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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
glenD (31) - - JAN 2, 2013
Im just going to tell you right now, this beer will kick your d$%k in the dirt. Believe it. There isnt much aroma whatsoever which is what decreased my rating from a higher one.Theres some hop dryness at the end, which is mellowed out by the syrupy resinated aftertaste. Seriously, if you like thick syrupy stouts go buy this. Its killer. Its loaded with flavor and it lingers with you. It has a nice cocoa and coffee flavor that isnt overwhelming but damn it sticks with you. Good stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HourGlass13 (694) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
This imperial stout is absolutely wonderful. It sits in the glass black as the ace of spades. Its on the sweet side but also hits the taste buds with just the right amount of chocolate and spice. A work of art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skullface1818 (2) - - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
Appearance: poured this one into a thin flute wine glass, and even in its thin glass, this beer will not any light penetrate its darkness like the dark and mysterious see of its namesake, this beer is a perfect example of clear total darkness, easily ranking a 40/40 on the beer color scale apart from its color it has a medium, maybe one finger head, that lasts far longer than one would expect for a beer of this alcohol level This is exactly what Im looking for in a stout, and I was going to just give this one a 4.5 on first glance, but I cant see any reason to take off that last bit I have to give its appearance a perfect score Smell: The smell is quite subtle to say the last. I am surprised by this, and dont know how to really rate it on one hand, a beer this extreme, would be VERY hard to make it have such a subtle smell, but on the other hand, I was expecting (and really wanted) something really intense that I could enjoy more I get very light milk chocolate, light fruits, alcohol boozyness (but very slight boozyness), and a little bit of pear Its not bad, quite good, but to me feels too reserved for what it is 4/5 Taste: mhhmmmm, this is really really good. This beer tastes like liquified black chocolate. This is almost nothing else to say, with some light fruity flavors to counter its intense roasted chocoaltyness, with an intense dark chocolate bitterness mixed in with strong hoppy bitterness in the after taste a beer that is very strong and malty, but keeps it from being cloying wit ha perfect hopping that keeps the malt first, and works well with its dark chocolaty bitterness I can think of noting Id want to change on this beer 5/5 Mouthfeel: Slick, sweet, and very syrupy. It pours like Hersey syrup, yet is much easier to drink drinkabilty and a heavy imperial stout are not often paired up, but the beer manages to pull it off, and has a delightfully moouthfeel 4.5/ Overall: Im giving this one a 4.5/5 Its a near perfect beer on all accounts, and a excellent offering from Siera nevada. I can easily see this beer turning into a PERFECT, 5/5 beer, after a good 8-12 months of ageing. Ill be drinking one more bottle for new years, and saving the last two for conditioning, quite possibly for next year to see how its changed over time Highly, Highly recommend this beer cheers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Poured from a bottle into tulip. Opaque black in color with a nice three finger mocha colored head. Smells of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and subtle hops... maybe a little alcohol. Taste is the same minus the alcohol and the chocolate is more pronounced. Really easy drinking for an imperial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2803) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle pours jet black with minimal tan head with little retention. Nose is of grain and roasted coffee. Taste follows this trend with addition of pine and citrus. Bitterness pulls through on finish. Body is solid albeit perhaps a tad thin and not as silken as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7204) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12oz bottle shared by Mike
Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts and dark coffee
Taste: Roasted malts, dark coffee, grainy and dark chocolate
Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle from North Bar, Leeds. Pours a pitch black, very small head (from a very nicely labelled bottle!). Aroma is great - chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hops. Taste is similar - nicely smooth, with coffee, roasted make and chocolate flavours. Pretty bitter, no conspicuous sweetness, even though there is a nice balance. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, long bitter fo ish. Good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: October 29, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sprayberry Bottle Shop
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, icy lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, hoppy
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, plenty of hops, caramel sweetness emerges upon warming to bring out a chocolate character, long bitter roasty finish

Date: November 09, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: just as rich and roasty on draft as in the bottle
Body: creamier body
Flavor: stellar

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a dense, creamy, three finger thick, rich brown stained tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated black color that is quite opaque. The aroma is fruity, hoppy, roasted, and concentrated dark malt. Burnt molasses notes, burnt plum notes, concentrated brown sugar, interesting, slightly tannic, tobacco notes, and, as you really take a deep draught of the nose, firm, roasted coffee notes, and toasted / blackened whole grain. There is quite a bit of hop character here, in addition to the ample citrus notes, lots of pine, woody notes, and even some floral, almost tropical fruit like notes.

Rich, somewhat viscous, but still fairly light for an Imperial stout, the beer is amply hoppy with a huge bitterness, lots of burnt citrus character, and lots of woody, pine, and even some spruce tip like flavors. Lots of roasted character provides notes of burnt plums, coffee liquor, and lots of drying, firm, lingeringly burnt, roast malt character. Somewhat evocative of woody notes, a definite firm, almost astringent character from the roast malt and hop interaction. Roasted molasses, chalk, coffee husks, and lots of burnt fruit character add some subtle, underlying complexity here.

This beer could certainly age quite well, I like the vibrant hop character right now, but this should mellow out, and the roast should smooth out quite well with age, including nullifying the effects of oxidation. Much more hoppy than I was expecting from the description, but the first time I had heard of this beer I was expecting a black / roast version of Bigfoot, and this does form a reasonable facsimile of that. In the end this is quite niced, it fits the spot of my imagined gap in the Sierra Nevada lineup. This is definitely a beer I will be buying a couple of every year (a fairly rare even).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Nice dark pour, not much aroma. taste is dark roast with booze. Pretty good stout.

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