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Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 336   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. Narwhal’s 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 it’s 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HansHuber (11) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016
One of the better BA beers at EBF. The base beer is tamed by the sweet and complex port barrels offering dark fruits throughout. It pushes a wonderful barrel complexity to the base beer and even the whiskey BA version., coffee,

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2051) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Chocolate, vanilla, oak. Great bittersweet flavours. Very long length. Very elegant in the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5194) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2016
750ml bottle (the first release I think?) in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and oak with a little booziness, some dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and some light dough and light bitterness. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. Really surprised by this actually.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Very dark brown with a brown head.sticky malts, bourbon fairly prominent. Toffeeish brown sugars. Rich dark chocolate with lots of vanillins to add to the rich sugary sweetness. Might be veering towards cloying for me. Ok for the type but the vanillin comes on too strong for me, with nothing to balance it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2666) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2016
2015 vintage, bottle at home. Pours velvet black with a low tan head. Swirling the liquid around leaves oily lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, muscovado sugar, oak, bourbon, slight leather, caramel. Taste is fantastic with caramel sweetness upfront that gives way to roasted barrel notes and a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is luxuriously soft and velvety with just enough creamy body to be welcome. Just amazing. Tested against the same base, the 2014 regular Narwhal.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pedro_Pinho (107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2016
Pours pitch black liquid with a mocca head. Aroma is dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste reflects the aroma. Very smooth, well balanced and with an alcohol finish. Would buy again if it woundn’t be for the price. One of the best imperial stouts I had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crim (103) - POLAND - MAY 4, 2016
owocowo figowe waniliowe, kawowe, gorzka czekolada, dobry ris ale tylko dobry

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (2480) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2016
Pours dark with low tanned head Aromas of bourbon, coffee, caramel, muscavado, hints of molasses, dark fruits Taste has very nice notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coffee, brown sugar, hints of chocolate. Smooth, creamy, full bodied with low carbonation and bitterness

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OsuStu (194) - - APR 21, 2016
UPDATED: APR 21, 2016 12 oz bottle. Pours a thick, oily black with a pencil thin chestnut colored head. Aromas of dark chocolate, dried figs, alcohol, and some floral notes. Chocolate, walnuts, black cherry, coffee, bourbon. A little booziness that fits right in. Thick and sticky, velvety.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hop_Hedonist (432) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2016
Humongous from go to whoa - choc vanilla coconut roasted malt - super syrupy - very very rich - too much so - hard to finish my glass - thankfully shared the bottle! Definitely sensory overload - enjoyed but more is not necessarily better.


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