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

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4.17/5
Exceptional
163 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by superspak on 06-11-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
163
pDev:
5.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
35
Trade:
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 49
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

Photo of Prager62
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml with a date that appears to read 09/14/17. Pouring in a 14oz. porter/stout glass.

Look- Pours a thin dark brown leaving a few centimeters of tan foam behind. It quickly settles to a thin ring with a little lacing present.

Smell- Cocoa powder, coconut, char and bourbon.

Taste- Dark chocolate, coconut, dark fruit, mild tobacco, char and bourbon.

Feel- Thin but slightly oily with a dry finish.

Overall- A very nice variant of Narwhal that comes together well. I wish the feel was thicker, but the smell and more importantly the taste makes for a memorable beer. I'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OompaMentor
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tinypalooza 3/24/2018

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/13/17, had 12/15/17.

Pours near black and opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some filmy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, malt, cocoa, some coconut, caramel, some oak, light chocolate. The taste starts with lots of bourbon, then lighter malt- and less noticeable as it warms, cocoa, oak, light caramel, some raisins. Maybe light coconut- maybe. Smooth for all the bourbon, a good medium body, well carbonated.

This is more bourbon forward than any I remember from Sierra Nevada. Great aroma, but the bourbon totally dominates the flavor. Have no problem with strong bourbon, but for this, it was a bit of a negative. Still enjoyable, but a high price point for what you get.
#1000.

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

Photo of dental
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

dark brown/Dark Reddish hue, with minimal oily residue..smell is bourbon, with some faint coconut..taste is almost the same but coconut is a little more pronounced. which is good..also get some nice chocolate notes. body is a bit thin, which doesn't hurt the beer, but makes it drink more like a porter than a stout..while this is a solid beer, its not as good as the regular BA Narwhal

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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: 4.17 out of 5 with 163 ratings