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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2016
2015 bottle. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin glaze of a little head. Seemingly collared lacing here and there. The smell starts off with the sweet bourbon over a big roasty blissful coffee bean. Delicate cocoa bean underneath. The taste replicates the smell nicely. Bourbon boozy sweetness slides into the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a great sipping quality about it. Cabonation has pretty much died off (hmmm...that was kinda quick considering that this was only a 2015 bottle, yeah well). Overall, barrel aged imperial stout, damn, this is really nice. SN did a stellar job with this one. I’d have again, maybe I just had at the right time.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
Basically liquid bourbon barrel. The roastiness is coal, burned wood and tobacco. Quite dry and bitter. Sweetness is medium. It has a very long finish with bourbon biting on the end. But all that is dominated by bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and wood notes. Serious BA beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turboninja (433) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2016
Bottle@home, from Wine Spot, Cleveland, USA. Strong aroma of licorice, bourbon and some cocoa. Pitch black color with small beige head. Strong balanced taste of licorice, roasted malts, and some vanilla and cocoa. Bourbon nicely on the background. Wide taste spectrum and long aftertaste with slightly roasted malts and licorice. Strong body with light carbonation. Overall, high quality with bourbon implemented quite well. Could have bit more complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5591) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Thanks to !like for sharing. Black, medium carbonation for the style. Booze aroma with whiskey. Heavily roasted and burnt grain. Rich palate. This is sold in 750 bottles, and that is too much for one person.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (612) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bomber shared at tasting. Dark black pour. Nice bourbon aroma. Taste is amazing, really well balanced. Love this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (2376) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
This is my kind of beer. Pours a completely opaque black eith a dense tan head. The nose is heavy and robust with huge espresso and chocolate notes, a pinch of anise and a ton of rich, woody barrel emphasis. Rich bourbon and woody roasted notes. Sweet up front with roasted espresso and anise, light vanilla. The finish is woody and lightly bitter with roasted malts. Barrel notes are perfectly done and linger in the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Shared 2015, 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable layer of tan head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was medium roast, with mocha notes, light maltiness, and barrel induced vanilla & coconut that assisted in tempering the roasted nature. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, added a roasted & earthy bitterness, and pleasant, bourbony warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3607) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, bourbon, light burnt barley, ink, light molasses, anise; mouth: roasted barley, bourbon, light burnt barley, ink, light molasses, anise, slight acridness, finale in ink with presence of roasted barley, full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, bourbon, léger orge brûlée, encre, léger mélasse, anis; bouche : orge torréfiée, bourbon, léger orge brûlée, encre, léger mélasse, anis, très légère âcreté, finale en encre avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2066) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2016
750mL of 2014 pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma of bright barrel sweetness, oaky vanilla and whiskey, sweet undertones of chocolate and molasses. Texture is slick and sweet, moderate oaky vanilla and whiskey, well balanced with slightly more dry chocolate and molasses, light leather, coconut and marshmellow and a light alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Nice approachable balance.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1395) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2016
750 mL bottle, 2015 edition. Pours black with a tan head. Rich sweet bourbon and chcolate syrup aroma. Great rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, oak, molasses, and a touch of coffee, slight touch of the alcohol. Delicious.


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