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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3152) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, from and with Ian Guénard, savoured on January 11 2012; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, lightly burnt barley, light acridness, dark chocolate, light resinous hops; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, light resinous hops, dark chocolate, light caramel, light acidity, finale in roasted barley with presence of dark chocolate, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, palateful texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 12 onces, de et avec Ian Guénard, savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, légère âcreté, chocolat noir, léger houblon résineux; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, léger houblon résineux, chocolat noir, léger caramel, légère acidité, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de chocolat noir, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture moelleuse; en résumé : bien bon

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Big old beer here. Rich and thick with a ton of roast with smooth hop bitterness. Nice full bodied mouthfeel without being too thick or heavy. Big flavors but balanced with nothing sticking out or harsh. Not a killer but a well brewed beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3137) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours dark brown/black color with dark brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Full body with soft carbonation. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3096) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Motor oil black pour with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt. Tastes are bitter chocolate and coffee with dark fruit and burnt notes. Slick medium palate. Nice and drinkable. Covers alcohol well.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (3077) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Picked up a 4-pack last month. Last one so I should review it. 12oz 2012 vintage (was there a previous year?) Pours a nice roasted dark black. Decent coffee colored head. Smells of almonds, milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is decent. NIce carbonation, nice balance of sweet birch syrup and coffee with a hint of cocoa. Some vanilla

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3066) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, roasty coffee, light hops aroma. Black with a moderate brown head. Espresso, bitter chocolate, earthy peat flavor with a roasty bitterness in the finish, as well as some piney hops. The malts also have quite a bit of sweetness, which balances nicely with all of the roasty bitterness. Thick full body, soft carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. This is nicely done, and I may have to pick up another bottle to see how it ages.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (3022) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: cremeskum over en velduftende, sort væske. Cremet mundfylde, so smooth. Kaffe, sjokolade og alt jeg trenger. Litt salt og humlebitterhet i kledelig antrekk. Smaskegod. Heldigvis er ettersmaken laaaang.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of brown head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3010) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle - Black pour with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is dark malt and brown sugar, but when it warms up a bit the rubbing alcohol really comes out. Yuck. Taste is chocolatey and roasty, with light charcoal. Not too sweet, but there’s some vanilla and molasess. Thick and full bodied. I rarely find an imperial stout I like anymore. I thought this one would be different.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3006) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with very good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass with a good amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, char, light smoke, floral, earth, and citrus rind. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, cocoa, light smoke, floral, tobacco, earth, light pine, and light citrus. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, toffee, tobacco, earth, and light citrus on the finish for a good bit. High amount of flavor complexity; with a nice balance of malt flavors with a fair amount of hops; zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. Very nice flavor complexity with good balance; very smooth to sip on for 10.2%. A very enjoyable offering as I had hoped. Will have to see how it does with some age on it next.


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