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

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462 Ratings
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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 79
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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Photo of francisweizen
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!


francisweizen, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
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!

brewandbbq, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of franksnbeans
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.

franksnbeans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of genog
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.

genog, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
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.

hoppymeal, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
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?

kirok1999, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of woemad
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.

woemad, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
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.

RedHaze, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Ego
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brewmaster reserve 2006

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

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

Ego, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
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.

Dubbercody, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of RedDiamond
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.

RedDiamond, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of bignick
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.

bignick, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of gbontrag
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?

gbontrag, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
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.

froggyfrog, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of beersabound
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.

beersabound, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
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.


HimerMan, May 10, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, May 03, 2006
Photo of bodybyadam
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,

bodybyadam, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of mentor
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.

mentor, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is strong alcohol, some figs and creamy chocolate and a little bit of a sour tang. As t warms oakey vanilla dominates.

The flavor is strong bitter alcohol initially and a little bit of sour fruits. Some smoother chocolate malts and coffee and oakey vanilla and cherries come out later. The mouthfeel is smooth full and creamy.

Overall, a bit too much harsh alcohol for me (I'm not a big liquor fan), but it is pretty complex and interesting. It gets better the more I drink of it - smooth and well balanced.

Beaver13, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22ounce bomber, from Liquor Max, Loveland, CO. Recommended by Nick, 'cause he knows I love malt.

Served at 50 degrees. Vigorous pour produces a huge creamy light brown head, like meringue, over a black black red body that is almost completely opaque -- a tiny bit of light comes through around the edges when you hold it directly in front of a light bulb. Lots of thick sticky lacing. Chocolate, vanilla bean, malted milk balls, cherry cheesecake on the nose, with a light backnote of piney hops.

Oh my gosh, this is like chocolate bourbon-balls! Wow. So much creamy and thickly toasted malty vanilla bourbony sweetness. Extreme malt darkness. Great alcohol warmth. It gets better with each sip. This is really enormously huge!

The mouthfeel is like a melted dark chocolate malt. Perfectly soft carbonation. Great depth.

The 10.5% is completely masked in the flavor, but it is certainly there. Is this a good as Yeti? Maybe.

ColoradoBobs, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of kolbe
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet jesus.

I picked up a bottle of this along with a whole bunch of other stouts one day when I was feeling in the mood. I am not sure why I do that, as there is no way I will make it through 6 bombers of motor oil stout before I want to try something else, but alas...

I got around to popping this open the other day. Wow.

The aroma: incredible. Vanilla, oak, all that. Smells like something I'd like to spray around my house.

The pour: awesome. Black as night, little bit of a head to it, but not for long. Carbonation is perfect.

The taste: what! This is insane. This beer is delicious, and I couldn't slow myself down despite wanting to keep drinking it forever. It's like some sort of physically improbable coincidence whereby a tastebud's most ridiculous fantasies have been converted into a sludge that made its way into my goblet.

I mark down your drinkability, Black Gold, because I ought not want to drink you so fast.

I have actually had trouble concentrating for the last few days because I've been thinking about this beer. I just got a couple more bottles from the store today and I think their supply is getting low. Better to have loved and lost... but I hope Full Sail keeps this one coming around year after year, and I hope it turns out at least this well next year.

kolbe, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What color is black gold? Pours a back color with red and dark brown hues around the edges of the glass. There is a somewhat wispy appearance and the foam has a brown and sometimes reddish color. The retention was limited as was the lacing but did last through the whole tasting.

The smell is sweet with more of a fruit or more specific sugar plum aroma. A mix of malt and sweetness. Overall the smell is well represented. There is a phenolic edge to the beer as well giving notice to the bourbon essence.

The taste is similar. At first there is a roasted coffee malt taste, but quickly the sweet plums shows with an overly sweet taste. I would have liked more malt but the bourbon side really is noticeable. The beer finishes with a sharp phenolic taste that deters from the overall flaovr. It seems to become more pronounced as the beer warms.

The body is close to full then say a mid body feel. Carbonation is light but acceptable. Usually I like to have a fruity plum or raisin taste in my Imperial Stouts, but this one with the phenolic lip and lack of malt really is not good.

So why did they name the beer after two color (ie why not red blue imp stout, or purple green imp stout?).

Oxymoron, Mar 24, 2006
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.