GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
March 2014 bottle from ’fridge.
Black with a tall, sticky tan head.
Aroma has coffee, cocoa powder and nutty roast malts.
The flavor follows the aroma. Just a touch of bourbon in the finish. Smooth silky mouthfeel.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 8/31/13 from a bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. The nose is full of roast with some molasses, and typical vanilla, caramel, and maple barrel treatment underlying. The flavor shows a bit more barrel sweetness, but is really dominated by charred roast. The body is full with zero carbonation and a long roasted finish.
drfabulous (4718) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Brusin Ales. Big black pour.Tan head. Creamy and chocolate with big bourbon and slightly sweet. Very good.
LuckyDog (614) - - DEC 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an astonishingly good beer. It’s got the usual imperial stout sweetness, but balanced by the barrel aging. Too bad its not easier to get.
fluffy (1919) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
kind wish i had gotten more of these, as i really liked this one. a pretty above average stout.
Bacchus66 (41) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Cybercat (3986) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
cernjoh (155) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
zizzybalubba (1604) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
burg326 (4605) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.