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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
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. Narwhals 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 its 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (1303) - Bled/SF, - NOV 30, 2016
Bottle 0.75l: pours black, oily, with brown foamy head, which immediately transforms itself to a ring arond the glass, but this ring also dissapeared in a few seconds. Aroma: rich malt and roadted barley notes, with notes of toasted, toffee, espresso coffee, bitter dark choco, cocoa, molasses, some esters of dark fruits, gentle note of vanilla, bourbon, which steps forward in second half. Flavor is very similar to aroma, with intense notes of malts and roasted barley, some fruity esters, vanilla, bourbon, which gentle booziness is notoceable before finish. Finish is bitter (hops and roadted barley), dry, slightly sticky. Body is thick, texture soft, carbonation is soft. Very drinkable, but at the same time somehow onedimensional in comparison with some other world-class bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdolfoCC (225) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - NOV 28, 2016
APARIENCIA: de color negro con algunos destellos marrones a contraluz en la parte superior; corona de espuma color beige, de buena retencin, con burbujas compactas en su mayora. AROMA: dulce y licoroso, las caractersticas del bourbon y la barrica estn presentes, notas a coco tostado, bourbon, madera y vainilla, chocolate amargo, algo fudgie, caramelo, caf y grano tostado y el alcohol se llegar a inhalar. SABOR: de inicio dulce con buena presencia del licor, notas a coco tostado, madera, bourbon, vainilla, chocolate amargo, fudgie, caramelo, melaza e inclusive algo de caf y grano tostado, se siente el sabor del licor en cada trago. En el retrogusto queda un amargor medio bajo dulce, con permanencia ligera de los sabores a madera, bourbon y coco tostado. SENSACIN: cuerpo medio con mediana baja carbonatacin. El alcohol se siente en cada trago de forma clida, queda una sensacin calurosa en garganta al pasar el lquido. RESUMEN: una imperial stout slida, notoria la presencia del licor, un tiempo de guarda hara que fuera mejor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2677) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Black pour, tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light roast, light coffee, caramel, darker fruit. Full bodied, creamy, vanilla flavors from the barrel as well as chocolate dominate. Alcohol hidden well, pretty straightforward but well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricks (1060) - Delaware, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Smells strong of chocolate, barrel and alcohol, but pleasantly so. Very dark color, not all that much head. Velvety mouthful, with just a hint of alcohol.. Taste is strong of chocolate, oak, roast, coconut. Its excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enno101 (100) - - NOV 12, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2016 Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, bourbon ice cream, toffee, caramel. Oak character pops up as the beer warms. Taste: Bitter chocolate & coffee, whiskey and vanilla. Overall: really nice beer, very drinkable for its ABV. Impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (1119) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2016
Pours like oil with nearly no head. Aroma has deep notes chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, caramel, nuts, wood spice, whiskey, and toffee. Taste is balanced bit with bitter chocolate, vanilla, wood spice, whiskey, dark fruits. Full body with a low-medium carbonation and a dry finish. A few years old

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
treign (30) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Im a huge fan of Narwhal so this was a real treat. On tap at the Chico Brewpub. Pours pitch black with a thin dark head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is a beautiful balance of beer and barrel flavor. Alcohol is definitely there but not at all overpowering. Delicious barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
17Beer (286) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Chocolate and coffee scents with a yeasty undercurrent. Pours dark black completely opaque. Tight tan head with tiny bubbles and good lacing. Malty sweet coffee tastes with a licorice and chalk lingering finish. Low carbonation.The alcohol is evident but doesnt dominate. An very nice imperial stout. I hope they keep making it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehaak26 (315) - - OCT 9, 2016
Draft in mini-snifter from HopCat. Pour is black, with very thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla and coffee, hint of chocolate. Booze from the barrel is nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Liquid glory! Motor oil darkness with one finger dark full head. For 12.9%, this was seductive and smooth. Shared with my brother who thought it was one of the more outrageous beers he had ever tried. The barrel notes are not over the top, just a good hint of bourbon (not as strong as say Abyss).

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