Sierra Nevada - Barrel-Aged Narwhal

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  1. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poo-Bah (1,861) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey

    After seeing all these prices I'm starting to think I should've bought more than two up in Portland seeing as how they were under $13. Meanwhile, I haven't even seen any near me.
  2. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    You did remember to put the Bigfoot in the barrels that previously contained the Narwhal, correct?
  3. steebo777

    steebo777 Devotee (411) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    I'll be honest, I liked this but didn't love it. Definitely not worth the $25 I paid for it but glad I tried it.
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  4. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (183) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Great idea... But with the Narwhal just getting bottled and the Bigfoot due to come out in early 2015, that isn't nearly enough contact time. Instead - Hopefully, they put some SNBCo Porter with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs in those empty Narwhal barrels for a limited release at their gift shops in late 2015.
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  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,307) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    I picked up a bottle today at Liquor Shed. Just under $20. I'll check it out tomorrow for NBS :stuck_out_tongue:
  6. Rothobinide

    Rothobinide Disciple (376) Jun 28, 2014 California

    26 bucks at Texas Wine & Spirits in Carlsbad
  7. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    i was pretty unimpressed with this, i thought the alcohol taste took more then it added from the original narwhal, which i think is much better, not saying its bad but for the price i paid i was pretty disappointed.
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  8. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    I cannot find this yet in the Southeast Massachusetts area. Anyone else have luck where I am?!?
  9. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    I'm really surprised at the variance in price...I'm seeing reports of $13 all the way to $25 for a bottle. I imagine this is all distributor mark up as well as retail mark up, but knowing how the Alchemist likes to be sure that authorized retailers sell Heady at the same low price, I wonder what Sierra Nevada thinks of their customers paying widely different prices only based on where they live.
  10. SteelersX

    SteelersX Aspirant (274) Jan 30, 2011 New York

    Not very good
  11. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Defender (649) Jun 28, 2014 Texas

    I just paid 24.99 for a bottle here in TX at a smaller retailer just to say I've tried. No matter how good it is, I can't justify buying more - but willing to this 1x. I would hope/expect that the big box retailers sell for $18-$20.

    Of course, I say this and paid up, but there won't be future purchases. What's crazy is the rest of the SN stuff is all extremely well priced. Ehhh, whatever...
  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Wow, that's steep for SoCal.
  13. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (478) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    This release came and went in a flash a few weeks ago in NC (Durham area). EVERY place near me that got some sold out within a day and I had no chance, so I had totally missed out. Then, last night, I was at Total Wine, and there on the shelf, was a single bottle. It was so beautiful, it seemed to have a heavenly glow. I grabbed that miracle and it now has a home in my cabinet.
  14. mingo

    mingo Initiate (191) Mar 24, 2013 Arizona

    assuming their online inventory is correct, they have more. :wink:
  15. newbrewer_zb

    newbrewer_zb Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 Florida

    How is this BA holding up against BCBS and KBS?
  16. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,420) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    @sierranevadabill I picked up 2 and opened one last night and... wow... I'm very impressed! It was exceptional. I rated it at 4.75/5 and I can only see it getting better with some age. Just curious, what brand of bourbon were the barrels?
  17. mingo

    mingo Initiate (191) Mar 24, 2013 Arizona

    "Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels."
  18. osant37

    osant37 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2014 New York

    I Finally got 2 bottles last night at a Brooklyn bar/bottle shop cost me $25 a bottle + tax.
  19. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,420) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    @mingo Right, but I'm asking which brand.
  20. a74gent

    a74gent Aspirant (290) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    Decent by MA standards. All you have to do is spend a few minutes in these forums to see how badly we are getting F'd. Don't blame SN for a $20 price...blame the nanny state government.
  21. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (478) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    I just looked. Interesting. I wonder if they made a mistake though, because they show the regular Narwhal as limited, but they had a shit ton of that.
  22. RDMII

