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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

441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 77
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
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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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A foil-wrapped 650 mL bottle courtesy of a Fall 2006 trade with liverletdie.

A: The stout is midnight, dark as a night without the moon. The lack of head further accentuates the darkness of the stout.

S: The nose is stout initially, dark and foreboding with a strong boozy warmth. Chocolate and dark breads lead the way. As the stout warms, bourbon emerges with an impressive strength. Vanilla and alcohol round out the nose.

T: Initially, the stout is just that. Dark flavors, chocolate and nuttiness, emerge with no indication of the strength of the barrel. In warming, the stout takes on a whole new dimension. Vanilla, pepper and corn booze emerge, complimenting the chocolate stout elements. When the stout reaches room temperatute, it's full potential is reached. The bourbon is firing on all cylinders, overpowering the stout in an alcoholicd delirium. For a stout with two years under its belt, wow!

M: This one goes neck and neck with Dark Hollow. The bourbon is slow to emerge but when it does, make sure that you aren't in the way.

D: The alcohol is hidden (if that is possible in a bourbon stout) until the temperature increases. Near room temperature, this one'll knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 03:32:46 | More by akorsak
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rkuhnel

California

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

23 oz bottle dated 2008. This category says 2006 but I am not going to create a new category just for a new year. I served this at my 55 degree cellar temperature. Very black color with a small foamy brown head. Good lacing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Nose is like whiskey and chocolate, with other odors of oak, ripe fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is remarkable, with lots of chocolate and alcohol. The finish is bourbon and alcohol. A very unique brew, and one I really liked.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 17:17:35 | More by rkuhnel
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: Do you like bourbon? If the answer's yes, just wink at me.

Yes, it's bourbony, baby. Full, redolent notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toasted oak eclipse the lesser hints of dark malts and chocolate.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, and a simple syrup sweetness expertly integrated with the bourbon characteristics. Chocolate syrup and a few flecks of coconut on a finish that is very warming, but never hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Quite warming.

Drinkability: Very nice. So nice, in fact, that it has a noticeable calming effect. Personally, I put on some relaxing music, sat quietly, hands clasped together on my lap. I'll finish the rest of my glass before retiring to the den to read for a spell before going to bed.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 17:57:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small brownish head, smells of bourbon and vanilla..it tastes like heaven. The oak, bourbon and vanila is prominent, chewy and it will kick you in the balls. Mouthfeel is plenty of kick. The vanilla and bourbon is just down right great! Best Imperial I have ever had..second is oak aged yeti

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 03:36:48 | More by barleywinefiend
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

22oz bomber bottle with gold foil on the top.

Super dark black with a nice espresso coloured head of foam that initially dies, but is revivable to a certain degree. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, fig, and other dark fruit variants. Taste is silky smooth with non boozy bourbon and vanilla in the foreground, slight herbal hop, fresh baked doughboy rolls and raisins in the back palate. Mouthfeel is think, but not over the top which keeps the drinkability high. The bourbon aging really wakes this formerly boring impy stout up and gets him going right. Pretty nice. As a side note, I wish I could still get this now!

ARGH!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:13:54 | More by francisweizen
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a modest, beige head of a quarter-inch.
What head did arise, quickly faded to a few whisps of bubble trails.
Aromatics are heavily bourbonized.
Bitter chocolate, charred malt, and dark roasted coffee beans are well integrated and support the prevolent whiskey.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, sticky, and lightly syrupy. Low carbonation adds some sophistication. On the thinnish side of body by todays American RIS standards.
The pallet is, as promised, a blast of bourbon.
Plenty of Imperial stout character, but the whiskey overwhelmes it. Not a bad thing, eh?
Dark, bitter chocolate, espresso grinds, acrid black malt, and charred oak follow through the searing alcohol.
The finish builds with plenty of numbing heat, lingering bakers chocolate drizzled with Kahlua, and vanilla.

