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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a big soapy tan head. Spider webs of lace. Roasty aromas, bold taste, mostly coffee. Some burnt parts. More sweet than bitter, some chocolate malts. A bit astringent. Not the thickest of the style,not the most omplex, but decent enough RIS, thanks Radek.

Sammy, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with slight red highlights around the edges and a 1 inch tan head that fades to film on the top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form on top of each other on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and milk chocolate. Tastes of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and some caramel. Mild coffee/dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation makes for a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good imperial stout for a really good price. I ended up with this one for $4.99 and I am happy with my purchase.

UCLABrewN84, May 20, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Texasfan549, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

kjkinsey, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another treat from my nearby Whole Foods (keep up the good work, Jeff!). It pours a straight jet black with a head of minor tan foam. The nose is chocolate syrup, coffee, walnuts, dark wheat, and some black cherries in the background. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of dark, roasted malts, light coffee, and very bitter chocolate. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the chocolate is too bitter, dragging down the whole of the tasting experience. The body is a solid medium, with moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty decent imperial stout, but nothing all that great.

TMoney2591, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

wrightst, May 29, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Cool looking purple label

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy light tan head, with some oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, with a good dose of chocolate/toffee, and a nice little touch of coffee. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, slightly bitter, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, and some coffee notes, picking up some little notes of vanilla. Medium body, ABV handled nicely. Drinkable, this is a very fine brew for around $4, recommended.

Wasatch, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a thin but frothy tan head to it. The head faded but left some decent lacing as it did.

The aroma has a bit of a sweeter, molasses and brown sugar like quality to it. I get a good amount of roasty, burnt, bitterness to it along with A little bit of a dark, bitter-sweet chocolate flavor as well. Pretty decent aroma to it overall.

The taste also shows a sweeter, molasses and brown sugar quality to it right off the bat. Later I start to get a burnt, roasty flavor with some decent smoke coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was decent but not outstanding in the style. I did like the roasted, smoky flavors it had to it though. Good beer to sip on this evening.

billab914, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

beertunes, Nov 09, 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 flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black; allows no transit of light at all. Head is half a finger of creamy light brown foam. I don't know what to ask for in an imperial stout other than utter, dominating blackness.

Smell: rich roasted barley aroma. I don't know whether this is aged in oak at all, but there is an oakiness to it. Other than these characteristics, there's not a lot of complexity. Still, I like it.

Taste: roasty. Flavors tend toward the coffee end of the spectrum. There's a little chocolate toward the end, though, which is nice. Hops are a little vegetabley; these are probably the bittering hops coming through. A fair bit of the bitterness seems to come from the roasted barley, however. Overall, it seems a bit unrefined; I like it well enough, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy texture. Carbonation is low overall, but pretty solid for the style. I actually rather like the mouthfeel of this beer.

Drinkability: I think the drinkability of this brew has to track with the flavor. This isn't exactly a refreshing session beer, so we'll fall back to it being good but not great.

flagmantho, May 28, 2010
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 maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle on a whim at some undetermined amount of time in the past. I mean, when do you see $3.99 bombers of imperial stout? Hell, that's reason enough for me. Split up 50/50 with my reclining wife after an early night of poker.

Pours black, like every imperial stout ever created. Smell is malty, but with a milky edge, a la milk stouts. Sprigs of chocolate, too.

Full Sail Imperial Stout works on several levels, but the first impression is it's a bit thin. Chocolate & roast work their way into my septic systems, but they're cut with Oregon's finest tap water. The roast really veers drunkenly towards charcoal territory in the end. As it warms, the roast becomes even more prominent, allaying the whole H2o problem.

Well. One could certainly do worse for the price of a 22 oz. bomber. Simple, approachable, kind-hearted imperial stout. Good beer, a throwback to a simpler time of brewing.

maximum12, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Gagnonsux, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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
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 gtermi
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades away and leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: To me it smells sort of oxidized with a little bit of chocolate malt, some roasted malt and a bit of sweetness.

T: The beer has a lot of chocolate flavor, but not as much roastedness as I want. The chocolate/ mocha flavor lasts for a long time. It sort of reminds me of a stronger version of guinness. I think it tastes very nice.

M: The beer is pretty smooth for an Imperial stout and really easy to drink. It also has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat.

O: Man for 4 dollars this beer is well worth the money. It has some nice characteristics and I really enjoyed it. I would for sure buy a lot of this.

gtermi, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

Pours black as night. The head is short, but what's left is creamy looking and leaves some nice lacing.

A creamy lactose sweetness smell with a touch of roasty malts.

Roasty malts, hint of hop bitterness and a milk sugar sweetness like cream. Dark chocolate. Just a good mellow flavor for an imperial stout.

Very smooth, about full bodied. The feel is a bit dry and the carbonation is supple and low.

Very well made no frills imperial stout. Drinks nicely and is a bargain for the $4 price tag. Worth a try.

jera1350, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesvilles, VA) for $4.99.

A: Dark but not quite opaque with 2-finger brown big-bubbled head with good retention and nice webs of lacing.

S: Heavy tobacco flavor with big chocolate and roasted malt flavors

T: Delicious roasted dark malts mingle with milk chocolate, dark coffee, and earthy tobacco. Straightforward in flavor, but excellent flavors.

M: Thin in comparison to others in the style with higher-than-average carbonation and chocolate-coffee aftertaste.

D: A very approachable stout, but not quite up to the RIS style.

argock, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of ncaudle
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into snifter.

pours pitch black (duh...) with 1 finger creamy tan head. quickly settles and leaves a slight lacing.

no singular aroma stands out; just touches of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. taste is similar... not a very complex brew.

somewhat thin, almost oily, feeling - nothing to do with carbonation levels.

good, drinkable beer. alcohol level isn't too high so a bomber is fairly easy to drink without having to worry too much.

ncaudle, Dec 05, 2010
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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.