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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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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 496
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 87
Gots: 137 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-02-2009

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition, no longer labeled as black gold, but the abv and everything else match up. tons of bourbon on this inky black but thin bodied imperial stout. a massive erupting mocha head rises up and only falls back a little. the nose is great, tons of sweet bourbon and dark coffee notes to it, heavy roast, and woody and smooth. the flavor matches the nose, but to me may e a little but too heavy on the bourbon, like its stout beer with the whiskey actually added to it in liquid form, which i think contributes to a weird mouthfeel thats boozy and thin, although the overall flavor profile on the beer is darn good. chocolate overtones and roasty bitterness are tempered by sweet liquor in the finish. silky texture, i just want more body. reasonably affordable from what i can remember, something i always appreciate from fullsail. i like this a lot better than the top sail bourbon porter, but the over barreled aspect is quite similar on the whole. worth trying if thats your thing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage.

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in the big globe. Modest head with nearly nonexistent lacing. Not a bad nose of vanilla and lots of wood. Fairly flat mouthfeel. Woody flavor, as in seriously barreled. Clearly 10 months is too long. The stuff seems to have lost aromatics and every trace of sweetness.

Certainly drier than nearly every Imperial Stout I've tried. Tastes like they used alcohol to leach out the malt flavors. 2011 version from Royal Liquor in Encinitas. Astoundingly overpriced at $14.99. There are so many booze and barrel flavored beers these days, and most of them are a lot better than this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had to do some googling to make sure I was reviewing the correct beer. My bottle does NOT say "Black Gold"; it simply says "Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged" on a black and gold label. I've confirmed that this beer is indeed Black Gold - albeit an alias thereof. Brewmaster Reserve 2013. Price was $10.99 at a local SoCal beer store. 9.6% ABV. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded black pressure cap served into a flared tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; I'm not a fan of Full Sail - but then I've only had their Trader Joe's beers for the most part.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and poor (<1 minute) retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass. Body colour is a solid dark black. Nontransparent; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style, but nothing stands out. There's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt or obvious flaws. Generally appealing.

Sm: Light vanilla and buried light oak - but they come off somewhat artificial; this is not good bourbon barrel aging. Cream. Dark malts. It's shockingly bland for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

T: I like the simple vanilla notes. Unobtrusive dark malt foundation. The bourbon aspect is nice, but it's rather one-dimensional and simple for a bourbon barrel stout. Where's the complexity and subtlety? Some cream. No real oak. It's balanced, but it's unbelievably simple. I like it, but it's wanting. No yeast or alcohol comes through, though my stomach does get a bit warm after consumption. Any hopping is minimal.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit of cream. Decent body. Decent carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable for a barrel aged imperial stout, admittedly. But it has none of the complexity or subtlety I want from the style. It's as neutral, muted, and simple as an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels can be. This would make a great introduction to the style, but it's not for those of us who have had the greats. Overpriced for what it is. Comparatively, it may be Full Sail's best beer - but that isn't saying much. I might try it on-draught if there's no better option, but it's rather forgettable stuff. Still, it's better than I expected. ABV isn't well hidden. Overall, this is about as mundane a bourbon barrel imperial stout as you'll ever find.

Low C+

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. A tiny bit hot.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a bit hot but the taste smelt great. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Most recent release (batch 2) big thanks to Joe for sending this bomber unexpectedly my way. Poured into a snifter, it appears black in color with a brown cap about a finger strong. The cap fades to a thin film across the top and leaves spotty lacework on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew includes a strong scent of sweet vanilla and toasty coconut from the barrel aging. A bit of caramel and more of a raw oak character towards the backend. A hint of herbal hops is present as well as a touch of sulfur. It has a light grassy aspect before returning to a dark roasted grain scent that is somewhat of a blend between coffee and chocolate. As it warms up, the sweetness of the vanilla mixes with the roast of the grain and imparts almost a feel of brownie batter scent inside the nose.

The taste is roasty and bold with the alcohol inclusion not hiding at all. The barrel presence starts off soft and smooth with hints of vanilla, coconut and caramel that blends into a bit more harsh character of raw wood and tannic nature that is prickly on the palate. Coffee and chocolate flavors blend into a roasted bitterness that fills out the profile before finishing with a solvent alcohol inclusion. This isn't a bad brew by any stretch, just a little rough around the edges.

Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of this brew is how light bodied it is. Perhaps that is from the high alcohol level but a bit more body would go a long way. With the moderate carbonation seemingly swirling out fairly quick, this brew gets light and watery after only a couple sips. Overall not a bad offering, im glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS glass. Close to black in color with a thin tan lacing scattered across the top of the beer. Decent retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a really good oak and bourbon presence to it. I get some notes of chocolate and a touch of coffee as well. The bourbon barrel dominates a little, but it's a really rich and smooth flavor overall.

The taste shows a lot of the bourbon barrel influence. Oak, vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon all come out. The finish is where more of the darker, roasted malts start to come out. The bourbon is very smooth. The base beer feels a little overshadowed, but the flavors overall are very good. It really comes together well and the flavors really compliment each other.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being low. The carbonation is well done but it could have been a little heavier feeling overall. Overall, it was a really good beer. Everything came together very well and it had some great flavors to it. The barrel aging was very well done. The beer flavors could have been a little bolder, but overall I thought it was a really good beer. It definitely exceeded my expectations this evening.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05/12/09- Purchased at a state liquor store in Park City, UT.

Presentation- 2009 release. 22 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Super black in color. Pours with a full one inch head and leaves some light lace patches and streaks behind.

Smell- Scents of roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate and a touch of bourbon barrel.

Taste- Pretty much all sumerized in the smell. The malt is nice because it's not super roasted or burnt. Hops play a very minor role. Chocolate could be a bit more outgoing while the bourbon flavor is just about right.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a creamy feel as well. Minor dark chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability- Seems like the flavors could be a touch more outgoing. Overall a real good bourbon stout, but lacking that little bit of oomph to put it over the edge to be world class.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt with a lot of bourbon whiskey notes. I get some oak, as well as some alcohol and maple.

The flavor is more complex. In addition to the oak and bourbon notes, I get a lot of chocolate, brown sugar and a little bit of dark fruit. The roasted malt is also present but takes a back seat to the chocolate.

Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very nice barrel-aged beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks kindly to colts9016 for the bottle! No foil cap presented, but it is Brewmaster Reserve 2009.

Out of the bottle she pours dark walnut. Give to thick legs with faint spotted lacing. Head is a light cocoa but doesn't stick aorund much. Body color is a very dark dark red cherry, it does appear to be somewhat clear but the color is incredibly dark that you can not.

First bouquet and smell is reminiscent of Barleywine style. Hints of cherries mixed with alcohol heat. Nice cherry fruit basket, almost kind of jammy.

Taste is a big surprise, slight fizz tingle then that cherry fruit comes through giving way to a dense malt. On the swallow it's dark chocolate smooth, almost nougat like. Great body and mouthfeel, lots at play here with the malt, then cherry bent and tastes of chocolate. Even a small hint of sour which just makes it like a tease. Top roof palate of my mouth leaves just a hint of dried tobacco leaves.

Overall this is like the composition of a great barleywine and a great Russian Imperial aged stout together it feels just flat out fantastic. Lots of win here.

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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.