At 2 years old, this beer could still use some additional cellaring to help round out the booze.
Luv's me barrel-aged Imperial stouts, at any age tho!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 22:34:22 | More by brewandbbq
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh baby, this glugs out thick like sludge opaque black with a minimal ring of tan head. Moreso has legs than lace, what a beauty. Smell the bourbon laced vanilla notes along with chocolate. You get a rainbow of taste with a start of big sweet chocolate malt, then non boozy bourbon washes it away, then a little dark fruit covered by vanilla chocolate bourbon if such an animal exists. A warming full mouthfeel that commands you enjoy a delectable sip at a time. An apartif beer for the connoiseur.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:49:16 | More by franksnbeans
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genog

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.
Pours a rich black color with a creamy tan head. Great amount of lacing as well as head comes back with every swirl of your glass. Smell is of chocolate, a little mild coffee smell and some toffee as well. All of this is paired beautifully with the vanilla bourbon notes creating a great mixture. Taste is sweet followed by a lingering bitterness. Not very boozy from the bourbon making this a delicious sipper with a creamy mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 18:32:58 | More by genog
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity... Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a tight 1/8" tan head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is down to a swirl of bubbles in scant moments, with minimal lace, tending more towards legs. Aroma is dark malt with vanilla-tinged bourbon. Taste starts with a sweet darkness, goes with a peek of fruit and some wisps of vanilla in the middle, and then closes with bourbon and lots of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is amazing, and drinkability is dangerous. Worth the trouble to find and experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 02:39:35 | More by ppoitras
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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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kirok1999

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one for a while and my patience just gave out. Pours a clear black, just a little garnet around the edge of the glass and a slight dark head.
Smells like chocolate candy. Yeah, that's it.
Taste is phenomenal. It's like chocolate cake batter in a glass. Maybe you think that's bad but in this case it is wonderful. I honestly don't know how they get that much sweet chocolate taste out of 4 basic ingredients. It's thick, lush and creamy. Sweet in other ways than chocolate, caramel, slight fruit notes. The bourbon comes through in a rich aftertaste that warms beautifully. There is no way I could think of to improve the taste so it got a 5.
Easy enough to drink but the chocolate might make it hard to drink too much of it.
Simply wonderful. Why can't I brew beer like this?

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:08:58 | More by kirok1999
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woemad

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big-ass 22oz bottle which I think was purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane nearly a year ago.

Poured a dark black that only took on a cloudy garnett look when held up to direct light. Big, tan head that dropped after a few minutes. Not a lot of lace, and what there is appeared in small spots.

Massive, rather uncompromising bourbon scent in the nose of this beer. I gave it ample time to warm up, and it still stayed the king of the hill. That's not to say it was the only game in town - there was definitely a scent of vanilla that became apparent as the beer warmed up, but it stayed huddled in the background while the bourbon overlorded things like an arrogant general that's just staged a successful coup.

The flavor was a little more nuanced than the nose. It was still dominated by the bourbon. Nevertheless, there are elements of vanilla, dark chocolate, oakiness and even hoppiness (most noticeable at the moderately dry swallow) that come out to play. Make no mistake, however, the bourbon flavor imparted by the bourbon cask aging is definitely the star of this show.

While not as thin as some truly flawed stouts I've experienced, I think this could benefit from being more heavy-bodied than it is. As it is, I'd best describe this as a medium bodied beer that nevertheless has a somewhat oily, sticky mouthfeel.

Not a particularly sessionable beer. Even with by and large enjoying this beer, it took me about an hour to finish this bomber. Therefore, I sincerely doubt I could sit in a bar and drain pint after pint of this beer. It would probably function well as an after-meal sipper, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 23:11:55 | More by woemad
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RedHaze

Nebraska

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
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Ego

New Jersey

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

brewmaster reserve 2006

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

nose...
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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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06 (2005 Bottle): Jet black color with a thick light brown head with good retention. Nice rings of lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, with caramel and dark fruit in the background. Full body with a pleasant roasted character. Malt, caramel and chocolate flavors are balanced by an underlying coffee bitterness. The finish is dry and mildly bitter coffee and hops. I would definitely like to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 15:16:10 | More by Dogbrick
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Dubbercody

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, Portland International Beer Festival.

Pours dark brown, almost black, good latte colored head. Not thick like motor oil, but an easier pour that simply explodes with smells.

The burbon is very upfront and almost overpowering, but subsides to reveal chocolate/coffee and hops as well.

The burbon also plays a strong hand in the taste, but just as in the nose opens up to reveal layers of flavor.

Great brew, even on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 07:07:47 | More by Dubbercody
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail released this mighty stout while I was distracted from Portland’s beer scene. To hear tell of it, Black Gold flew off the shelves and quickly disappeared from the usual outlets. Thankfully DrunkenMaster had put one aside for me and I was able to enjoy it before leaving Portland.

