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RATINGS: 1110   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2170) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle, 2012 batch, stamped: 2279210:52. It pours a deep dark maroon-brown to black with a delicate, tan head that leaves lacing galore. On the nose the malts are forward with a solid coffee character and a faint hop bitterness. The body is bold. The taste ends with a medium and dry bitterness. Looks, smells, and tastes like an Imperial Stout should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Pours black with tan head which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, vanilla. Muddy buddies. Taste: moderate sweetness, moderate to strong roast + hop bitterness. Coffee grounds. Some alcohol in the finish. Palate: full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall: quite tasty. Great price. Will happily add this to my rotation of "everyday" imperial stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Advocate_Ames (438) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
There is very little lacing around my glass. The scent nice. I pick up on roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, hops, and a slight sweetness that could possibly be molasses? The smooth Narwhal has great flavor. The malts taste delicious. I also enjoyed the coffee mixture. There is a sweet dryness to this drink. Its very subtle but nonetheless present. The drink finishes with a tame bitterness. Overall this is a highly recommend stout in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DWestrick (437) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2012
on tap at JK O’Donnells in Fort Wayne. A smooth, easy to drink Imperial Stout. Big bodied and strong dark chocolate finish. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes, licorice, and oak with pine and herbal hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, oak, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (923) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Opaque black with rimming lacy beige head; peaty hoppy aroma Flava is roasty grassy caramel notes; finishes long hoppy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown-black with a minimal tan head. Hop-driven aroma, with a lot of roast and coffee malt notes. The flavor is a bit more malt driven, with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and some floral hops. The beer doesn’t lack for complexity, but the flavors don’t all work together to the same extent as in the truly top-notch imperial stouts. A respectable offering, but not quite an elite one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (979) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottled. Pours black gold with a short tan head. Average retention and decent lace. Big aroma of cocoa, candy, coffee, and earthy hops. Very sweet flavor that finishes with a blend of roast and hop bitterness. Full body, good carbonation, thick-creamy texture. Drys out at the very end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (685) - Portage, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12oz bbottle from Kalamazoo megabev. Deep black pour with brownish hue. Inch and a half of dark brown head about the shade of a cardboard box (head density of Guinness but half a dozen shades darker). Very sweet nose: possible sweet floral hops, mellow cola syrup, hint of bitter licorice. Medium oily mouth feel with a small amount of tingle. This is a big beer, lots of hops and lots of malt. Taste is roasty, lots of cocoa, a bit of bitter licorice, sweet malt. Finish is very warm and makes the ABV evident. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a jet black with a thin cream head,smell of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and hint or carmel, taste is the same...I love this beer top of the list for me

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