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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18767) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2015
Bottle @ The Cad’s 10yr Shindig. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate and licorice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (16654) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at chrisO... Deep black.. Big coconut bourbon nose... Soft chocolate roast.. Dark malts.. Massive coconut.. Bog bourbon

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16003) - 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.
Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14701) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12521) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12367) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
750 c&c shared by Marcus. Pours dark Brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is heat, bourbon, light wood. Full bodied. Flavor is dark treacle, wood, bourbon, and a hint of heat. It’s a delicious ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11658) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
Keg at Toronado, SD, 12/11/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework. Nose is rich dark fruits, light charr, bourbon well represented, chocolate, brown sugars. Taste comprises woody BA licks, coconut, Dark Chocolate Bounty Bar, liqourice, spice, rich chocolate, Bourbonics. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent BA impy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11620) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet chocolate and vanilla wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.


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