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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (445) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Pours black with initially a one-finger darker tan head that fades into a ring around the edge of the beer. Aroma of chocolate, malts, roasted coffee, alcohol, and a hint of hops. Taste is heavy on malts and roasted coffee up front with cocoa and hop bitterness coming in underneath it. Alcohol is hidden fairly well, but comes through in the burn on the throat and slightly in taste as it warms. Finish has a nice lingering taste of cocoa and roasted coffee. Full body, thick and chewy texture, moderate carbonation. Overall very tasty and very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours almost-black with a fairly small brown head. Not much retention or lacing. Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and raisins. More chocolate than coffee, with a lot of roasted malts and some dark molasses. Somewhat metallic finish. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Black with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma is primarily roasted barley with some underlying notes of dark fruits. Roasty, and moderately sweet with some licorice flavors. Hops shine through a bit in the finish along with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours deep black with a nice tan head. Notes of strong alcohol content, coffee and chocolate. Goes down very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
This is one of the better imperial stouts Iíve ever gotten to try. A beautiful blend of barley and malts, with a great hop medley to boot. A great high gravity beer with superb notes of caramel, molasses, and richness that deepens as you drink it. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle at Exmouth Arms Finsbury. Black beer lasting tan head. Lots of choc and coffee on aroma. Cld be fuller in the mouth. Alcohol warmth on finish. Decent. I mean its like Sierra Nevada straight down the line solid but lacks character and the choc tends towards the dry papery variety. Good choc aroma fades in mouth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thevep (22) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle - very powerful aroma (smell it even from a distance) with a sweet, chocolate flavour packing quite the punch. It has a syrupy feel to it but quite pleasant. The alcohol content definitely comes through and it produces a similar effect in the throat/sinus area as a good port will.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
This is a very nice yet unremarkable Russian Imperial Stout... Tasty but a bit understated for the power and umph I typically expect for the style which isnít necessarily a bad thing... Goes down easily and is surprisingly drinkable given the 10+% ABV... I would gladly drink again...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5997) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle: Thanks James: Vintage 2012: Nice almost black pour (where itís tin, itís dark brown). A small thin head/more lacing on top of a pitch black (in glass) colored beer. After just some seconds thereís only a pitch black beer left in the glass with a brown circle on the side of the beer and glass. The aromaís of this beer are a mix of roasted malts, liquorice and bay leaf, hint of tar, roast, coffee, coal and something light light berry/cherry alike. The flavours are really good, strong, deep and dark, a mix of: dark roasted barley malts, tar soaked bay leaf, herbal and floral bitterness, spices, pepper, roasted grass and hay, hint of tar, deep dark chocolate, coal drenched in tar, espresso and espresso bitters, coffee roast and burned malty wood tones. Delicious! Creamy but no cream taste. Deep! Aftertaste is dark bitter, roasted malts, green grass, liquorice &bay leaf and burned wood. Low carbo, soft light creamy smooth close to silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture. Damn this is tasty: deep, dark, balanced and strong. Lovely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (1014) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 6, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours completely black with a slight red hue around the edges and has a thin, dark tan head that fades. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pine, resin, fruit and some hops. Has an aroma of malt and warming alcohol. Has a decent body that is slick and coats the mouth. The finish is a touch dry, and warming. Easy to drink and enjoyable. The alcohol is hidden rather well. On a side note, it was better the first time around, but the third bottle didnít seem the same. Will have to crack the fourth and update.

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