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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Poured a black body with a nice brown head that had some retention and a bit of lace. Aroma had nice roasted coffee and chocolate malts upfront a nice kick of saddle leather to it. Flavor had great balance with nice roasted malts. A nice strong roasted coffee presence upfront. Great balance from the chocolate malts which were sweet enough to complement the bitterness of the coffee malts. Alcohol seemed well hidden, could note detect molasses. Still a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Black with thin tan head. Faint chocolate aroma and a little fruity alcohol. Taste of coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice and some alcohol. Quite smooth and well balanced but I was expecting something a bit more robust.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Very sweet, lots of molasses, coffee, hops. Nice smooth stout. Been looking for something funky lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6335) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2013
Bottled t Flying Barrel Black with a small, beige head. Milky chocolate and and cocoa in the aroma. Some coffee-beans aswell in the flavour. Warming, vinous alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3651) - Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
12 oz bottle kindly given to me by Indra. 2285210:50 printed on the bottle. Bottled on 2012, 285th day (October 11th). The pour is an inky black, with a one inch dark khaki head. The aroma is roast malt, touch of ash char, and dry dark cocoa and cane sugar sweetness behind that. The taste is big roast initially, opens up to soy iodine, then progresses to the sweetness of the cocoa and cane sugar. The finish is a bit sharp, and presents hot booziness. The palate is heavy to medium bodied, oily mouth feel, and the hot dry finish. Solid Imperial Stout, thanks for giving me this one Eric.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Molasses/sweet aroma, with some coffee-ish roast and solvent alcohol. Sweet malt flavor (molasses/brown sugar/licorice) and roasty. Quite a bit of hot alcohol. I could swear there’s some nice Cascade flavor in the aftertaste, but apparently not--maybe it’s all in my head. Bottled 10/11/2012; drank 2/21/2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours pitch black with a fluffy brown head that thins out quickly. The aroma is a huge hit of molasses and coffee backed up by some spicy hops. The flavor really packs a coffee and bittersweet chocolate punch, while the some bitter dark toast notes give it great complexity. The spicy bitterness of the hops come through on a refreshing finish that cuts through the rich, creamy mouthfeel, I was expecting a good brew, but was pleasantly surprised to find a great one! I will certainly look out for more of this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niksko (540) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a dark completely opaque with absolutely no highlights. Head is dark brown and fades quickly. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate and some sweet prunes and banana. Really delicious. The first thing you notice is that this thing is thick. Really thick and viscous. Flavour is banana and clove, dark chocolate, subtle smoke, and then a lingering bitterness that goes on and on. Palate is slightly oily. Really quite delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1761) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours black as night with a 2 finger khaki/brown head. Rich, chocolatey aroma with coffee beans and molasses. The chocalate taste is a bit more bittersweet than the aroma as well an astringent sweetness not unlike molasses. Picking up some earthy hop flavors too. Full bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation. Not much differant than a dozen other Impy Stouts, but quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gramoit (379) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2013
First stout in a while. Pours jet black with a lovely creamy chocolate head. Dark chocolate dominates the nose with a of coffee and some hops. The taste includes plenty of dark chocolate and some coffee. Very thick in texture this beer (like most imperial stouts) is a sipper. Pretty dam good Imperial stout.

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