Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve)Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
3rd Release - 2013 (9.6% ABV)
2nd Release - 2011 (11.4% ABV)
1st Release - February 2009 (10.5% ABV).

After its initial release in February 2008, this Imperial Stout was aged for about 10 months in Bourbon casks from Kentucky.

Added by msubulldog25 on 02-02-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
507
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
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87
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139
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Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a viscous black liquid with a dense and creamy light tan colored head.

S-the nose is strong but seemingly balanced, a fair amount of bourbon up front, rich chocolate malt with notes of a roasted maltiness, hint of cardboard in the nose with some dark fruit sweetness in the back of plums and berries.

T-some rich chocolate and lots of roasted malts up front, notes of oak with a moderate amount of bourbon, less than in the nose, a fair amount of sweetness to balance, ripe plums and maybe a hint of black cherry, light touch of paper to show some signs of oxidation.

M-full bodied, smooth and creamy, coats the mouth slightly with a low carbonation, body falls off a little in the back.

D-well balanced beer with a nice barrel presence. it seems to be slightly oxidized and might be going down hill. minus the oxidation the flavors meld together well and this was probably a darn good beer a year or so ago.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, this high-ABV beer forms a thin tan head that fades quickly to a very, very dark brown. A solid oak aroma is immediately present along with a decent amount of vanilla and a little warmth right before the first sip. Most of the roasted bitterness has probably faded in the barrel leaving mostly chocolate and oak. Still some coffee, but it’s hiding behind some vanilla. Finishes with just a little twang. There’s more carbonation in this than it shows in the pour but the finish is a little too quick.

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Photo of Centennial
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with some local ba's into tasting glass

A.Dark black to tan with virtually no head or head retention

S. cocoa powder, lightly roasted malts, some charred bitterness.

T. Roasted flavors and bitterness followed by a jack daniels like barrel flavor, not the kind of bourbon flavor I look for in a BAIS

M. Thin, low carbonation, rubbing alcohol like burn follows

O. Sounds good on paper but wish this one brought more to the table in just about every aspect.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my brother for leaving this one in the fridge. Thanks again bro!

Poured from a bomber into an Inland Empire Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head. Head retention is decent at best, and there is no lacing to be had here...

S - Chocolate, vanilla, and a good dose of bourbon. Very inviting...

T - Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a good amount of dark roasted malts. Ends on an astringent bourbon note with some bitter coffee lingering in the aftertaste. This one has alot of heat, and it only gets stronger as the beer warms. Am usually a fan of a good dose of bourbon, but it doesn't work for me here...

M - A little watered down for my likings. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O - Glad I got a chance to try this, but I won't likely be seeking it out in the near future. If you have one of these around, you might want to park it in the celler for a few years. Full Sail brewed another average brew here imho...

Cheers...

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Photo of Onenote81
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to breity for this beer in a recent trade. Saved this one to consume on my birthday, which I did, last night.

Poured into my snifter a deep molasses black with very little tan head on top. Just a sheet coated this one. No retention, no lacing, no sticky globs. Disappointing. Smell is of big bourbon and vanilla notes. Some almond, butterscotch, and dark chocolate in there as well. This smells like a dessert. Very sweet smelling.

Mouthfeel was a tad slick, but had a nice crisp pop to it that was pleasant on the mouth. Flavor was of definitive bourbon, vanilla, nuts, cocoa, and finished slightly bitter. I must not be into the bourbon too much, as this was hard to get through. Per Andrew's recommendation, I waited until this warmed enough to "kill off" some of the bourbon notes, but it was there in full force. Still, this was a great beer. I wish now, I would have aged it a bit more before consuming. Ah well. Thanks, Andrew, for the opportunity to give this one a try, but I gotta give the nod to the original Stout, pre-aged.

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Photo of spicelab
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber with big thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Jet black with a dark tan head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing. Nice alcohol legs on swirling.

Coconut, cherry-ripe, oak, milk chocolate. Pretty straightforward stuff.

Tar, scorched treacle, chocolate fudge, mild plastic and somewhat detached dry roast character.

