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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5620) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2016
750ml bottle, thanks Sami!

Pours pitch black with a small head. Aroma of roasty malts, oak, wood, vanilla, coconut, cocoa, mocha and espresso. Taste is sweet, oaky and woody with loads of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, coconut, some espresso and chocolate. Finish is sweet, oaky and woody with some bourbon, vanilla and cocoa. Quite sweet and oaky, pretty generic but balanced bourbon BA IS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (441) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle shared by BelgianBeerGal. Black with an oily sheen and a thin beige head. Chocolatey and a little boozy, but sweet. Nice bourbon flavor with a hint of vanilla.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3585) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle from.....somewhere in TX. Dark brown color with a thin briwn head. Aroma is dark fruit and bourbon. Flavor starts with molasses, then some brown sugar and finishes with lingering, warming bourbon. If you like bourbon, you?ll love this. Big and tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (7412) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (2015 vintage; shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a very slightly translucent very dark (almost black) cola with foamy beige head. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a bit of marshmallow alongside notes of coffee and coconut. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly bitter full-bodied mouthfeel that’s lightly warming but smooth for the abv. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dorkenstein (257) - - DEC 25, 2015
Aromas of dark fruits and dark chocolate with barrel surrounding the two. Taste is whiskey barrel, dark fruits, and dark chocolate, and roasted malts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (433) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
Bomber shared with friends. We had this at the end of the second evening of tasting, and have little recollection of the tasting notes, but it was a great beer, definitely one I want to try again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3953) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Draft at NC taproom. Pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Big bourbon notes on the nose. Big bourbon on the tongue as well. I like bourbon but I wish I could pick out some other flavors. Hides it's 13% well. Finished clean. Still it's a nice bourbon stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2510) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 14, 2015
A delicious imperial stout. Pours a thick black with mocha head. Aromas are vinous, chocolate liquor, barrel, vanilla marshmallow, espresso. Strong and sweet. A big ass beer...sipper for sure. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (282) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2015
I love the none barrel aged narwhal. This barrel aged version is quite a treat however the price is quite steep considering the cost different between to two. Notes of dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a warming alcohol flavor on the back end. Really great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10329) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Draft. Black pour. Nicely done imperial stout even aged? Not too bpozy bourbon dark fruits and cocoa.


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