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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21088) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... deep dark roast chocolate roast ... sweet roast nose... dark malts ... sweet chocolate roast ... little too sweet ... soft chocolate ... nic ebut little too sweet even for me ... very chocolate bottle at bens ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... deep dark deep fruity nose ... dark malts ... heavy meaty malts ... dark fruits ... sweet roast big mellow soft roast ... 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18725) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT - picked up about six months ago in NH. Pours thick, dark brown-black, somewhat oily with a large, deep beige head. The aroma gives off burnt malts, dark chocolate, hefty roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with liquidy dark sugars, baking cocoa, bitter earth, burnt wood, some molasses, mild raisin and raspberry. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, lightly warming finish with bittersweet cocoa, general dark chocolate, dry chocolate cake, dirt, lightly torched wood. Pretty robust overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (17975) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17427) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 160213

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17161) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16731) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, hops and is full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16654) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle at the Cask, Pimlico - 26/02/13. Mid black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge. Nose is roast malt, light fart, molasses, chocolate, boozey edge to this one. Taste comprises roast malts, chocolate, molasses, touch of soap, liqourice, leather, boozey kick. Full bodied with fine carbonation, sweet boozey finish. Decent enough Imperial Stout but no world beater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. It pours a dark, dark brown body, looking clear, and topped by a dense, small, light beige head. Sweetish, bready, caramel maltyness in the aroma, with licorice hints. Some molasses and alcohol. It’s full-bodied and warming, with soft carbonation. Lasting flavor with roasted notes, molasses, bread hints and caramel. Some roasted bitterness. Hints of coffee. After a good while, the hoppy bitterness chimes in, lasting for a long time. A complex and tasteful beer well worth a revisit. 130216

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Almost black in color with a nice khaki head. Very strong roasted malt and coffee notes. A bit of burnt sugar, some licorice, molasses, earthy hops, and a strong cocoa character. Surprisingly bitter with a heavy roast, coffee, and hop flavor profile. Tons of dark chocolate, molasses, and only a mild toffee sweetness. Some earthy tons, licorice, and a hint of alcohol on the finish.

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