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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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 mithrascruor
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a dark black color with a tan head. Has an aroma of roasted malts with a bit of sweetness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Flavor of roasted malts and coffee, with some noticeable hints of dark bitter chocolate. There's also a bit of hops and grains present. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Tasty, but pretty high octane.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deeply black, with great carbonation that keeps the fine-looking brown head from receding. Nose is of a bitter, roasted barley. Coffee and chocolate notes.

The flavor is quite bitterly roasted, and with cocoa and coffee all over the place. The dark fruit and booze comes later. It's hard to say that there is anything "middle of the road" here, but honestly it doesn't quite catch either the sweet and boozy extreme or the darkly roasted and bitterly hopped side. Pretty terrific brew, especially for the price.

Photo of vkv822
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into pint glass.

The beer appears black, with little signs of carbonation and fair amount of tan head. The nose is of malts, with a mixture of chocolate and coffee aromas, while the flavor is of more chocolate and hints of coffee notes, with some nice bitterness from the coffee. It has a bit too much burnt astringency toward the finish though, and there is a pleasant, very light boozy warmness to the finish as well.
This beer while enjoyable and a solid imperial stout, was in my mind, nothing outstanding in a style that has so many impressive brews to offer.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a medium size khaki head, and good lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, some malt, and a little coffee.

taste is smooth, malt, milk chocolate, a little vanilla, and a touch of coffee, ends a tad bitter.

overall a very nice imperial stout.

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.

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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.