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RATINGS: 1177   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 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Pour is pretty much pitch black with a fluffy khaki head. Huge roasted malt up front on the nose, a nice hazelnut note, nice roasty coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a noticeable earthy hoppiness. Very hoppy for an imperial stout with lots of fruity hop notes up front on the taste, then you go into a smooth milk chocolate flavor, creamy, then a hint of caramel and dark fruits, and then it ends on huge bitter roasted coffee. Great beer, I love the addition of hops to this, because it just wouldn’t be a SN beer without a nice hop presence.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olsvammel (3549) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Musty deep smell with dark chocolate, dark bread and roasted notes. The taste is very roasted like licking an old bbq. So roasted that it almost becomes sour. Some ink-like aromas. Very nice smell but the overuse of roasted barley ruins the taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Second time with this beast. First time it was good, but I was drunky. Bottled day 227 of 2012 Pours a dark, deep black with a central dome and accompanying rim of tan foam confluenced by etching about the remainder of the surface. Smells of sweet malts, hints of graham, some bits of cocoa, a good nougat character and a bit of milky character. I like the nose,but it is lacking in the hops I usually associate with a fresh RIS. Taste is more bitter than I recall, and rightfully so, it has a good earthy, spicy authoritative hops charm and then some toasted malts, bits of bitter chocolate, coffee and a hint of graham still. Full bodied with small, sharp and fleeting carb. A thick, wet finish. Nice beer, should be a year round beer, rather than a seasonal - it’s nothing special and I like my seasonals to taste and be special. Serving type: bottle 11-30-2012

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1054) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
~Sweet molasses aroma with chocolate and coffee, slighlty charred with dark fruits. Well balanced nose ~Pours pitch black with creamy brown head that fades away after a couple minutes. ~Dark chocolate flavor with prune, tar, coffee, fired tobacco, and roasty bitterness. ~medium full bodied, medium low CO2, lingering burnt bitterness on finish. Some fusel alcohol burn. ~I would like to try this one aged for a year or so. Maybe mellow out the harsh bitterness a bit and balance out the flavors. Complex for sure, but currently a bit much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1491) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2013
Det här var en kraftfull sak med en kraftfull smak som bar toner av choklad, kaffe och jord. Kroppen var bastant men balansen satt inte helt på sin plats.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (3063) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Tap at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, Berkeley. Colour is black with very small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours pitch black, with a big, creamy, brown head. Milk chocolate, syrup, cinnamon, and some herbal/resinous hops. Very sweet, with just a touch of burnt bitterness and some light hopping. Heavy body, creamy, and smooth, but with a sticky and bitter aftertaste. This is a nice, well made, and tasty stout, but nothing unique.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (204) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2013
Pitch black, clear liquid with a beigebrown, fluffy, two finger high head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Nose: Red fruit, coffe, roasted malt, chocolate and spice. Taste: A really great, hoppy, taste! Newly brewed coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar and pine, Medium body with just a little carbonation. Almoust no taste of alcohol, and it’s 10.2 % ABV! Great work Sierra Nevada!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (486) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks Sebastian! Pours black with a small dark brown head, rests down to a thin film. Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt and coffee as well as some vanilla in aroma. Very dark bitter chocolate, rye bread, lots of roasted malt but not overpowering anything else. Slight alcohol heat at the end. Smooth mouth feel, full bodied, low carbonation. Roasted bitter after taste with a slight alcohol bite.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chuckstout (270) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Cocoa in the aroma, pours a deep black with minimal head retention. Booze, peppers/chiles, roast, cocoa. Not for me


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