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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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Iím surprised that this beer "only" scores a 92... what in the. Poured into a shaker pint. Appearance: Pitch black. Tan head. Poured nicely. A bit of lacing, but not much. Smell: Chocolate. Some smoke. A lot of roast. Not much in terms of dark fruits. Taste/feel: Well, thatís some damn good stuff. Chocolate and roastiness, as youíd expect. Some smoke. Dark fruits in there a little bit (mostly as it warms), but not too much. Alcohol is hidden well as far as flavor goes, but thereís a definite warmth there. A bit more "harsh" than some other RISís, I suppose. The feel isnít quite as full bodied as some others Iíve had, which is a slight knock, but still excellent. Drinks a bit too easily. Fantastic beer. Not much else to say about that. Underrated, in my opinion. Stands up well to some other, perhaps more popular, RISís.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Near black pour with a quickly fading khaki head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and dark sweet fruits. There is also a hint of booze mixed in with the aroma. Taste is a well balanced delight to sip on, nice mix of dark fruit and maltiness. Overall a great beer, very well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (678) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
12 oz bottle - pours black with thin mocha head . Aromas of cocoa and dark fruits . Tastes of light roast coffee , dark cocoa and faint raisin/date/figs . Silky mouthfeel . Excellent imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1521) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap Dublinís. Deep black with minimal head. Nose of bitter chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit, and pine bitterness. Flavor is roast balance with bittersweet chocolate. Again, a bit of a green, pine-citrus hop bitterness poking through. Coating mouthfeel. More hop presence than I typically like in an imperial stout, but still quite good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (756) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
On tap at Liquid Assets. Pours a thick black color with a huge frothy brown head. Roasted malt aromas. Smooth full flavors of toffee, roasted malt and mild hoppiness. Mild sweetness. A great imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours black with a disappearing brown head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, soy, wood and earth. Taste has notes of currants, coffee ginger and nutmeg. Strong alcohol presence. Bitter finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1376) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
Pours black with medium thick brown head Aromas of roasted malts, tar, coffee, dark chocolate Palate has a nice sweetness mixed with intense bitternes Taste of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, hints of smoke and caramel ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1108) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Ar: rich roasty, cocoa, milky chocolate, coffee, molasses, alcohol, fruity and earthy hops, vanilla. Ap: black colour, medium Brown head, lacing. T: big bite, massive but not overpowering sweetness, balanced just right, lots of saltiness, fruity, cocoa, vanilla, alcohol. P: fullbodied, soft carbonation, warming, bitter, sweet and salty finish. O: very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
From YNWA Beer Shop, Kolding, DK. Bottled, 011213. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor with liqourice, chocolate, caramel and dried fruit

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (560) - SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Lightly dense roasty bottle nose. Really opens up in the glass. Rich malt, dark chocolate. Thick body, fairly cloying, very sappy. Quite an alcohol bitter roast end. Tab head thins leading to some light whisps of baldy lacing. Nice, maybe a bit weedy but generally fine . Still, not overly complex and a bit one dimensional.


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