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RATINGS: 1352   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


superspak's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3960) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, tobacco, light pine, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, char, tobacco, herbal, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, leather, tobacco, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stepthom (4) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
Pours black with ample tan head. Dark chocolate and coffee malt well balanced with citrusy hops. Oily mouth feel but not overwhelmingly viscous. Alcohol not as present as some other imperials. Very pleasant. Better than I expected. I will go for the 4 pack next time around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kokkenrolv (212) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is vanilla, dark chocolate, hints of dark roasted coffee. Black, small brown head. Heavy sweetness, light bitter, taste is darkroasted coffee, vanilla, leather, dark fruit. Full body, soft carbonation, oily mouthfeel, warm alcohol, long rich finish. Beautiful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (2317) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle from Meditrina. Black with tan head and some lace. Molasses coffee cocoa aroma with some spicy woody hops and a touch of booze. Rich coffee chocolate but mostly molasses sweetness with subdued fruit and hint a of licorice. Woody spicy hops in robust roasted finish. Full body. Fucking excellent. Pretty much what I hope for from an impy. And almost gone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (299) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Aroma chocolate, coffee, roasty, Appearance black, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate full body, thick feel, Overall a really nice thick stout that has great flavor and mouth feel . I would suggest this beer to a friend.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
denver_max (1) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2016 does not count
Bottle from Cellarbrations Hamilton Hill Tan head that didn?t last long. Malty and oily with chocolate notes. Excellent Imperial Stout that I would buy again.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rangersteve (1) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2016 does not count
Excellent seasonal stout. One of the highest on my list. Pricey and hard to find, but worth the effort.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TychoJames (803) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2016
Flaska systembolaget. Svartbrun vätska med gyllenbrunt skum. Maltig och rostad doft med lite järn och kaffe. Kraftfull smak av kavring, bitter choklad, rostad malt och lite soja. Munkänsla åt det bittra hållet. Värmande alkohol

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (280) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Nice black pour with a tan head, not much retention or lacing. Excellently balanced flavor delivered within a smooth creamy full body palate. Love this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1405) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
A great beer. A nice creamy body. Taste is molasses, a bit of chocolate. High alcohol hidden well

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (736) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2016
DATE TASTED: January 8, 2016... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf tulip... OCCASION... enjoying another Friday night of Shark Tank... APPEARANCE: midnight black body that is as dark as its label... brown, creamy head rings well and holds steady despite the 10+% ABV strength ... AROMA: mocha, cappuccino, peat, sugary sweets, and chocolate... roasted malts mix with some woody scents and leafy accents... PALATE: smooth, smoky and full-bodied... the weight is palpable but incredibly light on the tongue... the aftertaste is slightly alcoholic, but also malty and weighty... TASTE: chocolate and peat are rapt in holy Arctic wedlock here, with coffee, toasted malts and some hidden citric elements make for a beer worth sipping... big, bold and flavorful.... OVERALL: another Sierra Nevada winner? Indeed...the strength and life of this imperial stout challenges other 12 oz. and some cork and cagers too....maltier than the usual imperial, and a dessert in itself...


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