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RATINGS: 1381   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4908) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). 2012 vintage. Thanks to dresden for this one! Black with a medium creamy tan head and little lacing. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, sweetness notes, hints of smoke and light citrus. Taste is moderately sweet with dark and bitter chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and light citrus. Medium body. Slightly creamy and slightly oily. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Good drinkability for an Imperial Stout. Not cloying. Good balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ellery (29) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2013
Wow this is only the second time I’ve had this beer and what a monster! Black sooty oil colour with a brown/cream head,tastes like smokey Belgium chocolate with coffee syrup tipped over the top.. Long lingering finish of smoke and bitter chocolate, thanks sierra for this magnificent Specimen of a brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (374) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: 1” head the color of which is like coffee with lots of cream. Moderate lacing left on the glass. The color is black – no opacity even with direct sunlight. Carbonation seems to be moderate. Aroma: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of smokiness, some citrus peel Mouthfeel: body is heavy and very similar to a strong cup of expresso. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Flavor: coffee, expresso, dark chocolate, smoke flavor similar to grilled meats, strong citrus peel. Overall: this is not a training wheel beer. A finely crafted product from Sierra Nevada, this beer is outstanding on a cold day when you want something to sip in front of the fireplace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (818) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. 2012 release, jet black, small tight brown head, oily, slick texture, lots of lacing on glass, intense aromas and flavours of liquorice, espresso coffee, bitter chocolate, dark roast malt, stewed stonefruit. Quite heavy going, but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2332) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
355ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Pours virtually pitch black, with a brown head. Compact, tarry aroma, licorice, chocolate, tobacco, mint leaves, coffee beans, leather, ashes, caramel, asphalt, roses. Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Rich, compact, complex taste, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, eucalyptus, ashes, tar, iodine, faint smoke, caramel. This is a real monster of a stout, it will probably benefit from a few years cellaring. At the moment it is almost too immense to drink. (2013-07-19)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3000) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2013
12oz bottle (2012). Pours jet black with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, burnt sugar, slight roasted malt, and rubbing alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate, caramel, burnt toast, and roasted coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Pours a deep, opaque near-black color into my Schlafly tulip with a finger of rocky tan head that settles into a ring. Aroma warms the nostrils, with notes of rich, roasted malts, burnt sugar, earth, dark and baker’s chocolate, and wood chips. Flavor of intensely bitter dark chocolate, earth, roasted malts, burnt toast, and citrus peel. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. Not my favorite type of imperial stout but very good nonetheless. Kind of drinks like an imperial black IPA with equal emphasis on the roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 15, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 12 oz Bottle. The beer pours to a black color with a medium dark tan head. The aroma has a strong coffee, chocolate, smokey scent to it. The taste is a medium body with a very balanced bitter sweet finish. Overall a very good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24495) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Bottled. More or less pitch black colour with a brown creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, some raisins, toffee, caramel and some slight alcohol. Flavour is raisins, some roasted malts as well as some toffee and mild alcohol and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle from La Mesa Market and Liquor: Poured a dark jet black topped with a fluffy pillow of foam head that took several minutes to retreat. Aroma is subtle with only minor notes of roast malt and canned ground coffee bean. The drink is strong of roasted down black malts that suggest notes of chocolate and ground coffee while also delivering a boozy dosage of alcohol that any czar that could afford this 4-pack is sure to enjoy.

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