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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3228) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle pours an ink black color with a thin brown head. Scent is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate with roasted malts up front.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
Flaske, 355 ml. Meget mørkebrun med et stort, frodigt og luftigt lysebrunt skum. Brændt sukker. Ristet malt. Let lakrids. Appelsin-noter- Nybagt rødbrød. Fuldfed krop. Lang eftersmag. Godnat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3223) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Black oily pour with a fleeting mocha head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, almost burnt - similar to the aroma of coffee roasting. The flavor is much different in this Imperial Stout. The flavor is dominated by dark roast malts and a fair amount of hop bitterness. If you don’t care for sweet imperial stouts seek this one out. Not really my kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (3221) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: cremeskum over en velduftende, sort væske. Cremet mundfylde, so smooth. Kaffe, sjokolade og alt jeg trenger. Litt salt og humlebitterhet i kledelig antrekk. Smaskegod. Heldigvis er ettersmaken laaaang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3215) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
12 oz bottle shared at GRM’s. Deep brown black with a mocha rim. Really big and dark but not typical...quite a bit of pine and resin, peppery and severe, tons of licorice, a fair bit of alcohol; medium body, moderate effervescence. Realty dark, black, peppery, serious, licorice, lacks the usual sweeter dark roasted malt notes, a fair bit of alcohol; stripped down, serious, not for the faint of heart; a bit sweet with strong bitterness and a long, slightly friendlier finish that is still quite peppery and serious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3215) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours dark brown/black color with dark brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Full body with soft carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3214) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, from and with Ian Guénard, savoured on January 11 2012; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, lightly burnt barley, light acridness, dark chocolate, light resinous hops; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, light resinous hops, dark chocolate, light caramel, light acidity, finale in roasted barley with presence of dark chocolate, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, palateful texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 12 onces, de et avec Ian Guénard, savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, légère âcreté, chocolat noir, léger houblon résineux; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, léger houblon résineux, chocolat noir, léger caramel, légère acidité, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de chocolat noir, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture moelleuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle
This was the 2012 vintage with just a couple of months on it. A fine and very affordable imperial stout now ranks with Old Rasputin as a beer I need to revisit more frequently than I manage to. Grab a couple of bottles when you get a chance and enjoy a brewery which has not sold out despite being one of the most influential in the country.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep oily base sweeps into the glass like the greasy remains of a dirty shop rag. Long sticky legs give it that heavy feel of a big imperial stout. Anise, licorice, and malt merge with the sticky chocolate and light smoke to create a pleasurable experience.

Flavor / Palate - Thick, oily, and chocolately this is strong without being a diabetes bomb like certain Southern Tier releases. Boozy and heady it does not take long for the ABV to make its presence known. Sticking to all corners of the mouth it lasts for a long time. Perhaps just a notch below the best it might be one of the best that is widely available at a low price point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3192) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Motor oil black pour with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt. Tastes are bitter chocolate and coffee with dark fruit and burnt notes. Slick medium palate. Nice and drinkable. Covers alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and get lacing. Light pine, grapefruit, cocoa, dark fruits, roasted coffee, grapes, and blue spruce needles in the aroma. Taste is sticky, grapefruit, dark chocolate, deep roast, red grapes, and bread with a light bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Great roasty characteristics with no signs of booze at all, balanced nicely with sweet grapefruit notes and a lingering chocolate finish. Well-done!

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