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RATINGS: 1274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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

MikeEnIke's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (5297) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
355 ml. bottle obtained in a trade with tlahav. Thanks! Split by 2. Black, little mocha head. Nose is coffee, lightly vinous, coffee, liquorish, herbal, light red grape,… Taste is red grape, sour molasses, liquorish, herbal, bread, quite bitter, soy sauce, light coffee, touch red grape, a bit too vinous for me, tad sour coffee,… A tad lighter body. Not bad but I definitely expected more, above average for an USA stout of reputation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (235) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft. Black color with tan head. Strong roasted malt / coffee flavor. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2172) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
June 23, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013.
Black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, licorice and earthy notes. Taste is medium sweet, earthy chocolate, licorice, with a light to medium bitterness. Finish is medium bitter with chocolate, roasted malt. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1455) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Version 2014. Texture mi-épaisse, assez carbonatée, d’un noir parfaitement impassible, et couronnée d’une mousse couleur d’érable. Le nez est classique, de café et de chocolat noir. Un brin âcre en début de gorgée, elle dévoile vite ses richesses, chocolat liquide mi-amer et café moka velouté. Les houblons tranchent bien la rondeur des malts en finale, avec un côté fumé qui conclut le tout. Très bien faite, tout en étant située en territoire franchement connu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1047) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Bouteille au Mondial 2015. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka. Arôme de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat, mélasse. Goût de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat noir, touche de café, bonne amertume. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magpieken (122) - - JUN 10, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. bottle. Pkgd 20/10/14. Jet black colour with a dense, creamy tan head which lasted well before settling to a ring and left some very nice lace lines. Roasted malt aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, prunes, tar and port. Light to medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Very roasty. Medium to full body. Slick texture, soft carbonation, noticeable alcohol (reminiscent of vodka but without the burn) and a long roasted, bittersweet finish. Very nice and also very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
minihame2 (269) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 6, 2015
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is on the weaker side, roasted malts, sweet molasses, some cherries? Tastes like well roasted coffee with a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is really oily and thick, silky smooth with very little carbonation. For an IS it’s not that special but still very well exhibits the typical characteristics. I like it but it’s a tough category to compete in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (848) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 29, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2015 Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours deep black with thin tan head. Coffee, toast, chocolate, lactose nose. Flavour is lactose, light coffee, blackberry,. Smooth full velvet body, not a hint of abv. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (479) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours black with a slight brown head which is quite dense. Aroma is a molasses, candi, coffee and some roast malts. Taste is smooth cocoa, coffee., slight roast and some candi sugar. Full bodied with a velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (355) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2015
A really nice roasty, cocoa-ey, sweetish imperial stout. Sierra Nevada strikes a nice balance here, which is perhaps what they do best.

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