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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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 81
Gots: 127 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of DonDirkA
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GOMECK
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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.

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pitch black, thick as tar brew with a fair light brown film on top and good lacing. The aroma is super serious with whiskey and malty licorice with a nearly mentholated overtone that let’s you know there is some high octane beer involved. Almost smells more like whiskey than beer, but no complaints. Classy and big! The flavor offers a more boozy whiskey malt with a velvetty feel and plenty of licorice sweetness. It’s only a medium bodied brew which was a bit of a surprise, if not disappointing, but the feel is still nice and this offers pleasant carbonation and solid flavor. Nice.

Photo of MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MarkIntihar
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Underdogbisco
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rathakem
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GlassHalfFull
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic and underrated. Great color with nice lacing. Very slightly boozy, but with nice carmel, chocolate tones. Everything you would expect from a quality bourbon aged stout, but a lot less hype than some of the others.

Bang for the buck, this one is exceptional!

Photo of mactrail
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, this high-ABV beer forms a thin tan head that fades quickly to a very, very dark brown. A solid oak aroma is immediately present along with a decent amount of vanilla and a little warmth right before the first sip. Most of the roasted bitterness has probably faded in the barrel leaving mostly chocolate and oak. Still some coffee, but it’s hiding behind some vanilla. Finishes with just a little twang. There’s more carbonation in this than it shows in the pour but the finish is a little too quick.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours jet black, with a moderate light brown head and nice lacing. Mild aroma of dark fruit and roasted malts, strong bourbon. Taste follows. Bourbon and dark, roasted malts and some dark fruit. Nicely made, but a bit lighter and not as well balanced as some. I'll age one, but might not be complex enough to improve. Certainly worth trying this series each year.

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pjeezus
1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 23 Nov 2011. 2011 version. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Small dark brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown to black in color. Aromas of roasted burnt malts, bourbon, licorice, chocolate. Flavor is dominated by chocolate upfront. Licorice slowly becomes noticeable, then ethanol warmth from throat to gut. Lingering burnt dark cocoa malts. Full bodied, very warming ethanol.

Decent but a little rough around the edges. Still, reasonably priced for a barrel aged RIS.

Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.