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Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
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Barrel-Aged Narwhal is our deliciously dark Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Barrel aging is a strange science; it mellows some characteristics of the original beer while intensifying others. Narwhalís aggressive roastiness has calmed, but the rich, chocolate-like malt backbone is brought to the fore. Black as midnight, this intense stout is complex with notes of cocoa and espresso balanced with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut from the oak casks. Nearly as rare as itís nautical namesake, try Barrel-Aged Narwhal while you can because like the creature itself, it will soon dive into the depths and leave nary a trace behind.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3564) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2016
@ Basunen 16-7-13: Stor fatton, lite het med en del lakrits och arrak. Riktig len och trevlig.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrOrla (2112) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours Pitch Black with a brown head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, vanilla deeep roast choko, quite vinous. Quite heavy very sipple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2750) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle @ two man strong one ill man lost in Germany. Black body with a small offwhite head. Roasted malt, oak, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle @ two men strong- one ill - lost in Germany. Pours Black with a creamy beige head. Soy, roast, coffee, Wood, bourbon. Full bodied

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mark_Eck (1746) - - JUL 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (7305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle, thanks Eddan. Black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Similar taste. The body was thick and the finish long.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Black color, brown medium head. Roasted aromas, chocolate, vanilla, coffe, bourbon oak. Taste of chocolate and vanilla mainly, some coffee and lot of hints from the barrels, bourbon, some coconut. Long warm finish from the alcohol, always present, never dominant. Amazing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (296) - SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
Pours pitch black with a tanned head. Aroma; Roasted malt, mocha, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown sugar, oak and bourbon. Taste; Roasted malt, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, dark chocolate, bourbon and alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Type: 750-ml bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif. Price: $12.97 Purchased: Feb. 25, 2016 Consumed: June 17, 2016 Misc.: Bottled in October 2015; Cork and cage top Reviewed this base Narwhal almost three years ago and thought it was very good, but nothing special. But when youíre wife calls to see if you want the barrel-aged version for a discount price at a Costco, you instasay yes. Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan, frothy head, which thinned out quickly. Rather serene setting underneath the head. Good, spotty lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled a very nice mix of rich, dark chocolate and smooth bourbon to start. Also toffee, caramel, cocoa, chocolate syrup, hints of toasted oak, light coconut, vanilla and dark espresso. A tad boozy on the nose late. Very nice though. (Smell - 4.25) Taste was not as refined as I had hoped. Initially got cocoa, toffee, chocolate and caramel, all finishing with a long warming feel. Also smooth buttery bourbon, vanilla, espresso, toasted coconut flakes, woody notes, crayon, fudge, toasted molasses, hints of tobacco and faint red wine (the kind with heavy tobacco notes). Kind of boozy, but not quite 12.9 percent boozy. (Taste - 4.00) Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, semi-boozy finish. (Feel - 4.25) This was very good, but not as good as I hoped. Canít quite put my finger what was missing. Would have it again though. (Overall - 4.00) 4.07 91 A-

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1797) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2016
750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2015 vintage. 092215 is stamped on the bottle so Iím assuming thatís the bottling date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head stayed around for a while, and thereís a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, woodiness, and some bittersweet chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís also the addition of some coconut and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís coating and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Itís easy enough to drink for a 12.9% ABV beer. I thought it was a pretty good imperial stout, I wouldnít mind drinking a bottle of this again. Definitely worth a try if youíve never had it before. $20.99 a bottle.


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