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RATINGS: 1177   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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2134) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2013
355ml bottle, 2012 bottling. Pours virtually pitch black, with a brown head. Compact, tarry aroma, licorice, chocolate, tobacco, mint leaves, coffee beans, leather, ashes, caramel, asphalt, roses. Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Rich, compact, complex taste, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, eucalyptus, ashes, tar, iodine, faint smoke, caramel. This is a real monster of a stout, it will probably benefit from a few years cellaring. At the moment it is almost too immense to drink. (2013-07-19)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2131) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft. Deep black . Half inch thick creamy tan head. Beautiful lacing. Taste is full bodies with an old ale quality. Reminds me of the life and limb. Delicious and better IMO ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a thick light espresso head and light lacing. Smell of cocoa, espresso, some dark fruitiness, and alcohol. Taste of cocoa and coffee lead the way with more dark fruit than burnt molasses, making this not as sweet as other Imperial Stouts. Finish is a lasting char, smoke, roast and hops. Very smooth and creamy, medium body, lighter carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2127) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Nose is dark and bitter chocolate. Pour is black with a small light brown head. Taste is dark dark chocolate to the point of almost being a harsh bitterness. Smooths out with each sip. A tad grassy so I’m guessing this is relatively highly hopped. Flavors start to come together as it warms but still seems a little out of balance. Ok but I’d like to see it with some age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Multiple bottles. Black colored pour with a tan head. Smells roasted, full of chocolate, coffee, hops, citrus. Taste sweet and smooth, easy drinking, rich, and rivals alot of the better stouts. Pretty good stuff that I can find in my grocery store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2093) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Black body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoked sausage?. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (2087) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours a thick black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and slight licorice. Taste follows but with some tobacco notes. Very thick and viscous. Nice impy stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Has some big time chocolate, coffee and malt notes. Taste is same, but has a great mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at Theresa’s. A fresh, rich, roasty stout with some sweetness, dark bread, coffee, molasses, and a little hop bite. Very good! I was wondering when I would see an imperial stout from SN, and they have brewed up a good one, like I thought they would.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
pours black with a small brown head, and good lacing. smell is of cocoa and some coffee. taste is of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, some hops, and just a touch of licorice. ends dry and slightly bitter.

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