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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

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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CaptDavyJones

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:46:18 | More by CaptDavyJones
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-28-2012 03:05:16 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-23-2012 15:51:20 | More by Kevlee722
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 16:37:45 | More by Scotchboy
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pjeezus


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-21-2012 06:16:02 | More by pjeezus
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-10-2012 05:13:22 | More by OldTime
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boralyl

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:41:20 | More by boralyl
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keithmurray

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 01:05:22 | More by keithmurray
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warnerry

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:11:45 | More by warnerry
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jera1350

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:32:58 | More by jera1350
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-01-2011 06:12:58 | More by rab53
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-19-2011 05:00:03 | More by CoryR
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BMoney575

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:08:21 | More by BMoney575
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:57:43 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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emmasdad

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 06:19:16 | More by emmasdad
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:29:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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billab914

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:20:57 | More by billab914
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GilGarp

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:08:30 | More by GilGarp
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Elimination

Oregon

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 23:47:33 | More by Elimination
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:48:37 | More by maximum12
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kels

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:54:25 | More by kels
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pwoods

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:47:22 | More by pwoods
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:53:07 | More by garymuchow
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arizcards

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:25:17 | More by arizcards
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zhanson88

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:42:51 | More by zhanson88
Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.