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Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.18/5
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187 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with cocoa nibs and toasted coconut then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for nearly a year.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
187
pDev:
5.02%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
34
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger foamy tan head that was packed with tiny bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing that slid down the glass quicker than expected. A good looking stout even with the minimal lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder, toasted coconut, molasses, soy sauce, maple syrup, bourbon, oaky notes, peat moss, brown sugar, burnt coffee grinds, faint piney notes and milk chocolate. Super malty with a lot of barrel and chocolate notes adding a dynamic mix of booze, malty sweetness and nice coconut.

Flavor is very much like the nose with dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder, molasses, soy sauce, maple syrup, bourbon, toasted coconut, bakers chocolate, oaky notes, light peat moss, charred wood, smoked malts, brown sugar, burnt coffee grinds, faint piney notes, espresso beans and milk chocolate. Lots of roasted malts and overall roasty notes blend with the sugary sweetness of the barrels, cocoa and toasted coconut. This is rich but not cloyingly sweet, and like most Sierra Nevada BBA stouts it is refined and quite well balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but that's the only real knock as this masks the ABV perfectly and slides down like a porter. The barrel notes bring out a lot of flavor and I'm sure the age on this bottle helped smooth things out as it was near perfect in drink-ability for a barrel aged Narwhal variant.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Anthracite; sweet bourbon; treacle, licorice, smoke, dark chocolate, some woodiness, a lot of big bourbon + more truffle, then very gentle meaty oily coconut end; full, oily, slight heat.

4 4 4 4 4.25

Big bourbon, huge base stout, little coconut. Segues into liqueur. Not so hot, considering. A hefty one.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No bottling date.
Dark brown colored body, with medium brown back lit highlights. Half finger of head settles to a creamy tan colored topper. Leaves behind some droppings of lacing.
Aroma of bourbon barrel, with coconut, cocoa, and dark roasted malts.
Taste has the heavy barrel bourbon influence, but no perceived alcohol burn. Roasted malts, cocoa, and coconut blend into a tasty base. Has a touch of bourbon sourness but no bitterness from the beer.
Fuller mouth feel. Smooth texture. Good carbonation.
A barrel aged exercise that takes an established and respected base stout, and adds flavors that work well with the barrel aging. Not super wow but provides an excellent tasting experience.

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date
Decent foamy bubbly but smaller head, good retention, a little lacing, mild legs, basically pitch black

Nose big barrel, tons of coconut, big vanilla and toasted oak barrel and some bourbon, some dark chocolate cocoa, mild marshmallow nougat, hint of roast and coffee, malted milk ball

Taste brings big barrel again, vanilla and toasted oak, some bourbon but not a ton, layers of chocolate, cocoa, dark choc, ganache, etc, with mild fluffy marshmallow nougat, mild roasted malt and coffee again but not burnt or acrid, a little coconut but not much, alcohol is there too, tingly heat but not fusel, drier but mild sticky finish, more coconut on the finish, as it warms more toasted oak barrel and bourbon juice

Mouth is fuller bod and a little rich creamy, good carb for the style, a little tingly alcohol

Overall pretty good, alcohol is decently present, but base stout is nice with no burnt or acrid flavors, and barrel brings nice characters, I wish the coconut was a bit more but still nice

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaseydad
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tpb_65
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Mixture of coconut, cocoa with blend of bourbon, great tasting. Wish it was still being made.

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Photo of woemad
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with nice clingy legs on the sides of the glass, lacing is toffee colored and thin.

S - Light bourbon aroma with oak and some alcohol effervescence.

T - Cocoa from start to finish, toasted chocolate, and bourbon with a slight bit of spicy rye character to it. Finishes mellow on the malt side and more bourbon forward. A little bourbon forward on the back end

M - Full bodied, sticky on the lips, viscous and silky. Warming is low to moderate on the way down.

O - It took a good 5-6 ounces into the glass before I really started to appreciate this beer. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with very little head. Nose is dominated by cocoa, coconut, and roasted malts. Not a ton of barrel coming through on the nose. Taste is fantastic. A nice bitterness comes up first - like coffee grounds and tobacco. Getting nice notes of black licorice, maple, coconut, bourbon, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. This is really complex and wonderful. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy - no messing around here. Overall, I am a huge fan of this beer. Perfect balance of barrel and base beer, with tons of flavor mingling in the right way.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure of the bottling date, as I see nothing printed on the bottle itself, but what I just drank had an 11.9% abv...

Poured dark brown but black in the glass with a slim finger of dark tan foam on top that slipped quickly into a flimsy cap and then disappeared... A real nice take on Narwhal, bourbon and chocolate comes though really nicely, smooth and soft with some vanilla and a whiff of coconut along the way... I suspect this was a $20+ bottle but that's okay - this was a really fine beer - if it's from 2017, it clearly aged well, though perhaps the coconut faded some... Sweetness is moderate but not over done, little to no bitterness - mostly silky molasses, chocolate, and bourbon barrel... No complaints here...

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Photo of epyon396
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 187 ratings