    RDMII Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I ordered a case in Thursday and still have a few bottles on shelf. Pretty shocked it hasn't sold out so I may buy them myself. I'll get to try it tonight with a tasting group and expect big things, any BA beer that gains 2.4% ABV from the barrel has to be tasty.
  23. aderousseau

    aderousseau Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2008 Arkansas

    Does this beer really even exist?
  24. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,698) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    Yes. Had it on tap at Falling Rock last night. Delicious.
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  25. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,420) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    I hate to quote my own post but I just realized you already answered this question earlier on in the thread. One more question @sierranevadabill

    How long did this spend in barrels? Last question, I swear lol
  26. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,533) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
    Society Trader

    Yes, I saw bottles at Riverside Liquors on Rt. 26 just outside Frederick. $16.99 I believe was the listing price on the shelf. They had at least 3-4 bottles on shelf plus a case unopened. Cost you about $18-$19 after MD sin taxes.
  27. trovatoam

    trovatoam Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2014 Virginia

    Total Wine in Durham and Raleigh had the BA Narwhal for ~$20 a bottle... I only got 1.. But they seemed to have plenty of it.
  28. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Champion (840) May 2, 2014 Kentucky

    Probably a number of different barrels, or if it's all the same barrel, the bourbon is not going to be top shelf. In both cases, that's why breweries tend to not advertise, unless it's a really small batch made in the very few top shelf barrels someone could obtain.
  29. Chitex78

    Chitex78 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2013 Illinois

    I picked up 3 of these a few days ago at $20. It is an awesome beer that takes Narwhal to the next level with subtle hints of bourbon and a nice dark chocolate flavor
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  30. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,420) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    Most of it seems worthy of mentioning in my opinion. Plenty of other breweries (Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, etc...) list the brand of barrel and in some cases the bourbon brand is much cheaper than what was used for the BA Narwhal.

    From @sierranevadabill earlier in the thread: "In this case, Narwhal was aged in fresh bourbon barrels (a combination of Willett single barrel, Heaven Hill and various Beam brands)"
  31. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (241) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    Unless it is a single brand, and unless we have an agreement with the distiller, we tend not to advertise (or list on packaging) what brands are used for our barrel aging. In most cases, we don't have licensing agreements with the distilleries, so we feel funny about using their brands to advertise our products.

    This hasn't actually been publicized much, but I expect there to be some trademark disputes in the near future with breweries doing exactly this. Over he years, I've had the opportunity to get to know distillers from all over Kentucky and the larger U.S. and a bunch of them are unhappy about the number of breweries listing their brands on the package. Specifically the very high-end makers. Out of respect for that, we don't do it. Again, unless we have an agreement.

  32. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (241) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    This batch of Narwhal went into barrels January 23rd, 2014 so it spent just over 8 months aging time prior to bottling.
  33. Fox82791

    Fox82791 Devotee (462) Jun 20, 2014 New York

    I'd put it on par with KBS, maybe slightly under. Doesn't come close to bourbon county. It wasn't bad but not worth the price.
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  34. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Meyvn (1,117) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    Just gotta know where to look. I bought my 2 for $20.99 each.
  35. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    That is kind of shocking. I would have expected most ATL bottle shops to sell right out. At any rate, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The barrel treatment was kind of subtle, and the beer still led with immense maltiness. In other words, I smelled the bourbon more than I tasted it, which I actually appreciated. The ABV was anything but subtle, however. Powerful beer.
  36. elektrikjester

    elektrikjester Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2008 Georgia

    Which is probably smart on Sierra Nevada's part, which doesn't surprise me at all.

    Which was just right, IMHO. Outstanding result.
  37. Bladezone

    Bladezone Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2006 District of Columbia

    Picked up some at the place in Frederick that the other guy mentioned. Plenty left on shelves for $15.99 pre tax. Looking forward to trying it!
  38. Bladezone

    Bladezone Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2006 District of Columbia

    And not to hijack this thread but I saw someone mentioning the BA Bigfoot ll be released soon. Any idea when we ll see it on shelves? @sierrnevadabill
  39. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,420) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    Thanks! Thanks also for your response about the barrel brands. That makes sense and I guess certain breweries that advertise may have deals with the distillers, or are small enough to where the distillers/brands might not care.
  40. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (241) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    The release is scheduled for Late January / Early February 2015.
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