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RATINGS: 1082   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 Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. Nose is roasted coffee, leather, grass with hints of chocolate and sage. Taste is sweet with a good strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet somewhat astringent for a portion. Burn. Heavy with a long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Deep brown pour with a thin reddish-chocolate colored head. Roasted malt aromas of chocolate and molasses and just a hint of alcohol. Taste begins somewhat bitter dark chocolate and then some coffee notes come through. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and some grassy/piney hop bitterness. Nice long finish and hides the ABV fairly well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. Taste is the same with lots of hops, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Long roasted hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap. Appearance is jet black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste. dark chocolate and roasted coffee with just a little alcohol. Body is creamy and thick with a bit of carbonation. Very good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4576) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle sample @ The White Horse. The pourís a deep brown color with a tiny tan head. The nose is roasted malts. Wood. Bitter chocolate. Some cake. Light grassy hop aromas. The taste is surprisingly hop-forward. Woody, earthy hops. Charred grain. Sticky caramel and chocolate. Long finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Overall, pretty decent. Still, this is a middle-of-the-road imperial stout. I drank this alongside a Plead the 5th, and Narwhal was clearly the junior of the two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Odd...once you taste it, you canít smell it anymore. I think it smelled pretty good. Taste is pretty hop forward for a stout...then chocolatey, and dark roasted barley. Finishes with what I would imagine vodka would taste like if you added a hint of liquid smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3340) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
Black,brown head.Nose of chocolate, roast, molasses & brown sugar.Full bodied roasted palate,chocolate notes.Alcohol presence is too prevalent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
improvjock (321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with brown, almost orange head. Pouring it looks like used motor oil draining from an oil pan. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is very noticeable in the taste, but is not overpowering. Taste is medium bitterness coming from the roasted malts and coffee. Texture is thick and a bit syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black with a light brown head. Aroma smells of dark chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, alcohol, and some bitterness. Light carbonation with some thick syrupy-ness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3138) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. From a 4 pack. Thin tan head on opaque black brew, leaving some good retention. Aroma brings notes of nice coffee, rich roasted malt, alcohol and burnt barley. There are smooth chocolate malts from start to finish. Espresso notes. Nice finish of coffee and piney hops bitterness which give it a lingering duration. Body is rich with sugar and roasted malts. At 10.2% the alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall when you think about how largely produced and vastly distributed of a brew this is; This is a brewing marvel! And for the price of a four pack well worth a buy. Iíve paid much more money for other Impy stouts that havenít had the flavor or respectable complexity.

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