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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

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
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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Photo of honeybrewer
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: Year 2010, 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark, minimal head. good lacing.

Smell: Smells great, I get coffee, chocalte, and strong roast malt aromas.

Taste: Bummer. It was almost really good. There are some really good flavors here; rich roasted malt and just a hint of floral hoppiness. Unfortunaltely they are overpowered by an acrid, charcoal flavor, with perhaps too much hop bitterness. The burnt flavor really kills this beer, although it lessens somewhat as it comes to room temp.

Mouthfeel: It is a full bodied beer, despite its minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: In my humble opinion, this beer is currently not worth drinking. However, a year or so in the cellar might do it a world of good, if it can bring the burnt flavor into balance. At just over four bucks apiece, I might throw a few of these in the cellar for a year or two, but not with any great expectations.

honeybrewer, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of pwoods
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kels for sharing.

22oz. Brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with medium viscosity. Light brown head on the pour with only a bit of retention bit decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma. Some light roast. Mild sweetness. A touch of hops.

T/M: Again, light roast. The sweatness is pretty characterless. Hops are more prominent than the roast. Body is only about medium with average carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink and only 8% bit not very interesting.

pwoods, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of SSEngelbrecht
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this from a chilled bottle into a pint glass.

A: The color is dark and rich, with a thin head that dissipates with no lacing.

S: The smell is filled with molasses, cocoa and oak (although it is not barrel aged).

T: Here's where things start to fall apart. The taste was odd, anything that was contained in the aroma was overshadowed by a flavor I can't really identify. I sipped it several times as it warmed to nearly room temperature and nothing improved.

M: Medium - light syrup feel (not taste)

O: I wish I could identify the root cause of the failure here, but it was like several strong flavors combined in a way that was off-putting. I've had hundreds of beers and many from the top 250. This is my only drain pour to date.

SSEngelbrecht, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of this one in Fort Collins last Saturday (shocked I hadn't seen it before). Poured a nice black color with a little light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, burnt coffee and a bit of chocolate. Lighter bodied than I expected, dry and acrid, with roasted malt and burnt coffee.

emmasdad, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After being sick of drinking all the crap beer AKBelgianBeast has sent me to drink for my losing earnings I wanted to try something that might not be half bad.

A- Dark black with a tan head. The head subsided quickly leaving great lacing and a thin cap of head excrement.

S- The smell is dark, chocolaty, a touch of bourbon, dry roasted burnt malts with a woody smell to it.

T- Dry, very dry. The chocolate isn't very strong, and the roasted malts are more like acrid burnt to a crisp malts. This beer is very heavy on the burnt end, it's like someone either burnt the beer to the bottom of the brew pot, or they stirred a huge chunk of burnt wood though the brewing process. This is not all that great and quite the disappointment.

M- Dry and thin for a beer of this style. I like my darker beers to be thicker, and this is too thin for my liking.

D- It is alright, not something I would buy, or recommend for others to buy.

I've had bad luck with FS beers. They are ok, and not that great for the price. I know lots of people love their beers, but they are just an average beer company. They have yet to make something that wows me. Even their black gold is just a thin version of GIBCS with the GIBCS being the better beer by far.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of chefduff2
3/5  rDev -20.6%

chefduff2, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -20.6%

yaksurf, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of kels
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to cracking this bottle now that it's 2011. Review on the beer poured into a snifter, shared with pwoods.

Really nice looking pour. Super-dark chocolate liquid, completely opaque but not viscous looking, supports a fleeting cocoa-powder brown head. Not much of it remains after the first few seconds, but loads of lace cling to the walls throughout the entire drink.

Disappointing nose in this one. With all that lace and the initial head, I thought more aroma would come off this beer. Instead I only get the slightest hint of roasted chocolate malt. That's about it.

Taste is a little more apparent than the aroma, but not as much as I'd expect in an imperial stout. There's a good note of richly roasted coffee, and there's a slight kick of sappy hops that comes in mostly in the aftertaste. Body is thin, and it washes the taste away too quickly to really get to make much mention of what had been.

