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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
89
very good

439 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 260
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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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

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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Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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harrymel

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011

A: black with little head production. There was a substantial amount of rust around cap (probably from the tin wrapper on the top). No lace. Near mirror surface.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet and dark malts with some cream tones I relate to a cuvee that has sat on lees for a long time.
T: Follows the nose and adds some nice depth with hints of dark stone fruits and some bakers cocoa. Really nice.
M: Viscous and low carb, semi dry finish.
O: Really showing well right now. Wouldn't hesitate to grab a few more of these. Full Sail is not my favorite brewery, but when they are on, they are spot on.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:49:26 | More by harrymel
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Oregon

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New Jersey

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Ohio

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California

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark coffee-black that lets barely any light in through the edges; no head, no lacing

S: Strong notes of bourbon-infused wood, sweet malt, chocolate, and more sweet bourbon

T: Starts off with a woody milk chocolate flavor; opens up as it hits the middle of the tongue to reveal more notes of wood, bourbon, and chocolate; finishes with a sweet bourbon/wood flavor that mellows nicely on the back of the palate. Surprisingly there is barely any hint of booze at all, a wonder considering this thing is packing a whopping 11.4%.

M: Medium viscosity, barely any carbonation, super smooth; this stuff just melts ever so softly over the tongue

O: This is one of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had, and it's also one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had as well. If you're a fan of big dark beers then you should not miss this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 20:53:04 | More by Jules11788
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with some local ba's into tasting glass

A.Dark black to tan with virtually no head or head retention

S. cocoa powder, lightly roasted malts, some charred bitterness.

T. Roasted flavors and bitterness followed by a jack daniels like barrel flavor, not the kind of bourbon flavor I look for in a BAIS

M. Thin, low carbonation, rubbing alcohol like burn follows

O. Sounds good on paper but wish this one brought more to the table in just about every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:38:56 | More by Centennial
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FosterJM

California

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

878th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

2011 Release

Purchased from Craft in Reno, NV

App- A very dark brown to inky black pour. While the head forms it settles to a good viscous looking pour. A bit khaki in color with a medium receding pace. A little whisp of cling.

Smell- A good bit of aromatics on the nose. A lot of booze with dark malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Roasted notes finish it out with a bit of astringency.

Taste- A good stout with some good balance and well rounded flavors. A good bit of malt with some dark chocolate as on the nose. A little bit of plum and oak. The barrel notes smooth it out but dont add much boldness. More stringy alcohol than richness.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A touch of dark fruits but a lot of rich chocolate and oak on the residual flavors.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. It was more flavorful that some of their base beers but needs a bit more smoothness to take away from the bubbly hop bitter note. I'd like to trade for a 2009 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:40:56 | More by FosterJM
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.