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RATINGS: 1375   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

Prufrockstar's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1775) - 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. Baker’s chocolate, with mild roast, and some higher alcohols on the nose. As it opens up, there’s also vanilla and some more sweet, almost milky (lactose?) aromas added in, but that isn’t at the forefront. Before tasting, I’d give this RB scale numbers of 6.5/4.5. Taste brings in a lot of roast, almost smokiness. Thick, chewy body. Well no, that’s 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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 wouldn’t want a 6-pack. 6/4/7/4/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanBurke (4) - 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 (429) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (612) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2016
2012 btl.. Looks..black, brown hue around ring, sml brow head on pour. Smells..rich malts, molasses, nuts, choc.. A little vanilla. Tastes..really smooth rich choc malts.. some cocoa and liquorice, sweet and silky mouthfeel, maybe a hint of oak or woodyness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (261) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2016
On tap at Torpedo Room. Pour has a thin creamy head, creamy feel. Cherries, coffee, chocolate and leather smell. Taste is chocolate forward, sweet aftertaste with no complexity. Strange, that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Deep dark body. Aromas of bitter chocolate/espresso. Full flavored chocolate/coffee with a bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ston3s42 (160) - - APR 11, 2016
Quite black with little head. Complex tastes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, alcohol and anise. Heavy body, good carbonation and a lasting aftertaste of sweet dark cocoa. A proper IS

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdolfoCC (79) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
Servida en Snifter. APARIENCIA; de color completamente oscuro, no pasa nada de luz a través de ella. Corona de espuma color marrón, de un dedo de altura y baja retención, de burbuja compacta y abiertas al centro. AROMA: Mucho tostado que predomina, granos de espresso y algo licorosa en la nariz. SABOR: nuevamente el tostado es lo que predomina, espresso, cocoa y amargor moderado, queda esa sensación astringente del café espresso, sin embargo el alcohol percibido en nariz no es tan notorio en paladar. El retrogusto queda ese amargor moderado (60 IBU) ligeramente astringente y presencia cálida del alcohol en garganta. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo moderado alto, no llega a ser totalmente cremoso ni completo, carbonatación baja. RESUMEN: buena imperial stout algo diferente al resto, el sabor de tostado predomina sobre todo y puede a llegar a hastiar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (2098) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 4, 2016
Black with a brown head - Roasted malt and some notes of coffee in the aroma - Roasted malt body with some coffee notes and a nice bitterness in the back - The roasted malt and bitterness goes into a long lasting finish - This was good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enwiebe (261) - - APR 3, 2016
4/4/16. Bottle from 8/15. Will benefit from sitting up for a while. A bit over the top in your face roasty and boozy notes. Chocolate and licorice notes. Huge potential. Just have to let it round out ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlindGuardianco (66) - - MAR 29, 2016
Mild aroma, awesome body very smooth, strong flavor but with lingering notes, deep matando coffee, very very tasty beer, will buy again year 2014

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