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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

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%

RuckusDu, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of DBoone
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

DBoone, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from 2011 courtesy of Leschkie. Thank you for the opportunity Kurtis. Poured to ride the storm out...Kevin Cronin style.

Into my Darkness snifter pours a nice deep black with some darker brown highlights along the edges when backlit. Head is nearly non existent, which isn't overly shocking. The collar is rather uneven with spotty bubbles here and a thin ring there. Some splotchy spatter dots the glass.

Barrel aging is certainly evident as the nose is straight vanilla and bourbon. Not overly complex, but nice none the less.

Vanilla is quite prevalent right from the get-go. Charred paper, dark chocolate, and some spiciness from the bourbon. The heat from the barrel weaves throughout and while not overbearing certainly makes itself known. A drizzle of melted caramel towards the finish is met with drying cocoa and vanilla ice cream at the back end. The flavors really work well together and the 11.4% is never off putting, which is nice when trying to tackle this with just the mildest of assistance from the wife.

If this beer has flaws, it's right here. The mouthfeel is really thin and while the carbonation is a bit high, the body seems to suffer from the barrel aging.

Overall, I have fond memories of drinking Full Sail in Missoula when this bear roamed those parts and it was a pleasant surprise to find this tucked amongst some giants in the box from Kurtis. Were this beer to have a thicker and more luxurious feel, well hell this would be a real under the radar gem. As is, it's a very nice BA Stout that does quite a bit well. What I had anticipated taking long enough to watch the beginnings of Snowmageddon has evaporated all too quickly.

BarrytheBear, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jmccraney, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of TerryGarcia
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

TerryGarcia, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ElGallo, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 reserve. Pours black into the glass without much of a head on it. Nose consists of chocolates, bourbony vanilla, and a little molasses. Taste starts off with chocolates that move on to a bit of bourbon spiciness. Ends with the chocolaty bourbony spiciness that was prevalent throughout. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and a little luxurious taboot. Overall, this is a really nice bourbon barrel aged beer with a good amount of flavor. Recommended if you like barrel aged stouts.

birchstick, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to leschkie for this beer from an IP trade! Thanks Kurtis!

poured into tulip glass.

vintage 2011.

reviewed from notes taken tonite.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a light to medium brown frothy cap.

Smell: Bourbon forward with some hints of oak. Roasty coffee and vanilla. Very similiar to GI BCBS. Yep...I just said it!

Taste: Big bourbon and oak. A mix of slightly bitter coffee and sweet tabacco. Some chocolate chip cookies in the middle of the beer also. Finishes with a mild sweet vanilla note. As this beer warms the booze becomes more apparent and the tabacco notes intensify.

Mouthfeel: at the high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Its almost got a syrupy mouthfeel, but not quite.

Overall: This is an under the radar beer. Its getting close to BCBS territory in the nose, taste, and mouthfeel just not a big and boozey. Besides the heavy tobacco notes as it warms the similiarity is almost scary. Its an amesome beer that deserves more credit than what its been given!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 release which says already aged for 10 months from 2008. Reviewed 10/26/12

Poured a pitch black, mildly thick body. 1/2 finger, brown head. Mild clinging to the glass.

Aroma was pretty solid. Good solid notes of vanilla and oak. Lots of bourbon with a really smooth chocolate and roast aroma. Dark fruits and raisens. Really nice aroma on it.

Taste was very mellow and smooth. Huge amounts of vanilla and bourbon upfront than turned to chocolate and more dark fruits. Prunes and raisens especially. Some good roast in there as well, but all the flavors have blended extremely nice. Mild bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is very subdued for 10.5%

Mouthfeel lack a bit for such a big beer. While its nice to have it feel lighter, the flavors scream to be a big, thick, chewy stout. Medium/heavy body with a medium carb and a fairly dry finish. Wished it was more chewy.

Overall this was a really pleasant beer to drink. Flavors blended amazingly and it was very smooth overall. Loved the big vanilla and bourbon flavors.

riored4v, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of spicelab
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber with big thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Jet black with a dark tan head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing. Nice alcohol legs on swirling.

Coconut, cherry-ripe, oak, milk chocolate. Pretty straightforward stuff.

Tar, scorched treacle, chocolate fudge, mild plastic and somewhat detached dry roast character.

Pretty light for the ABV, but otherwise a generally orthodox smooth and velvety RIS mouthfeel.

Yeah nice enough, but rather one-note. For a big, barrel-aged RIS, that is somewhat damning.

spicelab, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ralphw56, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of calvin233
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

calvin233, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

billab914, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kjyost, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Glencairn glass. 2nd edition.

A: Pours viscously, with no head. Opaque and completely black.

S: Big, dark, bourbon-filled, flat malt. Sugars, milky, nice. Smells like a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. I'm reminded of Dragon's Milk.

T: Good! Chocolate malt, sweet-thick body, lightly bitter (dark chocolate), with strong vanilla. Basically no hops. Aftertaste is bitter-sweet, sticky, and not the best part of the beer.

M: Thick and smooth, if a touch flat.

O: Solid imperial stout. Never transcendent, but not really disappointing. Would have again, if not recommend.

AgentMunky, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

DonDirkA, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewmaster Reserve 2009 10.5%, bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: Pours a near opaque black with a brown crown. Thin mocha head that dissipates quickly as this is a BA beer. Looks delicious.

Smell: Chocolate stikes first and strongly. Dark fruit, leather, slight sherry notes accompanied by black licorice.

Taste: Again, chocolate is strong in the beginning and is quickly transformed into the aforementioned aromas with the addition of the bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, and a slight soy sauce taste.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth with a more than average viscosity and lingers on the palate well. Carbonation is good for the style.

Overall: I was excited to give this a try when I found it off the shelf at a local bottle shop with trusted storage conditions. This beer has more redeeming qualities that flaws, however, for me this beer is past its' prime. Most likely will not seek again unless from a different vintage.

Other notes: I don't enjoy the taste of soy sauce in beer.

Kopfschuss, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of GOMECK
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

GOMECK, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Wowcoolman, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.8%

djrn2, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 release. Thanks for sharing Justin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours near black with dark brown edges beneath a finger of dark tan head that faded to spotty lace.
S: Boozy nose. I get notes of bourbon vapors, coconut, and caramel, with light notes of oak and vanilla.
T: Very warm alcoholic notes of caramel, roasted coconut and raisins. I get some chocolate in the finish, but the aftertaste reminds me of an ashtray.
M: Full but could be fuller. Medium carbonation and a fairly smooth mouthfeel, although the alcohol is still a bit warm.
O: A solid stout but it’s still a bit young. If this was a tad thicker too it was be perfect. Thanks again QuadrantThree.

scottfrie, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a small brown head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap, leaves nice spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is a bourbon bomb, tons of bourbon, a lot of vanilla and oak, and I reckon there is a stout under there too, featuring dark fruits, anise, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate and coffee, a lot of sinus-clearing alcohol as well. Very good strength.

Flavor generally mirrors the aroma. Big-time bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, anise, dark fruits, some caramel, molasses and toffee, moderately sweet, minimal bitterness, noticeable alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, but a tad thin for the style, very creamy, smooth, light carbonation.

If you like bourbon-heavy stouts, this is a must-try. Huge beer. I love me a barrel-aged stout, but this one could almost use some toning down as it ends up overpowering the rest of the beer. Still, really, really good stuff. Glad to have had a chance to try it. Probably should have sat on it a bit longer, but I got impatient. I’m sure this would age like a champ.

elgiacomo, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

enelson, May 26, 2012
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.