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Nantahala Trail Magic Ale Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our first Trail Magic Ale release is an Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. Along with our liberal use of roasted and caramel malts, we brewed it with local sorghum syrup and wildflower honey that gives this stout a unique character, while tying it’s flavors to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Batch 1 9.8%
Batch 2 10% - Maker’s Mark barrels.


GAManiac's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750 cork and caged bottle, #0098. Thanks Dan! Pours extremely dark brown out of the bottle and is pretty close to black in the glass with a small thin mocha head. Aroma has roasted chocolate malts and cocoa powder but has an interesting sweetness imparted by the honey and sorghum syrup. Not getting a lot of barrel character at all. Taste is more of the same and, much like the aroma, doesn’t have much bourbon barrel that I can taste. There is a sweet creamy character that must be due to the sorghum syrup and a bit of tingly spiciness from the honey. Finish is fairly roasty and starts to burn with alcohol after a few sips. Mouthfeel is interesting because it seems creamy and smooth but still lacks a little body. The syrup smooths things out but it’s still a little light for an RIS. I’ve had little from Nantahala but I think this is a great start to the new Trail Magic program. I would love to see what a little more time in the barrel could have added to this one.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (1782) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
kind wish i had gotten more of these, as i really liked this one. a pretty above average stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacchus66 (18) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Wow. Pours black as night with a thin dark head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate, thick, rich flavors. Needs a cigar! Savor this one, it’s delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3476) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Comes out of the bottle looking like 10W30 and smelling like stoutie paradise. Dark, almost chocolaty tan head is quite thick, though not too persistent. Delightful aroma has notes of coffee, bourbon, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is sublime - this is what they drink in the Elysian Fields. It seems that a different note takes center stage with each sip: bourbon-soaked wood, quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses with a hint of licorice. Mouthfeei is thick and smooth, could be a mite fizzier. Follow the trail to this magic!

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (142) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Poured from a March 2014 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is very subtle but is of dark chocolate, and booze. Appearance is like old engine oil with a small residual tan head. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, and smoke. Palate is nice and viscous. Overall a very god brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1497) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2014
750 mL bottle from Appalachian Vintner, Asheville, NC. Dark brown, to almost black, pour with a beautiful khaki head. Aroma of smoke, roasted coffee, and hints of bourbon. Dark chocolate and espresso are at the forefront with bourbon and oak on the finish. Hints of some dark fruit as well. Moderate alcohol warming. Great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3866) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Batch 1, poured a black color with very little carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, some coca, light vanilla and bourbon. Flavors are the same as the aromas, a light mouthfeel and some light oxidation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firefly765 (137) - - MAR 25, 2014
Draft at brewery pours a velvety deep black color with a moderate amount of creamy head. Sweet malty-aroma. Nice chocolatey roasted barley flavor. A bit of sweetness. Excellent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle shared during RBWG 2014 Welcome Dinner - Asheville. Pours dark, brown-black with a foamy topping. The nose is heavy on the roasted malts and cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with burnt marshmallows and baking cocoa. Full in body with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with roasted malts, chocolate and more burnt marshmallow. Very decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4199) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG meet and greet. Pitch black silky body sits under a thick dark beige head. Aroma and flavor are roasty, vanilla beans, chocolate, dark toast and dark fruit. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle @ Barley’s during the RBWG opening ceremonies. Deep brown with a tight tan head. The nose is burnt brown sugar. Runny caramel. Cow tails. Chocolate. Similar flavors. Hershey’s syrup. Accents of smoke. Burnt malts. Sweet caramel. Full body, oily. OK.


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