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RATINGS: 1092   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (1947) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is dark fruits, roasted coffee, chocolate and a little coal. Full bodied and creamy. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1939) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Poured a black body with a nice brown head that had some retention and a bit of lace. Aroma had nice roasted coffee and chocolate malts upfront a nice kick of saddle leather to it. Flavor had great balance with nice roasted malts. A nice strong roasted coffee presence upfront. Great balance from the chocolate malts which were sweet enough to complement the bitterness of the coffee malts. Alcohol seemed well hidden, could note detect molasses. Still a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours black as the night with a large, dark tan head. Nose shows chocolate, heavy roast, soft coffee. Also some light booze and a hint of wood smoke. Heavy roasted flavours too, some chocolate and a fair bit of booze. Nice creamy carbonation. Would be even better if the booze wasn’t so full-on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (1937) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
260413. Bottle at home. Pours oily black with a nice head. Aroma chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla. Nice oily texture. Very very nice. Not Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
bottle: Pour is very dark brown / pretty much black with a thick tan foamy head. aroma is cocoa, dark roasted malt/coffee. Sweet but not cloying flavour. Chocolate syrup (flavour, not syrupy body) with bitter dark roast coffee tones. Alc is blended perfectly. Very drinkable, nice medium to deep roasted flavour, a touch on the sweet side but not overly. Nice burnt malt bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1935) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at Hellbenders Burritos in Davis, WV. Opaque, deep dark brown with small brown head and very good lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt,toffee and coffee. Taste of alcohol, dark roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, toffee and roasted coffee. Full body and medium/high carbonation with a velvety, foamy mouthfeel. A beer that is almost too big for its own good. The booze overshadows the other flavors and masks much of the complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2013
12 oz bottle pours pitch black with a light tan head that sticks around. Very nice. Initial hit of vanilla and anise, plus a bit of booze. Mostly sweet flavor of molasses, more anise, some bitter roast balancing it out, plus some chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Top notch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Smith Street Cellars. Full marks. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with an off-white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle. It pours dark black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is roasty with some chocolate. Tastes very nice. Roasty and malty. Nice dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with a good finish. Good RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with good, creamy brown head, some legs / Muted nose of roast grain, chocolate, coffee, cream / Fully body, chewy, creamy, acidic and very dry but good balance with lots of bitterness on finish/ Flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, tobacco, lemon / Nice in a very dry and bitter style.

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