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

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4.17/5
Exceptional
153 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:
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Added by superspak on 06-11-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,407
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
153
pDev:
5.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
37
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 46
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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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

Photo of khargro2
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strohme2
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 9/13/17, poured into tulip.
Been a while since I've had regular Narwal, looking forward to this with all the adjuncts. Pour is deep and dark brown with latte colored head. The head leaves a thick ring of head around the glass's inner ring. The nose is dark and bitter chocolate, dark fruits, mild coconut. Just a touch of heat. First taste is dark fruit, that's a little disappointing. Next is chocolate, very mild coconut, cinnamon, bakers chocolate. Little to no barrel or wood. The beer is smooth and the (light) carbonation level is where I like it but this beer needs to have a bigger body. This beer is fine and all, just expecting more on all levels.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ajm5108
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black, foamy barm that settles into a nice lacing. Aroma has a good amount of toasted coconut and some classic roasted malt, but leaves you wanting just a little more of those bourbon notes (and I couldn't find any cocoa).

The taste certainly has more barrel characteristics upfront as that first wave is almost a shot of Kentucky straight. On the back you definitely get some coconut and (finally) that cocoa chocolate in pretty good balance. I would like to see this beer be a little more woven together, as it goes from bourbon to adjunct without really marrying the two together. Still, really good beer.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DangerDawg
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet dark toasted malt, cocoa, coconut and a little vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, dark chocolate, coconut, oaky vanilla with more char developing into a roasty, charry dark malt finish with lingering oak and light smoke. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. A full flavored barreled imperial stout with nice chocolate notes, deeper than expected for cocoa, and light, but appropriate amount of coconut. Nice development of the malt char and a good finish with well balanced flavors and great malt support. Alcohol well covered. Very enjoyable. I was late picking one of these up, but glad I did.

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Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 153 ratings