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RATINGS: 1258   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
The oleí 1/4" dark brown head on a blackout brew. Yup. Aroma is pretty clean. Not too roasted at all, and not much else happening. Smells good though. There are so many great imperial stouts out there. And this is one of them. Itís very simple - maybe even more clean than youíd like. But thereís just nothing to complain about. A gentle molasses is really the only lingering flavor; otherwise neat, trim, and proper - an imperial stout. Again, the mouthfeel is pretty damn standard, but in the enjoyable respect. Admittedly thin, thus the lowest point score for this one. Overall, itís pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If youíre more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. Iím not writing grandma about it, but Iím sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you canít get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess Iíd have to say a kinda laid-back imperial, but an awesome stout none-the-less. And most importantly, a great beer, regardless of the words on the label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2013
0,355 l bottle, CsakajůsŲr. Poured black, with a small, lacing beige head. Licorice, molasses, honey, roasted arabica, plum, raisins and a slight hint of alcohol in the aroma. Dark fruity sweet taste well balanced with pleasant hoppiness, all mixed with a tarty, burnt wood, ash base. Dense body, oily, well carbonated. Fruity, dry, lasting finish with a bitter note at the end. This is outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
November 2012. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. The alcohol is very present throughout. Coffee, dark roasted malts and chocolate aromas. Very rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Really good, if a little too boozy aftertaste. Got accused of slurring tonight... good job I donít have to taxi anyone anywhere

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours inky black with a quick brown head. Nose is pleasant coffee and cream with a touch of booze and chocolate. Flavor is less potent than many ISís, but very well balanced and drinkable. Long sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (690) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
Just about everything is right with this stout but I thought it ran a little to the heavy and overly sweet side to warrant the super high ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4712) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Bottle from Beers of Europe cons 2013-04-01 Uddingston AR: heacy roasted malt, pine, fruity AP: black on black, wee dark brown head, 1 bonus point for the label! F: thick fluid, sugary feeling, heavy roasted malt, black coffey, dark chocolate, spicey vanilla

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1153) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short, quickly fading head. The color of the head is caramel with shades of mocha. A very nice looking beer. A shame the head dissipates so quickly. Usual dark roast malt and coffee aromas. Nothing remarkable or unique. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy, helping the whole experience of the beer venture a little north of mediocrity. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, and plastic. Addendum: as the beer warms it improves. Boldness emerges and becomes much more like a Russian Imperial Stout. A bit of a sour character that seems to accentuate the experience, but I wouldnít miss it if it werenít there. I feel the alcohol, so it must be there. I certainly donít taste it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Poured into snifter. Opaque black with fizzy brown head. Aromas of piney hops, toasted malts, with light cocoa and coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, pine, and smokey oak. Creamy mouthfeel with hops and warming alcohol on the finish. A balanced beer, but I was expecting sweet not bitter. --- Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours near black with a nice foamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, ink, black coffee, graham sweetness. Acidic coffee, molasses, baking chocolate in the flavor. I donít say this often about breed but this needs some sweetness to round out the overly acidic character.

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