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RATINGS: 1387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle from Samís, Durham. Sweet ass pour, thick and inky black with an oily cappucino head. Strong roasted malts and barley in the nose, with potent coffee and super resinous hops. Fresh and skull-fucking. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, a bit of grit here and there, and a dry finish. Bitter, grainy, and uncompromising.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap at Churchkey. Sweet rich malty nose, with chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Nutty sweet with some lactose. Dark black opaque with tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet and rich, malty with molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Nice roasted bitterness with hop bitter finish. Alcohol warming, with bitter rich lingering sweet after.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3992) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
29 Nov 2012, bottle. black, thick foamy head that fades fast. nose is mocha coffee and moderate alcohol, with bitter chocolate twinge. med body and mildly fizzy. there is a serious woody flavor that comes out in the taste. mocha or sweet black coffee, some tree bark, maybe spruce hops. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (3983) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2015 12 oz 2012 bottle. Unlike most people, Iíve had the barrel aged version of this prior to trying the regular version which, as you can infer, Iíve cellared for a good while. Well, Iím happy to find that this regular RIS is exceptional if not quite as tasty as the barrel aged version. It certainly looks great: opaque black with a durable light brown head and lovely lacing. The high ABV is evident in the nose and feel but otherwise fairly well hidden. Plenty of dark roasted grain flavor with minimal char and very light smoke -- just right IMO. Excellent bitter-sweet balance and mix. Feel: Full but not quite thick body. Near medium, soft carbonation. O: Excellent. I havenít tried a fresh sample yet but Iíd bet waiting until this is about 2 years old is a wise move. (rating confirmed in June 2015 with an now older bottle.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (3952) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Nose is dark and bitter chocolate. Pour is black with a small light brown head. Taste is dark dark chocolate to the point of almost being a harsh bitterness. Smooths out with each sip. A tad grassy so Iím guessing this is relatively highly hopped. Flavors start to come together as it warms but still seems a little out of balance. Ok but Iíd like to see it with some age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3939) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours basically black with a small-ish but well retained head with lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of dark chocolate, plenty of roastiness, and some light blueberry and faint smoke. In many ways aspects of this beer are not unlike a good mocha.... just not as sweet smelling.

The flavor is bold and bitter. The sweetness level for a beer of this kind is very low but there is some fruity kind of blueberry like flavor in there. The beer has a big roasty character almost like Ethiopian Coffee. The beer is not especially boozy, but has a big huge mouthfeel at the same time.

There is a whole lot "right" about this beer & it seems pretty suited for ageing, I should get a hold of some bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2013
tap at Dash In - Pours black with a long lasting tan head. The aroma is surprisingly mild but includes roast malt, chocolate, and alcohol. It has a very sweet flavor with chocolate, roast malt, and licorice. Full bodied with gentle carbonation, itís a very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle, thanks to the Noble for this one. Pours black with tan head. Aroma has lots of coffee and chocolate, roasty, caramel, and nutty. Flavors has fudgy chocolate, iced coffee undertones, toffee, plums, Toasted nuts. Full body. Carbonation might be a tad high. Warming alcohol noted. Perfectly balanced and executed. Defines the style very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3915) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Bottle from Starmore and Boss, Sheffield. Nearly black. Brown halo of head. Aroma is licorice, blackcurrant sweets. Some leather. Taste is big toffee apple sweetness initially, that gives way to a burnt, dry, roast bitterness. Palate is full, and oily. Dry and bitter, but not harsh finish. Good beer to end an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
Medium head bubbly a tan colour medium carbonation darkest of pours aromas roasted coffee dryness liccorice dark fruit cocoa flavours very dry but well done cocoa roasted coffee liccorice has a nice touch resin rich chocolatemedium ibu sweet caramel has some pine through it the finish enjoyeddrinking this it was dry sweet and bitter at the mouth some hop goodness throughout dark tastes the cocoa and coffee done well sweet maltiness something to remember lovely imperial

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