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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
I was concerned that Sierra put this beer out becuase they felt like they needed an Imperial <insert>, but decided to try because I respect the brewery. On the nose I get mostly unsweetened chocolate, a touch of coffee, and some booze that I may be misreading as vanilla, or vice versa. It’s an Imperial Stout: dark, perhaps clear but so dark no light passes through, fairly low carbonation, tan, soft head. The more subtle flavors are roast, maybe dried fruit, but definitely some tobacco, coffee, and bakery’s chocolate. There is almost a floral softness to the lingering taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Gorgeous pour, rich and viscous ink black with two fingers of dense and creamy chestnut brown head. Lots of bitter black grain in the nose, espresso and unsweetened chocolate, blackstrap molasses, burnt sugar. A touch of dark fruit comes through as well. Not crazy about the flavor. Tons of bitter dark grain. Black grain all over, tons of bitter acidity. Hard to get anything else. Wonderful mouthfeel though, full and viscous with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4309) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2013
355 ml bottle courtesy of my secret Santa joeneugs. Pours black with a rather small frothy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, banana, sweetened dark roast coffee, alcohol, black pepper, wood, burnt cookies, caramel, salty liquorice candy and alcohol. Taste is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, pine, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, freshly cut grass, mineral rich soil, resinous wood, grapefruit rinds, ammonium chloride, orange peal, coffee hard candy, banana, alcohol and minerals. Mouthfeel is round, oily bitter, tiny astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, banana, pine, grapefruit rinds, resinous wood and hints of salty liquorice. Very solid beer and a nice tasty US imperial stout,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jordinc (105) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark coffee color with a light brown creme colored head. Aroma is malty and boozy. Thick and smooth on the palate, maybe slightly over carbonated. Molasses, coffee, and cocoa notes. Good sharp bite to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1607) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma has notes of leather, tobacco, dark fruit and roast. A light chocolate character. The dark fruit is mostly dried - raisin and prune. Light hop aroma. Pours a dark brown to black with a thick light mocha head that recedes quickly to the edges. Some light lacing and small legs. Flavor has some nice chocolate and fruit character. The roast is minimal and astringency is medium low. The fruit is moderately strong and a bit overwhelming. The hop flavor in the finish is moderate as is the bitterness. Some tobacco and leather notes. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Moderate astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall not the best imperial stout but a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup. The malt isn't as forward as I would prefer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2013
This was bad. I liked the flavours and complexity - thoroughly enjoyable. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (16899) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle, thanks to _angst_. Black beer with a brownish head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, warming alcohol, figs, molasses, grapes, toffee notes, tar, dark chocolate, prunes, leather notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, smoked notes, raisins, prunes, tar, smoked notes, bitter notes, grapes, molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2471) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Encinitas. Black color. Beige head. Aroma’s: heavy roast, drop, medium sweet, somewhat acidic, hint of cocoa. Flavor is roasted/burnt, medium sweet. Quite strong alcohol feel. Full bodied. Finishes dry, burnt, ashy. Good, but not quite what I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3337) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Very excited to try this one. The appearance is near black with an oily beige head. The aroma offers dark roast, full bodied coffee, molasses. The flavor follows suit. Thick and rich. A touch of dark fruit. Big time dark chocolates and a touch of cacao bitterness. Palate coating with moderate carbonation. Zesty finish. A really nice example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2778) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2012 Bottle ... Black pour with a thin tan/beige kind of creamy head ..... Great aroma of cocoa, roasted coffee and some bitter hops .... taste is of bitter roasted coffee, bakers cocoa, some sweet molasses is def there, caramel malts, and bitter hops that lingering on the back end .... finish is bold, hoppy, dry and lingering .... mouthfeel is slick, a little creamy, oily and full bodied .... amazing brew well put together ... abv hidden well ... could drink this all day

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