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

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470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 128 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JTomczak, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

MenardMa, May 11, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

muskiesman, May 11, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail's Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (2013). 9.6% ABV.

A: Medium brown head. Black, with very dark brown in the dimple. Some lacing.

S: Lots of deeply browned caramel and dark chocolate on the nose. Fairly sweet. Powdered cocoa. Some slight woody notes.

T/MF: Deep oaky caramels on the palate that set in as you swallow, and last way into the finish. Dark chocolate is pushed to a back note, with a more cocoa-y taste. Separate oak note in the background. Slightly soft mouth feel. Not quite creamy.

Not a major standout in BBA stouts, but solid. For $12, though, I'd say go for something bigger for a couple bucks more, or go for a better non-BBA stout (Chocolate Sombrero, for instance) for a couple bucks less. Still, worth a try. And, a good gateway, if your more hesitant about $15+ beers. Actually, since it doesn't have much in the way of bourbon or coffee, perhaps a good gateway into the style, in general!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

csustar001, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

bbrown12, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

afsdan, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Fabiand, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mattmarka1, Apr 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

joelmichaelcoffman, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

HoudiniRN, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

FrankShirley, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of hops202
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a stone snifter. This is the "Imperial Stout" that is bourbon barrel aged. Does not have the black gold label. Brew Master Reserve 2014. ABV - 9.84%

Pours a light black with hints of dark brown.

Nose has tons of bourbon, some caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a little on the light side, not as much bourbon, or chocolate and caramel. Kind of a let down.

hops202, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

woodchip, Apr 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

MynamesRickJames, Apr 06, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

the flavors in this beer are all there for a bourbon barrel aged stout it's a little on the light side for body but the thing that totally killed it for me with this beer is the mouthfeel, the carbonation is waaay tooo high, which time will take care of just fine but I needed a less quality bourbon stout for a good base line before my bourbon county stout sampling with rick... Rick my friend get ready to have your socks knocked off, bring on the bourbon county!

Beerlover, Apr 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

SlightlyGrey, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of constantine_272
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, dotty, lots of big soapy bubbles.

S: Vanilla cream and bourbon. Creme brûlée. Oak. Minor chocolate.

T: Thick and creamy. Bourbon, vanilla again. Thick sweet and woody with some light smoky flavor. Melted vanilla ice cream. Slight crisp bitter finish with dry bitter dark chocolate finish. Huge flavor, but still mellow.

M: Medium syrupy. Finishes long and sweet. No off weird flavors.

O: Really good. Huge bold flavors, nothing too overpowering. Excellent slow snifter sipper.

constantine_272, Mar 22, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2104 Vintage, poured into a snifter. 9.84% ABV. At cellar temperature.
A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger crema colored head. The head dissipates slowly leaving a rim of lacing.
S - Bourbon and chocolate up front with a hint of hops at the end.
T - Lots of chocolate up from, very smooth. Next comes moderate bourbon and just a hint of bite from the hops at the end. The alcohol is well integrated.
M - A little on the light side for an imperial stout. Lightly carbonated with very little if any mouth coating quality.
O - An average BB stout. Has a good bourbon nose but comes out a little flat on the flavor and mouthfeel.

kdahnke123, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

bikesandbeers, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kwjd, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TaborTime, Feb 24, 2014
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.