Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.39/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Monk's in Philly for New Year's day.
A: Well, it's a barrel-aged stout. It's dark and there's no head. It looks very inviting, but it's also what you would expect.
S: Bourbon. Sweet bourbon and malt. Definitely going to drink this, no doubt about it.
T: In order: bourbon, licorice, vanilla. There's nothing wrong with the regular Narwhal, but it doesn't have these flavors to this degree. The licorice is a nice touch. While it's pretty tough to get spoiled on bourbon-aged stouts (though not a bad proposition), if you ever did, the licorice would set this one apart.
M: Thick and smooth. Again, if this weren't the case, you'd be pretty surprised.
Well done, Sierra Nevada. Aside from the prominence of the licorice, there's nothing shocking about this beer (when compared to the best bourbon-aged stouts out there), but that makes for a really nice brew.
Serving type: on-tap
01-02-2014 05:06:52 | More by ArsenicDrone
4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
Pours solid black with minimal head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. The nose comes over sweet from the barrel aging but with notes from the roasted malts and hops. The taste follows the nose with a healthy dose of bourbon soaked oak. The feel is thin with minimal carbonation and a heavy booze aftertaste.
This is an awesome ba stout that is knocking on the door of the big boys of ba stouts. If you can find this ale - drink it.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2013 00:41:11 | More by macher0
4.49/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Incredibly powerful, yet full of grace- Sierra Nevada's Barrel-Aged Narwahl is woven into a seamless bourbon cocoon. And with wine-like tones, the Stout is so much more than just roast and booze.
As the beer is delivered to the table, a quick swirl seems to encourage the Stout to crawl around the glass on its own, trailing with inky legging as much as it does a scattering of lace. Its mocha-stained sheet of foam is creamy but loosely knitted together, eventually succumbing to its massive strength.
Its bold and fragrant aromatics lead with obvious roast overtones. Smooth like espresso, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a hint of dark fruit. As the sweet bourbon notes release caramel, vanilla and weathered wood, it also highlights its floral, plumb, berries, grape and overall vinous, sherry-like tones. Warming a bit, its citrusy hop character pull from the roast and booze in a surprising turn before that first sip.
Its masculine sweetness wraps around the tongue with those espresso and bittersweet chocolate malts like fudge and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Hearty sweetness of burnt toffee and molasses supports the roast character to near perfection. Its bourbon infusion delivers a plethora of complexity at middle palate- vinous sherry, charred berries, dates, figs and plum that's pulled together by the natural caramel wood sweetness, vanilla, mature oak and cherry wood spice. Turning assertively bitter in finish, only the slightest grapefruit taste discerns its hop-derived bitterness from charred bitterness.
Its certain full and chewy body uses its embedded carbonation to give a marshmallow texture to the mouth. Its creamy sweetness dissolves in stride to give its finish remarkable semi-dryness without harsh astringency. Lingering with espresso roast, bourbon warmth and a wisp of campfire- the Stout is perfect as after dinner digestive.
Where the standard Narwahl is formidable in its own right, the bourbon aging really pulls out the fruit, floral and hop tones as much as it provides complexity of barrel, booze and controlled aging- savory inducing taste.
Serving type: on-tap
11-06-2013 16:34:03 | More by BEERchitect
Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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