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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
4th April 2015
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Almost opaque dark brown beer with a small cream colour head. Palate is airy and smooth with just mild fine carbonation. Mellow dark malts. Coconut. Fruity bourbon. Mild spice and modest dark chocolate. Light dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12834) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at Chris and Ruth, Eater Tasting 150404. Opaque black beer with a small beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, vinous, caramel, licorice, woodsy, raisins, figs, cocoa, some grapes. Roasted licorice flavor, toffee, cream, raisins, figs, warming alcohol, biscuits, alcohol is well hidden. Sweet and totally wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (16775) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at chrisO... Deep black.. Big coconut bourbon nose... Soft chocolate roast.. Dark malts.. Massive coconut.. Bog bourbon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
22oz bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary celebrations at CBC Clerkenwell, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, wood, leather, with espresso, dark chocolate, caramel. Taste is again mostly sweet with big bourbon notes, finishes drier and ashy, lightly boozy. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, good but was expecting a bit more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s, corked
Black color with small head. Solid Imperial Stout, more roasty than chocolatey, with nice medium sweetness, but also some unwanted liquorice; only light barrel presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8468) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle at The Cad’s 10 yr Shindig. Thanks to the beer bro L-Dogg. It pours jet black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, juicy, vanilla, toasty coconut and plenty of bourbon. The taste is bitter-sweet, rich roast, liquorice candy, soy sauce notes, vanilla fudge, oily, cocoa, warming alcohol, tar and charred wood with a dry, sweetish finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Aroma is grate fo sho, but the taste could be a bit smoother. Mighty decent anyhow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2912) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle share at the Cad’s tasting at CBC Clerkenwell. Not sure who brought this, but thanks! Black, small foamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and minty, tequila, a little coconut. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy up front, molasses, spearmint, boozey, finishes dry. Not really getting a lot of the barrel, and the base beer is still going strong. I wasn’t a huge fan of the base beer, but this feels like an improvement.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14842) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. Black beer lasting tan head. Toast aroma. Hot in mouth. Some soy sauce some roast. Just not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5495) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pours black with a tall, dense, fluffy brown head. Aroma is boozy with soft coconut, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, burnt caramel, light coconut and booze. Body is medium with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Sticky with a light boozy warmth. Ends with more roasted malt, chocolate, lots of vanilla, molasses, burnt caramel and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5113) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle (75cl): shared by Benzai: Served in a Chouffe glass: Small beige head. Deep dark brown with blackish tints colored beer. Aromas of older wood, dusty vanilla, roast, earthy tones, dark chocolate, light toffee, lighter bay leaf roast, alcohol... Flavours of bitters, spice, alcohol, mocha, marzipan, malts, caramel, light vanilla, light wod, some manure, chocolate and rye wrapped in a toasty bow... Aftertaste is bitter, alcohol, malty and light woody vanilla tones. Low carbo, spicy mouthfeel, close to full bodied... Loce the regular beer but the barrel aging hasn’t added anything nice instead of the spicy alcohol tones with a light woody vanilla hint... Expected more of this!

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