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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle to tulip. Pours black with tan head which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, vanilla. Muddy buddies. Taste: moderate sweetness, moderate to strong roast + hop bitterness. Coffee grounds. Some alcohol in the finish. Palate: full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Overall: quite tasty. Great price. Will happily add this to my rotation of "everyday" imperial stouts. [8/4/7/4/16 - 12/28/2012]

Blind RIS experiment [Sample 1/20, 3/23/2015]:
Deep dark opaque, near black pour into tiku glass (thanks to Eugene for the glass, and Summer for the pour). 1 finger or so of creamy khaki head, good retention, sheets of lacing. Aroma is pretty boring for an imperial stout. Bakers chocolate, with mild roast, and some higher alcohols on the nose. As it opens up, theres also vanilla and some more sweet, almost milky (lactose?) aromas added in, but that isnt at the forefront. Before tasting, Id give this RB scale numbers of 6.5/4.5. Taste brings in a lot of roast, almost smokiness. Thick, chewy body. Well no, thats a bit much -- full body, texture is thick and oily, leaving a coating, but not quite the full chewy syrupy viscous texture of some other imperial stouts. Back to the taste, as it goes in its clearly much more on the bitter, roasty side, with the chocolate lingering. Sweetness on nose comes out even more as it warms. Overall: this was a good place to start I think -- it has a lot of the elements of an IS, but doesnt come together all that well for me. Aroma is weaker than most, and the overly burnt roasty bitterness is actually a bit too harsh. Texture comes across as a bit chalky by the end. Also, this packs a "bitter taste / sweet aftertaste" combo that becomes less and less appealing as the drink goes on. That sweet coating just builds over time. How much would I be willing to pay for a bottle of this? No more than Old Rasputin prices, so $2.50 / bottle. But I wouldnt want a 6-pack. 6/4/7/4/13


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 (10569) - 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 (1649) - 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 (726) - - 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 (1611) - 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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