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RATINGS: 1073   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (628) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Amazing head; less amazing lacing. Practically a pitch black appearance. Classic impy aroma of licorice, booze, coffee, and some dark chocolate, in that order. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, and booze. A little too acidic and boozy for this profile to compete with the best impies, but it’s still a good one. Sierra Nevada never makes lousy stuff, after all...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1039) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours black. ’Nuff said. Thick light brown ringed collar and some film. Obvious alcohol legs and spotty strips of lacing. Not a huge nose at all. Big roast malt profile, burnt rubber, char, ash, honey and molasses. Honey, molasses and malt up front in the nose. Char and burnt rubber follow with touches of burnt licorice. Quite bitter. Dry finish with a burnt rubber quality to this. Slightly sweet in the front but dry and bitter in the back. Nice. Thick and chewy with low carbonation. Impressive stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2012
seriously good beer, charcoal tastes like butter in this beer, i like narwhals too

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle purchased november 2012-pours pitch black with a small tan fizzy head. very thin legs going on here with no lacing. nose is very roasty, dark chocolate, lite alcohol, burnt, lite smoke. Flavors are straight ahead roast, baking chocolate, but really big char notes. damn that char is fantastic here! Some hops come in there as they should for a SN beer, but they are not over the top. Im sure when this was more fresh, it probably had a tad more hops even though its only 2 months old. the roasty char finish goes on forever! could be the longest finish i have ever tasted in a beer. Alcohol is very well hidden which is suprising since it shows up in the nose. its there, but very subtle. the roast dominates over it to hide it well. Very well put together Impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle: Pours the deepest and darkest of ruby with a medium tan head, aroma has chocolate and rich malts, starts and ends lightly sweet with a coca ending, thick mouthfeel, subtle carbonation, and should be good for years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
billfo (1) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
as usual sierra nevada delivers.....lots of different flavors make an overall great tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2012
12oz bottle in Seattle. Deep roasty black. Espresso roast aroma, rich alcohol warming sweet roast malts. Dark chocolate, coffee bitter. Nice big stout, but a bit unrefined.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5583) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft at Taphouse/Queensway. Delivered thick and with a full, tan top. Wow ... this delivers an instant oomph. Super rich dark fruit, almost grapey. Overflowing with flavor and texture, almost overwhelming. I want more ... (#4863, 12/20/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1020) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pour from a bottle. Unfortunately the restaurant gave me a freezer cold mug to serve it in...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3006) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a lovely looking dense, tan head. Looks pretty carbonated from the glass. Nose shows loads of charcoal, coffee and bitterness. A touch of chocolate. Fairly mocha forward stout with a fair bit of roast. Nice finish of bitter roasted coffee and hop bitterness which helps give it some length. Very good stout but as others have said, doesn’t have that x factor or something special to make it amazing. Still unbelievable for the money

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