ACHops (737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bomber, served in a chalice. Pours thick inky brownish black with a thick mocha head that laces well. Aroma is big rich milk chocolate, roasty dark malt, molasses, mild espresso, port, bourbon, a hint of coconut... whoa. Not much oak but some leather and barrel-aged notes as well. Taste is similar although not quite as diverse or rich as the nose: dark roasty malt, some vanilla, huge cocoa and baking chocolate flavor mid-palate. The description is spot on: regular Narwhal is dominated by the roast, this is much better balanced, less dry, with a rich chocolate note dominating the roast. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Very light alcohol heat on the finish, but otherwise the 13% abv is well hidden. I’m sure this is young for this beer, and it will improve with age. A bit pricey at $20 a bottle, but quite promising.
ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle.
Aroma is full of rich chocolate notes with lighter coffee and faint roast. Hints of tobacco and leather. Light vanilla and coconut with some sweet bourbon notes and faint oak. Not super bourbon forward.
Pours black with a small, fairly thin, dark mocha head that sticks around on the edges for quite some time. Light lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with lots of chocolate character. Medium light roasted coffee bean character. Light tobacco and leather with hints of dark fruit and smoke. More bourbon than in the aroma with fainter vanilla and coconut. Medium light alcohol spice in the finish. More dark fruit and bourbon as it warms. Moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly silky with medium low carbonation. Low, but slightly present roast astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a very nice, big stout with a lot of malt and barrel character with fairly clean yeast. The aroma is really nice, bit I fill the flavor did not quite match it. Nice mouthfeel but a bit of astringency from the roast.
Dansrc51 (46) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yep, they knocked it out of the park with this one. The barrel aging does not over power the beer, but compliments it. excellent
douglas88 (6251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Justin for the assist. Pours a jet black color with a small beige head. A big malty chocolate nose, vanilla, wood. Rich beer, super sweet, toffee, vanilla, massive bourbon. Some heat. The beer is mostly Narwhal which is a testament to the base since the bourbon is huge. Ashy, dusty earthy malt base mixed with sweeter elements. Dark roast, coffee, bourbon. The slick sweet bourbon is omnipresent and lovely. Creamy palate. Overall, this is so well done. Sierra Nevada is indeed underrated. Licorice dry tannic finish. Very mature, well crafted brew.
tgncc (2853) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, oak, cream, light bourbon, sweet. Nicely restrained on the booze. The appearance is deep black, thin tan head. Flavor is just like the aroma, the bourbon gives this lovely sweet, boozy quality without being harsh or overbearing, nicely compliments what is already a nice beer. The finish is sweet, chocolate, light booze, light roast. Thick, somewhat chewy. Nice!
DrewFace (849) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grainy, chocolate malt, light roastiness, some oaky notes and vanilla. Dark black, thick, with small tan head. Much of the same in the flavor, grainy roasty, chocolate, more booziness, some oak. Kinda flat tasting overall. High boost but just really not overwhelming.
Huhzubendah (2638) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black opaque body with a small, oily, beige head. Bourbon, oak, roast aromas. Char and smoke in the flavor with a formidable whiskey presence. Lots of oak and barrel presence. The beer is getting a little better as it opens up. Wet wood and warming alcohol. Pretty tasty.
gnomungus (79) - - NOV 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Astringent alcohol is a bit heavy on the nose for my taste, but the flavor is solid. Coconut and vanilla stand out, with the coffee and chocolate taking a strong, but supporting role.
mikedR (1313) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
SN nailed this one. All the goodness of Narwhal, with the absolute perfect amount of aging. I’m getting just a hint of wood flavor as compared to the regular variety. Not sure what type of barrel they aged it in, but they have done it well. Superb.
djd07 (3822) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong wood, dark chocolate, black licorice. Medium mouthfeel with strong booze, wood, vanilla, roast.