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RATINGS: 1390   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisFields (99) - 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 (1272) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kambei70 (944) - - OCT 7, 2013
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pouts jet black with a light brown head. Slightly sticky lacing, just short of oily. Nose is chocolate, malt, a little caramel, lactose some anise, and a bit if vegetal hops. Taste follows nose with the alcohol definitely coming through and a stronger hops bitterness than expected. Medium full mouthfeel with some alcohol burn. Good but will be better with some age when the hops drops out a bit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2177) - 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 (343) - 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 (4170) - 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 (1709) - 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 (101) - 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 (4770) - 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.

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