Sierra Nevada - Barrel-Aged Narwhal

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by BottleCaps80, Sep 11, 2014.

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  1. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (442) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I will definitely pick up a few bottles of this if I can find it. I loved Narwhal and it certainly helped to keep me warm on some of the coldest CT winter nights. This will do just the trick.
     
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  2. Hopasauras_rex

    Hopasauras_rex Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 California

  3. Rav4pudge

    Rav4pudge Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Aaa agh so many barrel aged choices now.......makes me happy
     
  4. Billj

    Billj Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2014 California

    Oh man, this sounds great! I feel fortunate to live in the Bay Area and have such great access to SN beers. I hope there is a chance to get it at the Torpedo Room!
     
  5. MrWilliams

    MrWilliams Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2013 Arizona

    This was the first year I was able to find Narwhal. I have to say I'm stoked for the BA'd version. I will totally be on the lookout for this.
     
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  6. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California

    For those who are looking for BA Bigfoot bottles, shoot me a message. I have a couple I am willing to part with. Cheers!
     
  7. Jwhere

    Jwhere Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2014 Indiana

    Really?

    For someone new to the rare beer scene, how else do I get in? I'm good with $4$ as you say, but if you are a true advocate and use that you should be willing to trade me you Proprietors for $25 worth of my beer?

    Trading always figures in rarity, I don't think you are being fair to new people. All I'm asking is does this equate to say parabola or huna or bcbcs or bcbs and so on. If you are the advocate you claim, I'm always open to some good stuff :wink:
     
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  8. DeviousSpirits

    DeviousSpirits Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2009 Michigan

    Had my last bottle last night - I think I prefer it fresh. The character contributed from the barrel - notes of vanilla, coconut, some sweetness - had greatly dropped off, which was disappointing. Tasted like Bigfoot (in no way a bad thing) that had been poured into a glass that had just been used for some Jim Beam. The good news, though, is that a little bird shared with me that this is being released again in December/January, and possibly aged in Eagle Rare or Pappy barrels.
     
  9. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    I was fortunate enough to be givin a sample bottle of BA Narwhal from a couple years ago and it was phenomenal! I'll be doing everything I can to secure a case!

    I can definitely relate to that! Knowing pre-orders are significant, and you don't have enough to completely satisfies all of your markets, brewery employees become low man on the totem pole. lol

    Much to my dismay, we were forced to decant the barrels prior to filling them with a couple earlier batches of our BA Series by a couple higher ups. They were concerned with the potential ABV being significant. Thankfully, a higher, higher up noticed on a more recent run of filling barrels and promptly put a stop to it!
     
  10. Vogt52

    Vogt52 Initiate (0) May 25, 2014 Maryland

    Definitely looking forward to this
     
  11. KendallKid

    KendallKid Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2014 New York

    I have wanted to try this since I first about it !!!!
     
  12. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Zealot (553) Mar 26, 2013 California

    finally
     
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  13. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    yearly volume I was curious about thanks for everything you do, Sn guys are a nice bunch....
     
  14. KendallKid

    KendallKid Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2014 New York

     
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  15. Random_Lizzie

    Random_Lizzie Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2014 Arkansas

    My store got this in about a week ago and I tried it for the first time, AH-MAZING! I will definitely be stocking up on this!
     
  16. mccorvey

    mccorvey Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 North Carolina

    Just to help you out- What you picked up what the regular version of the Narwhal, this thread is for the Ba (Barrel Aged) version which hasn't hit the shelves yet.
     
  17. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota

    I'll be getting a phone call if this gets distro'd in my market :grinning: Fingers Crossed!
     
  18. Donco

    Donco Devotee (455) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    $20 in Philly. No way.
     
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  19. derftron

    derftron Disciple (381) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    there literally isnt more than a 2 week period where something great isnt being dropped. my wallet cannot handle this.
     
  20. PBRmeasap1980

    PBRmeasap1980 Defender (678) May 19, 2014 Indiana
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    In Indianapolis, I don't see regular Narwhal that often, but pleanty of other SN products. Love me the regular, so can't wait to see the BA versions. I would be fine with an $18 price tag (althought I'll buy 2 bottles max).
     
