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RATINGS: 1383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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. It’s 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 it’s 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: There’s 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; it’s not dead simple, but it should be more complex considering. Giving it the chance to warm/open up doesn’t improve it much either. Maybe it makes it *slightly* less harsh. M: It’s creamy and lush feeling, like an imperial stout should be. I’m also kind of glad it isn’t particularly dry finishing, because all it would really do is expose the alcohol even further. Carbonation isn’t really a factor. O: This could be my biggest letdown of 2013. It had many things going for it to be topnotch - SN’s 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; there’s 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 18/20
Bernstein (4) - - MAY 31, 2016 does not count
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass. Cellared for 6 months. L- Dark brown, with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. A- Dark chocolate, plum, a note of espresso. T- Dry chocolate up front, with a drawn out, lasting bitterness P- prickly carbonation, a little heat. Medium-full body. O- Very balanced, and quite typical of style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle share @ DLD 2016. Pour is black with a very small tan head. Aroma and aroma of roasted coffee grounds, light chocolate, and booze. Finish is similar with pretty much only booze and coffee coming through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sparf (199) - Östersund, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
Tappad 31/7, 2014. Komplex, mogen arom. Mycket välbalanserade toner av melass, kaffe, malt och en lätt kryddighet. Alkoholen anas och det finns en svag ton av instängt rum. Fullständigt svart och ogenomskinligt öl, ett av de färgtätaste jag sett under 25 års provning! Enormt stor smak, köttig, malttung och med gräsinfluerad beska. Kaffebönor och en avrundad kakao sätter nyanserna mitt i prick. Enastående väl balanserad utan att bli ointressant. Här finns en något för stor sötma med bara en touch syrlighet som ackompanjemang, en snyggt avslipad rostning gör sällskap med en halvtorr avrundning. Eftersmaken är diskret, lång och mycket angenäm. Överväldigande stor och fyllig kropp — jag kapitulerar fullständigt. Kolsyran är nästan overkligt elegant och lättar upp den sötbemängda viskositeten perfekt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1923) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
On tap. Poured a black color with a tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, coffee, bit of caramel and alcohol. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit with a bit of coffee and caramel in the background. fairly mild bitterness and a dry finish. Fully body, smooth, with a bit of alcohol and hopped feel. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (808) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2016
2014 bottle from my cellar. Pours black with nice tan foam that leaves heavy lace. Aroma is smoke, anise, black malt, booze, leather, and coffee. Taste is similar with a mild marshmallows, and dark and milk chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour with dense, beige head. Malty, roasted, slightly spicy nose with dark fruit, dark chocolate, strong black coffee, dried figs, molasses and sweet liquorice. Malty, roasted, fruity taste with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, figs, treacle, molasses, liquorice and a generous cacao bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. A bit sweet, but really tasty and well rounded. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (349) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
Flaska från SB, ca 9 månader. En av mina tidiga favoriter som jag ännu inte rate:at. Kolsvart med brunbieget högt skum. Stor doft av inlagda körsbär, fina rostade kaffertoner, mörk bitter choklad, fudge, soja, lätt syra. Stor kropp. Fyllig i smaken. Rejäla rostade kaffetoner och riktigt bitter mörk choklad ligger i förgrunden. Även här en lätt syra som ligger lite mer i bakgrunden. I avslutningen går den över i något mer rökiga charktoner, som balanserar sötma och syrlighet fint. Efterbeskan hänger kvar en bra stund med tydliga kaffetoner. En riktigt bra imperial stout. Perfekt till en bra vaniljglass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (4604) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2016
ON bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order. Pitch black color, some foam. Medium/full aroma intensity;licorice, leather, roasty, some cherries, choclate and vanilla. Full body & high complexity. SOme immediate sweetness, good bitterness- balances well. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanBurke (8) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016 does not count
Funny one this one because it reminded me of a homebrew I made. It needed 6 months aging but cost 15% of what I paid for this. That a bit unfair though. It’s the port of beers. A robust beer that was like a mad max car on idle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 19, 2016
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.

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