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RATINGS: 1264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle at CP&K. It pours jet black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, toast, earth, cake and cocoa powder. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, mild acidity, nice bitterness, earth, dark chocolate, vanilla and toast with dry, roasty finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Not the most complex imperial stout, but very drinkable. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a solid black, carbonated tan head. Aroma is boozy, chocolate. Taste is roasty, black licorice, booze, some bitterness. Good sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Big dark roasty goodness! Huge aroma, big chewy body and tons of flavor that blends roasted malt, molasses, maple and other things I can’t clearly identify. Great stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1188) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown black. A bit of brown sugar and coffee in it, with a boozy feel. I wonder if it’ll be better with some time. Still very good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (568) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Nose and taste is of rich coffee and a hint of chocolate with plenty of sweetness. Thick black appearance. The taste follows the nose, and the coffee gives a lasting finish. The beer is creamy and full with a pleasant warmth. The beer delivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (969) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego 12/1/12. Very hoppy imperial stout! Peppery hops aroma with notes of smoke, coffee and currant. Pitch black color and medium to high carbonation. Dry hoppy flavor with lasting flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and espresso. Nice thick body. Thanks to tyson for recommending this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a beautiful black thick foamyness with a thick head. Nose is chocolates with dark fruits. Palate is rich and velvety. Flavors of chocolate, plums, skins, oily and slick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours inky black with a big creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted grains, chocolate, and some black licorice.

The flavor is some sweet lactic chocolate quickly followed by a big roast bitterness, some black licorice and a little dark fruit and coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - FEB 11, 2013
Aroma is roasty coffee and chocolate, simple, dead on for style and inviting. Pitch black with a tan head it looks exactly as it should. Taste is roasty upfront, coffee comes through next, and there is an accompanying bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (841) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle picked up a Premier Gourmet Niagara Falls New York. Pours super dark, opaque, motor oil, with a tan head that recedes rather quickly to a thin film, with a film of lacing. Nose is surprisingly more fruity than I had expected. Smells rather bourbon like, sweet and boozy. Tastes malty, raisins, dark chocolate bitter, and boozy. Awesome brew.

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