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RATINGS: 1082   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2652) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2012
bottle from Triangle Wine. good aroma, sweet, roasty, smokey. I’m getting bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke, little red berry now and again. dark orangy brown color, ok head, spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Heavier body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Pretty good, more smokey than most Impy stouts, that aren’t smoked otherwise. solid as usual offering from SN

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Poured from bottle at Monks Kaffee in Dubuque Iowa. Black with flat head. Light coffee aroma. The taste is hard to describe - a ton going on in this one. A slight fruity cherry taste wrapped around a malty cocoa oily creamy and coffee monster. A pile of. happiness. The high ABV is well hidden. Really good beer. Best Sierra Nevada I've had

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2629) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2622) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2617) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a black (SRM 45) body....nose is redolent with roasted malts, including chocolate, coffee, plum, raisin, roast beef, minimal hop tones.......taste is sweet to start, with plum, raisin and other dried fruits, moving to a bit of toffee/caramel, then coffee, lighter chocolate, and umami with beef and soy sauce notes, finishing with a moderate roasted malt hop bitterness, the heavy sweetness lingering throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol warmth present, low carbonation. I cannot think of ways to change this Imperial Stouts recipe, but this is a sugar bomb, and greater attenuation would improve it and hopefully lower the sweetness to a more balanced result. That would also increase the alcohol, so a different yeast? BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Taste is heavily roasted, vanilla, a little coffee, and a big bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle, fresh 2013 vintage. Very dark brown pour with a modest brown head. Light bits of lacing throughout and a small head retained for the entire glass. Good roast and espresso notes, a little sweetness from the molasses. Bittersweet cocoa plays a minimal role, sort of overshadowed by the lingering smokiness. I like the amount of hops now, but in my mind this is begging to be cellared… better make room next to the Bigfoot. Still, served fresh is a pretty fine experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2597) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2584) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
Pours hazy deep brown with a f medium sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up with some malt bitterness and alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. An excellent impy. ★★★★

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2568) - 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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