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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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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-28-2013 05:06:27 | More by Seattle_Suds
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-20-2013 16:37:57 | More by JamesShoemaker
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unclejazz

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

12-16-2013 00:48:48 | More by unclejazz
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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New York

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12-11-2013 07:55:36 | More by Wompus
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dwoolley1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-09-2013 14:16:04 | More by dwoolley1
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-09-2013 01:42:59 | More by BillRoth
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Pens1967

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-29-2013 00:00:43 | More by Pens1967
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CloudStrife

New York

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Brewmasters Reserve 2013.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a tannish brown head on top. Fairly quick to dissipate it leaves a few spots of lacing.

S: Loads of bourbon notes on this one along with oak and vanilla. Dark fruits are fairly heavy along with a pleasant chocolate aroma. Touch of booze on the backend.

T: Isnt as much of a bourbon bomb as the nose would lead to believe but has a great roasted malt and chocolate profile. Oak and vanilla round out the backend smoothing things out.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. A bit lighter than most stouts on the market as there is a slight watery aspect. Nice mellow feel to it which is enjoyable.

Overall was very difficult to pass up at under $5 a bottle but I am glad I picked a couple up. Well balanced beer that is a good entry level bourbon beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 18:50:26 | More by CloudStrife
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-28-2013 01:42:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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Jjski

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-black, small head

S-roasty malt chocolate , mild bourbon and vanilla

T- not overpowering or very assertive at all. A bit mild, but balanced flavors found in nose.

M- thin, effervescent

O- ok imp stout, but for $ 5.79 it is a bargain. It's the best (only?) sub-$6.00 barrel aged stout. As for reasonably priced beer of this style- I think Heavy Seas : Siren Noire is far better at @$8.00 to$9.00

For a bargain: recommended.
If you are looking for a Parabola or Abyss equivalent: skip it

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:21:21 | More by Jjski
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Pennsylvania

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11-18-2013 02:07:36 | More by weeare138
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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BillHilly

Washington

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mdaschaf

Washington

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Idaho

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Promoting the sense of roast, Full Sail's larger-than-life Stout employs the full gamut of tools to heighten the sense of roast- from its dryness, to its carbonation, its spices and its bitterness all work hard in that direction. Balance has very little place in this beer.

The expected black beer layers into the glass with a slow and steady separation of foam from ale. Its dark body is nearly black as garnet highlights penetrate its edges. Its creamy cap of foam shows long-lasting retention and well defined rings of lace.

Highly roasty aromas couple with medium bourbon notes for a dry coffee and caramel scent. Burnt wood, espresso, walnuts, cocoa and campfire all sing the praises of the beer's tremendous roast. The alcohol scent gives a sweeter and spicier tone to balance the roast scent while light hop presence of burnt grass comes out to play.

Its taste is fully roasted- burnt caramel and toffee, burnt dark fruit, burnt wood and grass all create a strong roasted coffee and cocoa taste. Its bourbon flavor is dry, spicy and boozy just ahead of its bitter finish. Burnt hops, coffee-like bitterness and alcohol bite easily balances the dry malt taste and gives its finish a mild taste of burnt embers and ash.

Full bodied, but the beer's high level of attenuation gives dry impressions immediately. With little malt weight to support the roast, its dry and rough edges poke and prod at the soft tissues of the mouth with spicy pangs of astringency from wood spices, roast grain spices, sharp hops and prickling alcohol. Further exacerbated, the beer's high carbonation provides an arid texture that promotes ash qualities in aftertaste.

Full Sail's Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Gold is a a fantastic Stout, but you gotta lik'em roasty as hell! Everything about the beer reinforces the taste of all-things-burnt. Any balance from malt sweetness is hard to come by, but this allows for a surprisingly high level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 18:24:05 | More by BEERchitect
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pkalix

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark, black, as it should be.
boozy bourbon, vanilla, roasty malt aroma. very nice aroma.
a bit thicker than I prefer. boozy bourbon sweetness, roasted malts, hard espresso lingers behind, as if I had just chewed an espresso bean....
overall,, it's very good. I keep chasing the dragon here, though. i'm looking for that ECLIPSE clone. and hoping maybe it's half the price of the Eclipse. maybe that's why the eclipse is so expensive and hard to find. it's just the perfect brew. this one isn't bad; it's very good, in fact. I was hoping much on this one because it is stored in the same Four Roses barrels, along with the Makers Mark and Evans(?). anyway, cheers nonetheless . . . . i'm quite happy I wiped out Total Wine's entire 4 bottle inventory....

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:43:15 | More by pkalix
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TheLevi4000

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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GennyCreamAle

New York

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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black with no clarity, but little bubbles can be seen at the top of the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, spices, caramel, tobacco, chocolate, molasses. Barrel aged delicious aroma.

Taste: Bourbon barrel deliciousness. Nice warming boozy barrel flavors goes well with the traditional RIS flavors one is looking for.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, boozy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and very delicious.

Overall: Pretty delicious and good bourbon barrel aged RIS.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:35:25 | More by Flounder57
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle procured from NJ and enjoyed at Lee Shelly's - Labor Day 2013

A---Dark and bubbly with a nice whitish head, some lacing.
S--All sweet bourbon goodness.
T--Wow, was better than I thought not knowing the brewery. It is one of their "top of the line" beers, so glad it was impressive. Big, bold, boozy but not hot, carmel, coffee...as it warmed I got a ton of chocolate.
M---only weekness in that it wasn't real thick and not creamy, a bit thin and more carbonation than most stouts that are barrel aged.
O---I will seek this one out and purchase again. Luckily I picked up 2 bottles so I will age one a bit and enjoy later this winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 18:27:16 | More by SHerninko
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.