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RATINGS: 1390   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT - picked up about six months ago in NH. Pours thick, dark brown-black, somewhat oily with a large, deep beige head. The aroma gives off burnt malts, dark chocolate, hefty roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with liquidy dark sugars, baking cocoa, bitter earth, burnt wood, some molasses, mild raisin and raspberry. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, lightly warming finish with bittersweet cocoa, general dark chocolate, dry chocolate cake, dirt, lightly torched wood. Pretty robust overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lord_totenkopf (314) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 25, 2013
Black colour with small head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, very strong aroma. Very, very undiluted and oily, alcoholic with coffee-like bitterness, tinge is like fresh oak wood, malt, biscuit, maybe a touch of vanilla and some fruitness. This beer has something nice for every tastebud on your tongue. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThreeCats (804) - ISRAEL - AUG 16, 2013
Pitch black with a nice dark tan head. Aroma of roast, dark caramel, sherri, dark red fruit, coffee, chocolate. Taste of lots of roast, alcohol, ash, coffee, bitter chocolate. Carbonation a bit high, but still a very full mouth feel. Palate dry, roasty, and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltman53 (460) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Bottle: Pours pitch black, with slight mocha, coffee aroma. On the palate, rich coffee, chocolate, slightly roasted malts. Overall, this is a good Imperial Stout but falls short in comparison to the North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, which is far richer. But I will say this beer hides its 10.2% ABV beautifully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle from CBC Brixton. Pours a dense black/brown with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of veg, choc, espresso, touch of leathery peat whisky. Full bodied and foamy. Big coffee, licorice, choc, rum, a bit smokey, boozy. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Very nice balance. Some great roast, smoked malt with booze and a little coffee. Pours thick but not syrupy. Black with mocha head and great lacing. Nice delivery, great on palate. Finishes bitter with nicely balanced caramel malt. Awesome. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1533) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
Pitch black with dark head, very thick. Quite a strong taste, with a yeasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ken1 (1704) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013
A nice roasted flavor with notes of licorice and a nice bitterness. A slight oily mouthfeel. Color is black with a light brown head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOLA_DK (378) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle at home from ØlKonsortiet. Pours pitch black with a good brown head. Malty, roasted aroma. Medium full body, roasted flavour. Warming alcohol. Long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5952) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Slightly chilled bottle, 2012 vintage into snifter. Big pour. Smell is quite toned down, sharp alcohol and blackjack sweets. Mouthfeel is medium to light surprisingly, but frothy which I really don’t like in an imperial stout. Taste is hoppy - some urinal cake, smoke. Poor balance, a confused flavour and not very enjoyable. Improves with a bit of air but it can’t be rescued. Below average.

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