 (702) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
A perfectly balanced impy, full of taste without being overpowering. Delicious. The science in a comic book film is hurting my head. Wish I had a beef sandwich now...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3449) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; jet black pour with velvet tan head, roast malt aroma, taste for me is chocolate with slight coffee, alcohol kick slick mouthfeel, liquorice big and complex slick mouthfeel really good impy stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hartung32 (234) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2013
A really good RIS! Probably the first thing I've really enjoyed from Sierra Nevada that's not hop-forward. Smooth, with a licorice/chocolate finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1591) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2013
Sprightly, but very well balanced imp stout with chocolate, coffee and honey. Very well done! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (315) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bought 4 pack at local store. Pours a jet black with little to no head...tan. Little bit of lacing left on glass. Aroma you pick up on roasted dark malts, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste translates, with a roasted, chocolate malt flavor, some grassy hop, tinge of heat, and a long coffee finish. Lingers around for a little bit. Good beer that would purchase again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle at the Cask, Pimlico - 26/02/13. Mid black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge. Nose is roast malt, light fart, molasses, chocolate, boozey edge to this one. Taste comprises roast malts, chocolate, molasses, touch of soap, liqourice, leather, boozey kick. Full bodied with fine carbonation, sweet boozey finish. Decent enough Imperial Stout but no world beater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Porterguy41 (19) - - FEB 28, 2013
This is an oustaning ale, dark as night head disapates quikly, coffee & chocolet notes stand stright out no alcohol taste, vary well done, this is a must have for anyone who like imperal’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Grabbed a 4-pack of this when it first came out. Saved the final bottle for a review. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black. No light penetrates this one. Small tan head. Nose is rich with booze, chocolate, roasted coffee, grape, vanilla. Hints of woodsy aromas on the finish. Body is decadent and full. Rich velvety feel with a touch of carbonation on the back end. A nice malty backbone, with vanilla, chocolate syrup, a little booze, black licorice, dark fruits. This one was rich and tasty. The alcohol snuck up on me at the tail end, but this one was one I enjoyed through and through. I hope to see this around often, as I would like to have stock of this one at all times.

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