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RATINGS: 1285   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 (1528) - 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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3283) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Very balanced imperial stout. No one note sticks out more than any other. Rich molasses and cocoa malt melds into the hops. No harshness but sticky.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinaMarket (226) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Big nose, fresh, super bright yet so smooth. Great roasty middle, nice mouthfeel and lingering finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (425) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle from Plonk. Pours perfect opaque thick black with tan head. Rich dark stout, chocolate aroma and coffee roastiness, medium sweet with excellent balance of bitterness, not cloying. Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation. superb without being overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dysenteri (2) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2015 does not count
alcohol, dark chocolate, raisin. roasty malt pitch black appearance bitter, a bit too boozy still (2014 version).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TysonBeerhound (61) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
It was very lively and poured jet black with a large tan head. Pungent on the nose, it had cocoa, brown sugar, roasted barley; all in all a lot of malt. Also in there was ripe cherries and a slight smokiness. Quite sweet and thick on the palate. Thereís plenty of roast malt but also a heavy dose of dark chocolate. The hops do come through on the second gulp to lend some balancing bitterness but the treacle-like; almost honeyed dark fruit sweetness comes through strongest. Slight tobacco and leather undertones as well. The finish is syrupy sweet with a little creamy coffee underlay. Although initially promising, it proved too sweet overall for my palate. That and the alcohol that comes through about half way down means that it wouldnít be my first choice off the beer shelf.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutjunkie (31) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Pours thick black, tan head similar to a coffee crema. nice mouthfeel, thick flavour with, coffee, chocolate, dart fruit and vanilla. slight dry kick at the end. Great beer, i have a stash of the 2012 and 2013 brews, both great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1319) - 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 (1159) - 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 (1115) - 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.


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