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Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 222   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2927) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2015
Dark mahogany pour with a mocha head that left a decent amount of lacing inside of the glass. Espresso, vanilla bean, oak, bourbon, and brownie. The alcohol is a bit aggressive and overpowering. Although the individual components sound delicious and decadent, they don’t elevate one another. Good but not great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18657) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1547) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2015
draft sampler times 2...poured a dark brown to black with oily finish on the glass. very minimal head. this beer was very smooth for all that it offered. you get roasted malts, and coffee on the nose along with the bourbon. I was just taken aback to how smooth the flavor was with the alcohol which was hidden nicely...overall this beer was nothing short of amazing..with all that was going on and the warmer it got the better it got. I know the price for a bomber and passed but now on draft it was all that I hoped it would be.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiveacestx (710) - Texas, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bomber - Jet black pour with a thin tan head and some lacing. Has a rich bourbon mocha taste with some vanilla, oak and a creamy mouthfeel Lots and lots of bourbon. Ahhhhh, gonna be a good night drinking this stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPABevyGuy (67) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2015
Smells like bourbon with a bit of vanilla. Taste has hints of raisin, fig, dark chocolate, vanilla caramel, and has a roastyness to it. Not to much bourbon flavor, I’m a bit disappointed by that, but it’s still an awesome beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (569) - GREECE - APR 6, 2015
750ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, from trade with RobertDale. Black color with beige brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, dark dried fruits, chocolate, wood, vanilla, light alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste, malty again, chocolate and very fruity (dark dried raisins and plums), wood vanilla, warming alcohol, caramel at the end. Almost full silky body with soft carbonation. Thank you Bob!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17099) - , 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12381) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (16286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at chrisO... Deep black.. Big coconut bourbon nose... Soft chocolate roast.. Dark malts.. Massive coconut.. Bog bourbon

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
22oz bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary celebrations at CBC Clerkenwell, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, wood, leather, with espresso, dark chocolate, caramel. Taste is again mostly sweet with big bourbon notes, finishes drier and ashy, lightly boozy. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, good but was expecting a bit more


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