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RATINGS: 1096   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiveacestx (597) - Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle - pours black with a dark cola brown head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Oily mouthfeel. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lefossoyeur (453) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours pitch black, oily, with a small brown head. Little to no aromas at first. As it warms up, blackberries develops a bit. Full body, pretty straightforward, the flavors of this beer emerges ad it warms up. And it does get very interesting, dark fruits, berries, loads of pure raw cocoa and a lovely "syrah" velvety feeling. Long fruity-berries aftertaste. Nice sipper that grew on me.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Opaque black. Frothy deep tan head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, grapefruit with hint of molasses, vanilla, alcohol. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Fully body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Sweet cocoa taste balanced by lingering hop and roast bitterness and peppery alcohol, but not quite enough. Taste of vanilla, burnt malts, coffee. Rich mouthfeel. This is a good imperial stout, but the sweetness gets to be too much. Lots of imperial stouts out there just as good, many better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Aroma is coffee , chocolate, and roasty malt. Taste is moderate bitterness, cocoa, and coffee. Very good stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Black as night when poured into a tulip glass. No light was seen through with only a finger of brown sugar colored head. Aroma is forward with roasted malts followed by some dark cocoa. On the tongue you get roasted malts again with bitterness folllowed by cocoa. Dark cherries really comes out after with warms to cellar temp. As for mouthfeel, it is a bit on the lighter side for its style and a little much in regards to cabonation on the tongue. Solid and will get a few each year to compare to see if it improves with age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Quite a brew. Lots of dark chocolate and dark roast flavor. Layer upon layer of flavor. Only drawback- % is obvious, too obvious. Other than that, a near perfect stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1276) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Ink black, mocha-colored film for a head and great lacing. Cocoa powder and espresso on the nose. Bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor profile, with generous amounts of roasted coffee and hints of dark fruit, molasses and nuts. Full body, minimal carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel, and a modest alcohol warmth. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (375) - - DEC 15, 2012
Molasses, coffee, cocoa aroma. Pours thick dark black with foamy dark tan head that sticks around awhile and leaves lacing all over the glass. Malty, coffee, bitter chocolate. Full bodied. Very nice. Very nice indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle and served in snifter: Pours basically black with a fading head and some lace, oily legs. The aroma has notes of heavy roast, charred malts, tobacco, leather, tar, molasses, some cocoa, and lots of biting bittering hops. Hint of rich dark fruits as well. The taste is astringent and ashy overtones with some crushing hop bitterness and espresso too. Seems a tad hot and boozy, green and needing some cellar time IMO. The minerally tones are a tad out of whack at the moment. That said there are some moments that suggest this beer can develop into something quite wonderful in 6 months to 2 years time. Glad to have some bottles to cellar and revisit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex4r (72) - - DEC 15, 2012
Dark pour with nice beige head. Nose offers coffee and roastiness and actually a bit of hop presence. Not as thick as I think imperial stouts should be but not overly thin. Has a bitter chocolate finish to go with the aroma. Not a bad imperial stout, similar to old Rasputin, nothing earth shattering but the price point is solid and I will definitely purchase again.


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