Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
01-04-2012 09:51:06 | More by Rifugium
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
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
12-18-2011 02:10:22 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
12-17-2011 22:44:14 | More by jdense
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-12-2011 04:28:54 | More by Rutager
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-12-2011 03:49:49 | More by boralyl
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
12-11-2011 16:29:46 | More by bashiba
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
12-02-2011 01:35:32 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottled Feb 2011
A: black with little head production. There was a substantial amount of rust around cap (probably from the tin wrapper on the top). No lace. Near mirror surface.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet and dark malts with some cream tones I relate to a cuvee that has sat on lees for a long time.
T: Follows the nose and adds some nice depth with hints of dark stone fruits and some bakers cocoa. Really nice.
M: Viscous and low carb, semi dry finish.
O: Really showing well right now. Wouldn't hesitate to grab a few more of these. Full Sail is not my favorite brewery, but when they are on, they are spot on.
12-01-2011 04:49:26 | More by harrymel
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.