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RATINGS: 1317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1640) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottled October 12, 2012.
Appearance: This pours near pitch black and it shows in the body, no light is visible through the edges at all. The head is dark tan, thin and creamy with decent retention and finishes in a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma has a mix of molasses and dark chocolate, itís a bit weak and not exactly what I look for in a stout.
Taste: This has a strong, but clean, hop profile right away that mixes with the molasses on the mid-taste where bitter dark chocolate is introduced and runs through to the finish. This leans bitter due to the hops and dark chocolate, and after the beer is long gone thereís a dry roasted coffee lingering on the tongue.
Palate: This is thick and slightly bready, great texture and body with light carbonation.
Overall: This is a good stout, but Iím not in love with it, I think itís the molasses that pushes me away from this. I was expecting something a bit sweeter as well, but thatís my fault. This is priced well though and I have two more to age.

Cellar Review: Bottled October 12, 2012 (9 months old).
Appearance: The pour is about as black as possible and it shows absolutely no light through the edges. I think the body acts as a black hole to capture the head as thereís only a thin tan ring even on a moderately hard pour.
Aroma: The aroma leans sweet with chocolate and lactose with a hint of licorice. Unfortunately the aroma is rather restrained.
Taste: The flavor is strong from the intro, very intense, with dark chocolate and roasted notes quickly becoming prominent with lactose flavors throughout and hints of smoke on the finish with a touch of anise. This drinks very nicely now.
Palate: Thick and syrupy.
Overall: This has aged very nicely, itís a lot more balanced now that the hops have mellowed out and the molasses seems less prominent also. This drinks very nicely after a few months.
Ratings: Ap: 4, Ar: 6, Ta: 7, Pa: 5, Ov: 15.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle pours black. Taste smell soy sauce roasty salty pine caramel bitter bite from hops sweet finish woody. Lots of flavor starts out thick then just kind of dies. Idk it wants so bad to be really good just donít make it there. Itís not bad had better had worse. Good try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2539) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2012
12oz bottle - pours thick like dirty motor oil and a finger of creamy beige head. Decent lacing. Nose is roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavor adds coffee. Nice bitterness on the backend, similar to unsweetened dark chocolate. Light sweetness but quickly overwhelmed. Hides the ABV well. Quickly becoming a sipping beer. Though I expected more sweetness, I am glad to have tried this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
On tap at Caponeís Restaurant. Dark brown with no head. A rich aged beer aroma. A good carbonation and full mouthfeel. Chocolate is important, coffee-like roasting is incredible. Fruity, a little syrup. Very good drinkability, no obviously booziness, other than its slight resemblance to the new Manhattans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (673) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Inch and a half tan head. Aroma of coca and roasted malt. Taste up front is slightly sweet, with some roasted malt presence, and a slightly bitter finish. Beer is pretty easy to drink for the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Black pour, with a fairly thick dark tan lace - fair complex nose of bittersweet chocolate, pine, hints of smoke, and even a hint of spicy, pepper like character (I could swear they put some chiles in here) - creamy mouthfeel - medium to full body - fairly sweet up front, with flavors of chocolate and vanilla - bitterness and light char through the middle, some woodiness - finish has some light alcohol and some heat (again, I sense peppers) - hearty without being boozy or too over the top - well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MacBoost (1595) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Just because the name says Sierra Nevada, it must be good? WTF is wrong with you people? The Mendocino Impy Stout I just had was better than this garbage. Ok, review: pours black other a tan head. Smells like roast, slight coffee, some, floral hop presence. A tad too sweet for my liking. Way overpriced for what you get, compar to the Mendocino. Scroll past this overrated, overhyped garbage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and get lacing. Light pine, grapefruit, cocoa, dark fruits, roasted coffee, grapes, and blue spruce needles in the aroma. Taste is sticky, grapefruit, dark chocolate, deep roast, red grapes, and bread with a light bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Great roasty characteristics with no signs of booze at all, balanced nicely with sweet grapefruit notes and a lingering chocolate finish. Well-done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12 oz bottle. Used motor oil; super thick luscious medium brown head; negligible lacing. Smells like a big beer; dark, malty, raisin, caramel, chocolate, possibly vanilla. Flavor is big and fairly complex; dark fruit and vegatables, slightly sour, chocolate, even yeasty. Mouthfeel slick, slippery, silky, medium-thick but not very sticky. Notable alcohol in the exhale. Baby, this is good; just a small tick away from blown-away by this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Finally gave this a try last night. Not bad, but didnít blow me away. Plenty of coffee and decently creamy while not being too bitter, closer to a russian imperial stout. I was personally hoping for it to be a touch sweeter, but thatís just what I prefer. Definitely not overly boozy... just a nice beer to sit down to the computer with.

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