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RATINGS: 1139   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1942) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2013
12 oz bottle pours pitch black with a light tan head that sticks around. Very nice. Initial hit of vanilla and anise, plus a bit of booze. Mostly sweet flavor of molasses, more anise, some bitter roast balancing it out, plus some chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1850) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
A gorgeous pour, almost opaque black into the glass, with the deepest ruby-mahogany fringes. The head, initially tan/choco-brown, diminishes quickly, leaving no head nor lacing of which to speak. The nose is of milk chocolates, roasted coffee beans, wet tobacco, tons of toffee. dark fruits, vanilla extract and generous caramel malts. The finish contains wet tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans and a balanced bitter pine hopping. The full body accompanies a touch of lingering ABV to provide a chewy palate with an oily mouthfeel. A great, full-bodied Impy Stout that is chock-full of flavor and substance. One of the best! Prost!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1275) - SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Deep brown body with a sheer khaki head, spicy chocolate notes with a small nudge of unbittered boldness underneath. A real sheen of fervent yeast before any contact with tastebuds. Indisputable quality to the initial taste, sheets of roasted coffee wrap around a very sweet Coco-Pop smoothness. Panel beating sweet caramel bite in the midrange doesn’t fuck about.
Tight, varnishy follow through and a really peppery carbonation with the mouthfeel keeps the malt ploughing through the palate without a break.

The best Sierra Nevada I’ve had? Not overpowering in any aspect, their experience shines through - heads clearly buried in old school Stout concoctions and pushing any notion of hops off the table. Looking forward to cracking the other bottle some time down the line and the possibility of some ages versions.
Bottle, Appelation Wines, Edinburgh (Comely Bank Store)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours an inky black, slow dark tan head comes up, small in nature,but inviting. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, liquor, and faint pine. Flavor matches, with some fruity molasses coming through. Really very nice. Liked this one. Could have been number 100 for January, but for some reason I felt that stopping at 99 was appropriate. Leaves me with something to aim for in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (2389) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12 oz bottle (2012). Pours black with a one-fingered light brown head that slowly settles. Roasted malt aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some faint smells of dark fruit, hops and alcohol. Full bodied with an oily, almost syrupy, texture. Bold, roasted malt flavor that’s moderately sweet with a light hop bitterness and finishes with a touch of heat. The flavor is like the aroma. Good thing they only come in a 4-pack, because they’re pretty easy to put down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BazookaJoe (252) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Very sweet and smokey taste, not bad stout but expected better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwmiller16 (110) - Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pitch black pour. Hoppy aroma for a stout. Roasty smokey taste will be better when aged. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma offers notes of molasses, dark chocolate and Cuban-roast coffee. As full-bodied and plush as they come accompanied by tickling carbonation. The flavor is carbonic, acrid and singed, just like the Cuban-roast coffee that I love so dearly. Hearty charcoal finish. Much better than expected. The abv seems completely hidden. Since caffeine makes me nervous, maybe I should switch over to this when I’m jonesin’ for deeply roasted Cuban or Cuban-style coffee.World class effort from Sierra Nevada!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle, thanks to the Noble for this one. Pours black with tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee and chocolate, roasty, caramel, and nutty. Flavors has fudgy chocolate, iced coffee undertones, toffee, plums, Toasted nuts. Full body. Carbonation might be a tad high. Warming alcohol noted. Perfectly balanced and executed. Defines the style very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle from Elizabeth Station, Bellingham, WA; vintage 2012
Pitch black color with generous, frothy brownish head. Intense aroma of roasted malt, with some firewood, lactose and light liquorice. Full bodied; the mouthfeel is a bit oily, but smooth; very good flavor of roasted malt, with some dark chocolate, roasted nuts, light Bitter digestive, and a bit too much liquorice; some leather too; it has a very strong bitterness, that hides the fair sweetness; the final is also a bit salty, providing alcohol warmth as well.
Bold and arrogant; well brewed, solid, but without nuances.

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