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RATINGS: 1387   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours near black with a trim espresso head. Aroma has chocolate, some caramel, molasses and some resin. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness balancing it out. Its sweeter and less hoppy than I’d expect from SN, but you get the bitterness/roast at the end. Creamy/slick body. Pretty good stuff. I wouldn’t have guessed the ABV was over 10%.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (421) - - SEP 23, 2013
From a 12oz bottle. Pours a really dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma hints of coming maltiness and cocoa. Tastes of (are you sitting down?) malt and cocoa in a very nice collaboration. Another nice beer that will be enjoyed in front of a fire this coming winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours black with half a finger of head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma as well as chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Coats the mouth, the taste follows the aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours black. Tan, finger head. Smell coco, vanilla, bit of coffee. Thick, full bodied. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2013
The color of this beer is an opaque black color with a medium brown head, and the aroma, although light, smells like roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste combines a quite umami character with a slight sweetness and a touch of bitterness, and the palate combines a full body, long smokey finish, oily texture, and a soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours deep dark brown with khaki fizz. Nice grainy aroma some bitter cocoa and sweet malts. Rich malty flavor, dense bittersweet cocoa and burnt toffee. Very hidden fruits come up in time but still lay under filling roasted grains. Nice balancing dryness ads to finish. Looking forward to adding it a year or so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle. Ocean depth black in appearance with a cap of mocha foam. Aroma is a blend of coffee, roasted malts, molasses and cocoa powder with a bit of earthy hops around the edges. The flavor begins with a strong dose of smoky roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee followed by notes of brown sugar, licorice and pine resin. The body is silky smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and more dark roasted malt and a touch of booze in the finish. As expected, a unique RIS and a worthy addition to the High Altitude series.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (5931) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
12 Fl. Oz bottle. 2012. Pitch black, thin brown head. Heavy roasty aroma, cocoa, licorice, hops, wood, quite complex and inviting. Wow, just what an IS should be. Massive. Smooty, oily mouthfeel. Roasted malty with tons of licorice, sweetness and coffee. Hoppy, dryer finish with licorice and cocoa lingering forever. Full bodied. Amazing.

-- bb/wp7

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2013. Snifter A: Aroma is pretty agressive. Some chocolate. Lots of acidity. A: Looks good. Pitch black. Little head. T: Tastes better than it smells. A little acidic but lots of chocolate. Finish is roasty and coffee and acidity. P: A little agressive but not bad. Full body. Overall this isn’t the best imperial stout but it’s pretty solid. The acidity that comes with it has quite a bite but there are lots of good flavor notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3553) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2013
12oz bottle pours a thick black witha dissapointing fizzy trace of a head that was gone ina flash. Just enough carbonation to maintain a skin on the surface. Big sweet black licorice aroma, with caramelized brown sugar. Some hopps but mostly sweet dark maltiness. Flavor was rewardingly bold. Plenty of IBUs to combat the sweetness. Rich and fairly heavy palette. Lingering charreed bitterness. Bold and aggressive, and impressive from SN. Not dissapointed after risking nearly 3$ for a high volume Macro-Micro Imperial Stout


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