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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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very good

440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 77
Gots: 116 | 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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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:35:32 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-14-2013 11:16:51 | More by GennyCreamAle
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-07-2013 21:03:11 | More by RuckusDu
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-08-2014 11:33:58 | More by woodchip
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 15:00:43 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of jondeelee


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2013 release, 9.6% ABV) opens to a rich, smoky, complex, chocolaty, bourbon-laced aroma that is instantly appealing. Bourbon-soaked chocolate bon-bons are perhaps the closest confection in aroma, with their rich, thick milk chocolate and smoky vanilla bourbon notes, but add to that layers of coffee and ash, tobacco and heavy cream, as well as caramel and touches of molasses, and that served with a thick, heavily-toasted slice of rich yeasty brown bread, and you’re getting close. The beer is very nicely balanced, despite the enormity and variation in the aromas, each note playing well off the others. The sugars are especially nice, with fig, date raisin, and lychee fruit esters, lending a port-like quality to the aromas that meshes nicely with the bourbon. In fact, in a blind smelling test, this beer might easily be mistaken for port, especially after it has sat open for a few minutes and the initial heavy bourbon and ash shock has wafted away. As a whole, this smells fantastic.

On the tongue, the beer is very alcoholic, bourbon and port trouncing the tastebuds almost immediately, followed by chocolate liqueur candies, the stout tasting very much like a cognac-filled chocolate treat. Late in the mouthful a few measures of ash and tobacco come through, as well as dollops of brown bread, but it’s mainly the chocolate liqueur candy that dominates, being fairly sweet and containing heavy alcohol vapors. The mouthfeel is, however, strangely light, a watery medium-light at best, making the beer seem like the bourbon barrel aging is responsible for much of the taste in here, and that without it, the stout would only be semi-decent. Aftertaste is ash and tobacco, with lingering sugars and bourbon.

Overall, while the aromas in here were fantastic, the beer didn’t quite live up to its initial promises, and the heavy reliance on bourbon barrel notes ends up making the underlying stout seem weak and watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:36:57 | More by jondeelee
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-21-2013 00:10:41 | More by Smurf2055
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 16:04:20 | More by richbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-03-2014 02:19:08 | More by BDeibs
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-28-2014 19:18:58 | More by HoppySeb
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-16-2012 23:16:27 | More by ithinkimasofa
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-24-2013 21:16:07 | More by RMoeNay
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-30-2014 18:58:34 | More by csustar001
Photo of seaoflament


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for sending me this beer about 2 years ago! Finally decided to pop this one open. I shared this beer with a few friends at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary party (5-16-09).

Pours like any other imperial stout, dark with and with a very small head, just a few bubbles.

Toasted almonds (I love this in BA beers!), soft milk chocolate, vanilla, toast, and with a medium-low bourbon aroma in the background. This beer seems to have mellowed very well, not very intense or boozy but well integrated. A touch of multi-grain bread and vanilla wafers. Now I'm getting more of a dark chocolate aroma with oak and some wet grains.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, nuts, toasted oak and almonds, dark chocolate and toast in the finish. Alcohol kind of numbs the gums at first. Some vanilla in the aftertaste. Even just a step above from the aroma, very tasty. Medium-low carbonation and good body on the palate.

I hope the 09 release ages this well.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 20:32:27 | More by seaoflament
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brewmaster reserve 2006

pitch black, no light passes through, the head quickly fades into an Oring, good looking

got bourbon? under the bourbon bomb lies some heavy cocoa, a little coffee, the bourbon really dominates.

taste etc...
the alcohol is warming to be sure, like the nose the bourbon is pretty pronounced, at times you think you are drinking jack or something of that ilk. The bourbon is actually a touch distracting and overpowering. The Goose Island Bourbon Porter is a bit more balanced (at least the initial brewing, I don't know about the new batch). Under the bourbon is the deep cocoa and it is a pretty rich tasting undertone. Mouthfeel is close to right, something about it just isn't 100%. Drinkability is hard to gauge as this is like sipping on bourbon laced with chocolate.. for what it is it is easy enough to drink but one bomber is far too much for one person, I am going to cap this and have the rest tomorrow.

verdict ?
if available locally worth a try. Not the best bourbon-ized stout I have had but not bad in any category.
music : Dismember - let the napalm rain

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:15:07 | More by Ego
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased in Spokane, WA.

