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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5751) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Poured a dense black with a khaki colored head that quickly dissipated. The aroma has notes of mocha, marshmallow, roasty, and malty bitterness. Taste is very roasty and on the verge of smoke. Hefty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Black, thin but dense brown head. Smells like chocolate milk. Taste is chocolate and coffee, with nice hints of vanilla. Very rich and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Black with alce. Nose of licorice, chocolate, coffee, wood, some pine. Dry and roasty, chocolate, coffee notes. Nice thick body, tart edge. Hides alcohol very well. A good drinking impynice, but not overly impressive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7161) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge creamy dark brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was sweetish black licorice, floral hops and a bit of roasty malts. The flavor was semi sweet and very roasty with strong notes of black licorice and floral hops and hints of coffee and Bakers chocolate. Long finish that was bitter and roasty with lingering floral hops and anise. Moderately full bodied and the alcohol was fairly well hidden. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Very good stout with coffee, chocolate, and some hops. I also get some brown sugar and of course roasted malts. Very good beer. Thank you Chudwick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Absolutely black pour. Dark brown head. Aroma is roasted, no surprise there. Flavor is bitter, roasted, little chocolate. I dont get any licorice, which I am thankful for. Dont really dig that in a stout these days. Its somewhat dry, but certainly heavy on the palate. Its really a nice stout. Better from the bottle than draft. Maybe it was the bar I was at. But, still great stuff. One of SN finest offerings, if youre asking me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at Selmas in Ladera. Great imperial stout. Commercial description is right on, nothing more to add then it is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Black with an inch of dense tan head and dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a few lines of lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is very rich, with chocolate and coffee notes. It starts out slightly sweet and then turns slightly bitter, but overly pretty well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2013
Well for an Imperial it holds aloft a lot of tannish foam - a good two fingers worth that messes up the glass well. Typically opaque and black as night but with little evidence of bottle conditioning. Smoky, deep, roasted malt and piney, camphorous hop nose with inklings of cola, molasses and scorched berries. Viscous, thick and smooth on the palate. Lovely mouthfeel and it holds that alcohol well spruiking up only in the lack of being able to physically stand up after a Schooner. Lots of smoke and scorched berry skins lasting after each swallow amongst a mocha, bitter chocolate back end with light hop bitterness aiding. Front end is simplistic, pleasing deep malts that are residually sweet. Very deceiving stuff; would love if it held that alcohol proud. Too easy to drink it may as well be a sweet, session stout. I like it; I dont,. Completely split, but might crack another if I can get myself up!!! (12fl,Oz. 2012 bottling, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2489) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Opaque black with thin tan head. Not much aroma, faint roast. Taste of some bitterness followed by sweet chocolate. No coffee. Nice malty aftertaste. A little hot on the alcohol.

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