Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!
2009 vintage. 10.5% ABV.
Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a thin film. Small thin streaks of lace form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is very nice with bourbon, wood, and vanilla up front and dark roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate if I search for it. Taste is of dark malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors. There is a very slight sour flavor to this one as well. There is a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. This beer has a bubbly level of carbonation with a smooth but slightly watery mouthfeel. There is something in this beer that dries the palate as well. Overall, this is a a good RIS with a better smell than taste and the drying effect this has on my palate is weird.
09-15-2011 23:27:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles across the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of bourbon in the nose.
T: Moderately strong flavors of bourbon stand out, although these are well incorporated into the taste and are not overpowering. There are some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well hidden.
02-27-2011 13:16:44 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Blacker than black with burnt orange along the edges of the glass. Barrel-aged beer with a double digit ABV doesn't usually have such a thick and creamy crown. Two fingers of caramel nougat colored foam is melting extremely slowly. More than a token amount of lace is a definite positive.
The aroma is pretty much as expected given the ingredients and the aging parameters. The combination of roasted malty stout and bourbon whiskey is right on the money and is impressively powerful to boot. If the flavor is anywhere near as good, this will be another winner from Full Sail.
Black Gold doesn't taste or feel as good as it smells. Maybe not even as good as it looks. For starters, it doesn't have enough malty guts for the RIS style. Then again, extended barrel aging tends to break down body. In the end, my love for big stouts and bourbon will probably be enough to earn it some good scores.
What barley is present (think 7.0% porter) is nicely roasted-charred and is bittersweet chocolate-like. There's also a ripe fig fruitiness that one doesn't often run across in a big stout. Other flavors contributed by the barrels include caramelized sugar and a good bit of vanilla. Hints of molasses and black licorice are noted as well. Boldness is not an issue. Lack of depth is.
Although the mouthfeel firms up a little with warming, it could still be more burly. There are certain expectations that come with the 10.5% RIS territory, after all. Well-buried bubbles add to ease of drinkability. Here's hoping the final quarter of the bottle isn't borderline flat.
It has been too long since I reviewed Full Sail Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve 2008) for any valid comparisons to be made, but it looks like Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout has received shockingly similar scores. Bourbon barrel aging may have helped the nose, though that's about it. Despite all the grousing, this really isn't a bad bourbon-soaked brew. Drink it soon if there are any bottles in your cellar.
02-01-2010 15:32:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Another one that I can cross off the bucket list, was nice to be able to finally try this one.
The pour was about what I would expect from a year old barrel aged stout. Dark as night, and abyss in a glass with a short lived dark brown head that sat on top for just a few moments before settling down into a thin lace around the edges of the glass. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, hints of molasses and a touch of booze. Warming through opened it up and some nice notes of oak start rumbling through the air as well as a nice touch of coffee that really complimented it quite well. Smooth, well layered body was not too thick, but enough viscosity was there to allow the palate to absorb the rich flavor. Smooth, decadent chocolate notes were layered with tons of vanilla and oak, nicely done I have to admit. As is coats the mouth hints of brown sugar and coffee and a touch of an earthy, oakey flavor start to come through for me. Rich, warming and full of life the final sips leave a coating of vanilla on the tongue.
Overall this was not the best ba stout I have had but left an impression. Very glad I was able to try it.
02-07-2010 20:04:20 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of bourbon and sweet creamy barley without too much alcohol ester. Taste is a complex mix between some sweet roasted malt with creamy barley notes and some dominating bourbon with light vanilla touch. Bourbon is very present but without any alcohol ester. Which I very much appreciated. Full body with good carbonation. Very well done and something I would have more often.
04-10-2009 02:34:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a khaki-colored head.
Smell: Do you like bourbon? If the answer's yes, just wink at me.
Yes, it's bourbony, baby. Full, redolent notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toasted oak eclipse the lesser hints of dark malts and chocolate.
Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, and a simple syrup sweetness expertly integrated with the bourbon characteristics. Chocolate syrup and a few flecks of coconut on a finish that is very warming, but never hot.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Quite warming.
Drinkability: Very nice. So nice, in fact, that it has a noticeable calming effect. Personally, I put on some relaxing music, sat quietly, hands clasped together on my lap. I'll finish the rest of my glass before retiring to the den to read for a spell before going to bed.
03-25-2008 17:57:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Big thanks to AleWatcher for sharking this bottle!
