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RATINGS: 1316   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 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 (336) - 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 (3432) - 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 (4187) - 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 (959) - 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 (2442) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1849) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2013
A pretty good imperial stout. Good but nothing special either. On draft at ace and ales. Not to bitter pretty good mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Nice brew though. No head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 ole’ 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. It’s very simple - maybe even more clean than you’d like. But there’s 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, it’s pretty cheap and easy to get. If your in the midwest, grab some Blackout Stout by Great Lakes to stay local; If you’re more west, this is a must-have in the fridge for the winter months. I’m not writing grandma about it, but I’m sharing it with my friends. Indeed, it surpassed my expectations; SN usually has the good macro option when you can’t get a micro. This one is better, relatively, than their usual offerings. So easy to drink... I guess I’d 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, Csakajósör. 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!

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