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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biggar2000 (20) - - JAN 26, 2014
For a stout beer with this high alcohol content. I would say itís pretty damn good for those who like stout beer with a kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EcnarM (86) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Loves the molasses in the smell and the front of the taste. Fantastic color for a RIS with a fine palate. Just a good beer all around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgreb (399) - Marburg, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle - black beer with no head. Thick like oil. Nice sweetish cherry aroma. Strong and almost complex flavour. Dry. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quercus (26) - - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Overtoned on the hops not gonna talk it down too much, but itís not high quality. Having said that its worth a drink if you like the stouts. Moral of the story donít expect the best but its drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2013 bottle drunk on 1/25/14
Large grey-beige head recedes to one finger atop a not quite opaque drab brown body.
Itís funny but I smell more Chico yeast in the nose than I do any actual imperial stout notes. Itís like this yeast is too efficient for its own good. Some light PNW hops (pine) and a touch of alcohol but certainly nothing of a rich or deep Impy here. (was about to say, "nothing wrong with it, though" but Iím sick of saying that. There are too many good beers to just be making beers that are simply "not bad").
In the mouth, itís well-attenuated, with light chocolate, simple roast and hints of coffee. Alcohol is a little bit rampant, and the carbonation is not particularly tight, leading to a loose, watery finish, with too much alcohol burn. Hop acids are at least minimal, though felt. Itís like they took SNPA, added some roasted malt, some more hops and upped the grain bill. Not my cup of tea. Did not finish a 12oz bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (144) - USA - JAN 25, 2014
Wonderful aroma is present with this stout poured on draft at Yogis in Bloomington IN. A very straight forward stout with a well balanced taste and finish. A great standard for all imperial stouts to judge themselves by. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkeh (204) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2014
This beast is jet black, inky black. Dark tan head. Aroma is cocoa, licorice, coffe, roasted malts, and some ETOH. Thick, creamy, full mouthfeel. Taste is strong malts, mild bitterness. A beast of a stout, I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (305) - - JAN 25, 2014
Opaque, tall and lasting tan head. Attractive, moderate nose with the aroma of fresh coffee. Alcoholic burn, full body and intense roast and alcohol flavor, surprizingly lean body after mousse extinguishes itself, good length. Predominantly roast bitterness, which disguises abundant sweetness. Excellent, rich but not cloying stout. Coffee liqueur flavor, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Poured from bottle at Monks Kaffee in Dubuque Iowa. Black with flat head. Light coffee aroma. The taste is hard to describe - a ton going on in this one. A slight fruity cherry taste wrapped around a malty cocoa oily creamy and coffee monster. A pile of. happiness. The high ABV is well hidden. Really good beer. Best Sierra Nevada I've had

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wisdomsolo (453) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This has a nice sweet and toasty, beguiling aroma that hides the bite the flavor has. It's only a bit hot but still pretty tasty with some malty and hoppy goodness. It's nice and smooth on the tongue too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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