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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

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
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:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 03-06-2010

Brewed & released every other year

First Release - March 2010
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 61
Photo of BryanCarey
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail Imperial Stout is a very dark brew with a nose that offers roasted notes, molasses, some wood, and chocolate. The beige head of foam isn’t as big and bold as I expected, but it passes.

Moving to the taste, this beer offers flavors of bittersweet chocolate, a little bit of bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, and dark fruit. There are some iced coffee notes and the beer offers a lingering bitterness, but it isn’t as bitter as some of the bigger, bolder imperial stouts out there.

This is an interesting beer for several reasons, one of which is the fact that it has a bourbon/wood flavor component, but isn’t, as far as I know, aged in barrels. Based on the flavor, I would have guessed it was but every source I check says otherwise. Another way this beer stands out from others is that it is far less imperial than the average imperial stout. The body is less heavy than others, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it watery. It isn’t a light beer by any stretch, it just isn’t as heavy as other imperial stouts.

Overall, this is another solid effort from Full Sail. It may not rank among the best imperial stouts I have ever tried, but it does have enough good qualities to make it recommendable.

Photo of jbaakko
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Bluestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SSEngelbrecht
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a chance on this.

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured black as the ace of spaces, with a head that was only a shade or two lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Fun. Some bourbon along with a great dose of dark cacao.

T: Nice coconuty bourbon along with some butter and dark, bitter chocolate. Everything one would want in an Imperial BBA Stout is pretty much here.

M: Pretty thick but not snot-like, with some sweet, almost sour notes on the afterbite. Splotchy lacing.

O: Very, very enjoyable entry... Much better than I expected.

Photo of schaffer9252
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of stoney1031
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep obsidian in color, with a scattered archipelagos of tan foam, sparse patchy lacing.

Aroma: Deep aroma of bitter cocoa, strong burnt notes, roasted malts, cold coffee, and some restrained herbal hops,

Taste: Begins with roasted malts, soon after, cold coffee appears, and dark roasted malts. AS the beer warms, dark fruit flavors become apparent. Along the way, there are hints of dark chocolate. Finishes with a long, lingering note of roasted malts, and a moderate herbal hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable, slightly over-the-top example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas for $3.99.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  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.

Photo of theleechster
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of diamondc
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewmaster Reserve 2012. $5 for a bomber. Says Enjoy By 023 ... whatever that means.

A: Typical stout apperance... almost completely black, with maybe a hint of ruby when held up to the light. A fingers worth of mocha colored head with some slight lacing.

S: Really big cocoa powder notes, with a subtle sour fruit smell. Almost like a raspberry.

T: A really big coffee flavor up front. Some dark chocolate, burnt toast, almost charcoal bitterness afterwards.

M: A bit thin on the mouthfeel. The roasted, almost burnt malts lingers long after each sip.

O: Decent stout. Too roasted, not much complexity going on, but worth a try since its cheap.

Photo of BigBarley
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BTHU
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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