Pretty light for the ABV, but otherwise a generally orthodox smooth and velvety RIS mouthfeel.

Yeah nice enough, but rather one-note. For a big, barrel-aged RIS, that is somewhat damning.

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Photo of dukew456
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Jet black, with a small, light brown head that quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing leaves something to be desired, but still respectable.

The aroma is nearly overpoweringly boozy to me. A sweet bourbon aroma jumps out initially, then moves aside just barely enough to let some roasted malt through.

Wow, the taste directly follows suit, being overwhelmingly boozy, with just a small amount of roasted malt and chocolate. The bourbon aspect adds a kind of fruitiness to this stout that I didn't expect.

I was a little bit disappointed in this beer, but maybe it would benefit from aging. This is pretty damn boozy, but it does say on the label that it's 10+% ABV. I just wish that maybe Full Sail had done a better job smoothing out this one's alcohol a bit.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz into pint glass. Thanks to a generous trader for this kick-ass extra.

A- Dark dark brown pours almost still; slowly a 1m head builds and remains pretty active until it settles into a tan pancake on top. Pretty dense head.

S- A lot of bourbon coming off this one.

T- Again, total bourbon delivery vehicle. A bit one-sided and heavy-handed... still, nice vanilla flavors, some good brown sugar, and lots of oak.

M- Hot, base beer isn't as bold/robust as I'd like.

O- For all my nit-picking, it is a damn tasty beer. I think some tweaking of the base could bring about a fuller product, but this is really tasty as is. Kind of like dropping a shot of bourbon into a stout, though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was one of my first 'wants' since joining BA and I forgot all about it, then found it at DeCicco's in Don Draper land Westchester county NY.

Pours into the tulip looking black and semi viscous, jet black really and the foam is an inch that fades to cap size looking mocha. Nice globs of stick on the way down, a good look.

Smells of stinky bourbon, full in scent with an apparent boozy scent. The Rizzz is kinda hard to find under all that yak but there is traces of roasted malt and hop scent. Pretty one sided at this point.

Taste is all about the bourbon and it shows. A nice hit of whatever barrel they used and as expected not a lot backing it up. Really it goes bourbon some oak, no anilla sweetness and heat in that order. I don't think the base is all the way there.

Feel is kinda lackluster, it feels thinner than most Imperials and the creamy esque is lost with no sweetness or vanilla backing. Medium bodied and really bordering on watery. Hot. Carbonation is there and it helps.

This one is hot. If I had another bottle I would lay it down but there really is nothing for the BB appeal to meld with a not up to par stout, plus i fear of possible infection, not in particular with this, just BB stouts in general. I give points to Full Sail going balls deep with this bourbon forward beer without all the bells and whistles, but it's not my turkey.

I think this might be a hit with the older crowd who like that hard stuff and some stouts. Irish people unite.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling; Sampled May 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, nicely brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color, though it has a touch of a brown tint to it if you look closely. The beer remains quite opaque if held up to the light, though it might pick up just a touch more brown. The nose leads with notes of toasted coconut and vanillin, lightly spicy bourbon and roast malt back this up quite nicely, but the first two are definitely the dominant note. After digging a bit deeper some notes akin to a burnt nuttiness, others that distinctly remind me of a chocolate liquor and a sharp, slightly acrid, dark roast coffee in the finish. There is perhaps a touch of burnt vegetal notes in the aroma as well. Not a bad aroma, though it can be a touch harsh at times.

The beer hits my tongue with a touch of a lush texture, not quite creamy, but definitely with a substantial heft. The beer has a light sweetness to it, much of the sugars here seem to be well roasted such that they don't contribute to a simple sweetness. The roast character adds a sharpness to this beer in the middle and moves towards a roast bitterness and a touch of acrid roast character in the lingering finish. After a bit some burn acidity is also noticed in the finish.. The Bourbon barrel induced flavors are not nearly as ripe and inviting as the aroma was. Here the barrel influence adds a spicy, slightly hot note to the finish, though there is a touch of buttery oak and maybe a hint of vanillin, but the lush coconut character seems to be entirely lacking. The roast, burnt malt character does have a touch of nuttiness to it in the finish, but it is mostly dominated by the sharp roast notes.

