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

Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut NarwhalTrip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.19 | pDev: 5.01%
Nov 12, 2020
Jun 11, 2017
Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut NarwhalTrip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal
Notes: Brewed with cocoa nibs and toasted coconut then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for nearly a year.
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Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 12, 2020
Rated: 5 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by jakecattleco from California

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by user785335 from Florida

Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Hop_God from California

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

May 27, 2019
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour with a short-lived light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S: Bourbon ball candy: layers of caramel and chocolate with a chewy nougat impression. Coconut is there, but subtle. Blanket of soft roast and char. Whiffs of bourbon. A more tentative and understated nose than I expected.

T: Starts off with a blanket of soot and roast that stays present throughout. German chocolate cake. Caramel. Bourbon ball candy. Nougat. Chocolate truffles. Coconut is again present, but subtle. Barrel character of bourbon and char starts soft and builds gradually until it blooms gently into the finish. Bourbon warmth, cocoa, roast, and faint coconut linger.

M: Rich in body and thick in the mouth. Silky, round, and chewy. Soft carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O: All flavors meld well, and it's a very pleasant experience. This is a good thing, since coconut especially seems to be an additive that can get away from a brewer if they aren't careful, and overtake all else. A remarkably easy sipper for its size, and a perfect dessert beer. It is the kind of beer that will really grow on you by the end of the session.
May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 10, 2019
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Reviewed by John_M from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up at Belmont Station a couple years ago. Just never seemed to be able to find the right time to crack it open. So figured tonight would be just fine.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and impressive lacing. The nose in this beer is attractive, but it's also probably the least impressive feature in this beer. Even so, I get an impressive array of cocoa, light leather, vanilla, light bourbon and a hint of coconut. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just more of everything, including some light molasses. The chocolate component in particular is very prominent. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, lingering finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the abv is up there a bit.

Pretty impressive beer from SN. Whoever is in charge of the barrel program there, seems to know what they're doing.
Apr 27, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon

Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by geryeb624 from Maryland

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.
Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.
Feb 10, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by kaseydad from California

Dec 22, 2018
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Rated by Tpb_65 from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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.
Dec 19, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by woemad from Washington

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by bshefftz from California

Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Sep 28, 2018
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.
Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by jwg782 from Texas

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.
Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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...
Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by stanale from Illinois

Jun 24, 2018
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.
Jun 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.
Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Jun 06, 2018
Trip In The Woods: Cocoa Coconut Narwhal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 198 ratings