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RATINGS: 1284   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1705) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours black as night with a 2 finger khaki/brown head. Rich, chocolatey aroma with coffee beans and molasses. The chocalate taste is a bit more bittersweet than the aroma as well an astringent sweetness not unlike molasses. Picking up some earthy hop flavors too. Full bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation. Not much differant than a dozen other Impy Stouts, but quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gramoit (377) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2013
First stout in a while. Pours jet black with a lovely creamy chocolate head. Dark chocolate dominates the nose with a of coffee and some hops. The taste includes plenty of dark chocolate and some coffee. Very thick in texture this beer (like most imperial stouts) is a sipper. Pretty dam good Imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle. Pour is oily black with a quickly diminishing head of dark coffee tan. What remains is swirls of dark tan on the surface and around the glass. Aroma contains lots of dark rich chocolate and sweet malt. I also get cola aromas and maybe some smokiness. The hops make their presence known immediately in the flavors. The bitterness of the hops and roasted malt strike firmly at the beginning and then retreat behind the chocolate sweetness - although the sweetness isn’t nearly as strong in flavor as it is in the smell alone. The finish is again dominated by the American hops. The body is full and sticky. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and this beer is very easy to drink for the impressive power it carries. My only improvement would be to tone down the hope presence a little and let the chocolate, smokey character shine a bit more. Really well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3630) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle. It pours dark black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is roasty with some chocolate. Tastes very nice. Roasty and malty. Nice dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with a good finish. Good RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (573) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
dark, powerful, excellent. This beer poured a midnight black with a chocolate head. Taste was strong, alcohol, had a thick texture. Definitely a sipping beer. if your a fan of Sierra Nevada, this is a must try

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2398) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
perfume and caramel aroma this dark brown brew has some slight alcohol burn with a tangy finish. don’t like the dense body that seems flavorless with the hint of hops that could just as well be my imagination. foamy brown head and flavor turns to bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
12 oz bottle from jsprime. black, with a tan head. nice nose typical of the style, chocolate coffee and dark fruit. the flavour is solid as well, great malt progression, and this is very well hopped. everything isin balance and its quite easy to sip away at this stout. not a world beater but would make a great "every day" imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2517) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from Tomlinson’s, Inverness [170213]
Black, medium tan head than dissipates, some lacing
Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, some dark fruits, quite boozy nose
Taste of smooth rich dark malts, liquorice, some dark bitterish cocoa, dab of dark fruit
Palate - Soft carb, full body. Palate is fairly sweet rich dark malts with alcohol. Finish is mainly of warming alcohol with dark liquorice malts, a long lingering bit metallic alcohol burn in the tail
Overall - This didn’t hide its abv - tbh it seemed the abv was even higher...good flavour in there but rather too boozy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours an opaque black with a smallish beige head. Intense aroma of dark dried fruit and vanillaish roast. Rich body, quite some thick sweet licorice and plummy fruit. Warming alcohol finish. 160213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 355ml @ fonefan
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.

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