  21. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri

    No hate ... only admiration, with a tinge of jealousy ...
     
  22. Random_Lizzie

    Random_Lizzie Initiate (0) Sep 16, 2014 Arkansas

    Thanks :slight_smile: To be honest, the liquor store I work at has only ventured further into the craft beer market since we have hired an actual beer specialist. I misread the thread title but have just tried Narwhal, so I was super excited about it. I had only got a single bottle but will be looking forward to the BA when it comes out.
     
  23. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri

    To paraphrase that song; "I'm on the road, I took a ride. I didn't know where I could find it! Oooooh, and then I suddenly see it! Ooooh, we all know that we need it ..." :wink:
     
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  24. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    @sierranevadabill If I remember correctly, in an earlier post in this forum, you mentioned this would have the same distro as Bigfoot, which we get here in NM, yet my local shop here in ABQ (1 of 3 stores that would likely get it) says that they won't receive any.

    Would you happen to know if New Mexico is getting skipped on this one? I'd be saddened to hear so.
     
  25. A2HB

    A2HB Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2013 Michigan

    Drinking a regular Narwhal and man it's good. Can't wait to hopefully snag a bottle or pack of the BA version!
     
  26. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia

    The regular is prob my favorite. Pumped for BA
     
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  27. SLOCruzin

    SLOCruzin Initiate (154) Sep 30, 2013 California
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    I had this during SF beer week earlier this year. Really tasty from what I recall, barrel influence was present but not overpowering.
     
  28. beerdedking

    beerdedking Zealot (580) Oct 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Just scored some 2013 Narwhal with a damn near endless supply. This would be a real treat.
     
  29. SLOCruzin

    SLOCruzin Initiate (154) Sep 30, 2013 California
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    I can almost guarantee this will be a 750mL release, same way that BA Bigfoot was. CA breweries don't put special beers in 12oz bottles the way Midwest breweries do for beers like KBS, BCBS, and Black Note (though I wish they did!)
     
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  30. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (442) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Stoked to find some, it'll make for a mean Stout to have during a blizzard this winter.
     
  31. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (229) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    I'm not 100% what thew allocations will look like yet. It will be available in MOST of our distribution areas, but definitely not all. I'll get back to you about TN.
     
  32. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (229) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    Probably won't be at Oktoberfest. Right now, the only event I know for sure it will be at is GABF in Denver.
     
  33. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (229) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    Regular (non Barrel-aged Narwhal) has the same distro as Bigfoot. The BA version will be much, much more scarce. I really don;t know allocations just yet, so I'm hesitant to say where it will or won't go.
     
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  34. bowzer4birdie

    bowzer4birdie Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2012 Illinois

    ISO:!!!! FT: BCBS Varients this Fall :-)
     
  35. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,405) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Wish it came in 12 oz 4 packs but I'll probably still buy it
     
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  36. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

  37. Hopopotamus53

    Hopopotamus53 Initiate (0) May 16, 2011 Illinois

    Get a keg of that bad boy to FOBAB!.... Please
     
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  38. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Zealot (532) Nov 5, 2012 Isle of Man
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    I look forward to this since I missed out on the BA Bigfoot; one of the few special releases in my area that I have whiffed on in the last couple of years. There is still a lot of Black Butte Anniversary out there too, and I highly recommend it if you can't find the Narwhal, or even if you do. The intensity of the cranberry and pomegranate molasses will surprise at first, but it really is a tasty treat, and one that will get better with a little age on it, IMO. I just throw a bottle in the cart on every beer trip so I have a few to drink, and put back, without blowing my budget all at once.
     
  39. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (229) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    I doubt it, since that festival is mostly about hops, we will have some other fun and exciting stuff to pour there, though. Probably focused on experimental beers.
     
  40. pitweasel

    pitweasel Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2007 New York

    So what you're saying is that expecting something like Narwhal would be overly..............

    hoptimistic?
     
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