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RATINGS: 1071   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
big ol imperial stout. bold flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, bittersweet in the finish but definitely not on the sugary side. full bodied, average carbonation, doesnt distract. little oily sticky in the mouthfeel, really nice in that dept. long semi sweet finish, bold. glad SN didn’t disappoint with this one, very nice. complex, bold, doing its own thing and doing it well. gotta love it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
This was on draft at The Local Beer Bat in Eureka, CA.. It came in the glass black, with a big tan head and thick lacing rings. Nose of rich dark chocolates, with some coffee and dark ripe fruit. Full and almost oily body with a thick creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a very rich with lots of. chocolate, licorice, coffee and ripe fruit. The finish is dry and bitter. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle pours an ink black color with a thin brown head. Scent is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate with roasted malts up front.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2144) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours a solid black color with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of caramel. Earthy citrusy hop aromas meld nicely with light aromas of dark dried fruits. The flavor is sweet with caramel and chocolate with a nice shot of espresso. A bit of earthy citrus hop flavor but mostly a roasty bitterness in the flavor. Light dark fruit flavors with a hint of alcohol round out the flavor quite well. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy velvety mouthfeel. Very nice Imperial Stout I really enjoyed this one and I guess I need to get back to the store to buy a few more to lay down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Dark black pour, a little chocolate head and an aroma of dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is super roasty meld of peaty chocolate malt & coffee and finished a bit grainy and sweet. Really solid beer all around, no sign of the 10% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, black licorice, a bit of earthy, and a touch of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, vanilla, and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some earthy hops and touch of molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, a touch of dark fruit, and bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Incredibly smooth for how big it is with great overall balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (647) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2012 vintage, bottled October 12, 2012. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. A - Pours a dark black body with two finger mocha/red head. Settles into some thin edging. Solid amount of lacing and retention but nothing too impressive. S - Roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder and anise. Incredibly balanced. Just a great aroma. T - Roasted malts lead into that signature SN grapefruit and pine hop profile. Finishes with bitter coffee beans and smooth milk chocolate. Just a touch of anise. M - Smooth and creamy with nice carbonation. O - This beer gets everything right, even as a fresh beer. Plus its SN so its at an amazing price and distribution. It seems less hoppy and intense than the the 30th Anny stout, but I really like this beer a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (694) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Tap at big bay. Black pour with tan head. Sweet chocolate caramel scent. Tastes of chocolate with slight coffee bitter finish. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (824) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a Pitch black with a foamy one finger tan head, which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, bakers coco, espresso coffee, some molasses, and some dark fruits. Taste is of roasted malts, bakers cocoa, dark roasted coffee, molasses, some dark fruits, some citrus hops, and a little booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and bitter, long, slightly hot finish. overall, a pretty nice Imp. stout that is a great bang for the buck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle----> tulip. Pours super dark black with a dark tan head and thin lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate and light coffee. Taste is a great mix of milk chocolate, milky coffee, and light soy sauce. Palate is thick and chewy. This is a great Impy stout.

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