We apparently did not have enough beer already on deck, so we cracked this bottle as well. Fair enough. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of rather light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, bourbon, light oak, vanilla, and caramel. The taste holds notes of light roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light mandarin orange syrup, bitter dark chocolate, light lemon zest, very light vanilla, and very light coconut. The fruity notes really don't do it for me, and things are exacerbated by the cloying sweet notes from the chocolate and whatnot. Not my cup o' meat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly watery feel. Overall, a pretty disappointing impy stout, one that goes too far into sweetness and fruitiness and doesn't try to bulk itself up for me. I've had worse, I just am not too big a fan of this.
07-25-2011 20:16:29 | More by TMoney2591
2.73/5 rDev -31.2%
22 oz bottle from bgramer. Thanks, this was one hell of an extra.
Appearance: Dark brown with a bit of transparency, dark amber highlights and only a wisp of head.
Smell: Somewhat muted. Licorice, charred grain and oak. Not the most enormous bourbon barrel presence, this stuff only reveals a hint of that signature vanilla and caramel character.
Taste & mouthfeel: Up front spicy cola flavors (thanks Arne) and big, almost acrid roasted malt. Medium-bodied, a touch lighter than I'd like. More residual sugars would have been beneficial here, as it tastes a bit thin and flat on the whole. This was clearly put in a barrel, but the bourbon isn't dialed-in as well as it could be; it's somewhat lifeless. Bitter, semi-dry finish. Solid stuff but it fails to stand out in a very saturated style.
03-11-2009 04:07:09 | More by largadeer
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
4.97/5 rDev +25.2%
Pours mahogany/black witha 3 fingers+ mocha colored head. Very good lacing and head retention
Smell: Oaky, vanilla, & bourbon notes
Taste: Bourbon notes, vanilla, slight nutiness, slight grainy bitterness witha dry fruitty finish.
MF: Rich & creamy woth perfect carbonation levels
Super drinkable for the strength. I love this style & this easily one of the best I've tried. Enjoy
03-21-2006 05:52:00 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Enjoyed this chilled slightly in a teku glass from the 22oz w/ myself from Calvert Wines and Liquors in Md.
The appearance is inviting with piano black body with opaque clarity and streams of extremely fine bubbles rise to a ring of ultra fine beads collecting in a medium beige surface with scattered lace on the glass. The smell is very pleasant with lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging with some dark cocoa and wood in the aroma with subtle odor of tobacco and smoke with gentle caramel accent. The feel is okay but a little thin for the style with moderately low carbonation and semi sweet texture with slight tannin from the wood and mild alcohol presence but not heavy on the fusel with some mild spiciness in the finish could be hops
The flavor is very tasty with some dark malt plum and roast flavors up front. the wood in the taste becomes stronger as it warms imparting some of the bourbon flavor with vanilla notes and mild caramel malt adding sweetness in the middle with some light toasted grain and smooth coffee-like roastiness with a mild woody tinge near the finish with a good amount of alcohol considering the abv of this, it seems stronger in the taste than it is with the dark cocoa aspect giving a dry quality in the malt. I was extremely pleased with this beer for the price it is a decent bourbon barrel aged imperial stout....it is low in alcohol compared to some others in the Imperial stout style, but this is also pretty drinkable which adds to the overall score. I would certainly drink it again and appreciate Dan Fields for sharing this with me the first time I tasted it two years ago.
07-07-2013 16:40:51 | More by Slatetank
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a quite dark colored foamy head that barely covers the beer and fades fairly quickly, spots of lacing, over pitch black thick beer with decent legs too.
NOse brings tons of chocolate, dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, melting Belgian creamy chocolate, then into barrel with lots of nice vanilla, little caramelized oak sugars, and even some straight up bourbon, with a bit of dark caramel and sweet characters, faint hint of booze.
Taste brings more nice bourbon stout characters, starting with a nice mellow bourbon actually, smooth and oaky bourbon with plenty of vanilla again. Then the malts take over, nice chocolate and cocoa powder, baker's choc, a bit of a creamy dark melting chocolate, light roast and coffee but not really acrid. Woody esters come through behind the malt wave, as well as a creamy thick almost nougat like taste, some caramel, and a bit of warming booze as well. Powdered slightly chalky cocoa taste too and a bit of minerality. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, bit more hot booze warmth, more powdered chalky cocoa and some caramel, but also a nice bourbon flavor and bit of vanilla barrel as well as bit of wood flavors all lingering in a complex finish.
Mouth is fuller bodied, lighter but decent carb, thick and creamy with a milky feel, bit of warming booze.
Overall not bad, a nice bourbon barrel character, nice chocolate malt characters, light roast but not a lot, a bit of booze warmth but expected, carbonation could be a little more, but overall decent beer.
06-16-2013 02:18:46 | More by jlindros
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.