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RATINGS: 1403   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

ThisWangsChung's rating

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lacho (74) - USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours like burnt oil, thick and dark. Aromas of rum, prune and licorice are upfront. Head is foamy and caramel colored, beautiful. First taste is warm even though beer was chilled beforehand, the high alcohol content is present but espresso coffee, amaretto and dark Mexican chocolate come through. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
svandyke (180) - USA - OCT 20, 2016
South Bend pour- nice lacing. Good smell of chocolate and hints of bourbon. Dark chocolate bittersweet in the taste with hoppy taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5754) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
355ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger and a half of light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is cocoa with coffee and roasted grains and hints of licorice. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a roasted grain and grassy hop bitterness with some alcohol and licorice notes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a nicely crafted brew that suits the style well, but a little bit thin in the body. Tasty and recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Msdrbeat (498) - East Lansing, USA - OCT 19, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. 2014 edition. Smooth and cholateyy with a hint of booze. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (839) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: roasty, licorice, chocolate, coffee, molasses Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (385) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Dark. Little head. Smooth alcohol. Roast. Coffee. Really good. Top tier imperial stout. Easy to get and fairly priced. Get some. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
euniceradio (453) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours black, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, booze, some nut. Taste of same. The malty sweet finish comes across like a cherry skin. Bitter cocoa and herbal coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jiangning (3) - Anshan, CHINA - OCT 10, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
I find the body a bit watery for my liking. Everything else is spot on. Big roasted notes, heavy espresso, dulcet tones of vanilla and a touch of anise. Smooth, rich but not overtly boisterous. Delicate but big and warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PugUglyBrewer (191) - - SEP 21, 2016
Pours a rich black from 12oz bottle into the glass. He head is dark brown at about two fingers. The aroma is rich in caramel and chocolate forward malt. Smooth roasted coffee and dried fig follow up the heaps of chocolate and caramel. On the tasting I get rich dark chocolate with a caramel core. A long dry coffee finish is pleasantly bitter and robust adding to the full body and creamy/oily mouthfeel. The 10.2% ABV is covered up expertly. Almost Russian Imperial Stout territory.

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