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RATINGS: 1111   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a powdery bitter chocolate, grassy molasses, wild grass. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate, powdery, coffee grinds, coconut, nice and smooth. Tasted at GRMs tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (892) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 Jet black pour, small head, good carbonation for the style, aroma of chocolate, coffee malts, roasty flavour, a tad smoke. Thick palate, very smooth, ABV well hidden, good strong beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
It’s about as good as you can get for an imperial stout. Sure, there are a few nit picky things about it, but for the most part this stout embraces a lot of chocolatey characters, slight oak, and nice maltiness too. Overall a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1594) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from trade with skycracksopen, cheers buddy! Almost black with a brown head. Aroma: roasted, creamy, light spices, fruity. Taste: salty licorice, dark fruit, roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, honey, creamy. Quite full bodied, smooth. If I get the chance, I will try aging a bottle or two, but it’s already very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
12oz bottle, pours black off white foaming head, good lacing throughout drink. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malts, alcohol. Taste of light sweetness (maybe because of the 10%abv.), floral hops nicely blanced with coffe/ chocolate toast malts. Well balanced, medium bodied, bitter lingering finish. Excellent brew!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2869) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
A delicious imperial stout! Aroma was weak and it had me worried. Slightly chocolatey but very distant, even when I had my whole nose in the glass. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was full and delicious. Heavy in the malt. Strong roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. One of the best things about this beer is how thick it is. Almost like a chewy dark chocolate.coffee milkshake. Nice carbonation. Great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CJack (41) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Black pour, almost no head or lacing. Light aroma belies strong taste. Taste is funky bitter, dominated by roasted barley (smoke with coffee notes). Generous hops for style increase bitterness. Alcoholic taste not well-masked. As much as I do like Imperial Stouts, this is a big swing but a miss, there are better options. ---Rated whilst imbibing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrystrill (93) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle northbar leeds . Nice impy stout. Refreshing change from coffee and chocolates. Had a slightly turkish delight quality to it . Recommend

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (422) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Nice dark pour with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Nice chewy taste with hints of coffee and chocolate. Great aftertaste. A really nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caytinator (959) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 12oz bottle. Good lacing, black color, tan head, frothy. Smell is of burnt oats. Toasty, roasty for an IMP, but better and bitter-er than most. Fun beer, feels polished and complete. Great job! Edited 6/16/14: It has aged well after a year and a half, even more smooth than I thought it would be at this age. All the same tastes are there--maybe it has mellowed out since I last rated it.

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