This beer ends up being a bit too harsh, I wish it maintained the richness and balance of the nose in the flavor, but it just gets a bit too harsh in the end; there is just too much of a dominating, sharp, roast character in the flavor.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of roasted grains, coffee and hints of chocolate with a mild earthiness to counter. The flavor is a sweet malty roasted affair with bits of coffee and chocolate and just a touch of earth and light fruitiness. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent enough beer, but couldn't hold up to some of the other brews that we had Saturday night!

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewmaster's Reserve 2011

Appearance: A somewhat disappointing appearance, with very little head to cap the dark chocolate colored liquid; rather leggy, however, with dripping dots of foam speckling the side of the chalice

Smell: Bourbon and dark chocolate, with woody overtones

Taste: Dark chocolate and bourbon, up front, with a woody, vanilla character developing by mid-palate; some sourness developing after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation with some warmth in the gullet; the mouthfeel is really thin for the style

Overall: Rather one-dimensional and, with the thin body and hint of sourness developing after the swallow, I have some concerns about how well this will age

Thanks, chumba526, for the opportunity

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Photo of biglite351
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, so the beer itself was brewed in 2008 and then put in casks for 10 months. I am looking forward to trying the 3 year old brew.

A - hint of red around the edge, short off white creamy head.

S - very strong bourbon, vanilla. Only a hint of malt, oak and chocolate, heavily over shadowed by the cask aging.

T - better than the scent. The bourbon and vanilla are not overpowering. Raisins, cherry, chocolate and malt are all in the mix.

M - medium coating, tingle on back sides of tongue and throat, alcohol burn.

O - a little less bourbon in the scent and this would leap-frog many brews.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to AleWatcher for sharking this bottle!

We apparently did not have enough beer already on deck, so we cracked this bottle as well. Fair enough. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of rather light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, bourbon, light oak, vanilla, and caramel. The taste holds notes of light roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light mandarin orange syrup, bitter dark chocolate, light lemon zest, very light vanilla, and very light coconut. The fruity notes really don't do it for me, and things are exacerbated by the cloying sweet notes from the chocolate and whatnot. Not my cup o' meat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly watery feel. Overall, a pretty disappointing impy stout, one that goes too far into sweetness and fruitiness and doesn't try to bulk itself up for me. I've had worse, I just am not too big a fan of this.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Seeing as how I'm not much of a hard alcohol drinker, I may not be the best person to review this beer. Don't get me wrong, I love stouts, moreso, imperial stouts. When it comes to bourbon though, that certainly isn't my forte.
This beer does not mess around. Before its even entirely poured the smell of bourbon wafts into the air. Though I don't really care for bourbon, this does smell pretty good. But wheres the stout aroma? Where's the coffee, or chocolate or molasses? As it stands, I'm nearly overpowered by the smell of the bourbon and vanilla. It smells good, but if I could smell more of what I think of as a stout, this would've rated higher than the 4 I gave it.
The taste is dominated by the vanilla and bourbon flavor ... with very little of what I think of as a stout.
Moutfeel is just better than average. I considered keeping a couple of these on hand to let them age, but I've rethought that. I guess we'll see.
One is definitely enough.
In spite of that, I gotta give Full Sail a hearty pat on the back for being adventurous. That kinda bravery is what makes being a beer fanatic exciting.

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Photo of vacax
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottling I brought back to California after a trip to Washington.

Pours black with a very dark and expansive head that had some real nice retention. Aroma was heavy on bourbon, red wine, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste was equally heavy on the bourbon, alcoholic, tart dark fruits, oak, biscuity. Bourbon finish. Medium to full body with high carbonation for the style that did not mesh well with the intensity of the beer. The barrel really comes through on this one, in fact there is really little left going on this brew, which seems thin in comparison. In the world of barrel aged imperial stouts this one is on the low end.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AleWatcher for sharing this one at a recent tasting.

