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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

778 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 154
Gots: 447 | FT: 68
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This deliciously dark treat is our bold Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in oak Kentucky bourbon barrels. Black as midnight, this intense stout is incredibly complex with notes of dark chocolate, rich roasted grains, and espresso seamlessly blended with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut with a slight touch of honey from aging in the oak spirit casks. Nearly as rare as its nautical namesake, try it out while you can because, like the creature itself, it will disappear into the blackness soon and leave nary a trace behind.

Additional Info:
Narwhal was aged for 8 months in fresh bourbon barrels (a combination of Willett single barrel, Heaven Hill and various Beam brands).

ABV: 12.9
IBU’s: 62
Bittering Hops: Challenger
Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa III, Roasted Barley

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sourdog
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nihilistkid
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Lace is left behind in spots. Tightly beaded miniature bubbles, no loss of carbonation through the barrel. The aroma has wood, bourbon, vanilla, charcoal and chocolate. In the taste, the whiskey is evident, cocoa and mocha like flavor also. More complexities than standard Narwhal. Vanilla and alcoholic flavor develops as it warms. Full bodied, smooth, intense lingering flavor. A strong beer for strong beer drinkers. Slightly hot, may mellow with a bit more age, but it has already aged a bit now. A barreling project gone right.

Photo of GRWILK
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml Bottle.Poured into 12 oz glass jet black in color.Smell is Bourbon and Chocolate with a touch of Coffee.Taste is quite an assault on your taste buds with the Bourbon up front and the Chocolate and coffee in the background.At first drink it was hard to handle but I did get used to it an it is pretty good.But for the money{18.99} I would probably stick to the regular Narwhal which is also pretty good.Give it a try.

Photo of mythaeus
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scott2269
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HookemHoos
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Glad my friend shared this one with me, i would hate to pay the $20 price tag, but it's totally worth it if you have the money to spare. Made me into a believer.

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Think of this as Narwhal 2.0. All the regular flavors but amped up with a nice, thick bourbon toastiness. If you are a fan of the regular pour, this will be a real treat. The regular pour at times seems a bit thin, but this one has ample body to it. And the nose is much stronger, as well.

Admittedly, I think this will be so much better with some time, say a year, on it. But it is still easy to drink now. It's just that the potential is there to lay it down and get a much richer experience out it. Very comparable to aging a BCBCS.

This hits my price limit, approaching 20 bucks. But I think this is one of the few worth the extra money. It has a great presentation and potential longevity, yet is accessible any time you want to open one.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopped_up_Chuck
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tafyob41
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of funjack5150
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFC21
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably smooth for a BA stout. Seek this out

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EigenBeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcbeers
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clay23
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allenson21
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.