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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

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 77
Gots: 115 | 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 +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev 0%
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
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another cool bottle courtesy of STEG. Thanks agian for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewmaster Reserve 2011

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a small, medium looking, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body, opaque, with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy and faint wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Despite the lousy head retention, this is a good looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Bigger nose on this one, with lots of barrel notes. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate on the nose, with touches of dark chocolate as well. A touch of roasted and smoky malts, but this more about the barrel.

TASTE: A touch of roasted malt up front, but this soon gives way to a big barrel with lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate through the middle into the finish. Plenty of oak in there. The aftertaste is medium in strength and lingers nicely with lots of barrel, some dark chocolate and a touch of heat in there. Lots of nice barrel flavors, but I’d like to see a little more of the base beer for top marks. Alcohol is kept well in check here as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly light on the palate. Semi-creamy, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating with a touch heat lingering. Average here.

OVERALL: A solid barrel aged imperial stout. Would love to try this and base beer together in order to see how well the base beer does on its own, as I find it was a little outdone here by the barrel. Oddly enough, the label says you’ll find “hints of oak” in here, but this is an oak bomb through and through. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable, flavorful and drinkable brew. Thanks again for the hookup STEG. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 12:06:29 | More by Jeffo
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Release. 22oz bottle with gold foil poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: A hard pour straight down the middle produces minimal head...a vigorous swirl brings up about a quarter inch of consistent brown head with small bubbles that recedes to a small ring. The abv is making itself known in the lack of head retention and with the alcohol feet. Opaque black.

S: Holy whisky Batman...sweet bourbon, tons of vanilla and dark malt...buttloads of chocolate...it has a Scotch Whisky-like complexity...sweet oak and molasses.

T: Unfortunately alcohol is the first thing that hits...boozy and sweet, dark roasted malts fill your mouth...there is a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Tobacco, oak, vanilla, chocolate and molasses are all flavors I pick up on, and as it warms the flavors & booze do even out.

MF: Chewy and pretty full initially but I gotta say it's not as big of a feel as I want in a high abv stout...viscous and dry on the very end of the finish. A touch watery in my opinion.

O: Tough to say, I had hoped that I'd given this beer enough time to calm down (heat wise) but it's still pretty boozy. The mouthfeel is good initially, and the smell and flavors have good, complex things going for them, but it's tough to rate this beer high. I'll revisit in a few years...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:37:57 | More by Scotchboy
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2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over.

Appearance: The pour is maroon mahogany color with ruby edges and a small cap that neither retains well nor leaves any real lace.

Smell: The aroma is nice. Bourbon, some alcohol, oak, chocolate malt, and roast coffee.

Taste: The flavor really differs from the aroma, in a bad way. Roasted and chocolate malt should be there, but hide behind a bourbon and ethyl alcohol front. Oak tannins come in later, but there is no real depth to this beer. Most of what I taste here is off flavors.

Mouthfeel: It is noticeably thin right away. The oak is overdone, leaving my mouth feeling astringent. The alcohol provides some bite on the tongue.

Overall: Not a lot of good things going right with this beer after I get past the aroma. It was tough to finish a glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:36:32 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage

Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a hint of off white tan foam - looks a bit thinner than I'd like.

Smell starts out beautiful, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate and sweet malts, but the finish is a bit harsh - some bitter oak shows up to dampen the otherwise perfect bouquet of aromas.

Taste is a harsh - tons of bourbon and alcohol and oak - I'm not used to so much wood in my beer. I think the thin nature of the beer hurts this one - picks up a ton of oak.

Feel is decent - well carbed, but thin for a stout.

Overall - dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:19:49 | More by readbaron
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4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 10 oz pour on tap at 1702. Served in a small pilsner glass.
Opaque brownish black with a 1/4"-1/8" khaki head. No lacing, but I think the glass may have been wet or something.
Rich and inviting nose. Leads with bourbon notes, then toffee, vanilla, some oak, and a kind of sweet creaminess. Lactose maybe? As it warms, a little licorice and molasses come out.
The taste is similarly rich and complex, leading with bourbon and oak, then jumping around between molasses, toffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and espresso. Medium sweet, ends lightly sweet and roasty with a pleasant and long finish/aftertaste. The bourbon adds to the taste without overpowering, just how I like it.
Very nice texture too, full bodied, viscous and creamy. The carbonation is just right, balanced and smooth.
I kind of didn't expect much from this beer, but I was really impressed. Balanced, complex, and delicious. Damn!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 15:00:31 | More by busternuggz
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2.3/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 release.

Pours black with a short lived tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

I was a bit put off as the smell is of straight bourbon upfront when first poured. After being allowed to sit for a minute, some really vanilla and oak from the barrels and chocolate, lightly roasted malt comes through behind the bourbon.

The taste follows the nose, with bourbon upfront and followed by some cocoa and roasty malts. Finishes with a mouth-numbing alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly viscous, with light carbonation.

A decent beer but the bourbon is just not integrated well-enough. I feel like this is was would be the result of mixing a shot of bourbon in a regular Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:02:42 | More by vkv822
Photo of homebrew311


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AleWatcher for sharing this one at a recent tasting.

A: appearance is very dark black, but not quite opaque, minimal head, no lacing

S: vanilla from the Bourbon is huge up front, chocolate comes through next with sweet dark fruits and molasses coming through at the end

T: very sweet with lots of vanilla to begin, slightly sour in the middle, syrupy sweet finish. This one leans a little heavily towards the sweet side for my liking.

MF: body doesn't seem to match the flavors... a little on the thin side

O: among many other delicious brews we cracked at this tasting, this one did not really standout. It's a bit on the sweet side and it is a bit thin for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:53:20 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Vierenner


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Picked up while on a trip to Tucson. Exactly the style of beer I like ... a robust stout with bourbon barrel overtones, hints of vanilla, and most importantly lacking the overpowering hop flavor present in so many beers. There is a subtle hint of hops, but it's a delicate, controlled level of bitterness. My only criticism is it seems slightly watery. Almost like it begs for a few additional flavors to make it feel more full ... and ingredients to make it feel thicker. Oh, and I wish it were available in Ohio!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:54:51 | More by Vierenner
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:27:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Mora2000


4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 21:17:11 | More by Mora2000
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.