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

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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve)Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 80
Gots: 126 | FT: 6
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

MASPuros, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 2-13-2011. Poured from black bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep dark brown nearly black color with a huge 2 finger dark brown head. As the beer sits the head slowly fades and turns more of a beige color.

S - The bourbon aroma dominates the nose. A nice roasted chocolate malt is noticeable behind the bourbon with a noticeable heat.

T - Similar to the nose the bourbon flavor strikes first. I found it to be a bit sharp and wonder if I cellared this beer for a while to let it mellow how it'd turn out. My guess is it would be great. The middle of the brew brings a nice roasted malt character with hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and alcohol warmth. The beer finishes strong but clean.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - It's easy to put down for such a strong beer but again I think it'd be better with a little age.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Not my favorite Russian Imperial but it would good. I would buy again, in fact I plan on heading back and picking up another bottle or two to put away. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-15-2011 02:45:25

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Birdlegs, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2011
Big thanks to swillbur for this one! (I've wanted it for awhile.)

This pours up a deep, dark, brown color that, for all intents and purposes, may as well be black. The chocolate brown head of foam is somewhat thin and dissipates quickly, but that's to be expected with a high-octane beer like this one. The lacing is in thin strands and tiny specks, which slide/drag down the oily residue, back to the liquid.

The first scent to hit me is of big chocolate roasted malts. Very nice hints of bourbon. Good vanilla and light oak. Cherries and some other dark fruit sweetness notes. Light traces of espresso beans.

Follows the nose, quite well. Adds a bit of smoke and a good dose of peppery spice.
All of the rest of the scent factors show up again, in the taste.
The bourbon is actually somewhat mild. At least more mild then expected, anyway.

This is barely full-bodied and has an almost medium level of carbonation. As a result it's just barely smooth and has no creaminess to it....a shame, really.

It's good for what it is. Is it representive of it's style? Yes. Are there others out there that are better? Yes. Are there worse? Yes. Would I drink it again? Sure. Would I put effort into seeking it out, next time? Probably not.

coldmeat23, Jan 08, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BigE90, Jan 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

hoppymcgee, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Full Sail, Hood River, OR

Whew, loved this one. Had this during a visit in 2011, but the board listed the ABV as 10.5%, so I'm taking that to mean that this was a vintage keg. Either way, it was great, and one of the better beers I sampled during my week in OR.

Poured a dark black with brownish tints, and a ring of delicate bubbles on top. Aroma thick with bourbon and toffee. My eyes bugged out...I knew this was going to be good. And it was. Taste loaded with toffee, bourbon-drenched oak, and big time vanilla, especially from mid-palate onward. Dark malts and baker's chocolate as a subtle afterthought. Just under full-bodied, alcohol warmth, and quite simply a highly savorable brew that I could sip on all night.

Rifugium, Jan 04, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewmaster's Reserve 2011

Appearance: A somewhat disappointing appearance, with very little head to cap the dark chocolate colored liquid; rather leggy, however, with dripping dots of foam speckling the side of the chalice

Smell: Bourbon and dark chocolate, with woody overtones

Taste: Dark chocolate and bourbon, up front, with a woody, vanilla character developing by mid-palate; some sourness developing after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation with some warmth in the gullet; the mouthfeel is really thin for the style

Overall: Rather one-dimensional and, with the thin body and hint of sourness developing after the swallow, I have some concerns about how well this will age

Thanks, chumba526, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's PDX, $6 for 12 oz., 8.27.11.

Full pour resulted in zero fingers broken brown head, very dark brown opaque body no visible carbonation. Nose is chocolatey goodness, some vanilla, decent hop bill to offset the cocoa nibbish nose. Taste reflects the extensive barrel aging process, vanilla and oak up front, healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate, some citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel well on the full side of medium, not a lot of effervescence, good lacing. Yummy, but could benefit from a bit of cellaring to cut down the booziness.

jdense, Dec 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Harvey98, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

klipper, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours deep brown, nearly black with almost no head.

Smell. Boubon, molasses, vanilla, with a little chocolate, smoke and wood.

Taste. Chocolate, bourbon, oak, molasses and vanilla. Alcohol is there, but pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel. Full body, fairly low carbonation.

Overall. Nice big beer. Pretty mellow all around and nice to sip.

Rutager, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into a tulip glass.

A - A small dark tan head fades away fairly quickly. Nearly opaque, black with just a smidgen of dark brown near the top.

S - The nose has a very strong bourbon aroma. There is also notes of vanilla and wood present. The vanilla really shines as it warms.

M - Medium to full in body with light carbonation.

T - The bourbon is flavor is strong in this one as expected from the nose. There is also soft vanilla notes and a nice amount of oak near the finish. It finishes hot with some more bourbon presence. When it warms up some chocolate flavors show up.

A pretty nice barrel aged imperial stout. The bourbon is very strong, I feel like this would be a great candidate for aging for a year or two.

boralyl, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep black with an inch of dark tan head, some light lacing.

The smell was a nice mixture of light vanilla and bourbon notes with a decent amount of smokey and burnt roasted barley.

The flavor followed the smell perfectly. A nicely balanced mix of big imperial stout flavors - Roasted Barley, chocolate, and a hint of anise - along with solid touches of bourbon barrel ageing - a bit of oak, light vanilla, and some honey.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick with that smooth dry quality that barrel ageing tends to lend.

Very nicely done, great balance with the right amount of time spent in the barrel.

bashiba, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

twelveinches, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

HopStoopid120, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

bespin15, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

happy5930, Dec 03, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black as an imp stout should be. Head is a tad thin but nice lacing.
Smell: Oh man. Bourbon and wood. That nice creamy oak smell of a barrel ageing done right.
Taste: more of the same goodness. Not that complex, but smooth bourbon stout.
Overall: snagged this when I couldn't get a whole case of abyss. Glad I did.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JAHMUR, Dec 01, 2011
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.