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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
89
very good

452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 78
Gots: 123 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
3rd Release - 2013 (9.6% ABV)
2nd Release - 2011 (11.4% ABV)
1st Release - February 2009 (10.5% ABV).

After its initial release in February 2008, this Imperial Stout was aged for about 10 months in Bourbon casks from Kentucky.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-02-2009)
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

22 oz. bottle - Brewmaster Reserve 2009 - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours opaque black. A thin tan head forms and holds up reasonably well for abv/style before slowly vanishing. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of bourbon and vanilla/oak over a roasty coffee/chocolate stout character.

The taste is sweet and boozy. Oak and bourbon/vanilla dominate, with very noticeable alcohol. It has a roasted dark malt undertone with dark fruit and licorice. There is an alcohol dryness in the finish.

It hits full-bodied, with laid-back carbonation.

A nice sipper. Strong alcohol and strong oak/bourbon characteristics dominate.

02-07-2010 04:56:27 | More by jwc215
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Cvescalante

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-09-2013 21:25:09 | More by Cvescalante
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz bottle. 2013 Vintage. Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and sweet chocolate. The taste is lots of rich chocolate syrup followed by some woody bourbon. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Earthy with some coffee at the finish. Woody aftertaste. Moderate alcohol burn but not as boozey as most of the other Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I was expecting. I'd be interested in trying this one fresh. Overall, pretty good Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. I tad pricey compared to some other/better options but certainly worth buying.

06-24-2014 01:28:33 | More by PicoPapa
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-29-2012 06:12:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-15-2014 16:15:54 | More by JTomczak
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

22 oz bomber, in my Duvel tulip.

Black body with about 1/2 finger of dark tan head. The head quickly disappears, becoming a scattered skim of bubbles that I keep swirling to revive. Minimal lacing.

The bourbon is overpowering in the first ssniff, but as my nose acclimates, there's a really nice blend of cherry, oak, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Mouth-watering.

Taste is good, but the bourbon is pretty powerful (to be expected in a bourbon barrel-aged youngster). Lots of bittersweet chocolate, cherry and other dark fruits. Plenty of sweet and dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel's a little disappointing. The general feel is smooth, but the body's medium- body with not a lot of carbonation.

Overall impression: Solid barrel-aged RIS, and probably a good candidate for aging (I wonder how long it will take for the carbonation to disappear altogether, though).

02-24-2009 00:25:20 | More by PDXHops
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-13-2013 23:48:59 | More by justintcoons
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2011 03:42:30 | More by brandoman63
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-18-2011 00:17:42 | More by nmann08
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-09-2014 02:26:32 | More by bigred89
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-12-2012 01:48:26 | More by ralphw56
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jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-05-2013 23:05:43 | More by jkane101
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Promoting the sense of roast, Full Sail's larger-than-life Stout employs the full gamut of tools to heighten the sense of roast- from its dryness, to its carbonation, its spices and its bitterness all work hard in that direction. Balance has very little place in this beer.

The expected black beer layers into the glass with a slow and steady separation of foam from ale. Its dark body is nearly black as garnet highlights penetrate its edges. Its creamy cap of foam shows long-lasting retention and well defined rings of lace.

Highly roasty aromas couple with medium bourbon notes for a dry coffee and caramel scent. Burnt wood, espresso, walnuts, cocoa and campfire all sing the praises of the beer's tremendous roast. The alcohol scent gives a sweeter and spicier tone to balance the roast scent while light hop presence of burnt grass comes out to play.

Its taste is fully roasted- burnt caramel and toffee, burnt dark fruit, burnt wood and grass all create a strong roasted coffee and cocoa taste. Its bourbon flavor is dry, spicy and boozy just ahead of its bitter finish. Burnt hops, coffee-like bitterness and alcohol bite easily balances the dry malt taste and gives its finish a mild taste of burnt embers and ash.

Full bodied, but the beer's high level of attenuation gives dry impressions immediately. With little malt weight to support the roast, its dry and rough edges poke and prod at the soft tissues of the mouth with spicy pangs of astringency from wood spices, roast grain spices, sharp hops and prickling alcohol. Further exacerbated, the beer's high carbonation provides an arid texture that promotes ash qualities in aftertaste.

Full Sail's Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Gold is a a fantastic Stout, but you gotta lik'em roasty as hell! Everything about the beer reinforces the taste of all-things-burnt. Any balance from malt sweetness is hard to come by, but this allows for a surprisingly high level of drinkability.

09-26-2013 18:24:05 | More by BEERchitect
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BFCarr

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-01-2014 01:35:44 | More by BFCarr
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2013 05:43:16 | More by johnnyboy76
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-16-2011 09:33:22 | More by klipper
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-26-2012 20:12:59 | More by beerpadawan
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2011 18:17:23 | More by monitorpop
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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-06-2013 22:39:10 | More by Danobold
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sommersb

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-24-2012 21:28:20 | More by sommersb
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-25-2013 03:20:12 | More by ChrisKuhns
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours black with a thin light tan head. Nose is bourbon vanilla tones and wood. Flavor is bringing more bourbon than anything. Boozy tones with touches of vanilla. I mean this is like drinking a rough Bourbon County Stout. Feel is thicker on liquid abd carbonation is lower. Overall nice. You'll need to appreciate bourbon to appreciate this one. But overall it's nice enough.

08-16-2009 00:58:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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Bogforce

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2011 03:39:05 | More by Bogforce
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-16-2012 23:16:27 | More by ithinkimasofa
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Full Sail Black Gold Stout was served up at the brewery tasting room in Hood River. The beer was black as expected, with a thick and creamy head, and matching creamy lacing. It had a pleasant mildly roasted sweetish coffee nose, with little else coming through. The flavor was also quite pleasant, with a roasty mildly sweet coffee malt base, licorice notes, and a light and dry bitter finish. Tasty and smooth, but not thick or overpowering, this is a great session stout that one could enjoy all night.

02-17-2004 05:45:22 | More by HiroProtagonist
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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