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RATINGS: 1274   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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
This one is a bit heavy on the hop bitterness and the licorice aroma. Not really all that much chocolate, though there is a pronounced coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (3350) - FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle/SB. Black. Burned rubber, roasted barley, slight anise, sweet licorice hitting the nose. Black lush berries, but overall a pretty (burnt-) rubbery nose. Soft, sweetish, slight oily palate. A bit of woody flavours, some forestry things I suspect come from the hops (like licking a tree, or chewing on bark). This feels a bit unbalanced. Intensive flavours, but haphazardly thrown together. BBE 2014 says the add-on sticker, but this feels like something that just came out of the tank. Even though the body was ok/smooth, there’s too much poking my eye to make it enjoyable. I might venture it best AFTER 2014. Or 2015. Right now, it’s an engine- oily, salty mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3344) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle purchased november 2012-pours pitch black with a small tan fizzy head. very thin legs going on here with no lacing. nose is very roasty, dark chocolate, lite alcohol, burnt, lite smoke. Flavors are straight ahead roast, baking chocolate, but really big char notes. damn that char is fantastic here! Some hops come in there as they should for a SN beer, but they are not over the top. Im sure when this was more fresh, it probably had a tad more hops even though its only 2 months old. the roasty char finish goes on forever! could be the longest finish i have ever tasted in a beer. Alcohol is very well hidden which is suprising since it shows up in the nose. its there, but very subtle. the roast dominates over it to hide it well. Very well put together Impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle at Dogfish Head brewpub. Inky black pour with a large, tan head. Very roasty nose. The flavor really highlights the roasted malt with a slight vinous and medicinal tang to it. It finishes with a good bit of earthiness. Rich and creamy on the tongue. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, tobacco, light pine, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, leather, char, tobacco, herbal, light pine, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, leather, tobacco, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (3304) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
12 oz bottle (2012). Pours black with a one-fingered light brown head that slowly settles. Roasted malt aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some faint smells of dark fruit, hops and alcohol. Full bodied with an oily, almost syrupy, texture. Bold, roasted malt flavor that’s moderately sweet with a light hop bitterness and finishes with a touch of heat. The flavor is like the aroma. Good thing they only come in a 4-pack, because they’re pretty easy to put down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3296) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3292) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and get lacing. Light pine, grapefruit, cocoa, dark fruits, roasted coffee, grapes, and blue spruce needles in the aroma. Taste is sticky, grapefruit, dark chocolate, deep roast, red grapes, and bread with a light bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Great roasty characteristics with no signs of booze at all, balanced nicely with sweet grapefruit notes and a lingering chocolate finish. Well-done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3277) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
12 oz bottle shared at GRM’s. Deep brown black with a mocha rim. Really big and dark but not typical...quite a bit of pine and resin, peppery and severe, tons of licorice, a fair bit of alcohol; medium body, moderate effervescence. Realty dark, black, peppery, serious, licorice, lacks the usual sweeter dark roasted malt notes, a fair bit of alcohol; stripped down, serious, not for the faint of heart; a bit sweet with strong bitterness and a long, slightly friendlier finish that is still quite peppery and serious.

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