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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
woodychevy (386) - - OCT 18, 2014
Solid, as always from SN, but not my favorite. Bit rough around the edges this one- and unnecessarily boozy. Pours brown/ black- opaque with small, weak tan head. Some lacing. All the right notes- chocolate and sweet fruit (raisin, fig) upfront with a jolt of coffee at the end. Right weight for a stout. Pretty smooth. Just a bit harsh. Slightly phenolic in not-the-good-way. Needs to mellow. Overly sweet on the front and bitter on the back. Time will work itís magic on this one. 2013.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks is nice. Bbbbb. V. V. B. b. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PacNWDad (90) - Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2014
On draft at Chuckís 85th St. Thin, meager head, with some lace as you drink. Very dark, inky, opaque. Aroma is coffee, smoked malt, raisins, fig, molasses, some herbal notes from the hops. Sips bitter, a bit green, then sweet malt into the finish. Some hot alcohol flash, drinks thick, finishes medium. Overall very good, but could be exceptional with some more aging on it.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
78samh (151) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Very dark thin tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee and smokey malts. Kinda bitter and boozy. Very good, but should be great after some age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJ_Pain (111) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Good stout. Needs time to mature. Flavors harsh in some areas alcohol very noticeable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (352) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Pine/herbaceous/resinous hops, earthy roast, burnt sugar, moderate heat, dry bittersweet chocolate

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (207) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
The pour is pitch black with little head. Tinny bubbles lacing the glass. Cocoa, tobacco and nutmeg aromas. Smooth mouthfeel and the taste is excellent. More cocoa and chocolate with deep roasted malt flavor. Really great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (284) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2014
2014 bottle to glass. Pours a dark inky black with quick dissipating tan head. Aroma is nice chocolate, coffee and hints of fruit and toffee. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, hints of fruit and toffee. Not overly sweet or bitter. Little alcohol burn. Palate is smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall a great imperial stout. This would age nicely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF, and yes a bold monster. Rich malt forward and such a delight from this brewery. Always liked the pale but this is a cut above. choclate roast and all the above. Such a good IMP STOUT/

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1148) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark as a lobbyistís heart; no light is getting through this baby. Head is creamy, medium-grained, and brown, with sticky lace. Nose is coffee, cinnamon, bakerís chocolate, herbal smoke, and candied figs. Heavy, boozy bitterness up front; itís like popping chocolate bourbon balls while smoking a good maduro cigar. Finish is like chugging espresso. Really intense, but still well balanced.


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