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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1955) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle to tulip. Pours black with tan head which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, vanilla. Muddy buddies. Taste: moderate sweetness, moderate to strong roast + hop bitterness. Coffee grounds. Some alcohol in the finish. Palate: full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall: quite tasty. Great price. Will happily add this to my rotation of "everyday" imperial stouts. [8/4/7/4/16 - 12/28/2012]

Blind RIS experiment [Sample 1/20, 3/23/2015]:
Deep dark opaque, near black pour into tiku glass (thanks to Eugene for the glass, and Summer for the pour). 1 finger or so of creamy khaki head, good retention, sheets of lacing. Aroma is pretty boring for an imperial stout. Bakerís chocolate, with mild roast, and some higher alcohols on the nose. As it opens up, thereís also vanilla and some more sweet, almost milky (lactose?) aromas added in, but that isnít at the forefront. Before tasting, Iíd give this RB scale numbers of 6.5/4.5. Taste brings in a lot of roast, almost smokiness. Thick, chewy body. Well no, thatís a bit much -- full body, texture is thick and oily, leaving a coating, but not quite the full chewy syrupy viscous texture of some other imperial stouts. Back to the taste, as it goes in itís clearly much more on the bitter, roasty side, with the chocolate lingering. Sweetness on nose comes out even more as it warms. Overall: this was a good place to start I think -- it has a lot of the elements of an IS, but doesnít come together all that well for me. Aroma is weaker than most, and the overly burnt roasty bitterness is actually a bit too harsh. Texture comes across as a bit chalky by the end. Also, this packs a "bitter taste / sweet aftertaste" combo that becomes less and less appealing as the drink goes on. That sweet coating just builds over time. How much would I be willing to pay for a bottle of this? No more than Old Rasputin prices, so $2.50 / bottle. But I wouldnít want a 6-pack. 6/4/7/4/13


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicke80 (454) - SŲdertšlje, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2016
33 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours black with little beige head. Sweet cocoa and coffee aroma with coffee and cocoa taste. Chocolaty bitter after taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle: Pours a near opaque with a thing tan head. Roasted aroma. Some chocolatey and toasted coconut notes. Soft oak in the background. Pretty fluffy texture; less slick than other Imperial Stouts. Flavor is a bit one dimensional. Some cocoa and roast, with an inky finish. Some dull oak notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (710) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 22, 2016
Draught. Pitch black with a fading creamy light beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, dark fruits, hint of honey. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, bitter coffee notes, some honey on the finish, liquorice, blackcurrant, toffee. Dense creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
OliverJ1990 (8) - - JUL 18, 2016 does not count
Tastes very resinous- i.e. woody, black licorice, heavy malts. Has faint traces of walnut, oats, and whispers of bakerís cocoa and roasted coffee. Very impressive for a Stout. Best enjoyed in a chilled chalice glass (different than the Belgian Tulip glass). Toffee or Kettlecorn make good food pairings

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark brown/black color. Roasted malt, cacao, chocolate, coffee aromas. Sweet taste of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and molasses. Long, heavy finish with sweet flavors lingering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (3982) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle at Cafe Sara, november 29th 2015. Black body with a medium tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, molasses, fruit. Taste is mildly boozy with chocolate and espresso, sweet fruits, warm and pleasing. Short bitter roasty aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1582) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. A- Roasty, chocolate syrup. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Bitter, roasty, cocoa. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, dry bitter finish. O- Looks and smells good but the flavor is something weird. I canít quite but a finger on it but itís an odd bitterness. Canít imagine this is normal because if so, itís way overrated.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kolasni13 (4) - GREECE - JUN 12, 2016 does not count
2nd best imperial stout i ve tasted. This is one special beer Its on the sweet side of imperial stouts. Chocolate and caramel are noticed on the first sip. After that the alcohol shows up and from there on it unleashes all the ingredients. For this kind of beer this one goes down very easy

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
colui72 (636) - HONG KONG - JUN 4, 2016
Deep black with a thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Smooth and fullbodied in the palate, with strong roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, booze. Sweet/bitter, rich and well balanced, sticky and tasty. Gorgeous ale!

3.4
   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.


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