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RATINGS: 1073   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Draft. Black color, thick brown head with decent retention. Aroma of bitter cocoa, caffe macchiato. Taste is vanilla, intense milk chocolate, chicolate covered espresso beans. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, a powdery bitter chocolate, grassy molasses, wild grass. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate, powdery, coffee grinds, coconut, nice and smooth. Tasted at GRMs tasting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9530) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle shared by Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolatye, roastiness, coffee and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering roasty finish. Solid beer, but yet another Impy Stout (yawn)?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast and coffee malt with raisins, prunes, licorice, and oak with pine and herbal hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, oak, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a black appearance with a foamy dark brown head and nice lacing. Somewhat piney, a bit sprucey, lightly minty, dark chocolate, roasty malty aroma. Somewhat dark fruity (fig, plum, dark grape), dark chocolate, piney/minty flavor with a somewhat bitter, yet smooth chocolate finish. Really a nice brew that I hope to get again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Super dark brown pour with a light brownish head. Roasty aroma melds well with lots of good chocolate notes, some brownies, and I can actually smell some light hop notes. Flavor is sweet, roasty, lightly bitter, well balanced and damn good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma offers notes of molasses, dark chocolate and Cuban-roast coffee. As full-bodied and plush as they come accompanied by tickling carbonation. The flavor is carbonic, acrid and singed, just like the Cuban-roast coffee that I love so dearly. Hearty charcoal finish. Much better than expected. The abv seems completely hidden. Since caffeine makes me nervous, maybe I should switch over to this when I’m jonesin’ for deeply roasted Cuban or Cuban-style coffee.World class effort from Sierra Nevada!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
12oz bottle. Black pour with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, some earthiness, and a little ashy. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and molasses. Overall alcohol well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8747) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 4, 2014
Bouteille:Literally black, presumably clear, big creamy tanned head, sweet toasted malt, chocolate, caramel and dried fruits plus a tinge of vanilla and wood in the complex aroma; medium to solid sweet-bitter flavour, pretty full bodied and quite soft; lingering robust chocolatey, toasty and fruity finish with vanilla and molasses. A very, very pleasant Bier…

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
On tap at Capone’s Restaurant. Dark brown with no head. A rich aged beer aroma. A good carbonation and full mouthfeel. Chocolate is important, coffee-like roasting is incredible. Fruity, a little syrup. Very good drinkability, no obviously booziness, other than its slight resemblance to the new Manhattans.


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