A: appearance is very dark black, but not quite opaque, minimal head, no lacing

S: vanilla from the Bourbon is huge up front, chocolate comes through next with sweet dark fruits and molasses coming through at the end

T: very sweet with lots of vanilla to begin, slightly sour in the middle, syrupy sweet finish. This one leans a little heavily towards the sweet side for my liking.

MF: body doesn't seem to match the flavors... a little on the thin side

O: among many other delicious brews we cracked at this tasting, this one did not really standout. It's a bit on the sweet side and it is a bit thin for the style.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Looks fine -- but how do you screw up the look of an imperial stout? They didn't make it too light, and they didn't make it too flat. Looks black with medium head.

Smell -- alcohol is very noticeable, which detracts. Very smokey, pretty molassesy. Maybe a little chocolate.

Taste is astringent -- alcohol is right on the forefront, but it has a very strong smokey flavor with a light molasses aftertaste, and fades into alcohol again.

Mouthfeel is pretty good -- it's not too heavy, but it's very substantial. Not a particularly drinkable beer, even for an imperial stout, but not too bad.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am stoked to review this beer. Full Sail doesn't usually impress me, but they released a Doppelbock a few weeks ago that I just loved. I have also been reading this one is pretty impressive. They release this beer every two years, and age it for quite some time in the barrels. You know me and barrel aging… I am sick of the trend. However, I have realized that brewing companies are not going to stop, and I need to embrace it. So consider this my first barrel aged embraced brews! I hear that some brewing companies, Lost Abbey included, are going to start aging beers in tequila barrels. That sounds interesting.

This beer used to be called Black Gold, and said Black Gold on the label. The bottle that came out this year does not say that, but I have confirmed, with Full Sail on Twitter, that this is in fact the same beer. Not sure why they leave off the name… but I am excited to drink it. Today is a big day, too. We are leaving here and gong to the Skeptical Chymist for some Firestone Walker 16th Anniversary on draft, then over to Whole Foods for some special release beer from Mikkeller. Just a beer filled Friday night.

Let's try the Full Sail Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged. Black Gold sounds so much better!

In the Glass: The beer is pitch black and pours like mud. Well, not quite… but close! It is thick, produced a huge head, and just sits there begging to be consumed. There is an incredible lace, too. This is so pretty, I just want to look at it. Nah, forget that… let's drink!

Nose: I could smell this as I was pouring it. Not the beer… the bourbon. They are not hiding the fact this is barrel aged. That's for sure. The beer is malty and there is almost too much bourbon on the nose. As much as I don't want the beer to taste like that, I kind of hope that it does! For beer that is less than 10%, it sure doesn't smell like it. Let's drink!

Flavor: At first, I was asking myself, "Where is the bourbon?" Then, out of nowhere, it hits you. Then it's ALL bourbon and slides down smooth. It is WAY too cold, but I almost got a pint out of it. This will last me for a little bit. On my second sip, I swished it around in my mouth, and while it adds a little bit of flavor, but not much. To be honest, it tastes better without doing that. Each sip this beer does get better, and as it heats up, I am sure it will get better. The mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: At first, there isn't much going on. When the beer hits the back of the palate, it explodes with the bourbon flavor and slides down smooth. Now that I think of it, the nose might be the best part of this beer. The best part of the mouthfeel is the finish, as the bourbon really fills your mouth. There are no bubbles here, and unless you force them, it just slides down. (I just burped… and with the burp comes the bourbon. Not the best flavor I have seen in a barrel aged beer.)

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is nice, and has a nice smooth finish that begins to dry as you continue to swallow. But for a beer that is $11.99, I expect more flavor. I wonder if the barrel aged porter is any better… not sure I am willing to spend $11.99 to find out. Of course, I will have to wait until next year to even try that one. Like I said, this will probably get better as it heats up, but this is not a beer worth writing home about.

This is our last Full Sail beer on the list, and I am OK with that. Their beers never really impress me, and this one is no exception. It's good… but for the amount of time that this beer sits in a barrel, I had a higher expectation on the flavor. Oh well, on to the next bottle!

