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RATINGS: 1402   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 (1993) - 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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
svandyke (179) - 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 (5731) - 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 (494) - 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 (836) - 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 (449) - 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 (2425) - 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 (183) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
knasputte78 (601) - SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2016
Svart med ett stort gulgrått skum. Rostade smaker med lite kaffe. En bra balanserad Stout som känns stiltypisk. Snyggt fast inget extra som lyfter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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