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RATINGS: 1235   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (6271) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
deep black .. mild head, medium foam .. . bought at specs, thanks for the 50 gs judes, jimmys outta here .. . slick silky mouthfeel .. . tar and mars tar .. . not at all complex but damn enjoyable!! .. . . whos this guy, every pissed off lieutenant from every 80s movie???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (750) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Smoky, malty and even a slightly briny aroma. Beautiful opaque black (even under a bright halogen light I see only a sliver of ruby/brown at the corner of the glass) with a long lasting but thin light brown head. Sweet, charred malt flavors and a good alcohol bite hit first. This evolves into a delicious mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, figs and dark cherries along with a very light vanilla/marshmallow flavor in the back. Theres an underlying earthy bitterness and tames the sweetness perfectly and a dry huskiness that wraps it up. Bittersweet chocolate is left behind in the aftertaste. While maybe not quite as balanced as Old Rasputin, it compares very favorably to it. Happy International Stout Day!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1627) - Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle- One of the best beers I have ever had was Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary Fritz & Kens Ale after it had aged in a bottle between one and two years, my hope for this beer is that it will at least come close to the masterpiece that was that milestone of a beer, unfortunately I wont know for at least a year, I will re-rate one year from the bottling date which is 279th day of 2012- Pours inky black with zero transparency, it has a nice thick three finger dark mocha colored head and nice cobwebby lacework, this is a beautiful beer. The aroma is cocoa off the bat, coffee and molasses as well. The taste is thick, chewy, chocolate milk, alcohol burn, creamy, a fair amount of bitterness which balances out the thick chocolate malt. Coffee is less in the taste, but is there. The body is undeniably huge, thick, mouth coating, and the carbonation is medium. I have drifted away from Imperial stouts recently, but this beer reminds me why I used to and still do love them, awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted chocolate, espresso, molasses, dark dried fruits, vanilla, citrus malts. Awesome. Black hue with a nice average sized medium brown head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Finish is lightly cloying and heavy bitter. Overall a fantastic Impy from Sierra Nevada. Loved every aspect of the beer but the best part is that it will only get better with time. Should cellar extremely well and very reasonably priced. Wonderful all the way around. Cant wait to see what its like next year!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (909) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Faint aromas of chocolate, barley and leafy hops. Jet black with a maroon tint. Nicely blended coffee, toffee heavily roasted cocoa and caramel upfront with a thick and massive finish leaving the palate with notes of raisins, oats, molasses, resin and fudge. Overall, a big malty monster of a beer with a full body and complex flavors. Id give this an A+ rating. Great job SN.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz bottle. Used motor oil; super thick luscious medium brown head; negligible lacing. Smells like a big beer; dark, malty, raisin, caramel, chocolate, possibly vanilla. Flavor is big and fairly complex; dark fruit and vegatables, slightly sour, chocolate, even yeasty. Mouthfeel slick, slippery, silky, medium-thick but not very sticky. Notable alcohol in the exhale. Baby, this is good; just a small tick away from blown-away by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ramboraffe (808) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
355 ml bottle. Black with tanned head. Smell is roasted malt with espresso coffee and chocolate. Taste is heavy roasted malt body with coffee and chocolate. Finish is warming alcohol. Dry with medium bitterness and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gbgbrouge (256) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
Poured from bottle, deep dark black brown with light brown low head. Aroma is nicely complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit, herbs and a trace of liquorice. Taste is very well balanced, sweetness, bitterness and body well held together. Notes of coffee, caramel, dark bread, dried fruit, some chocolate and a trace of butterscotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swannycellars (11) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2015
Very good stout with all of the great stout characters. The balance between bitter cocoa/coffee and molasses sweetness is amazing. Mouth feel is super silky and we loved the bitter finish. Look forward to the barrel aged version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1230) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from Market Street. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aromas are rich chocolate, coffee, oil. The mouthfeel is dry bitter and roasty with a heavy body and good carbonation. Cheers!

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