Pours a dark black with some red tinged highlights around the edges, and a one finger head. The foam fades very slowly to a thin cap that leaves behind a very nice webbing of lace.

Smell; the bourbon is very evident at first, but when this starts to warm a bit the oak and vanilla aromas emerge. There's some dark roasted malt aromas, as well as some chocolate floating around underneath the bourbon and oak.

Taste; as with the smell the bourbon is the first noticeable flavor followed by the oak barrel and vanilla, but there's also some faint hints of coconut in there. The roasted malts are present, but they take a backseat to the bourbon and oak, with a bit of chocolate and a touch of sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite a bit thinner than I would have expected for a big Imperial Stout, but the drinkability is really damn good, especialy since the alcohol is barely detectable at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 02:08:39 | More by RedHaze
Photo of vissai


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance is oil slick black with little to no head. looks less viscous then I had expected
Smell is Bourbon all the way. probably the most bourbon i have ever smelled in a BA beer. Hints of chocolate present as well
Taste follows the nost with straight of bourbon and chocolate wafer dry chocolate after taste. a little salty even in the aftertaste like chocolate covered pretzels. Very nice
Mouthfeel follows the appearance and is a little soupy and not as thick and rich as BCBS. The smell prepares you for a very chewy brew but the mouthfeel isnt so.
Drinkability is amazing. drinks like a 6-7 abv. the light mouthfeel definitely helps the case here. A very enjoyable brew to say the least. I loved it

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 20:54:44 | More by vissai
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-24-2012 04:01:29 | More by Birdlegs
Photo of GregSVT


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a small dark tan head that fades to a ring leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of vanilla, molasses, and roasted malt. Lovely.

T: The taste is dark fruit and chocolate with nice vanilla and molasses flavors on the finish. The tastes get much bigger as it warms.

M: The feel is thick and oily with a decent amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy as well.

O: The aroma alone was enough for me to know I wanted to try this again in the future. Given the tasty flavors as well I have no problem recommending this one to anyone who loves big barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:08:24 | More by GregSVT
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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottling I brought back to California after a trip to Washington.

Pours black with a very dark and expansive head that had some real nice retention. Aroma was heavy on bourbon, red wine, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste was equally heavy on the bourbon, alcoholic, tart dark fruits, oak, biscuity. Bourbon finish. Medium to full body with high carbonation for the style that did not mesh well with the intensity of the beer. The barrel really comes through on this one, in fact there is really little left going on this brew, which seems thin in comparison. In the world of barrel aged imperial stouts this one is on the low end.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 09:28:14 | More by vacax
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This looks as if it poured a little thin. The beer pours very dark brown, yet when it settles in the glass it looks black. The head was very thin and eventually disappeared to just a ring around the edge.

S- Other then the obvious bourbon, there is a great buttery caramel smell. The bourbon smell is great, starts off strong and potent and reminds me of a bad night in college, then smooths out to something more refined. It would be interesting to know what brand of bourbon barrels they used. For those who have had GIBCS this smells just like that with more bourbon smell.

T- The taste is great, nice blend of buttery caramel taste and bourbon. I'm getting a slight woody taste, and no not a tongue boner, although this is pretty tasty. A coffee taste seems to start to come in the more you drink this beer. The star of this beer is the bourbon taste, and I know some people don't like the overwhelming taste but I like it.

M- I think this is a bit thin at first, at least compared to what I was expecting. Yet the more I drink it the more I like the thin feel.

D- I think this is easy to drink. Smooth, but there is a slight drying out the palate effect, but only just a little.

This reminds me very much of GIBCS only thinner and more bourbon taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:45:38 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of hoppymeal


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small caramel head that fades quickly. Aroma is nice and bourbony over top of dark roasted malts, mellow sweet chocolate, nice woodiness, leather and a bit of soy sauce. Taste is big vanilla sweetness up front, the bourbon mixes in, at first in the background but grows to a nice bite of alcohol with some roasty tanginess in the finish. Body is medium, not as heavy as I expected based on the aroma, soft and slightly creamy before an alcohol bite and drying finish. An outstanding beer, I'd love to try the non ba version for a comparison.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 04:39:22 | More by hoppymeal
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-21-2013 21:51:46 | More by KiMiRaiK
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-20-2012 11:10:42 | More by Lynn
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-14-2013 02:26:46 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.