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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Narwhal Imperial Stout is the latest beer in Sierra Nevadas High Altitude Series. This malt-forward monster is bold with notes of bakers 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours black with half a finger of head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma as well as chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Coats the mouth, the taste follows the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours black. Tan, finger head. Smell coco, vanilla, bit of coffee. Thick, full bodied. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2013
The color of this beer is an opaque black color with a medium brown head, and the aroma, although light, smells like roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste combines a quite umami character with a slight sweetness and a touch of bitterness, and the palate combines a full body, long smokey finish, oily texture, and a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours deep dark brown with khaki fizz. Nice grainy aroma some bitter cocoa and sweet malts. Rich malty flavor, dense bittersweet cocoa and burnt toffee. Very hidden fruits come up in time but still lay under filling roasted grains. Nice balancing dryness ads to finish. Looking forward to adding it a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle. Ocean depth black in appearance with a cap of mocha foam. Aroma is a blend of coffee, roasted malts, molasses and cocoa powder with a bit of earthy hops around the edges. The flavor begins with a strong dose of smoky roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee followed by notes of brown sugar, licorice and pine resin. The body is silky smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and more dark roasted malt and a touch of booze in the finish. As expected, a unique RIS and a worthy addition to the High Altitude series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6753) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
12 Fl. Oz bottle. 2012. Pitch black, thin brown head. Heavy roasty aroma, cocoa, licorice, hops, wood, quite complex and inviting. Wow, just what an IS should be. Massive. Smooty, oily mouthfeel. Roasted malty with tons of licorice, sweetness and coffee. Hoppy, dryer finish with licorice and cocoa lingering forever. Full bodied. Amazing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
2013. Snifter A: Aroma is pretty agressive. Some chocolate. Lots of acidity. A: Looks good. Pitch black. Little head. T: Tastes better than it smells. A little acidic but lots of chocolate. Finish is roasty and coffee and acidity. P: A little agressive but not bad. Full body. Overall this isnt the best imperial stout but its pretty solid. The acidity that comes with it has quite a bite but there are lots of good flavor notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (4015) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2013
12oz bottle pours a thick black witha dissapointing fizzy trace of a head that was gone ina flash. Just enough carbonation to maintain a skin on the surface. Big sweet black licorice aroma, with caramelized brown sugar. Some hopps but mostly sweet dark maltiness. Flavor was rewardingly bold. Plenty of IBUs to combat the sweetness. Rich and fairly heavy palette. Lingering charreed bitterness. Bold and aggressive, and impressive from SN. Not dissapointed after risking nearly 3$ for a high volume Macro-Micro Imperial Stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours pitch black with minimal head. Nose is roasty, cocoa, and coffee. Pretty thick body with smooth coffee, roasted malt and creamy chocolate. Nice stout

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2013
120z bottle poured into my Dogfish Head signature snifter. Pours jet black with a slight brown hue. with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate,and caramel. Tastes of all the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and smooth with a semi dry finish. Wow! this is an amazing imperial stout. So smooth and well balanced. Hard to even notice the high abv. at first. You can notice it more after it warms. Cant wait to see what some ageing will do to this. Sierra Nevada makes some great specialty beers. Wish this was around year round.

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