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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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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 82
Gots: 131 | FT: 7
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-02-2009

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.
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Ratings: 481 | Reviews: 263
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2013 Vintage. Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and sweet chocolate. The taste is lots of rich chocolate syrup followed by some woody bourbon. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Earthy with some coffee at the finish. Woody aftertaste. Moderate alcohol burn but not as boozey as most of the other Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I was expecting. I'd be interested in trying this one fresh. Overall, pretty good Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. I tad pricey compared to some other/better options but certainly worth buying.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well appearance wise it's nothing you'd write home about when it comes to imperial stouts. Black as night, light brown head of about 1/4" and minimal lacing. But that's never the strong point of this style, so moving on...

Aroma and taste: BB aging is notable. Tons of vanilla. Wood. Leather. Special-B or maybe carafa III, I'm not sure, but that raisiny dark-fruit flavor is definitely there. Warming of the throat and belly on the way down.

Carbonation mild, body thick and chewy, overall very enjoyable, especially if the BBA character is what you most treasure in this type of beer. Full sail never disappoints.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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