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RATINGS: 1381   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours a deep almost black with a medium deep creamy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, nuts, citrusy and piney hops. Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, nuts, caramel and piney grapefruity hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhillburger (12) - - FEB 5, 2013
The Narwhal! Poured in a glass Pitch Black. Chocolate, coffee, nutty, and molasses are what I smell. The taste is very complex and bold. It sticks around for a while too. I enjoyed this beer. It took me 45 minutes to drink it, but the warmer it got, the flavors evolved and became richer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Appears quite oily in the glass. Very dark brown with mahogany flashes down the glass. Dense but small dark tan coloured head. Falls away pretty quickly. Aromas are quite restrained all things considered. Powdered chocolate, dried apricots, roasted grains and some alcohol. Flavours are initially quite salty for mine before and aggresively bitter and slightly sour finish. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty bloody good got to say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2013
12 oz bottle pours pitch black with a light tan head that sticks around. Very nice. Initial hit of vanilla and anise, plus a bit of booze. Mostly sweet flavor of molasses, more anise, some bitter roast balancing it out, plus some chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2139) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
A gorgeous pour, almost opaque black into the glass, with the deepest ruby-mahogany fringes. The head, initially tan/choco-brown, diminishes quickly, leaving no head nor lacing of which to speak. The nose is of milk chocolates, roasted coffee beans, wet tobacco, tons of toffee. dark fruits, vanilla extract and generous caramel malts. The finish contains wet tobacco leaf, roasted coffee beans and a balanced bitter pine hopping. The full body accompanies a touch of lingering ABV to provide a chewy palate with an oily mouthfeel. A great, full-bodied Impy Stout that is chock-full of flavor and substance. One of the best! Prost!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2142) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Deep brown body with a sheer khaki head, spicy chocolate notes with a small nudge of unbittered boldness underneath. A real sheen of fervent yeast before any contact with tastebuds. Indisputable quality to the initial taste, sheets of roasted coffee wrap around a very sweet Coco-Pop smoothness. Panel beating sweet caramel bite in the midrange doesn’t fuck about.
Tight, varnishy follow through and a really peppery carbonation with the mouthfeel keeps the malt ploughing through the palate without a break.

The best Sierra Nevada I’ve had? Not overpowering in any aspect, their experience shines through - heads clearly buried in old school Stout concoctions and pushing any notion of hops off the table. Looking forward to cracking the other bottle some time down the line and the possibility of some ages versions.
Bottle, Appelation Wines, Edinburgh (Comely Bank Store)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours an inky black, slow dark tan head comes up, small in nature,but inviting. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, liquor, and faint pine. Flavor matches, with some fruity molasses coming through. Really very nice. Liked this one. Could have been number 100 for January, but for some reason I felt that stopping at 99 was appropriate. Leaves me with something to aim for in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12 oz bottle (2012). Pours black with a one-fingered light brown head that slowly settles. Roasted malt aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some faint smells of dark fruit, hops and alcohol. Full bodied with an oily, almost syrupy, texture. Bold, roasted malt flavor that’s moderately sweet with a light hop bitterness and finishes with a touch of heat. The flavor is like the aroma. Good thing they only come in a 4-pack, because they’re pretty easy to put down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Very sweet and smokey taste, not bad stout but expected better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pitch black pour. Hoppy aroma for a stout. Roasty smokey taste will be better when aged. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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