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

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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.

Added by superspak on 06-11-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
171
pDev:
5.04%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
36
Trade:
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of dfhhead25
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +6.2%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stanale
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Nicely balanced cocoa and coconut. Nice mild carbonation. The coconut is not overbearing in taste or aroma which I appreciate. Tasty.

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Photo of Beejay
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review 1500!!!!!

A: dark black in color with a nice medium tan head.

S: vanilla, oak, chocolate, and coconut.

T: dark chocolate, bourbon oak, and toasted coconut in the finish.

M; medium tock in feel, creamy.

O: fucking tasty.

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Photo of Prost76
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of maltznhopz
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout brewed with toasted coconut and aged in bourbon barrels with additional coconut and cocoa nibs. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. Very dark pour with about a finger of fine tan head that quickly dissolves to a thin lace. The nose features roasted malt, bitter chocolate, some vanilla, and a hint of coconut.

Full body with a firm feel and a decadent flavor. Tons of caramel and semisweet chocolate up front, then a nice complement of roast. Barrel notes arrive near mid-palate in the form of toasted oak and vanilla, which adds richness and complements the roast and malt quite well. A little bit of alcohol warmth at the back of the palate provides even more richness, while the other flavors refuse to fade and persist to the finish.

This is one delicious beer. It is smooth, extremely well-balanced, complex, and yummy. I wish I could detect more coconut in it. Aside from just a faint whiff of toasted coconut on the nose, I can't really pick it out from all the other rich, intense flavors. As it is, I don't think I could easily distinguish this from regular barrel-aged Narwhal. But that beer is extremely yummy so this is hardly a complaint.

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Photo of BEER88
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Narwhal! Love the base beer, so hopes are high for this 750ML corked & caged bottle. Split with my wife.

Black, with a head that never shrinks. The nose is mostly cocoa, with a touch of sweet malt, barrel, & coconut. Truth in advertising. Some breweries could learn from that.

Cocoa Coconut Narwhal – Barrel Aged builds on an excellent base, rather than drowning it in an inch of sorrows & adjuncts. The sweetness of the malts & light roast is there, but the chocolate is much stronger, bordering on bitter malted milk balls. Coconut is light enough to need a search party, mingled with faint vanilla, & a touch of alcohol on the finish. Slick & silky enough that one barely (barrely, hahaha!) notices it sliding down one’s throat.

The barrel is faint, the coconut a ghost, though the chocolate is strong. It’s like watching a stripper take off her heels - really, the whole experience was lovely before. Excellent beer.

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Photo of IKR
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 Vintage

Appearance: Dark brown bordering on Black The beer has has a medium-sized dark brown head which faded to a ring.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon notes followed by brown sugar notes and some mild coffee notes.

Taste: The Bourbon and brown sugar notes from the nose come through in the taste profile. I also get some fairly noticeable oak notes, and roasted malts. The finish is fairly dry. It may be the power of suggestion but i pick up the faintest coconut and dark chocolate notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation appropriate tor the style.

Overall: A good bal-aged Imperial Stout. As it warmed I was able to pick up the cacao addition but never really got a distinct coconut presence. Nice bal-aging notes though.

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Photo of atone315
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilerup
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 171 ratings