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Trail Magic Ale #4: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - Nantahala Brewing Company

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Trail Magic Ale #4: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 5.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nantahala Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: chinchill on 07-01-2013)
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

"Homage to the Imperial that got us started [i.e., Trail Magic #1]. This version has stepped up to Maker's Mark barrels and a higher gravity, but keeps it's sorghum and wildflower honey roots."
IBU = 47

March 2013 release served in June 2013 at the brewery in an 8 oz. Trail Magic glass.

Looks like used motor oil, without the oiliness. Creamy dark tan head of modest size but leaves a superb coating of lace on the glass. Smells of dark roasted malts with medium-light bourbon barrel effects and a faint hint of smoke.

Taste: Magnificent! Excellent sweet/bitter balance but starts notably sweet and ends mildly bitter, with mocha/coffee tones. Rating approaches 4.75.

Feel: Full, thick and chewy; exceptionally smooth; remarkably soft and mild for 10% ABV.

O: Great use of bourbon barrel aging for aroma, feel and taste.

By comparison, the last beer I had before this one (about 14 hours earlier) was the world-class Bells Black Note Stout. The Trail Magic #4 is on the same level of quality but comes with more dark roasted malt flavor and less bourbon. The alcohol is much less apparent and a bit lower, and I think the Bells was a bit sweeter and, perhaps, less hoppy.
(slightly revised upon bottle sample in April 2014)

07-01-2013 15:29:47 | More by chinchill
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

750ml bottle, split

March 2013

Brewed with sorghum syrup and wildflower honey, aged in makers mark barrels. First things first, I sadly detect virtually no barrel impact. If you're going to take the effort to sit something in barrels, I think it needs to sit longer to really meld those flavors together. That aside, this was a great stout. Fudgy as hell and very smooth. Honey plays really well in stouts in my opinion - Olde Hickory has mastered that subgenre. Nice dark roast - no bitterness.

01-05-2014 19:25:13 | More by dirtylou
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Trail Magic Ale #4: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Nantahala Brewing Company
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