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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2013
On tap at Piece, Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate, coffee and bitter finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (638) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Impressive stout. Subtle aroma of malts but the flavour is extremely rich, deep and a little intense with complex malts, bitter coffee and a warm pleasant burn from the alcohol. Nice lasting bitterness makes it in there too. Smooth and silky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1945) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with good, creamy brown head, some legs / Muted nose of roast grain, chocolate, coffee, cream / Fully body, chewy, creamy, acidic and very dry but good balance with lots of bitterness on finish/ Flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, tobacco, lemon / Nice in a very dry and bitter style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with some ruby on the edges. Big dark brown head. Aroma is lightly chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate coffee and hop bitterness. Super boozy. It kind of assaults the palate. There’s an excellent beer hiding in here, but it needs a few years to mellow out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CPH2200 (329) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
12 oz bottle. Not very aromatic, but hints of chocolate, hops and alcohol. Taste is bitter, roasted and not very sweet (as i had expected). Very balanced. I’m really not much into heavy stouts, but this is ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3251) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
Pours hazy deep brown with a f medium sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up with some malt bitterness and alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. An excellent impy. ★★★★

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4164) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2013
Huge slow building dark brown head that created some fin light bubbles on top of the foam. Extensive lasting head that really amazed me. Pitch dark color. Aroma was a mix of dusty malty feel and roasted light coffee and dark chocolate. Hint of alcohol and hops can be felt in the nose as well. Over the palate came quite strong notes of roasted malt, light bitter hops, bitter coffee and chocolate. The roastiness is the dominant notes. Kind of feel this dusty calcium, smoky like dry feel from the hops. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry and thick texture. Strong bitter and sweet flavor. Linger roasted and light bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (944) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2013
Great choice of name and thrilling presentation. However, the same olive oil, leathery aroma of so many imperial stouts. The nose lately turns to pure alcohol. Flavours of coffee, quite strong, chocolates, licorice and the typical and expected salty side. Nice and oily palate. Good IS, but not my favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2232) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 11, 2013
Bottle from Hazel’s beverage world. Black color, brown head. Roasty, salty taste with chocolate, liquorice, coffee, nuts, bread and roasted malts. Smooth body with nicely balanced hops and malts. Roasty finish with burnt coffee and liquorice. Excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Sweet ass pour, thick and inky black with an oily cappucino head. Strong roasted malts and barley in the nose, with potent coffee and super resinous hops. Fresh and skull-fucking. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, a bit of grit here and there, and a dry finish. Bitter, grainy, and uncompromising.

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