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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (780) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Pours black, with the least possible head. Great malty nose with some smokeyness, licorice and coffee. I really like this because its not too overly sweet. A strong hop flavor and bitterness that balances and counters with all the coffee, chocolate, and background flavors of leather, smoke, and molassas. Very enjoyable palate. Burn in the finish, with some carry over flavors. Great new beer! Bold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1610) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours very dark brown to nearly black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of black licorice, roasted coffee, and smoky malts. Nice flavor of charred espresso, licorice, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Slick mouthfeel. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Bottle. Colour... Black as a moonless Halloween night! Nose... Boozy with heaps of dark chocolate and hints of molasses. Palate... Thick and rich and chocolatey ( and I don’t mean Nestle’s Quik!). Man this stuff is thick! There’s a delightful char character that tempers the sweet side and the booze is ever present. What a wonderful elixir for All Hallows’ eve!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5318) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle: Thanks James: Vintage 2012: Nice almost black pour (where it’s tin, it’s dark brown). A small thin head/more lacing on top of a pitch black (in glass) colored beer. After just some seconds there’s only a pitch black beer left in the glass with a brown circle on the side of the beer and glass. The aroma’s of this beer are a mix of roasted malts, liquorice and bay leaf, hint of tar, roast, coffee, coal and something light light berry/cherry alike. The flavours are really good, strong, deep and dark, a mix of: dark roasted barley malts, tar soaked bay leaf, herbal and floral bitterness, spices, pepper, roasted grass and hay, hint of tar, deep dark chocolate, coal drenched in tar, espresso and espresso bitters, coffee roast and burned malty wood tones. Delicious! Creamy but no cream taste. Deep! Aftertaste is dark bitter, roasted malts, green grass, liquorice &bay leaf and burned wood. Low carbo, soft light creamy smooth close to silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture. Damn this is tasty: deep, dark, balanced and strong. Lovely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
This is one of the better imperial stouts I’ve ever gotten to try. A beautiful blend of barley and malts, with a great hop medley to boot. A great high gravity beer with superb notes of caramel, molasses, and richness that deepens as you drink it. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (872) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle picked up a Premier Gourmet Niagara Falls New York. Pours super dark, opaque, motor oil, with a tan head that recedes rather quickly to a thin film, with a film of lacing. Nose is surprisingly more fruity than I had expected. Smells rather bourbon like, sweet and boozy. Tastes malty, raisins, dark chocolate bitter, and boozy. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours pitch black with a fluffy brown head that thins out quickly. The aroma is a huge hit of molasses and coffee backed up by some spicy hops. The flavor really packs a coffee and bittersweet chocolate punch, while the some bitter dark toast notes give it great complexity. The spicy bitterness of the hops come through on a refreshing finish that cuts through the rich, creamy mouthfeel, I was expecting a good brew, but was pleasantly surprised to find a great one! I will certainly look out for more of this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Very sweet, lots of molasses, coffee, hops. Nice smooth stout. Been looking for something funky lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
A perfectly balanced impy, full of taste without being overpowering. Delicious. The science in a comic book film is hurting my head. Wish I had a beef sandwich now...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1217) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Standard imperial porter. Black woth tan head. Lots of chocolate on the nose. Seet and bitter. Very nice beer.

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