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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

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 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 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 FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.8%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 24, 2012
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 beerandcycling88
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Topped of with a nice mocha head.

S Coffee, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits.

T Lots of dark fruits, some roasted coffee and chocolate.

M Kind of thin and watery.

Overall this is a pretty tasty non barrel aged stout, and a very good effort by Full Sail. It is a bit thin and watery which is an issue, but other then that it is pretty solid. Plus at around $4.50 a bottle its hard to find a better deal.

beerandcycling88, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

edwardkersh, May 12, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz Brewmasters Reserve 2012 bottle, with ABV (7.2%) on the label.
One finger dark tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is very malty, lots of milk chocolate malt balls like aroma.
Over time the chocolate rich aroma gives way to some roasted coffee notes.
Taste is also very malt forward with lots of cocoa and coffee notes. Hints of bitterness towards the finish. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Wishing it was a tad full-bodied.
Anyways, this is another good offering from Full Sail and definitely worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bluntedboywonder, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Kevlee722, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2012 offering poured into my CBS snifter.

A: Opaque, with dark brown/ruby red highlights at the edge of the glass...tight half finger of khaki head, good splotchy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, anise, earthy hops, a touch of an oily herbal note, espresso and coffee, burnt caramel.

T: Very roasty but not smoky...toasted grains, dark chocolate, black malt, espresso, hints of caramel, brewers licorice.

MF: Smooth, creamy, medium/heavy mouthfeel, soft & lower carbonation, really no alcohol presence, light dryness is nice for an Imperial Stout.

O: Really nice, a great drinker right now at an excellent price point. Not sure how robustly it would stand up to the cellar but its drinking just fine right now.

Scotchboy, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of pjeezus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

pjeezus, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

OldTime, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of boralyl
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle which reads 7.2% abv, not the 8% listed on the site.

A - Pours 2 inches of creamy dark tan head. It has nice retention and leave some nice globs of lace as it settles. The beer Is a deep shade of black with just a hint of light coming through near the top of the glass.

S - Sweet molasses, brown sugar and a hint of roasted malts. As it warms a little bit of chocolate comes out. It has a very aromatic nose.

M - Medium to full in body with light-medium carbonation and creamy finish.

T - A slight roastiness up front followed by some molasses and bigger brown sugar presence. Dark, bitter chocolate is detected mid-taste which blends in with a roasty finish.

This is a fantastic imperial stout, and you can't get much better for the price (about $4 for a 22oz bottle). Very impressed with this one.

boralyl, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - Pours a nearly jet black color with tan head

Smell - milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, expresso, roasted malt

Taste - milk chocolate, roasted malt, expresso, little bit of roasted coffee bean as well

mouthfeel - the body is a bit thin to be classified as an imperial stout, thin on carbonation, slightly sweet body, bitterness to the finish, no booziness is present

overall - This was a decent beer, although I might hesitate to classify this as an imperial stout. For the price point it is certainly worth a try.

Price Point - $4.99/22oz.

keithmurray, Jan 22, 2012
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 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 rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-2-11
2010 Vintage

Pours very black and viscous, with just a hint of a tan head that quickly bubbles away. There's a bit of deep red around the edges if you hold it up to the light.

Smell is sweet, with lots of molasses and just the right amount of age. Later, aromas of dark fruit and oak come through, backed up by a nicely hot alcohol kick.

Taste is a little bit of a let down. A coffee bitterness comes through right away, with not much else going on. The finish is dry and without much sweetness, and the bitterness lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, and the flavors aren't big enough to stick around.

Drinkability is good, the bitterness keeps things even, and masks the alcohol as well.

Overall, nothing special, but worth a try.

BMoney575, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to redbrewer83 for sending this one out in our most recent trade, which incidentally, isn't so recent. We have to trade again, Evan! Poured this bottle of the 2010 vintage into my snifter.

Opaque black, viscous looking, but only .5 cm head at its peak. It fades away quickly, leaving only the pitch-colored liquid behind. A swirl leaves oily legs and kicks up a touch of carbonation, though that also rushes away as soon as it reaches the surface.

The aroma is dark. Lots of black malts here. Acrid roast, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a touch of toffee that barely squeezes its way in through the acrid roast. The flavor is similar, with no presence of fruit, but plenty of roast and almost burnt coffee. Not too much nuance in this. Some piney hop oils come through at the end, but only in hints.

Nice a thick, resinous, and syrupy, this hits the mark in terms of feel. Low carbonation, and despite what other reviews said, an ample and full body. Thanks again, Evan, this was a good one.

NittanyBeerFan, Aug 26, 2011
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 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 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 GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

GilGarp, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Elimination
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Elimination, Mar 08, 2011
Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.