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RATINGS: 1071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
On tap. Black with a creamy light brown head. Sweet almost menthol like spice to the aroma and taste, which deserves note, but otherwise burnt grain, dark chocolate, black licorice, and a nice earthy bitterness to the aroma and taste. Good chewey palate. I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with very good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass with a good amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, char, light smoke, floral, earth, and citrus rind. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, cocoa, light smoke, floral, tobacco, earth, light pine, and light citrus. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, toffee, tobacco, earth, and light citrus on the finish for a good bit. High amount of flavor complexity; with a nice balance of malt flavors with a fair amount of hops; zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. Very nice flavor complexity with good balance; very smooth to sip on for 10.2%. A very enjoyable offering as I had hoped. Will have to see how it does with some age on it next.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badwhale (345) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours an opaque black with a sparse tan head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Lots of prune, date & fruit flavors. Pretty heavy mouthfeel. Not much hop accents at all. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet chocolate and espresso aromas. Thick with semisweet chocolate upfront turning to soy before the lasting espresso finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Strong chocolate aroma and dark brown-black pour with a powerfully balanced taste and slightly lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3759) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Normís, 11/20/12

Aroma:†The nose is big on roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, pepper, and booze
Appearance:†This one pours a dark brown color with a small light brown head and very light lace
Flavor:†The taste is really malty, not sweet, more roasty and bitter of a flavor, with an alcoholic finish
Palate:†The body leans full, it has a smooth, creamy feel, with a dry, roasted and fairly hot finish to it
Overall Impression:† Thanks Kramer! This one was a more then solid example of the style. It didnít completely blow me out of the water, but it is still a heck of a solid beer. At 10% + ABV, and a with a burn to show for it, this one is definitely a sipper, but a sipper I enjoyed sipping.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft. Medium brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some cinnamon, light coffee/burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, some dark chocolate, burnt, light cinnamon. Medium-full body, low carbonation, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
12 oz bottle, actually a few. Dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head. Nose is milk chocolate, hay, prune and dark roast. Full body, a tad chalky, with a lively tang. Taste is dark chocolate, grapefruit, pine and espresso with a pinch of salt. Rich, rustic and roasty. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
slash196 (3) - - NOV 19, 2012 does not count
This is just a home run from Sierra Nevada. Think Victory Storm King meets Old Rasputin. Velvety-smooth, with floral hop bitterness, cool roastiness and a clean, dry finish. Hoppiness makes it stand out from the Imperial Stout mainstream, perfect balance and drinkability means it punches with the best of them. An instant classic. Canít wait to see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Enjoyed this one enough to buy a couple more to age in my basement. Velvety smooth and full on the tongue. Very rich and roasted malt flavors with elements of sugary tar, black licorice, dark chocolate, scorched wood, toffee, molasses, cooked raisins, fig and a nip of smoke. Fruity alcohol. Balanced, grassy-piney bitterness.

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