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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (4215) - 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 (157) - 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 (311) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bebum (496) - - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Opaque, stark black color, tall and lasting tan head. Attractive, moderate nose with the aroma of fresh coffee. Alcoholic burn, full body and moderately intense roast and alcohol flavor, creamy and dense mouthfeel but surprizingly lean body after the dense mousse extinguishes itself, good length, rich finish, excellent balance. Predominantly roast bitterness, which, along with perfectly measured high acidity disguises abundant sweetness. Monochromatic flavor profile, coffee liqueur flavor. Excellent, rich but not cloying stout, easy to like, perhaps the go-to rich stout, even if not the most extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4078) - 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 (466) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franzen (398) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Aroma contains dark fruits and is vineous and a bit alcoholic. There is some burnt wood but otherwise the aroma is more that of a barley wine than an imperial stout. Strange enough I can actually notice sand in the aroma
Pitch black with thick beige head
A bit sweet with some almond in the taste. There is a pretty intense dark chocolate presence in the taste. Even if the the taste begins a bit sweet the bitterness wins the tug oí war. The finishing bitterness is really intense and is the typical dark chocolate bitterness.
Full body, creamy and also a bit oily texture
This one is relly fantastic, I was bit sceptic judgin by teh aroma but the taste is fantastic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Ebony pour, good biscuit head. Espresso, vanilla, chocolate, caramel from the roasted malt, molasses, leather, peat. Earthy, full bodied and decadent. Slight bitterness towards the end. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3846) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2014
Bottled. Black colour with tan head. Toasted malt, licorice and black currant in aroma. Flavour is really complex. Toasted malt, black currant, licorice, dark fruits. Body is medium with a somewhat dry mouthfeel, for the style. Medium bitterness, a lot of it coming from the toasted malts. Long finish. This is a delicate Imperial Stout, not as sweet and heavy as many. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
2012 Bottle: lots of herby and grassy hop aromas, toasted and chocolate malts. No head at all, I think due to the age, pitch black. Lots of bitterness backing up the chocolate malt flavours, strong dark chocolate. Bitterness lingers, sweet boozy flavours as well. Drinkable imperial stout, lacking the depth of some others, but really approachable, loads of chocolate flavour.

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