Trail Magic Ale #4: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - Nantahala Brewing Company
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Reviews by chinchill:
4.55/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
"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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2013 15:29:47 | More by chinchill
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Trail Magic Ale #4: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout from Nantahala Brewing Company
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