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Photo of Phelps
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2011 release.

Enjoyed during a tasting of bourbon-aged stouts, this was poured from the bottle into a small tasting glass. According to the bottle, this is the brewery's imperial stout, aged 10 months in bourbon casks from Kentucky.

Inky, opaque dark chocolate brown. A thin, graham cracker-colored head becomes a medium ring.

A bit of soy sauce and teriyaki in the nose. There's also molasses, espresso and a bit of dark chocolate, but the Asian flavors are definitely off-putting.

The flavor's better, though there's still a bit of soy tang. A small amount of butter, lots of molasses, a hint of licorice, some vinous oak, vanilla and smoky char, like a piece of processed beef jerky. It's smooth, but too tangy for me. I need more deep roast. Improves as it warms.

The creamy medium body is a bit oily on tongue. Very, very light and tingly carbonation. Alcohol numbs the tongue and flames through the nostrils.

Black Gold exhibits nice flavor integration, but lacks depth. I'm tired of it already, and I didn't finish more than a third of the bomber. Not great -- especially when compared with other top-tier stouts.

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Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz. Fairly dark pour, burgundy tones throughout. A ring of tan bubbles around the glass. Not much sticking to speak of though.
Aroma is pretty sweet, candied sugar, like a malted milk ball and milk chocolate along with some good bourbon tones.
Aroma leads me to believe this may be like a small beer made from Bourbon County 2nd runnings. Bourbon County is probably in my top 3 or 4, so expectations are high.
Comes up short. Nice barrel characteristics of molasses and oak, but weak malt, roast, hop presence of any sort, just too sweet and nothing to balance. A little soy and chocolate. Warms in the throat a bit, but no lingering flavors to go with.
Mouthfeel was ok at first but quickly progresses to being quite thin. The thinness I would guess leads to the weak finish as well. I didn't get the over carb that some others though.
Drinkability is fine, but with everything just not quite working together here I would want to drink too much of this.
A little disappointing since I thought I landed a nice harder to find stout and the other stuff I've had from Full Sail has been solid.
I've probably had many beers worse than this, ones that I've even rated higher, but when unfortunately this has to be compared with some stiff company in the style, you get the lower rating.

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Photo of readbaron
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage

Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a hint of off white tan foam - looks a bit thinner than I'd like.

Smell starts out beautiful, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate and sweet malts, but the finish is a bit harsh - some bitter oak shows up to dampen the otherwise perfect bouquet of aromas.

Taste is a harsh - tons of bourbon and alcohol and oak - I'm not used to so much wood in my beer. I think the thin nature of the beer hurts this one - picks up a ton of oak.

Feel is decent - well carbed, but thin for a stout.

Overall - dissapointing.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

the flavors in this beer are all there for a bourbon barrel aged stout it's a little on the light side for body but the thing that totally killed it for me with this beer is the mouthfeel, the carbonation is waaay tooo high, which time will take care of just fine but I needed a less quality bourbon stout for a good base line before my bourbon county stout sampling with rick... Rick my friend get ready to have your socks knocked off, bring on the bourbon county!

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Photo of ebrauser
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as oil, of course, with the thinnest brown head left over after a minute. Seemed like it was tinted with a touch of red?

Aroma: Bourbon! Hints of vanilla and chocolate somehow force their way in past the strong alcohols.

Flavor: Strong bourbon again, with more oak, vanilla, and cherry flavors coming out. Malt base isn't huge, and I don't think it balances too well. I will really look forward to opening my second one in another year or two to see how it handles! Hopefully the bourbon will mellow a bit, letting the flavors develop.

MF: The beer body doesn't really stand up to the strength of taste, and is a little watery.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted 2/12/2011, from notes:

Pronounced bourbon aroma and taste. Boozy with toffee and chocolate notes and some charred wood. A little herbal in the long finish. Further into the bottle I'm getting a mild, but unpleasant, sourness. Overall, this just doesn't excite me much compared to other beers in the category.

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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.
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