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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Reviews: 61
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 03-06-2010

Brewed & released every other year

First Release - March 2010
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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 115
Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Elimination
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black dark as he'll with the lights off

Smell is chocolate smokey coffee very roasted blackened

Taste is a motmots smoke than I'm used to coffee chocolate

It's probably a better beer with age. But damn that smoke rolls throughhard. It was thick and juicy but presented a lot of charcoal and almost tar Would be better suited as a imperial smoke stout

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of kels
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into large "Old Style" glass that holds a bombers worth of beer. Taken from my 55 degree winter cellaring closet. Hard to go wrong with a $3.99 bomber of imperial stout.
Nice roast with coffee aroma with a little creaminess and softness thrown in. Very slight fresh hop. Not exceedingly complex.
Less than an inch dense tan head that settles with lacing. Pretty darn black with a very slight brownish red hue on the edge.
Appropriately rich and full mouth (but still on the lighter side).
Very extended finish with dryness full of roasty bitterness. Hits the enjoyable marks with flavor. Slight sweetness up front and full on roasted malt with adequate coffee and a slight hop flavor. A little vanilla (and I initially got a bourbon aroma) almost like it has been barrel aged.
Non-distracting carbonation.
I'll see how I feel at the end, but this seems to drink well with the lighter body and subdued richness. However, the very long bitterness on the finish may change that.
Nonetheless, a really good value for the price and solidly done beer. Does nothing to dissuade me from this brewery.

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Photo of arizcards
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 2010 Reserve Series bomber from Total Wine in mid-September for $4.79.

Brew poured black with a decent brown head initially.

Nose is really good, chocolate and roasted malts stand out.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Bitersweet chocolate, moderately roasted malts balance nicely with a dry finishing hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and average in smoothess.

Drinkability is good. This is a beer that is not overly complex but with some characteristics that make it enjoyable.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Full Sail Imperial Stout pours very dark brown with a little over a finger of dark mocha head. Retention is pretty nice and resulting lacing is a very thin film.

Smell: Roasted malts, expresso and chocolate combine nicely to form a strong backbone. I definitely get a hint of hops as well, as well as a bit of alcohol. Pretty good.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are all there at the start, but they seem a bit muted to me. The flavors definitely aren't as strong as I was expecting. I get some hops on the back end, and coffee at the finish. Overall a pretty nicely balanced stout, but nothing mind blowing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is between full and medium, with very low carbonation. Too low, actually. Overall this is a pretty decent AIS that is reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Imperial Stout pours flat black into the glass with a one finger thick frothy brown head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind spots of lace as it fades.

The aroma has nice notes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. A touch of alcohol and a hint of pine are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick, slightly oily and dry on the palate. Light carbonation. Seems a little bit thin for the style, but not by much. The flavor is similar to the aroma with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some nuttiness mixed in. Finishes mildly bitter with notes of pine. Once gone the chocolate and bitter hop flavors linger on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Clean flavor and well balanced. Good for sharing with friends.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of velosuds
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose starts off with the roasted malt with chocolate and coffee finishes a little bitter

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I liked this beer a lot tasted good and was very easy to drink despite the abv worth picking up if you see it around sometime

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. A decent tan frothy head. Ok retention. Some decent etched lace patches.

Rich sweet chocolate and roasty coffee. Carmelized banana. Brown sugar. Some booze and vanilla.

Rich roasty chocolate, earthy coffee. Caramel, brownsugar. Some Booze and vanilla. A bit of banana. Earthy roasty bitterness.

Thick, rich, grainy. full body, but on the lighter side of style. Not smooth.

Drinkable and tasty, but there are a lot of better Imp Stouts out there. Worth grabbing, especially for the price.

Consumed June 2010.

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Photo of dtivp
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter right out of the fridge.

Pours a thick, oil-like black color in the snifter with a full, creamy, tan to light brown froth. Pronounced aromas of black forest cake, milk chocolate frosting, espresso, light vanilla, pine resin, & a subtle earthiness follow through on the palate with an additional burnt, chicory-like coffee bitterness. The beer is full bodied, smooth, & has a definite hop bitterness. Great value at $3 for a bomber! Recommended.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark borwn with huge tan head. Awesome head retention and lacing. Smells of huge roasted malt, bitter chocolate and mild coffee. Flavour has more of the chocolate than the coffee. Quite smooth. Seems to be a straight forward enough imperial stout, but quite nice.

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Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black, oil black no light getting thru this baby nice fluffy 2 finger coco colored head that falls slow some nice lace down my glass.

Aroma is roasted malts nice chocolate notes, hints of coffee and liquorice.

Taste is like aroma roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, lots more coffee in the taste then in the nose. Also light liquorice notes along with some hops to round out the finish. some light alcohol notes that don't distract at all.

Mouthfeel eh seems little light for a big stout, only medium maybe touch lighter, seems little watery. Carbonation is nice mellow though.

Drinkability is good enough for the price not overly expensive, little lighter then I would like but nice roasted flavors so its pretty good. Not great enough to be on my go to list for big stout but plenty good for a try.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.