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RATINGS: 1434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeEnIke (6) - - NOV 7, 2012
Appearance: 4/5Pours a silky, solid black. No hint of light shines through. A dark brown head slowly bubbles to the top before it dissipates to a small covering. Then persists ever so slightly throughout consumption.Smell: 5/5Immediate blast of dark, roasted chocolate. Smells like winter time with a nice dark chocolate candy bar. Roasted, slight hints of coffee, major chocolate notes. Little to no boozy smell, really a great smell. Wish they sold yankee candles with this smell. Just a hint of citrus bring some great balance. Hard to pick up, but slowly builds.Taste: 5/5Doesn?t disappoint. Again, major roasty chocolate flavor, slight undertone of roasted coffee but doesn?t pack a major coffee flavor until the very second you think the flavor has dissipated from your mouth, then the coffee hits you all at once. It?s fantastic. Dark roasted malt coats your mouth, with a slight sweetness, balanced well by the bitter. A big stout, puts hair on your chest. The coffee breath when it fades is great.Mouthfeel: 5/5Carbonation dances on your tongue despite the expectation of weight. Coats your mouth with bitter at first, which open you to the full body flavor. Quickly washes away, to give you a lingering tingle. Bold, not too heavy.Overall: 4.8/5One of the best Imperial Stouts I?ve had. Great balance, not too boozy nor too light. Imperial chocolate with hints of coffee, a great roast, but not so big you can only drink one.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (538) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi. Pours a very dark brown with highlights and a tan head that doesnt last, minimal lacing. Inviting rich cocoa aroma, licorice, coffee. Dry savoury taste, dark bitter chocolate, rich roasted malt, light coconut. Full feel, slick body with a hopped up middle and lingering choc and coffee, some warmth. Didnt come off too complex, very approachable yet rich and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Biroholik (1037) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JAN 7, 2017
Data rozlewu: 17.08.2016
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty.
Piana: Hiper drobniutka, zwarta warstwa jasnobeżowego puchu. Przez kilka minut wisi nad piwem. Redukuje się do centymetrowej obrączki. Po zakręceniu szkłem spływa leniwie w dł.
Zapach: Umiarkowanie trwały aromat. W pierwszym niuchu palony z lekko dymnymi detalami. Następny niuch wyzwala woń czekolady i prażonego ziarna kawy. Po przelaniu do szkła aromat wcale nie zmienia swojego profilu. Po ogrzaniu wychodzi nieznaczny alkohol. Wącham raz po raz piwo przelane już do szkła i jest na prawdę słabo. Trzeba się mocno natrudzić, żeby tutaj cokolwiek wyłapać.
Smak: Na szczęście smak jest o niebo lepszy od aromatu. Uf! Kamień spadł mi z serca. Początek w klimacie czerwonych owocw (wiśnie, czereśnie, lekka porzeczka). Dalej intensywne nuty kakao, bardzo gorzkiej czekolady oraz prażonego ziarna kawy. Na koniec spora doza paloności i minimalna nutka cynamonu i wanilii. Narwhal jest średnio wysycony, przez co powoduje uczucie zapychania. Najgorszym aspektem jest tekstura piwa, ktra sprawia, że wydaje się ono dość wodniste jak na ten styl i ekstrakt. 10% alkoholu z całą pewnością daje o sobie znać. Jest on dość zdradliwy, bo nie szczypie i nie wychodzi na zewnątrz. Pijalny Imperial Stout, aczkolwiek za mało złożony jak na ten styl.
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Podsumowanie:
Hymm...cż ja mam zrobić z tym Narwhalem? Widziałem to piwo już wiele razy w sklepach, głwnie za granicą. W Polsce nie kojarzę, żeby piwo było dostępne w jakimś sklepie, ale mogę się oczywiście mylić. Ciągle odkładałem ten trunek "na poźniej". Patrząc na to z perspektywy dzisiejszej degustacji, niewiele straciłem. Sam smak się obronił, czego niestety nie można powiedzieć o wodnistej teksturze piwa i bardzo płaskim aromacie. Ten ostatni w mojej ocenie kuleje na całego. Piwo do wypicia, ale nic poza tym. Może zbyt klasyczne, zbyt ugładzone, w mojej ocenie mało złożone i niczym szczeglnym nie wyrżniające się w tłumie.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bolian (183) - - JAN 6, 2017
Pours dark, beige foam, good retention. Nose - chokolade, dark bread, malt. Taste is surprisingly more complex than nose: Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, bread, brown sugar, and a balanced bitter finish. Very nice beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1985) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Big on roasted malts with chocolate, molasses and coffee. Bitter finish. Nice dark color and head. Full and heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emelie (30) - rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2016
Svart. Brunt skum Lukt: kaffe, soja, choklad, balsamvinger/grnt pple/ hallon, lakrits Smak: kavring, soja,choklad, kaffe, cola, syrlig ltthet som drar t pple, lite papprig eftersmak Mycket tunga smaker men ganska ltt nd

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ffaoe (576) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2016
strong chocolate aroma. pitch black in color, zero light will pass through the glass. decent brown head. taste is roasty with deep chocolate flavors. slight hop bitterness is present at finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3714) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Personal blind tasting out of 4 beers.
No head, just some lacing, can see a light oiliness of the body killing the head. Aroma is strong thick juicy roast, moderate liquor chocolate (so a mix of alcohol and chocolate malt), a little hop. Flavor is a bit acidic stout, cola like mineral is aggressive on the palate, alcoholic dark malts. Overall, the aroma is strong but fine for an impy stout but the aggressiveness of the mouthfeel and flavor overtake the tasty beer elements.
After tasting all of them
The acidic, mineral qualities of the flavor start making this beer aversive to drink, as it did with all the impys. Bbut mayby my palate was starting to get tired.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Continues (205) - GERMANY - DEC 20, 2016
From bottle. Pours black with big brown head. Deep dark chocolate aroma, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, liquor, smoky, wood, warming alcohol. Medium carbonation, silky, full body, pleasant aftertaste. Im not disappointed, would recommend.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2123) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle at home, 18th December 16. Pours black, aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice. Taste is smooth, palate not so viscous, liquorice, dark chocolate. Pretty tasty

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1216) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Poured from bottle dated 11/3/15 pitch black with a nice creamy mocha head. Aromas of licorice roasted malt chocolate and coffee. Taste is nice sweet malt dark fruit licorice chocolate and some lingering booze.


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