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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1500) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1092) - GREECE - JUL 22, 2015
355ml bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and coffee, caramel, light dark fruits. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VRH (56) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
From the tap at Beverage World, this pours beautifully dark with a nice light chocolate mousse coloured head that recedes to a persistent ring. This ale is well bodied, crisp but richly flavoured with aromas of cola, tart plum skin, and coffee followed by flavours of cocoa, dark dried fruit, and some creamy vanilla, with molasses, hints of brown sugar, and smokiness. The palate is smooth and full with with a nice body and a lingering dry finish. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1110) - Krakow, POLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle Aroma-caramel, chocolate, coffee, Appearance-black, brown foam, hazy, Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palatefull body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1043) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
355 ml bottle vintage 2013, shared by Werckmeister, thanks a lot!<i/>
Black body, with a medium, creamy, coffee colored head.
Aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, some alcohol.
Tastes of coffee, wood, dry cocoa, liquorice, subtle dark fruits, wood.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with a soft to average carbonation.
Finishes dry, roasty, with coffee, liquorice, wood, cocoa.

Tasty. A traditional, very straight, dry Imperial Stout, with coffee and liquorice notes. Not as complex as others, but pleasant. Strong, while alcohol is well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (895)
- Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
355ml bottle at home shared with Saeglopur from trade with Nische, many thanks. Vintage 2013. black color, medium big coffee-colored head. smells of malty roast, lightly sour, some smoke, bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, raisins, peat, a bit milky. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes rather glueish, alcohol, ash, malty roast, a bit smoky, spices, coffee, bitter chocolate. finishes dry with ash and bitter chocolate. quite nice, very lovely smell, taste is a bit harsh though, with glueish notes, ash and light smoke notes. finish again is very good though. Overall I like it though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
355 ml. bottle obtained in a trade with tlahav. Thanks! Split by 2. Black, little mocha head. Nose is coffee, lightly vinous, coffee, liquorish, herbal, light red grape,… Taste is red grape, sour molasses, liquorish, herbal, bread, quite bitter, soy sauce, light coffee, touch red grape, a bit too vinous for me, tad sour coffee,… A tad lighter body. Not bad but I definitely expected more, above average for an USA stout of reputation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (279) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft. Black color with tan head. Strong roasted malt / coffee flavor. Well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
June 23, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013.
Black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, licorice and earthy notes. Taste is medium sweet, earthy chocolate, licorice, with a light to medium bitterness. Finish is medium bitter with chocolate, roasted malt. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1471) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Version 2014. Texture mi-épaisse, assez carbonatée, d’un noir parfaitement impassible, et couronnée d’une mousse couleur d’érable. Le nez est classique, de café et de chocolat noir. Un brin âcre en début de gorgée, elle dévoile vite ses richesses, chocolat liquide mi-amer et café moka velouté. Les houblons tranchent bien la rondeur des malts en finale, avec un côté fumé qui conclut le tout. Très bien faite, tout en étant située en territoire franchement connu.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1073) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
Bouteille au Mondial 2015. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka. Arôme de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat, mélasse. Goût de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat noir, touche de café, bonne amertume. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense.


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