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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve)Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed & released every other year

First Release - March 2010

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 03-06-2010)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

CEDAMA, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of boralyl
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%

22oz bottle which reads 7.2% abv, not the 8% listed on the site.

A - Pours 2 inches of creamy dark tan head. It has nice retention and leave some nice globs of lace as it settles. The beer Is a deep shade of black with just a hint of light coming through near the top of the glass.

S - Sweet molasses, brown sugar and a hint of roasted malts. As it warms a little bit of chocolate comes out. It has a very aromatic nose.

M - Medium to full in body with light-medium carbonation and creamy finish.

T - A slight roastiness up front followed by some molasses and bigger brown sugar presence. Dark, bitter chocolate is detected mid-taste which blends in with a roasty finish.

This is a fantastic imperial stout, and you can't get much better for the price (about $4 for a 22oz bottle). Very impressed with this one.

boralyl, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jerlleutz
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

I gave this one a full on pour into my deep frozen mug. The carbs made a nice display despite the abuse, and to top it off it gave me that aroma we all look for in these darkies, burnt biscuits.

Drinking it, I got quite the same, and the carbs were great. The ABV delivered without being too fumey. Rich, dark, and sweet. I had a lot of muffin crust in this one and no complaints. It delivered. Gracias.

jerlleutz, May 27, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

theleechster, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

DCgolfpro, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jenlovesbeer, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

edwardkersh, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured a nice black color with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is deep roasted malt, dry, booze, coofee, chocolate. Taste has a goos with a good deep burnt feel with coffee, light chcolate, booze and some some wood feel. A very good Impt Stout.

barleywinefiend, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Brewmaster Reserve 2010. Paid $4.25 at Corvallis Brewing Supply.

A-Pours black with a one and a half finger, creamy tan head with good retention and lacing.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and patent malts, roasted barley, and coffee beans. And, just the slightest hint of alcohol, though not unwelcome in an imperial stout.

T-Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, hop bitterness, and alcohol. Not the most complex brew, but very serviceable and straightforward.

M-Smooth with medium body, but just a tad light. May improve with age.

D-This is a good beer at a great price. Most bombers in this style are $6.50 to $12.00. This is also about as sessionable an IS as I can imagine at the lighter end of gravity for style at 8% ABV. Well done by employee owned Full Sail.

velosuds, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Black with a thin, tan head that fades quickly, leaving some very thin patches.
Smell is creamy, roasted malts with some light coffee and espresso notes. Vanilla beans, caramel, tofee, and some milk chocolate notes as well.
Taste is roasty malts, with some faint smokey notes intermingled with slightly dark chocolate. Very faint notes of espressso, as well as some mild caramel and toffee notes follow, with some darker chocolate notes coming in. Finish is slightly malty and bitter.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finish is slightly sticky. Medium body.
Drinkability is good for this style. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Parrotbeak, May 22, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz 2012 offering poured into my CBS snifter.

A: Opaque, with dark brown/ruby red highlights at the edge of the glass...tight half finger of khaki head, good splotchy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, anise, earthy hops, a touch of an oily herbal note, espresso and coffee, burnt caramel.

T: Very roasty but not smoky...toasted grains, dark chocolate, black malt, espresso, hints of caramel, brewers licorice.

MF: Smooth, creamy, medium/heavy mouthfeel, soft & lower carbonation, really no alcohol presence, light dryness is nice for an Imperial Stout.

O: Really nice, a great drinker right now at an excellent price point. Not sure how robustly it would stand up to the cellar but its drinking just fine right now.

Scotchboy, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

22oz. bottle served cellar temp into a pint glass.

It's very dark brown on the pour with the aroma already coming forward. The crema colored head is short and brief.

Back the aroma, it has a really rich roasty character with what seems like bourbon but I don't think this one was barrel aged. Still a little vanilla comes through.

Flavor is roasty/toasty too but it has a surprising dark fruits and cherries. I don't think it's oxidized but it has a little hint of winey to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not so thick, with nice-and-low carbonation.

Overall a solid beer but certainly not one of the best. This style is heavily stacked with winners and this is a runner up.

GilGarp, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Grabbed a couple bombers up at a Safeway...

- Rather heavy pour into a small tumbler glass... not very much head, but a rather dark mocha head.... fizzy and small bubbles... quickly down to a resting ring and bit of scattered froth among the top. A rich dark brown/black.. with a bit of ruby red showing at the edges against the light.

- Lovely oat and grain with a hit of chocolate malt.. smells mighty balanced and light. Zingy and bitter hopping..

- Nicely balanced and light chocolate malt... sweetened just right without being too sweet... oats, grains... light roastiness.. bitter tasty hops and coffee notes.

- Rather light to medium bodied... not at all syrupy or sticky... makes the mouth water.

- Huge drinkability... smooth, and light for an 8% ale. Taste is great, and I would certainly buy again. Wondering what one would be like with a few years on it. I heard somewhere that this may only be a preview of something better to come of this imperial stout.

Docer, Mar 16, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured midnight black with a a small dark brown head with little retention.
Aroma of bold coffee and dark chocolate.
Black coffee and burnt barley dominated the taste with some vanilla and licorice.
Thick and creamy with slight carbonation.
This was a smooth drinkable beer with a little bitterness at the end. Very enjoyable and may be even better with a little age.

dtivp, Aug 14, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

A: This poured an opaque black mahogany, with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and coffee and cream, with a little roasted barley and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like a blend of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a little licorice and burnt malt and bready yeast. The aftertaste was bitter with a hint of alcohol.
M: It was thick and velvety smooth with a bit of carbonation.
D: This was a very nice beer that's clean and drinkable, although a bit harsh on the finish. Flavors are very well balanced between bold roasted notes and dry sweet elements, but the body is what makes this beer. Some age would probably improve this beer to be top notch.

Pencible, Jul 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

7.2%ABV. per bottle label.Poured jet black with a well defined one finger deep tan colored head atop,it settled very slowly leaving nice lacing as it did.Chocolate and roast stand out most in the nose,dark fruit comes into play as it warms more.Dark fruit and char up front on the palate followed by French roast coffee and bitter chocolate,a drying somewhat raw earthiness in the finish.This is a solid lighter beer for the style,it's not thick chewey and alcoholic but still has all the character of an imperial stout.Solid.

oberon, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ExaltedNecrosis, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bottle of unknown origins. Maybe bought locally, I can't recall.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a skinny 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly a skim, with bubbles around the rim and leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits and malts.

Taste is dark sweetness to start, coupling with some fruit and anise in the middle, and closes slightly acrid, moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. As expected, good brew.

ppoitras, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

schaffer9252, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BryantForestry, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

DerwinWentworth, Nov 16, 2013
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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.