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RATINGS: 1264   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 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 (1386) - Seattle, Washington, 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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3075) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle: Inky black color, thick & viscous with a rich, velvety tan head that shows decent retention. Aroma of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, warming alcohol, leather, hints of ashy tobacco, & some black licorice. Taste is a bit more complex & involved, taking the aroma one step further in every facet. Heavy roast, charred malts, smoke, bitter cocoa nibs, anise, black licorice, a bit of dark fruit, even a touch of espresso near the finish. Licorice is the heaviest flavor lingering in the back-end with some ashy & leafy notes from the hops, lightly spicy. Aftertaste also heavy with charred woodiness, smoke, & burnt malt. Thick body, heavy mouth feel. A really nice RIS from Sierra Nevada.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4549) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle from trade with Cunningham, cheers man! :-) Pours a jet black body with a small light beige head. Nose is licorice, dark berries, leather, chocolate, almonds and hints of nougat and dark malts. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and hints of licorice, grains, alcohol and dark berries. Full body, high to medium carbonation. Pretty straightforward, but definitely a solid imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlassBrass440 (246) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2015
2013 vintage. Pours a deep black with short lasting tan head. As the bottle was opened strong aromas of dark fruits and molasses filled the air. In the glass is much the same with an alcohol burn in the back of the nose. Flavours bring molasses, coffee, plums and ethanol. The finish is an off-sweet mix of prunes, raisins, and dark chocolate. Big body and a a slightly sticky and slightly astringent mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1618) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Purchased at a corner liquor store in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a rainy Friday night at home. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency, light tan rim around the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit. Taste is dry and finishes with a light burn, molasses comes out in the flavor, bitter coffee, pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1670) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle with dutchdrebus and benzai. Black color with a small white head. Smells and tastes sweet, roasty, chocolat, coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (4598) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015
Bottle @ home. Black colour with a lovely medium sized light brown head. Smells roasty, coffee, alcohol. Tastes sweet, alcohol, mocca. Sounds weird but itís lacking in taste a little bit for me. Full body, soft carbo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
draft at Sierra Nevada Taproom, Chico, CA. Kind of shocked that i have not rated this yet, big stout, heavy roast, dark chocolate, coffee. Rich, intense stout, well done

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (185) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 13, 2015
355 bottle enjoyed @ home, 2013 vintage. Pours black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and alcohol, a little boring. Flavour is roasted malt and bittersweet. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and very flavourful, roasted malt, dried fruits and on the boozy side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1142) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Dark brown with thin head. Smells dark fruity & boubony & chocolatey. Flavor follows. Some dryness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (908) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2015
Immediate smell upon popping was licorice...smelling directly gives a complex smell though, mostly of coffee, deep and smooth, very dark black, canít see through, taste is coffee and slightly bitter, alcohol fairly strong, milky smoothness in background and lightly on finish...licorice still in there though


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