This is an uncommonly elegant beer. The taste begins with the sensation of chocolate-covered cherries soaked in brandy. Caramel flavor pushes forward early before yielding to a refined finish with a tempered bourbon bite. The bourbon element is gracefully integrated, not overplayed. Likewise, the alcohol, even just a few months after bottling, is well integrated and makes a greater showing in the belly than on the palate. The aroma speaks of white chocolate.

Black Gold is impenetrably black and forms a dense beige head from an abundance of tiny bubbles. It articulates a skillful balance of mellow refinement and gutsy edge. Lets hope Full Sail makes a habit of brewing this annually.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 05:45:37 | More by RedDiamond
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand. Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Superb. This beer pours a beautiful near black with a thick, creamy-looking head. There are many different facets to the taste. It tastes of coffee and chocolate from the rich dark malt as well as bourbon and oak from the barrel. There are also hints of dried fruits, licorice, and a bit of caramel. All the tastes come through, but none are overbearing. This is a beer that goes down very well, and the abv is scary. I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 02:13:30 | More by bignick
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised by the large brown froth that proceeded to decorate the glass with a finely beaded lace. Appears black on brown.
Smells of cocoa, or a thin ganache spiked with bourbon: A really nice bourbon.
Tastes smokey and chocolatey, thick and creamy. It's very smooth with totallly bourbon breath and flavor. It has bourbon qualities of flavor without the burning. There's a really warm glow in the finish, but not all that spicy. There's a just present and pleasant astringency; a certain drying of the buds like one's mouth is contemplating a pucker.
To conclude, it tastes like a bourbon truffle. Isn't it supposed to?

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 03:27:51 | More by gbontrag
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the wind surfing capital of the world comes this handsomely fancy, gold foil bejeweled vessel containing two and three quarter cups of fine American-brewed bourbon barrel-aged wonder.

Bourbon barrel volatiles explode from the bottle upon opening. I could smell musty bourbon oak even before uncapping the bottle as I peeled the foil wrapping from its neck. In the glass the bourbon scents, while still prominent, share the stage with nutmeg, potent vanilla and warm toast.

The beer is an inky black with a gold tinged dark brown sugar head. Cola-like carbonation bubbles can be seen near the sides of the glass lending the beer a slightly ethereal appearance.

The beauty of this beer only grows greater as it graces the tongue. This complex tapestry woven by the brewers of Full Sail is built from threads of dark roast malt, robust vanilla beans, mighty alcohol flavors, and earthy hop spices reminiscent of a Renaissance-era thatch-roofed herb shoppe. This entire piece of art is then coated in a layer of subtle oak fire smokiness. This is an exuberant stout with a rough-hewn edge of American whiskey and a soul-warming finish.

This is an absolute gem of a beer, my first from Full Sail and I cannot wait to get more.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 03:10:26 | More by froggyfrog
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beersabound

Alaska

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

The appearance is black and opaque with a brown head of one finger's width and good retention. The inital aroma and flavor is of roasted malts and whiskey. It has lots of warming alcohol in the flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is full but smooth even considering the alcohol. It was moderately carbonated. As the this black beauty warms, the oak, vanilla and supporting malt sweetness emerge producing a drinkable, strong, and complex stout that is great to share with a couple of friends. Sharing is great because then you can try many beers in one sitting. I'd buy more bombers of this for sure but would hesitate ordering a full pint at a bar. Mostly because of the alcohol content. This is a great beer for dessert (I'll pass on the cake and ice cream) or after dinner sipping while solving the world's problems.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 18:16:36 | More by beersabound
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HimerMan

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel this beer should really be cellar aged for 6-12 months prior to drinking; but still an excellent beer.

Pour was dark brown/black with a nice head and strong aroma of vanilla and alcohol, with a bit of chocolate.

Taste - a bit sharp on the alcohol (as again, in time this will fade) but very sweet and creamy at the same time. Flavor lingers for a bit, without the taste of agressive hops in the background.

Overall I think the ratings will go up for this once time allows the flavors to mature a bit. I really believe this is an excellent beer.

Definitely worth a chance if you can find it now.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 11:39:08 | More by HimerMan
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This came out a very dark, almost black stout with wonderful ruby highlights around the edges. The head was moderate and beautifully browned.

