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RATINGS: 1318   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 17/20
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle as rail soda, courtesy of kermis. Pours a pitch black beer with a big beige creamy head on top. Aroma of coffee, nuts, dark sugar, caramel and even some old hops. Flavor is very sweet, strong alcoholic, some Port and wood influences. Long sweet aftertaste. Quite OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2014
0.355l bottle from Bierkoning. It’s almost like pouring motor oil in the glass. Really dark and black with a really good looking big lasting deep ash brown head that’s leaving some hefty lacings. Not to extreme on the nose initially, but it has a strong theme of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Some slightly charred coffee beans and a little dark fudge sweetness. Gains more momentum after a while in the glass and it’s not bad at all. It has a really thick and almost cut-through feeling in the mouth. Quite gentle on the prickling carbonation. It’s roasted in the taste alright. Lots of burned coffee and really dark butter black Belgian sugarless chocolate. Cocoa nibs with hints of burned dry wood. There is a a faint coffee acidity all the way on the back. Soft warming tail and it’s lingering burned in the mouth. A nice really ink black flavored imp stout. 30.03.2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Big old beer here. Rich and thick with a ton of roast with smooth hop bitterness. Nice full bodied mouthfeel without being too thick or heavy. Big flavors but balanced with nothing sticking out or harsh. Not a killer but a well brewed beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3594) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, roasty coffee, light hops aroma. Black with a moderate brown head. Espresso, bitter chocolate, earthy peat flavor with a roasty bitterness in the finish, as well as some piney hops. The malts also have quite a bit of sweetness, which balances nicely with all of the roasty bitterness. Thick full body, soft carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. This is nicely done, and I may have to pick up another bottle to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3590) - Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
12 oz bottle kindly given to me by Indra. 2285210:50 printed on the bottle. Bottled on 2012, 285th day (October 11th). The pour is an inky black, with a one inch dark khaki head. The aroma is roast malt, touch of ash char, and dry dark cocoa and cane sugar sweetness behind that. The taste is big roast initially, opens up to soy iodine, then progresses to the sweetness of the cocoa and cane sugar. The finish is a bit sharp, and presents hot booziness. The palate is heavy to medium bodied, oily mouth feel, and the hot dry finish. Solid Imperial Stout, thanks for giving me this one Eric.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3587) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (3584) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle from Great Grog. This inky black beer pours with a quickly disappearing tan head. Flavours of chocolate and liquorice dominate with currants and red fruit followed by roasted coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3571) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
29 Nov 2012, bottle. black, thick foamy head that fades fast. nose is mocha coffee and moderate alcohol, with bitter chocolate twinge. med body and mildly fizzy. there is a serious woody flavor that comes out in the taste. mocha or sweet black coffee, some tree bark, maybe spruce hops. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours an inky black, slow dark tan head comes up, small in nature,but inviting. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, liquor, and faint pine. Flavor matches, with some fruity molasses coming through. Really very nice. Liked this one. Could have been number 100 for January, but for some reason I felt that stopping at 99 was appropriate. Leaves me with something to aim for in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3566) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2014
After a few beers that weren’t what I was expecting I decided to crack open a bottle of Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout. Clocking in at 10.2%, I’ve heard good things about this beer but it sold out last year. This year I acted fast and secured a bottle as soon as I saw it. A thick viscous black pour with a thin burnt orange head that quickly vanished. The aroma is umami, soy, soft cocoa that reminds me a bit of the Stone Smoked Porter. Full-bodied, slick mouthfeel this sucker is thick! Savoury notes up front, then roastiness followed by the alcohol burning down your throat & ending with bitter chocolate & coffee in the aftertaste. This is a really savoury beer, meaty, complex chocolate, roast notes and some dark bitter chocolate too.

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