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

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 145
Gots: 403 | FT: 65
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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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

We had an employee preview bottle in July 2013 which was great (4.5), but the commercial release was really underwhelming to me.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I would have enjoyed stronger bourbon notes. I also don't like using the word "notes".

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Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Solid opaque black color with a decent sized tan head that has some retention and lace. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, light brown sugar, oak with a hint of bourbon and vanilla and just a hint too much cardboard. The flavor is big roasty chocolate with hints of caramel vanilla and oak. Light dark fruitiness with a pleasant warming alcohol that lasts long into the finish. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a silky creamy mouthfeel. Nice sipper, I enjoyed it for a couple of hours. I would have liked a bit less cardboard especially with the enormous price tag this bottle came with. Nice to try but I probably would pass on this in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Near black. Comes out of the bottle slightly thinner than the non-barrel aged version. Dense mocha head and fair lacing.

S- Big on the bourbon notes. Charred malts, vanilla, coconut, and fudgey chocolate

T- Bold. Fresh. Caramel, chocolate, and a very sweet undertone. Maybe a bit green as it runs a little hot. Messy at times. Could probably use some aging. Body is full and silky.

O- In full disclosure, I wasn't huge on the non-barrel version. It is hard to make a BB aged stout that I don't fall in love with these days, but that is exactly what happened here. I will either age my other bottle or find a trade partner.

$15 for 750 ml bottle

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