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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevada’s High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s 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
chinchill (4205) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2015 12 oz 2012 bottle. Unlike most people, I’ve had the barrel aged version of this prior to trying the regular version which, as you can infer, I’ve cellared for a good while. Well, I’m happy to find that this regular RIS is exceptional if not quite as tasty as the barrel aged version. It certainly looks great: opaque black with a durable light brown head and lovely lacing. The high ABV is evident in the nose and feel but otherwise fairly well hidden. Plenty of dark roasted grain flavor with minimal char and very light smoke -- just right IMO. Excellent bitter-sweet balance and mix. Feel: Full but not quite thick body. Near medium, soft carbonation. O: Excellent. I haven’t tried a fresh sample yet but I’d bet waiting until this is about 2 years old is a wise move. (rating confirmed in June 2015 with an now older bottle.)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1972) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Smoky roasty coffee aroma, with chocolate. Taste is full of molasses, bitter coffee, with a smoky aftertaste. Very bitter in the finish. Very good imperial stout!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (554) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Black with light brown head. Aroma is strong cocoa, a little sweet, not boozy at all. Taste is sweet and smooth, chocolate. Good one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ulises77 (15) - México D.F., MEXICO - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a black color with mocha thin head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee, some note of raisin liquor. Medium to heavy body. Taste bittersweet with a mix of roasted coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and dark dried fruit flavor. very nice beer, smoth and creamy, well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - JAN 9, 2015
Pours a jet black with brown, mocha head. Hints of licorice and cocoa on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet roasted malts, molasses, some vanilla and oak. Very nice imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1734) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Pours murky black color with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, raisins, and coffee. Big roasted malt flavor with bakers cocoa, dark roast coffee. Lots of dark roasty flavors. Some dark dried fruit flavors in the middle and finishing with a coffee and bakers cocoa bitterness. Some booziness. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1186) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours a dark black with dark brown head. A faint aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste has a mix of coffee, roasted malts, molasses, and light chocolate. A slight dry aftertaste from the malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (2386) - CROATIA - JAN 3, 2015
On tap at Sheffield Tap, Sheffield, UK. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malts, liquorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, sweet. Full bodied.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (23320) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget. Near black, small head. Treacle and notes of licorice up front. Fairly sweet with medium-full body and rounded, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Molasses and caramel, syrup and coffee. Heavy and quite unrefined.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hank37 (193) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2015
Deep space black, large closely packed dark beige head. Aromas of cocoa, raisins and bread. Thick and luxurious with a hint of the booze. Tasting burnt toast, malty bready, with a slight ashiness. exemplary .


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