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RATINGS: 1395   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (4175) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2013
22-MAR-2013, bottle @home, from Fish & Beer. Black with low brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, smoke, molases, and a cognac-like alcoholic note. Taste the same. Quite complex. Full body. soft carbonation. Aftertaste is roasted with alcohol and vanilla. Fine drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3736) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, from and with Ian Guénard, savoured on January 11 2012; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, lightly burnt barley, light acridness, dark chocolate, light resinous hops; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, light resinous hops, dark chocolate, light caramel, light acidity, finale in roasted barley with presence of dark chocolate, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, palateful texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 12 onces, de et avec Ian Guénard, savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, légère âcreté, chocolat noir, léger houblon résineux; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, léger houblon résineux, chocolat noir, léger caramel, légère acidité, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de chocolat noir, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture moelleuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours coffee black with a nice brown head that stays around the rim of the glass. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and burnt malts. The taste is loaded with coffee and rich dark chocolate as well as some dark fruits deep down in there. I have to say this is an exceptional IS and Sierra Nevada time and time again puts out stellar brews. Do yourself a favor and sit back, pour yourself a glass of this, and appreciate it’s quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, molasses, and toffee. All of it comes together in the taste as well. Big rich and robust taste with a long finish. The abv is well-hidden. Just a nice big impy stout, classic representation of the style. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours totally black with a black head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, roasted notes, molasses, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is medium sweet leading to a light sweet roasty finish with a decent bitterness. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle, 2012, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
Pours deep black with a small, staying, creamy, brown head with good lacings. Aroma has pleasant figs, chocolate and light roasted malts. Some mild vanilla and toffee. Low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of dark chocolate, light roasted, nuts, vinious, plums. Lingering, warming and malty bitter finish. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours dark brown with two fingers of rich tan head. Smells of caramel, toffee, coffee, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, bitter, smoke, and on the back end the alcohol comes through. Has a full body that coats the tongue with a long and bitter finish. Excellent Imperial Stout. Thoroughly enjoy the complex flavors!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
I knew the Narwhal was out there, and tonight my favorite bottle shop just happened to have it on the shelf. Narwhal is roasted to hell and back and that is definitely the predominant feature of this ale. I like most of what is going on with this one, but damn does that alcohol shine through on the back end, which is not a great feature. Very happy to try finally the Narwhal, and very happy I just picked up one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigMalt (13) - - MAR 15, 2013
I was really surprised with how excellent this Sierra Nevada seasonal was, especially given the price ($8 for a 4-pack). It compares really favorably to well know big stouts like Old Rasputin and Founders Breakfast, and coasts 30% less. Jet black, heady pour. At the correct temperature (just a little colder than room temps) the nose is all coffee and chocolate and roasted wheat. It has a very bold coffee-focused flavor that gives way to a sweet dark chocolate malt. The body is thick and oily. Fantastic stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
355ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines.14th march.Black coloured pour with medium sized tan head.Chocolate,roast malt and coffee aroma and flavour.Alcohol seemed well hidden in the background.Tasty balanced brew but to me although i enjoyed i was hoping for a little more and will try again after 2 or 3 years cellaring which i think will help a lot.

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