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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (3373) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle from Cornelius. Dense black body with a medium beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of salt, espresso, herbs and blackcurrant. Flavour of black coffee, salt, dark chocolate and underripe plum. Faint peppery finish. Medium body with an slick, oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation fizz for an Imperial Stout. Honestly, I was expecting more from this. Virtually no hop character and the end result is a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (5379) - FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle/SB. Black. Burned rubber, roasted barley, slight anise, sweet licorice hitting the nose. Black lush berries, but overall a pretty (burnt-) rubbery nose. Soft, sweetish, slight oily palate. A bit of woody flavours, some forestry things I suspect come from the hops (like licking a tree, or chewing on bark). This feels a bit unbalanced. Intensive flavours, but haphazardly thrown together. BBE 2014 says the add-on sticker, but this feels like something that just came out of the tank. Even though the body was ok/smooth, there’s too much poking my eye to make it enjoyable. I might venture it best AFTER 2014. Or 2015. Right now, it’s an engine- oily, salty mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4107) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Bottle from Starmore and Boss, Sheffield. Nearly black. Brown halo of head. Aroma is licorice, blackcurrant sweets. Some leather. Taste is big toffee apple sweetness initially, that gives way to a burnt, dry, roast bitterness. Palate is full, and oily. Dry and bitter, but not harsh finish. Good beer to end an evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3084) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
On tap sample at the Jug and Kilt. Pours black with off-whitehead. Aroma is light roasty thick body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is chocolate, roasty, with nice balancing hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1334) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle, 355ml - Opaque black beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, coffee, nuts and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and herbs. Pretty unique notes that are really enjoyable.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olsvammel (5830) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1238) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1580) - 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.

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