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RATINGS: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadaís High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold Ė with notes of bakerís 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3539) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours basically black with a small-ish but well retained head with lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of dark chocolate, plenty of roastiness, and some light blueberry and faint smoke. In many ways aspects of this beer are not unlike a good mocha.... just not as sweet smelling.

The flavor is bold and bitter. The sweetness level for a beer of this kind is very low but there is some fruity kind of blueberry like flavor in there. The beer has a big roasty character almost like Ethiopian Coffee. The beer is not especially boozy, but has a big huge mouthfeel at the same time.

There is a whole lot "right" about this beer & it seems pretty suited for ageing, I should get a hold of some bottles.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2238) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2012
bottle. pours black with a small tan head. big roasted malt nose with some sweet notes. med to full body with thick layers of cocoa, coffee, roast, oats and sweet honey. incredibly smooth finish with more chocolate notes, dark fruits and dry flaked oats. outstanding!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
screigh (502) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours completely black with the thinnest of tan heads. Aroma is roasty, malty and sweet. Very roasty taste with chocolate, coffee and maybe some licorice. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigwesticle (37) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2012
this was an odd beer but I guess i liked it overall. I kept thinking it just tasted like SNPA blended with a high alcohol imp stout. Pitch black inky pour. Hoppy, high alc, and tastes like some hybrid stout... not quite sure. Different hops but I swear they taste the same as SNPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1113) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Had on tap at Ales House, Amesbury. Guess I donít need to trade for one anymore, lol. Pours black with a frothy-as-hell khaki head. Definitely smells of roast, tobacco... walnuts? Cashews? Vague "earth" for sure, hops, and booze. Perhaps a bit of chocolate as well.Tastes predominately chocolatey with an underlying, almost unwelcome, earthiness resembling tilled soil, mushroom fungi and straw; I didnít believe the combination had worked, honestly. Still drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Look: Jet black body, small khaki head that turned to a mocha lacing. Smell: Sweet hops, fruity/citrus, tons of roasted barley, mild chocolate, some leather in the backend. Taste: Roasted notes up front, bitter cocoa, smooth chocolate, alcohol warmth, citrus bitter dry finish. Feel: Soft light body, medium carbonation. Overall: This is one those take it or leave it brews. This seems almost as if S.N. didnít want to adventure too much outside the box in the brewing process. The flavor is a little meh, yet the aroma is interesting. Still a solid Imperial Stout that hides its 10 % abv well. Well hopped, clean and is still worthy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Not my fave. It is a bit boozy. The flavor of it is hard to describe, not ashy or super fruity but like a mix of both in an odd way.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3888) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Aroma absolutely screams "DRINK ME!" Smoky, oily, with strong notes of roast malt, quality coffee, chocolate and molasses, it demands that you take more than a mere taste. It pours an oily black sable that could hide in the folds of Darth Vaderís cape, with a firm and fine-bubbled tan head that hangs around for a while. Smoky flavor has firm tones of top-shelf malt and chocolate - youíd think they had tossed Hershey bars into the mash tun. Subtle notes and hints of quality coffee, molasses and caramel sneak through. Sweetness is not too strong - this ainít no dessert beer. Firm, smooth, somewhat oily texture has a good amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, chocolaty, lip-smacking finish. Nar this whal when you can! :D

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (581) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a classic looking imperial stout. Nice thick black liquid with a nice mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, some booze, a nice sweetness in the form of some hidden dark fruit gems sich as raisins and figs. Full mouthfeel. Taste is roasty, also get some hoppy notes in there like grapefruit, dark rich chocolate, slightly sour, liqourice, cherries. A very nice imperial stout!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gpekar (476) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Poured an oily black with a 1 finger foamy brown head. Nice complex aroma with anise, prunes, dark chocolate and slightly smokey. The beer had a good thick texture and the flavor of espresso and a nice dark chocolate bitterness. There is a building alcohol flavor and warmth in the middle. The dark chocolate bitterness builds into the finish with a good bit of alcohol warmth lasting for a long finish. Excellent!!!!!!


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