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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (500) - - JUN 21, 2015
Drank at ZeeBra 2015 (20-6-2015). My last beer (thanks Thijs for being a generous volunteer). Rich taste, vanilla, a typical BA stout. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1773) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Good roasted malts, chocolate and some vanilla and coconut inside. Good brew for sure. The booze is nothing overwhelming. Good balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (703) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Wood, and bourbon casks take the upperhand on theis roasted malts and chocolate/espresso stout. Greatly balanced though. High alcohol finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sevenlee (1566) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roasty, chocolate, coffee, caramel, plenty of oak with hints of dark fruit and bourbon. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a oaky and roasty finish. Fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (6968) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, malt, dark chocolate and light barrel notes. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter with more barrel and vanilla coming out in the palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Pours a thin head on a black body. The aroma is licorice, anise and oak. The taste is sweet, wood and alcohol heat. The texture is smooth. It’s delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle from my bro. Pours a thick looking black. Small light tan head. Aromas of chocolate marshmallow, oak, bourbon. Taste is semi sweet and only lightly bitter. Flavors of roasted barrel, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Finish is Demi sec with lingering notes of barrel and light dill. Decent, not mind blowing.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niksko (481) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2015
Pitch black with a mocha colored head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is so much vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Long, complex, incredibly unbelievable, thick, rich, like chocolate cake. Blowing my mind. Phenomenal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3328) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
29 May 2015, bottle. Dark brown. Nose is sweet, malty, oatmeal, brown sugar. Full body and mildly fizzy. Delicious! Sweet sugar, granola malt, burnt chocolate, tobacco. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours jet black with a noticeable brown head. Aroma is cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee and slight raisins. Taste is vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate, slight heat, raisins, figs and some leather. Full bodied with a silky mouthfeel.


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