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RATINGS: 1387   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 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 (95) - 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 (359) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3736) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Pours black with medium, frothy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hints of dates and burnt sugar. Taste is creamy chocolate sweet at first followed by a huge coffee bitter that rounds off with a licorice and molasses finish. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
6th February 2013
Opaque black - brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is slightly viscous and dry. Rich malt, licorice and aniseed. Touch of coffee. Trace of tangy dark fruits. Some roast bitterness. Dry finish, Unremittingly dark and dry. Tasty but hardly the world class beer some would have you believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Ĺ pint glass From: VONS in Big Bear City, Calif. Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack w/ VONS membership card Purchased: Sept. 13, 2013 Consumed: Sept. 13, 2013 Misc.: 2013 batch Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of almost still tan head, that dissipated rather quickly. Even a bit purple in the color there. Some sporadic spots of lacing, but well below average. Minimal retention on the top on the way down. Smelled a deep liquor up front, like an Irish whiskey or something similar. Also molasses, dark cocoa, maple syrup, toffee, caramel and rum. Could smell the strong alcohol for sure. Tasted dark cocoa, cocoa, chocolate milk, molasses, toffee, caramel, Irish Whiskey and rum. So basically like the smell, but smoother. Alcohol was well hidden, unlike the smell. Medium-to-full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish. I was slightly disappointed in the Narwhal. Whether you consider it a Russian Imperial Stout (Beer Advocate), an Imperial Stout (Sierra Nevada and Rate Beer), neither lived up to what I was expecting.

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