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RATINGS: 1071   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (657) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Snifter pour of dark thin liquid, full finger khaki head. Nose holds lots of bitterness, malts and coffee, fairly roasted. Flavors follow, with plenty of bitter coffee and roasted malts. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. Quite drinkable, and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3839) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, and decent tan head. The smell is dark dark chocolate, malt, roasty, deep, chalky, and cocoa. The taste is rich, chocolate, plums, roast, and malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (750) - - JAN 22, 2013
Pours black with a thumbs worth of tan head. Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, black coffee. Black coffee bitterness up front, bakers chocolate, toasted malt, black liquorice, lingering hop quality in the finish that works with this stout. Medium to fuller body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2314) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2013
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a lovely big crema head. The nose has earthiness with cream and dark chocolate notes. There’s just a hint of hops in there. The taste has big notes of dark chocolate and herbs, perhaps getting into mint chocolate. The palate is medium to full bodied and similar in the texture with such an elegant finish. Overall, a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle:   Black, thin beige head, spotty lacing.   Heavily roasted nose, slight dark chocolate.   Dry and bitter up front, roasty, bakers chocolate background.   Malty, roasty, pale sweetness, strong bitter chocolate on the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   A very robust Imperial Stout, but not as thick or rich as I expected.   Very big for your every day Stout, but Imperial?   Finishes slightly dry, bitter chocolate, roasty, with a moderate hop bite.   Nothing out of the ordinary, but fairly solid.   Bigger than many in the 12oz container.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Poured a dense black with a khaki colored head that quickly dissipated. The aroma has notes of mocha, marshmallow, roasty, and malty bitterness. Taste is very roasty and on the verge of smoke. Hefty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Black, thin but dense brown head. Smells like chocolate milk. Taste is chocolate and coffee, with nice hints of vanilla. Very rich and satisfying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Black with alce. Nose of licorice, chocolate, coffee, wood, some pine. Dry and roasty, chocolate, coffee notes. Nice thick body, tart edge. Hides alcohol very well. A good drinking impy—nice, but not overly impressive

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge creamy dark brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was sweetish black licorice, floral hops and a bit of roasty malts. The flavor was semi sweet and very roasty with strong notes of black licorice and floral hops and hints of coffee and Bakers chocolate. Long finish that was bitter and roasty with lingering floral hops and anise. Moderately full bodied and the alcohol was fairly well hidden. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (859) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Very good stout with coffee, chocolate, and some hops. I also get some brown sugar and of course roasted malts. Very good beer. Thank you Chudwick.


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