Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11089) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Black pour with a khaki head. Whiskey aroma up front with some vanilla and dark fruit. Licorice, oak, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of booze. Nice chocolate flavor, some fudge, whiskey, and vanilla. Roasted malt, caramel, licorice, and some dark fruit sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2013
On tap poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roastiness, bitter chocolate, coffee and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, bourbon, roastiness and light coffee with a smooth lingering chocolate bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Tap at Churchkey for CBC. Inky black pour. Medium tan head. Wispy lacing. Nose is pretty intense black cherry and semisweet chocolate bar. Mild toasted coconut isnít quite there. Hints of puppy breath. Body is rich, not too dense. Not super silky like the normal version. Moderate bourbon heat, hints of rum cake and coconut. But overall inferior to normal Narwhal. In the finish some sharper alcohol heat. Still a dessert beer to pair with mousse and chocolate cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle share. It pours with a murky dark mahogany body that supports a weak tan head. The aroma offers up smooth slick sweetness in the form of candy like bourbon booze and sugary sweet malts and then the sweetness intercedes among the dark roasted malts notes and chocolate. Very nice. The taste is smooth and sweet and nectar like with slick bourbon sweetness mixing with sweet malts, a molasses and vanilla sensation. Behind those notes are murmurs of spicy oak, dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee and then a pleasing and firm chocolate yumminess. Wow, this all comes together very nicely. Solid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Chooclate and light bourbon aroma with light dark malts. Chocolate and bourbon flavor with light brown sugar. Medium bodied. Chocolate and brown sugar linfer with bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6631) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels at Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a clear brown with a large tanned beige head. Wood, fresh hot cocoa, chocolate, roast. Warm chocolate, wood, vanilla. Cocoa, roast, chocolate. Lingering cocoa and warm wood. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (6083) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Rating 4900!3/28/13. On tap at Churchkey during CBC. Rich black pour with a small tan head that sticks. Rich BA aroma with fudge, semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of coconut and vanilla, butterscotch (in a good way), and hints of coffee. The flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel rich, but not overwhelming. A touch of heat. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
draft at Coles, black pour, great aroma of roast, vanilla, wood, chocolate, bourbon. flavor was very similar to aroma, light mouthfeel was the only negative, great flavor, aroma etc. enjoyable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Now THATís how you barrel a beer. Everything I hope for in a BA stout. Improves on the base. Bourbon is rich and very evident, without being too hot or overpowering the original beer. Rich, smooth, chocolatey vanilla boozy decadence in a glass. Possibly the best Sierra Nevada beer iíve ever had. They shoulda bottled this instead a tha BA Bigfoot."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Tasted at the 8th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on Nov 9, 2013. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from the tap. Small to medium sized beige/tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla and coffee. A full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Lots of bourbon and wood flavors blended with some nice smooth chocolate and vanilla flavors. Very smooth tasting with a hint of alcohol. This is what a barrel aged stout should taste like. There is a nice lingering bourbon finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bourbon, sweet and boozy.

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