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RATINGS: 1274   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 Nevadas High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold with notes of bakers 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (13190) - Gteborg, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12899) - Orange County, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12592) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12531) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a little liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, little liquorice, hop, little vanilla and medium bitter with notes of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12309) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/black with a foamy very dark tan head. Aromas of dark milk chocolate, treacle and perhaps a little coffee and spice. Full bodied. Flavor is dark, dark milk chocolate, some coffee, hints of treacle and hop spice. Finishes bitter and nitty gritty. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (12307) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 27, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, sugar, hop. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, sugar, hop, molasses. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, sugar, hop, licorice, molasses, nuts, alcohol. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, juniper, chocolate, fennel, and lactose. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, honey, and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12038) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11821) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11722) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Vintage 2012, end of 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma of licorice, coffee beans, caramel and dark sugar, with quite a bit of alcohol showing. Thick and sweet flavour with licorice and burned notes, and plenty of hop presence and a bit of warm alcohol. Classic American imperial stout, in no need of barrel aging and rare coffee blends...


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