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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crim (109) - POLAND - MAY 4, 2016
owocowo figowe waniliowe, kawowe, gorzka czekolada, dobry ris ale tylko dobry

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (2526) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2016
Pours dark with low tanned head Aromas of bourbon, coffee, caramel, muscavado, hints of molasses, dark fruits Taste has very nice notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coffee, brown sugar, hints of chocolate. Smooth, creamy, full bodied with low carbonation and bitterness

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OsuStu (197) - - APR 21, 2016
UPDATED: APR 21, 2016 12 oz bottle. Pours a thick, oily black with a pencil thin chestnut colored head. Aromas of dark chocolate, dried figs, alcohol, and some floral notes. Chocolate, walnuts, black cherry, coffee, bourbon. A little booziness that fits right in. Thick and sticky, velvety.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hop_Hedonist (441) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2016
Humongous from go to whoa - choc vanilla coconut roasted malt - super syrupy - very very rich - too much so - hard to finish my glass - thankfully shared the bottle! Definitely sensory overload - enjoyed but more is not necessarily better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5361) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2016
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Chocolate, bourbon and espresso aromas. Thick with vanilla and hot chocolate upfront turning to dark caramel and bourbon burn

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a deep dark brown color. Small tan head head that lasted throughout. Aromas of bourbon and wood. Flavor was a lot of bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Tasted more bourbon than beer. WOW, this is a flavorful beer!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OrthoDoc (131) - South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2016
My first bourbon barrel aged beer. I felt the bourbon overwhelm the expected flavors of chocolate and coffee you expect from a stout. That being said it was pretty smooth with minimal alcohol taste and the bourbon comes through loud and clear. An intense and fun beer to try at the NC brewery at the end of an awesome brewery tour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (646) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2016
A: Pitch black with a nougat coloured head that goes away quite fast. N: Vanilla, coffee, cocoa, some fruityness to it as well. T: Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon O: Not as heavy as expected. Some heat from alcohol. Nice balance between sweetness and tart hint. Light bitterness as well. Very nice even though I could enjoy even more barrel aging.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
abergdahl (174) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
Ohh aroma full of chocolate, leather and goodness.. Black with a thick brown head.. Really nice The taste... Wow so rewarding, it’s chocolate, oak.. Just greate and complex The aftertaste is big full some coffee, full very smooth mouth feel.. A great beer... Nothing I miss, a amazing imperial stout..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2273) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2016
750 ml bottle it’s screen printed with no date. Pours oily brown black with a mocha tan khaki head that is foamy and thick. Aroma has cork cardboard barrel scents up front with not much richness showing. Taste is bitter soy cork cardboard with hints of coffee mocha marshmallow bakers chocolate. Palate is full oily slick and dry.


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