Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel AgedNarwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This deliciously dark treat is our bold Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in oak Kentucky bourbon barrels. Black as midnight, this intense stout is incredibly complex with notes of dark chocolate, rich roasted grains, and espresso seamlessly blended with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut with a slight touch of honey from aging in the oak spirit casks. Nearly as rare as its nautical namesake, try it out while you can because, like the creature itself, it will disappear into the blackness soon and leave nary a trace behind.

Additional Info:
Narwhal was aged for 8 months in fresh bourbon barrels (a combination of Willett single barrel, Heaven Hill and various Beam brands).

ABV: 12.9
IBU’s: 62
Bittering Hops: Challenger
Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa III, Roasted Barley

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#731
Reviews:
290
Ratings:
1,884
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin glaze of a little head. Seemingly collared lacing here and there. The smell starts off with the sweet bourbon over a big roasty blissful coffee bean. Delicate cocoa bean underneath. The taste replicates the smell nicely. Bourbon boozy sweetness slides into the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a great sipping quality about it. Cabonation has pretty much died off (hmmm...that was kinda quick considering that this was only a 2015 bottle, yeah well). Overall, barrel aged imperial stout, damn, this is really nice. SN did a stellar job with this one. I’d have again, maybe I just had at the right time.

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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black and viscous with a foamy dark tan head that caps the surface. Mild lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted coffee, charred bread, and burnt sugar. Taste follows with a touch of nuttiness. Was a bit surprised to find this a bit dry and hot from the booze especially as it warmed. There was still plenty of syrupy richness but really finished dry. Overall, this was an excellent BA Imperial Stout, and aging it this last year and a half seemed to work out quite well for me. Cheers!

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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
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2015 Vintage
Appearance: Very dark brown, looks black unless it's held up to a light. Has a modest-sized light beige head that faded fairly quickly. Good looking beer.

Smell: Moderate bourbon, brown sugar, and coffee/roasted malt aroma. Nice nose on this one.

Taste: the Bourbon hits first closely followed by roasted malts notes, brown sugar, modest dark chocolate, and tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry and clean.

Mouth-feel: Light side of full-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall: The base beer is good and the bal-aging takes it up a notch, I like the fact that it's bal-aged but the roasted malt notes did not get buried by the bourbon bal-aging and are still readily apparent. Sierra Nevada does beer right.

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Narwhal Imperial Stout - Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,884 ratings