Drinkability is, well, it's drinkable. It goes down quickly and easily, but not with much interest. I don't know if it's the age or what, but this is one I won't miss next year.

kels, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark black, but not quite thick, slow, and sticky enough to be described as motor oil. Appears a little thin on the pour. Light tan colored head - 1 finger, thin, disappears quickly into a small ring. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Smell seems a bit artificial. Definitely some sweet chocolate flavors. Roasted malt. Vanilla. Some hints of java.

T: Chocolate malts dominate the taste. Hints of what seems like a vanilla latte. Mocha taste is present. Overall, something seems a tiny bit off. Hints of oxidation maybe?

M: Pretty disappointed with how thin this one tastes. I would go so far as to say this has a medium-full body, which I should never say when drinking an "Imperial Stout" IMHO.

O: From the pour all the way through the taste I felt like it was just "ok". The feel was thin and the taste seemed artificial. Lots of different flavors - they just seemed a little forced and all over the place. It wasn't terrible, but I certainly wouldn't buy it if I saw it on the shelf.

Justin_Neff, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Bfarr
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with an umber head that leaves excellent lacing. A little chocolate and roasted aromas. Flavors of mostly coffee with a strong hop and roasted malt bittering with a little chocolate. Good thick mouthfeel.

This is a very strongly bittered imperial stout. It's good roasted flavors but not too much else.

Bfarr, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev -14%

jplopez21, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Norseman
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Norseman, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 release

A - Pours black with one finger of tan head. Head doesn't have great retention but leaves some spotty lacing.

S - A lot of chocolate and some roasted malts. Faint sweetness. Pretty standard IS aroma.

T - Follows the nose pretty closely, though there is more roasted malt in the taste. A bit of alcohol is apparent.

M - Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking.

O - Pretty good imperial stout that is done in a bit by thin mouthfeel and a flavor profile that is good, but not very interesting.

warnerry, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly black color with a small cap of tan head. A little below average on retention and lacing.

Nose is raisins and dark chocolate, fig newton and brown sugar...not bad, interesting at least.

Taste is light cocoa with a dusty mineral flavor and the fruit is less prevalent than the nose would indicate. A little roasty and acrid on the finish, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and it does have a bit of 'watery' taste to it. It is not even average in the style category for mouthfeel...I know Full Sail can brew some really good stuff when they want too, but some of these bomber offerings just seem so half-assed. A watery, 7.2% ABV Imperial Stout...really? That is not imperial, man....maybe foreign export at best. Its like the Pre-K of imperial stouts, Im surprised it didnt come with a diaper. I jest...kind of. It is not that bad of a beer overall, and I think the 3.99 price tag is reasonable, but to call it a brewmaster reserve is a little much.

twiggamortis420, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil black with a pretty good brownish head and pretty good lacing.

Aroma and flavor reflected a lot of brown sugar, molasses, roasted and burnt malts, dark fruits, with tingles of coffee and chocolate. Some notable hops too, bitterness and aroma were balanced pretty well.

Body was thick and a little bit syrupy, sweet on the finish.

Overall it was pretty good.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a slight red tone. Slight tan head and a trace of lacing. Dark malts and coffee aroma. Dark malt, dark fruit and light hops. Finishes dry with lingering coffee/dry dark malt. Not very complex. Like an imperial version of an English stout. Satisfactory, but not outstanding.

LiquidAmber, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Wayne17
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Wayne17, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Bluestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Bluestar, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

addiwilliams, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

wrightst, May 29, 2014
Photo of BigBarley
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BigBarley, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Gagnonsux, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BigTrubble, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass from a capped 22 oz. bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black with a thin cap of mocha foam. Offers fair retention and good lacing.

Nose of roasted malt and milk chocolate with deeper chocolate notes with warming. Becomes a bit reaching after the head settles and not very volatile without some good agitation. Some earthy hops evident as the beer settles.

Flavor is somewhat dry with light chocolate and coffee and more roasted or even smoked malt given the dryness. Feel is a bit light for the style and with a slight cherry chocolate finish. Easy drinking given the light body and dry character yet not offering much reason to linger either. Warming does bring forth a fuller body and more depth.

HalfFull, Jul 22, 2010
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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.