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RATINGS: 1394   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (2707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2013 Draft at Moriartys. Pitch black with a nice brown foam. Not much aroma, when cold at least. Deep, dark, burnt, unsweetened chocolate. Blackened cinnamon pepper pie with molasses. Charcoal grill. Body is a bit thin, but really great dark notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2013
There is no shedding light that lends itself to him after weeks in the dank cavernous depths, scraping his way back to the one he loves. His beard has caught the decaying flesh of unknown species he has forced to eat, for sustenance here is hard to find. He has become one with the dankness, ready to succumb to it, until he smells the familiar burning oak of his forest, his cabin that he seeks. At first faint, the moonlight becomes apparent, as he has somehow found his way back to where he has started. Woodsmoke heavy now, he rolls up his sleeves and walks to the front door. A bottle awaits. A viscous black rolls silently into his glass as he breathes in the molasses. The first sip’s citrus surprise tickles, but this sensation does not return. His tongue senses a cardboard hardiness followed by a residual tonguefeel that soothes and coats his throat. It reminds him of just-skilleted butter atop baked sweetbread. Looking at his glass, any previous signs of lacing have vanished like the memories of his purgatory in the cave. He sleeps a long, hibernate respite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FenrisWolf (36) - - SEP 27, 2013
Complex and bold with a persistent hop and chocolate mixture. Big fat tan head on the pour and amazing smell. Love this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2210) - - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle. Black with a big tan head. Aroma is piney hops and roasted barley. Taste is cocoa, piney and citrusy hops, a hint of coffee and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Nice complex stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pours nearly black with a fluffy medium brown head. Nose is alcohol, chocolate, molasses, raisins. Flavor is really very nice. Chocolate and roast, naturally, but a little bit of a salty, briny character as well. Has a little bite to it, which sets it apart from a lot of imperials. Very well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PapaVillum (857) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2013
12 FL. OZ. (33 cl), flaske, årgang 2012, købt i SuperBest i Rotunden, Hellerup, 27. september 2013. Sort "lækker" olie-agtig Imperial Stout med flygtigt, minimalt moccafarvet skum. Aromaen er ikke kraftig, men lidt duft af skovbund, noget syrligt, og noget tredie umiskendeligt. Skøn lækker "halv-cremet" mundfylde med meget fint afstemt kulsyreindhold. Smagen: Starter let syrligt, går over i salt og bitterhed, men med sødmen som det rare tæppe nedenunder. En klar og kendetegnende bitterhed, som aldrig bliver for meget. Lang lækker-bitter eftersmag. En øl i topklasse! Stout, når det ikke bliver for sødt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (7681) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2013
Sample at SBWF 2013. Black with a tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some light cocoa. Similar taste. Smooth with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish was on the dry side and bitter. A great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is boozy and malty. The taste is chocolate, booze and malts. The important bit is that it’s all so well balanced. For the abv, this is phenomenal. Very highly recommended. 10.2% alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours near black with a trim espresso head. Aroma has chocolate, some caramel, molasses and some resin. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness balancing it out. Its sweeter and less hoppy than I’d expect from SN, but you get the bitterness/roast at the end. Creamy/slick body. Pretty good stuff. I wouldn’t have guessed the ABV was over 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (421) - - SEP 23, 2013
From a 12oz bottle. Pours a really dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma hints of coming maltiness and cocoa. Tastes of (are you sitting down?) malt and cocoa in a very nice collaboration. Another nice beer that will be enjoyed in front of a fire this coming winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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