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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 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 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle, thanks to the Noble for this one. Pours black with tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee and chocolate, roasty, caramel, and nutty. Flavors has fudgy chocolate, iced coffee undertones, toffee, plums, Toasted nuts. Full body. Carbonation might be a tad high. Warming alcohol noted. Perfectly balanced and executed. Defines the style very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle from Elizabeth Station, Bellingham, WA; vintage 2012
Pitch black color with generous, frothy brownish head. Intense aroma of roasted malt, with some firewood, lactose and light liquorice. Full bodied; the mouthfeel is a bit oily, but smooth; very good flavor of roasted malt, with some dark chocolate, roasted nuts, light Bitter digestive, and a bit too much liquorice; some leather too; it has a very strong bitterness, that hides the fair sweetness; the final is also a bit salty, providing alcohol warmth as well.
Bold and arrogant; well brewed, solid, but without nuances.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Thick, opaque black. Thick brown head, roasty nose. Sweetness, alcohol, toasty notes, astringency, sour notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2621) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Heavy toasted note for the malt, moderate resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with tar, vanilla, chalk and anise in the background. Head is small, frothy, light brown with fair lacing and good legs, and diminishes to a small ring. Color is almost black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic, and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a chalky, moderately alcoholic and dry finish. Deep, dark and rich aromas and flavors. Awesome Imperial Stout, with a perfect mouthfeel for the style, and so much better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigtaster (896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours black with large thick brown head that lasts. Nose has licorice, notes of dark chocolate, there is some definite pine hops also coming from this stout. Very creamy mouth-feel, medium to heavy body, not as oily as some other examples in this category. Tingles on the tongue. Huge malt flavor, anise, good amount of bittering hops. Really great beer, perfect example of an impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on October 6, 2012 per Julian dating code printed on bottle. Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy medium brown head which dissipates to a chocolate milk-like bubbly foam. Solid lacing for such a big beer. Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, a touch of molasses, a hint of hops and a bit of alcohol coming through in the background. Taste: Very dark roasted malt up front with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the middle before ending with a nice amount of hoppy bitterness and more dark roasted malt. The alcohol definitely makes an appearance, but is not terribly overpowering. Aftertaste is bitter, roasted and long-lasting. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. This one would be great on a cold winter’s night. For me, it’s still pretty damn good on a 75 degree late January afternoon in southwest Florida. Overall: Very good beer overall. While I don’t think it compares to some of the more heralded Imperial Stouts out there, I don’t think Sierra Nevada set out to blow you away with complex additions. This is a straightforward take on the Russian Imperial Stout style. I would definitely recommend this one and look forward to trying it next year (assuming they bring it back).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brief_smile (110) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2013
Pours a thick black with a khaki head. Aroma: bitter chocolate, espresso, tobacco, liquorice, alcohol. Taste: huge and complex, with dominant dark chocolate/espresso notes, dark fruits, vanilla and a light smokiness. Dry, slightly resinous finish. Warming. Full, sticky mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Lovely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Tastes of coffee and molasses. The alcohol is very well hidden. Smooth and easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9687) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Squat bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick, jet black, with 1-finger dark brown head. Nose is awesome. Huge black patent barley malt and choc malts, cacao, blackstrap molasses, hops, honey. Tastes rich, complex, with flavors of big roasty choc malt, huge hop astringency, honey, espresso, and a thick muthfeel with well hidden -OH. Finishes very hoppy and astringent, with, I’d estimate, around 75-85 IBUS, and a huge roasty choc malt load, plus cacao, mild honey, and molasses. This one is huge, and makes an impact.

   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.

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