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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines, cheers Ash! Pours jet black, thick brown head. Massive dark chocolate nose, creamy and inviting. Another big snort brings coffee, more rich chocolate. Taste is heavy and sweet, with some herbal hops and liquorice. Long dark chocolate sweet finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haukur (1870) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 16, 2014
Malty aroma with hints of chocolate. Incredibly ordinary for the style. Medium bodied and a bit dry. Maybe too young? Dissapointed

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8535) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
Black beer. LIght brown head, medium duration. Roasted aroma, laqurice, lactic acid, complex. Sweet flavor, more comples flavors, laqurice, light brunt notes too. Biffer finish. Syrupy, dry texture.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
brleo (78) - - MAR 8, 2014
For what it is, its fantastic. But even though I like dark beers, this one is just too dark. Aroma is pungent, strong, piercing. Appearance is blacker than pitch - this is something you pave roads with; head is khaki-coloured. No light shines through this thing - this is pure pitch darkness. Taste is overwhelmingly powerful, a full-assault on the senses. A tiny sweetness tries to sneak through the ridiculously roasted malt flavor. Lots of coffee, chocolate, bit of ash. This is heavy, heavy stuff. At colder temperatures, its palatable, and not even bad, despite the fact that Im a dry stout guy, not an imperial stout one. For what it is, its grand...just too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Appearance: Black with cm thick tan head. Aroma: Liquorice, treacle, spiritous, slight aniseed and floral. Taste: Medium bitterness and sweetness, low/medium sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, lingering liquorice, aniseed, bitter sweet spiritous finish, with a final net of sourness. Comments: Tasty and glass lace. Rating for 2012 bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Dark brown/borderline black pour with a small mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, honey and roasted barley. Taste is heavy on the sweet side and medium to low in bitterness. Smooth carbonation and long chocolaty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (1097) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Thick black brown no reaction to light with a creamy tan head. Scents of raw dark chocolate. Great bitter chocolate taste with a light creaminess. Dark that fades to a little bourbon bitterness. Good Strong Dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13643) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. 2013 bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Black with a frothy light brown head. Roasty aroma with coffee liqueur, a bit of alcohol and a bit of cocoa notes. Bittersweet flavor, roasty, with espresso, dark chocolate, liqueur notes and a bitter finish, roasty and hoppy. Rounded-mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - MAR 4, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Opaque black with a big, thick, mouse-like flavorful (and alcoholic!) mocha head. Nose is loaded with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar and carobs. Some hop earthiness and faint ash. Rich chocolate flavor, creamed coffee liquor, heavy roast, malt sweetness and medium bitterness. Faint tartness. Full body, perfect soft carbonation, a bit too alcoholic, quite heavy but complex. Cool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (427) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours motor oil black and thick with a cappuccino head. Aroma is roasted barley, cocoa nibs, chocolate, slight licorice, some dark fruit sweetness, and a huge malt molasses note. Taste is bitter chocolate, thick syrupy malt, molasses, vanilla, some booze, roasting coffee beans, bready, some burnt caramel. Huge flavor, a bit thinner on my tongue than some others of the style, but perhaps makes it more drinkable. Overall a great beer, love what they did with this one.

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