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RATINGS: 1095   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2026) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at Theresa’s. A fresh, rich, roasty stout with some sweetness, dark bread, coffee, molasses, and a little hop bite. Very good! I was wondering when I would see an imperial stout from SN, and they have brewed up a good one, like I thought they would.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (6177) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black pour with nice fluffy tan head, aroma brings notes of nice cocoa powder, coffee, roast, slight smokiness, but yields to a real nice dark fruit with some plums, as well as some sweet red berry which works fairly well, but is subtle. Taste is awesome, a great mix of plums, figs, dark fruits mixing with some slight red fruit, very nice raw coffee taste goes into some cocoa, both sweet and bitter, mixing with some roast, char, and slight smoke, finishing with another hit of the fruit and more of the roast. This is very well done, especially for the price and availability. I need more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliriumT (361) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours velvet black. Smells of rich dark chocolate with a coffee kick. Flavour is deep and very complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barbarino2000 (77) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2012
The second this hits your mouth you know something robust is in your glass. A powerful stout. I should probably just stick to one of these per sitting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Dark black, thick tan head. Nice bog dark roasty malt and huge chocolate flavor. Nice big Imperial Stout. Love this beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Very dark and bitter beer. Smell of chocolate with a nice foamy head. Pours thick witha bitter tey smooth taste. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3147) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Black oily pour with a fleeting mocha head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, almost burnt - similar to the aroma of coffee roasting. The flavor is much different in this Imperial Stout. The flavor is dominated by dark roast malts and a fair amount of hop bitterness. If you don’t care for sweet imperial stouts seek this one out. Not really my kind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine and More in Sacramento. The aroma on this has a nice sweetness, with underlying chocolate notes. Not too sweet, though. There is underlying roastiness present, with a little anise, too. Opaque black body with a medium, rather quickly dissipating light brown head. Fair lacing. Starts silky and smooth, before this delivers moderate roastiness in the middle with hints of cocoa and coffee. Finishes slightly sweet with a touch of anise. A little undercarbonated, but I would prefer that to overcarbonation. A very silky beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a nice dark color with minimal tan head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is sweet, toasty, roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Flavor is initially bittersweet with heavy notes of coffee and orasted malt with subtle notes of chocolate. Finishes with a nice dry bitter alcoholic finish that is clean. Medium body with light-medium carbonation. Overall this is a delicious beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1220) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pitch black with minimal head. Smell is strong roasted and caramel malt. Rich and nice. Tastes is bold, chocolate and coffee. Balanced though. Thick texture with low carbonation and heavy body. Really hits the spot for an RIS.


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