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RATINGS: 1446   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2013
tap at Dash In - Pours black with a long lasting tan head. The aroma is surprisingly mild but includes roast malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It has a very sweet flavor with chocolate, roast malt, and licorice. Full bodied with gentle carbonation, its a very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 Has a jet black appearance with a finger length dark mocha head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Smells of lots of bittersweet chocolate, good amount of coffee, nice roasted element to it, some oak, molasses, maybe some dark fruit as it warms. Taste starts with the bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Then in the middle, a huge dose of roastiness comes through from the roasted barley, along with more molasses. Then the finish is more of the roasted flavors, almost like a smokiness, along with lots of bittersweet chocolate, more molasses, some coffee or expresso, a tiny bit of hop presence, get some fig as well. Definite alcohol presence on the finish as well, but does not detract from the other flavors. Pretty full body with a sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of carbonation that livens up the body of the beer. This will age nicely. Nothing too flashy, but a solid imperial stout at an affordable price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours oil black with medium cocoa head. nose with acid bite and element of choolate. medium bodied with well balanced elements of toffee, chocolate, bitters, and light grassy hop. slight nip of cinnamon and alcohol finish this well-crafted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Amazing stout, drank right after the Wreck Alley so its a tough competition but very good overall

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1233) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2012 Vintage. Pours pitch black with a small dark tannish brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of dark roast coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, hints of coffee and a touch of booze. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout finishes with a touch of boozy dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (518) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Very thick, even for an imperial stout. Usual notes that youd expect for the style, coffee and such, but theres also a strong taste of licorice that penetrates the whole thing. Im not a fan of licorice. This is a decent beer, but Sierra Nevada usually does better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
12 oz bottle shared at GRMs. Deep brown black with a mocha rim. Really big and dark but not typical...quite a bit of pine and resin, peppery and severe, tons of licorice, a fair bit of alcohol; medium body, moderate effervescence. Realty dark, black, peppery, serious, licorice, lacks the usual sweeter dark roasted malt notes, a fair bit of alcohol; stripped down, serious, not for the faint of heart; a bit sweet with strong bitterness and a long, slightly friendlier finish that is still quite peppery and serious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1602) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, and a meaty quality. Pours a dark opaque brown with a none lasting tan head. The taste is roasted malts, coffee, smoke, with hints of chocolate. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Overall, Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8643) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle at Pauls tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, light sweetness, a hint of chocolate, and lighter grainy notes. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1838) - Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 10th, 2012, side by side with SN Beer Camp Oatmeal Stout.

Appearance: Pours black with nice amount of red-brownish head.
Aroma: Aroma of chocolate, sugar, faint coffee.
Taste: Really chocolaty, dark coffee after the initial level, some light roastyness.
Palate:Medium body, somewhat thick, nice lingering coffee aftertaste.

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