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RATINGS: 380   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.

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4.1
anders37 (26625) - 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.

3.7
madmitch76 (24807) - , 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.

4.2
Travlr (24745) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle sample at Birch and Barley’s Brewers Brunch. Jet black color, brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma has vanilla, booze, caramel, coffee. Taste has coffee, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla. Delicious.

3.8
cgarvieuk (24465) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2015
Bottle at chrisO... Deep black.. Big coconut bourbon nose... Soft chocolate roast.. Dark malts.. Massive coconut.. Bog bourbon

4.1
Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle shared during the Cad’s 10th anniversary bash - Clerkenwell, London. Picked up in a trade! Pours oily black with a creamy tan head. The nose holds good charred malts, dark chocolate, raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor with some oily chocolate, light vanilla, subtle earthy bitterness, some figs, dates. Full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Lightly warming to finish, with rich chocolate character, some oily chocolate, more vanilla, subtle dark fruits. Good depth, great balance. Sierra Nevada showing how it’s done.

3.6
fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s, corked
Black color with small head. Solid Imperial Stout, more roasty than chocolatey, with nice medium sweetness, but also some unwanted liquorice; only light barrel presence.
Nice.

3.8
Theydon_Bois (19494) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
Keg at Toronado, SD, 12/11/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework. Nose is rich dark fruits, light charr, bourbon well represented, chocolate, brown sugars. Taste comprises woody BA licks, coconut, Dark Chocolate Bounty Bar, liqourice, spice, rich chocolate, Bourbonics. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent BA impy.

4.3
rlgk (18850) - 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.

2.8
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at Toms 10 yr anniversary. Black beer lasting tan head. Toast aroma. Hot in mouth. Some soy sauce some roast. Just not for me.

4
mcberko (17823) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2015
750mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out toasted coconut and vanilla upfront, followed by chocolate and medium bourbon. Flavour is very complex, with notes of bourbon barrels, vanilla and chocolate. Wonderfully cohesive -- the bourbon barrels are used very well, transforming the base beer from great to excellent. Lots more dimensions to this. Excellent.


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