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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2039) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (539) - 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 (1039) - 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 (580) - 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 (3715) - 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 (2125) - 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 (1219) - 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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