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RATINGS: 1453   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Really looking forward to this one. A: Pours a very dark red color. Its so, so close to being pitch black, but not quite. The head is a two finger khaki shade. Retention is decent if not spectacular, and a nice layer of lacing is left behind. S: This pops with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some leafy hops...and a LOT of alcohol. This smells really boozy even for 10.2%, and its not a particularly refined alcohol presence. Even worse, it seems to detract from the rest of the brew. But of course, given the chance to warm up, all its alcohol calms down - slightly. T: Theres no two ways around it - this mutha is harsh. Roasted malts open this one up, sandwiching a cream-laden coffee middle with its boozy, fruity finish. Some hoppiness appears in the aftertaste. I would have hoped that the alcohol would at least create some nuance and depth, alas no; its not dead simple, but it should be more complex considering. Giving it the chance to warm/open up doesnt improve it much either. Maybe it makes it *slightly* less harsh. M: Its creamy and lush feeling, like an imperial stout should be. Im also kind of glad it isnt particularly dry finishing, because all it would really do is expose the alcohol even further. Carbonation isnt really a factor. O: This could be my biggest letdown of 2013. It had many things going for it to be topnotch - SNs reputation, well received on BA, inexpensive - but in the end was nearly ruined by the generic harshness. My other bottles are going in the cellar; theres a very good RIS underneath this all, and aging it may be exactly what the doctor ordered.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (259) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2017
2016 12 oz bottle. Pours black as night with a slight tan head. Nose is bitter dark chocolate, coffee, malt. Taste is similar, somewhat mild for an imperial stout. Smooth and drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (451) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2017
Riktigt mrk med fast, kompakt, bruntskum. Stor rostad doft med kaffe, torkade fikon och dadlar. Mycket lakrits i smaken plus kaffebeska men ven en liten stma frn torkad frukt. En mycket bra imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13828) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 10, 2017
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Strong chocolate notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (10576) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2017
Bottle at home sourced from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - black pour with a tan head. Dark roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste with coffee, chocolate, caramel, treacle, hoppy backing, dark dried fruit, some earthy charred burnt malty notes in the finish. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1650) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2017
Bottle from Voldby. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Light bitter roasted finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moebbels (785) - FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
A pitch black beer with a quickly settling dark brown head. Nose has deep notes of cocoa beans, espresso and roasted malts. Sweet taste at first but a very intense bitterness quickly overpowers it and leads to a lingering aftertaste. Medium carbonation and full but drinkable body. Excellent IS with just the perfect balance of malty sweetness and roastiness offset by just the right amount of hop bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyrsa (732) - - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle from stocks. Black with med dark tan head. Char, wine yeast and sulphur. Roast, dark charred malt, raisin, more wine yeast. Strong body with above average sweetness, nuts, dark fruit and malt. A bit too sweet but ok.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salwal (470) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle poured with the fizzics... Pours pitch black with beige head. Nose of intense roasted malt, liquorice. Taste is intense chocolate and coffee extremely balenced roastyness... long lasting warming mouthfeel lingering to cocoa.. This is a winner

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1614) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2017
Widerspenstiges Phenollakritzohopfenmonster mit einschmeichelt angenehmer Espressosurealkoholpower. FETT & AWESOME ;)...0,1 fr nen Bon, auf der BRAUKUNST LIVE 2017.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurlyJoe (208) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2017
Pours a thick, dark black with almost no head. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, some fruit too. Blueberries maybe. Taste is very well rounded, a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, a bit of hops. Dark chocolate taste lingers in the mouth long after a sip. Does down very smoothly, low carbonation so its like treacle or syrup. Not super boozy either.


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