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RATINGS: 1389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6255) - 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

   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 isnít the best imperial stout but itís pretty solid. The acidity that comes with it has quite a bite but there are lots of good flavor notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3693) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours pitch black with minimal head. Nose is roasty, cocoa, and coffee. Pretty thick body with smooth coffee, roasted malt and creamy chocolate. Nice stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2013
120z bottle poured into my Dogfish Head signature snifter. Pours jet black with a slight brown hue. with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate,and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and smooth with a semi dry finish. Wow! this is an amazing imperial stout. So smooth and well balanced. Hard to even notice the high abv. at first. You can notice it more after it warms. Canít wait to see what some ageing will do to this. Sierra Nevada makes some great specialty beers. Wish this was around year round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Really looking forward to this one. A: Pours a very dark red color. Itís so, so close to being pitch black, but not quite. The head is a two finger khaki shade. Retention is decent if not spectacular, and a nice layer of lacing is left behind. S: This pops with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some leafy hops...and a LOT of alcohol. This smells really boozy even for 10.2%, and itís not a particularly refined alcohol presence. Even worse, it seems to detract from the rest of the brew. But of course, given the chance to warm up, all its alcohol calms down - slightly. T: Thereís no two ways around it - this mutha is harsh. Roasted malts open this one up, sandwiching a cream-laden coffee middle with its boozy, fruity finish. Some hoppiness appears in the aftertaste. I would have hoped that the alcohol would at least create some nuance and depth, alas no; itís not dead simple, but it should be more complex considering. Giving it the chance to warm/open up doesnít improve it much either. Maybe it makes it *slightly* less harsh. M: Itís creamy and lush feeling, like an imperial stout should be. Iím also kind of glad it isnít particularly dry finishing, because all it would really do is expose the alcohol even further. Carbonation isnít really a factor. O: This could be my biggest letdown of 2013. It had many things going for it to be topnotch - SNís reputation, well received on BA, inexpensive - but in the end was nearly ruined by the generic harshness. My other bottles are going in the cellar; thereís a very good RIS underneath this all, and aging it may be exactly what the doctor ordered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfratzke (97) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2013 Aroma of dark fruit, coaco, brown sugar, caramel. Pours jet black, caramel colored head. Medium/heavy body. Lots of chocolate, roastiness, more brown sugar. Nice balance of bitterness. This is one of my favorite imperial stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ladyhops (43) - - SEP 16, 2013
This is exactly what I imagine a perfect imperial stout is like. Creamy, sexy, notes of black plum and dark, dark chocolate. Rotting fruit and heavy cocoa. The head was fairly thick and caramel colored. I love the aftertaste (like chocolate aftertaste), and I highly enjoy that pouring this brew from a bottle was just as delicious as a good tap. Canít wait to try it from the tap, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Black pour with a tall, creamy, mocha brown head that has great retention. Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, some dusty grain, roast, floral and fruit notes and light smokiness. Flavor is big, big chocolate and coffee up front, followed by dark caramel, burnt sugar, roast, light smoke, chocolate syrup, hints of sweet bread spice and a little licorice to the finish. Heavy body, creamy, slightly syrupy feel throughout until the slightly more dry, slightly chalky and oddly a little slimy finish almost like it has oats. Great stuff overall, delicious and complex, but approachable imperial stout, like Old Rasputin, or Expedition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (362) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Strong cocoa aromas. Pours deep black with a thin brown head. Strong malty flavors with a bit of sugary sweetness at the end to balance the bitter coffee notes.

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