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Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1770) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2016
750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2015 vintage. 092215 is stamped on the bottle so I’m assuming that’s the bottling date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head stayed around for a while, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, woodiness, and some bittersweet chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also the addition of some coconut and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s coating and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. It’s easy enough to drink for a 12.9% ABV beer. I thought it was a pretty good imperial stout, I wouldn’t mind drinking a bottle of this again. Definitely worth a try if you’ve never had it before. $20.99 a bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - JUN 8, 2016
Tap. Huge Bourbon on the initially sniff and sip. The flavours become more integrted as it warms. Lots of mocha, vanilla and dark chocolate with the booze hit at the end. Very heady.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (20293) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle sample at Birch and Barley’s Brewers Brunch. Jet black color, brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma has vanilla, booze, caramel, coffee. Taste has coffee, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (583) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2016
Aroma.di bourbon, vaniglia, cioccolato al latte, caffè, fruit cake. Birra meravigliosamente complessa,buona. Sapore di cioccolato al latte, cioccolato amaro, retrogusto di gianduia e cioccolato dolce, sapore unico. Davvero eccellente

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HansHuber (11) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016
One of the better BA beers at EBF. The base beer is tamed by the sweet and complex port barrels offering dark fruits throughout. It pushes a wonderful barrel complexity to the base beer and even the whiskey BA version., coffee,

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2057) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Chocolate, vanilla, oak. Great bittersweet flavours. Very long length. Very elegant in the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5213) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2016
750ml bottle (the first release I think?) in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and oak with a little booziness, some dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and some light dough and light bitterness. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. Really surprised by this actually.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Very dark brown with a brown head.sticky malts, bourbon fairly prominent. Toffeeish brown sugars. Rich dark chocolate with lots of vanillins to add to the rich sugary sweetness. Might be veering towards cloying for me. Ok for the type but the vanillin comes on too strong for me, with nothing to balance it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2734) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2016
2015 vintage, bottle at home. Pours velvet black with a low tan head. Swirling the liquid around leaves oily lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, muscovado sugar, oak, bourbon, slight leather, caramel. Taste is fantastic with caramel sweetness upfront that gives way to roasted barrel notes and a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is luxuriously soft and velvety with just enough creamy body to be welcome. Just amazing. Tested against the same base, the 2014 regular Narwhal.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pedro_Pinho (119) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2016
Pours pitch black liquid with a mocca head. Aroma is dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste reflects the aroma. Very smooth, well balanced and with an alcohol finish. Would buy again if it woundn’t be for the price. One of the best imperial stouts I had.


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