Smell – Oh, this is bourbon at its finest. We always have a couple good bottles of bourbon around the house, so when I popped the top on this we passed it around with a few bottles from Bourbon County, Kentucky. They really did hit the mark here.

The rest of the beer was just as pleasant. The malts were very dark but the sweetish whisky and sugars balanced things out nicely.

Taste – The malts were bigger at the taste. They were very crisp. The bourbon was smooth and satisfying. There was also most definitely a light sense of coconut.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and had a light stingy feel from the high ABV.

Drinkability – If you enjoy bourbon you’ll really like this RIP. If you don’t, get over it and buy a bottle anyway.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for not only strongly recommending this purchase but for talking me into cellaring this for six months before drinking. Dead right on both counts.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 01:10:42 | More by RoyalT
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bodybyadam

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you want to try this one grab it while you can. I bought this from my local establishment, who had this in his cellar for about 6-8 months. This one he only allows his customers to purchase one. Not one at a time, but you're limited to buy ONE. So many people want to stock up on this "Character".
So the lavish label is somewhat appealing. Served into my typical goblet I immediately notice the dark pitch color pours smooth with a ¾’ head. I’m already anticipating its raved about taste, since I warmed my palette with a mild commercial stout. The Imperial has a nose of malty molasses, which threw me because its label reads of aging in oak bourbon casks. Well hang on at this point because the “amusement park ride” has just started.

My first taste after sniffing, and noticing the malty molasses, and I should have expected this, was a strong bourbon flavor. The later tastes started to throw in more flavors. The aftertaste was a caramel smoky stout that had reminded me of a smoked porter favorite of mine, but with very distinct differences. The mouth feel is the best part of this drink for its awakening of your senses.

One thing to remember is that the 10.5% ABV is there and if you don’t like the taste or smell of bourbon then this might not be the drink for you. This one is right at the top of my stout list and though it may not be for everyone, I know I’ll at least have one waiting for me.

Elbows Up,
Adam

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 20:42:09 | More by bodybyadam
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mentor

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scores reflect my first review of the beer. Scores for my second review (an aged bottle) are noted in the text of that review.

Review from 04-19-2006
I can not tell you how happy I was to find this in a local store the other day. I bought every bottle in the store and am reviewing one bottle now so I will have a standard of comparison.

Pours a thin layer of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells coffee during the pour. To the nose, it's potent dark oak (not raw like Oaked Yeti). Dark smokey grains with a sweet and a touch of alcohol. Gentle mix of roast and coffee. Tastes very oaky with a wet sweet chocolate and a nice toffee aftertaste. Vanilla is mild and comes across like a 'French Donut' (haven't had one in years and wonder if they all taste like the ones at that particular store in my hometown). Overall, nice. IMO, toffee is a very important 'rounding' flavor in styles that can be a bit stark. A bit of acrid, perhaps from the oak barrels or perhaps from the alcohol sting. Honestly, I was expecting much more out of this beer. At the present time, it's all about the oak. Medium body, but it clings to the tongue. Medium carbonation, which was a bit more than I was expecting. The acidic character of this beer gets hard to handle near the bottom of the bottle. I'm glad I tried it, but more glad that I have four bottles in my cellar to age and taste over the years.

Review from 04-09-2013
Wow, has this bottle really been sitting in my cellar for 7 years? Last one I have, let's see how it has held up.

Thin layer of dark brown head (like dark brown sugar) head over a pitch liquid that has dark brown edgings when held to light. The carbonation isn't quite soda-poppy, but it settles out pretty sharply. Chocolate and boozey toffee yummy aroma waft up from the glass as it sits on the table. To the nose, rich dark roast coffee, vanilla, scorched sugar, anise, non-sweetened baker's chocolate, and cinnamon. Oak is mild and comes across as very raw. Decent clean alcohol sting. Tastes acrid and scorched with overly cleansing alcohol and drying astringency in the finish. Uhhffff, not what the smell led me to expect. Under all that is an overly strong oak, coffee roast, dry dark chocolate, and moderate grassy hop bitter. Very stingy in the mouth from carbonation and alcohol sting. The aftertaste has a strong noble hop flavor and a very dark roast coffee character. Md in the mouth with some dextrinous character. . Not worth the $3.99 I paid for it and definitely an aging failure. Appearance: 3.5 Smell: 3.5 Taste: 2 Mouthfeel: 3 Overall: 2.5.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 05:23:46 | More by mentor
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.