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RATINGS: 1382   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4714) - 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 (9616) - 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 (3485) - Chagrin Falls, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle. Deep black pour with a thin, tan, lacing head. Strong coffee aroma with cocoa and smokey malt. Cherry flavor with dark chocolate and coffee. Very strong flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2730) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Deep black with tannish head... Aroma of roasted malts, alcohol... Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, alcohol is very prevalent in this... Decent, a little too boozy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Very robust imperial stout and my favorite offering from Sierra Nevada so far. Intense and dark with warm alcohol burn and toasty malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1025) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 2013 bottle - Pulled a year old bottle from my cellar and Narwhal improved very well with age. More chocolate aroma than before, as well as the coffee and dark fruit as before and some cherry. Taste has more chocolate also and the roast flavor has rounded out nicely allowing a bit of sweetness to come to the front. The coffee is almost like a mocha flavor now and the dark cherry is still there. Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very good. Need to buy more to age even longer. Pours black with a hint of brown highlights, a half finger of tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast and a hint of dark fruit. Taste has cocoa and roastiness with some coffee and a dark cherry flavor. A medium bitterness that is both roasty and hoppy. Semi dry and moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is semi creamy with a medium body and carbonation. Solid stout with nice flavors but may improve with a little aging, allowing some of the sharper flavors to round out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (475) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2013
This is a great imperial stout! Aroma is bold, rich, espresso, faint chocolate, and a little boozy. Taste is coffee and rich malt flavor. The finish is smooth and delicious and very full bodied... really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (349) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2013
strong aromas of coffee and chocolate,licorice,caramel bit of smoke and some spice... deep dark brown/black liquid allows no light thru with thin tan head leaves plenty of lacing..you get all the flavors of the aroma in the flavor along with a bit of dark fruitiness,vinous quality,and even a bitter hint of tingly hops at the end..kind of reminds me of old Rasputin with a bit more fruit and licorice flavor..overall if you like Russian imperials youll be very pleased by this

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