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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)

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

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

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Ratings: 514 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of colts9016
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour this into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A dark jet black color in the body of the beer. There was a one finger head that last all but a second. There is effervescence in the beer but only visible by it bubbling on the top of the beer. The clarity of the beer is a black as the black hole.

Nose: The first initial aroma was a bourbon glass. There is a very nice dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and phenols. There are hints of alcohol, raisins and a port like aroma.

Taste: A very rich dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol, and a burnt character. There are hints of phenols, floral, raisins and sap.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, rich and creamy. The body of the beer is thick and chewy. The finish lingers for a long while on the palate. This is a refreshing wonderful tasting and easy drinking beer. When I was pouring this beer I could smell the bourbon on the beer like you have been drinking it on the rocks. For it being a RIS, I am a little down on the fact there are not some hops competing with the flavor of the beer. The beer is well rounded, the aged in wood barrels gives this beer some depth. I really like this beer but slightly disappointed in the fact that I was expecting a great RIS aged in a wood barrel; nonetheless it is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever opened this at Cincy Winter Beer Fest

Pours very dark with reddish tints. Very thick and viscous with a bit of brown head. Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Some great bourbon hints but fairly subtle. Mostly oak heavy. Thick and heavy on the tongue. Tastes very sweet and malty. The bourbon is fairly subtle. I wish it was stronger in all honesty! Decent mouthfeel and very drinkable for the percentage

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JTomczak
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's PDX, $6 for 12 oz., 8.27.11.

Full pour resulted in zero fingers broken brown head, very dark brown opaque body no visible carbonation. Nose is chocolatey goodness, some vanilla, decent hop bill to offset the cocoa nibbish nose. Taste reflects the extensive barrel aging process, vanilla and oak up front, healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate, some citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel well on the full side of medium, not a lot of effervescence, good lacing. Yummy, but could benefit from a bit of cellaring to cut down the booziness.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small off white head.

Scent of chocolate, toasted malts, some coffee, oak, spices, some dark fruits, molasses, and alcohol.

Taste of oak, whiskey, earth, coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Good, but seems a bit weak after the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Release. 22oz bottle with gold foil poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: A hard pour straight down the middle produces minimal head...a vigorous swirl brings up about a quarter inch of consistent brown head with small bubbles that recedes to a small ring. The abv is making itself known in the lack of head retention and with the alcohol feet. Opaque black.

S: Holy whisky Batman...sweet bourbon, tons of vanilla and dark malt...buttloads of chocolate...it has a Scotch Whisky-like complexity...sweet oak and molasses.

T: Unfortunately alcohol is the first thing that hits...boozy and sweet, dark roasted malts fill your mouth...there is a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Tobacco, oak, vanilla, chocolate and molasses are all flavors I pick up on, and as it warms the flavors & booze do even out.

MF: Chewy and pretty full initially but I gotta say it's not as big of a feel as I want in a high abv stout...viscous and dry on the very end of the finish. A touch watery in my opinion.

O: Tough to say, I had hoped that I'd given this beer enough time to calm down (heat wise) but it's still pretty boozy. The mouthfeel is good initially, and the smell and flavors have good, complex things going for them, but it's tough to rate this beer high. I'll revisit in a few years...

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 23 Nov 2011. 2011 version. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Small dark brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown to black in color. Aromas of roasted burnt malts, bourbon, licorice, chocolate. Flavor is dominated by chocolate upfront. Licorice slowly becomes noticeable, then ethanol warmth from throat to gut. Lingering burnt dark cocoa malts. Full bodied, very warming ethanol.

Decent but a little rough around the edges. Still, reasonably priced for a barrel aged RIS.

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Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a recent trade! Been wanting to try this one for awhile.
Pours a dark, viscous brown in color. A very nice inch and a half of dark tan head forms on the pour.
Very nice bourbon barrel notes in the smell. Soft bourbon, some vanilla, as well as a good amount of cocoa.
This tastes very good. Well rounded, soft bourbon flavor. Absolutely velvetty and decadent. Everything is put together so well in this beer. A little bit of roast and some chocolate to round out the flavor profile. Solid mouthfeel, with hardly any hint of the ABV. Very sad to get to the end of the bottle. I will definitely seek out more of this.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black, nothing getting through. One finger mocha colored head. Good lacing.

S: Chocolate covered cherries. Other dark fruits. Big bourbon aroma. Nice smell.

T: Lots of dark fruits. Cherries, figs, raisins. Big bourbon. Very hot. Needs some age for sure. Light chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

M: Way to thin for a stout. No creaminess.

O: Would be much better with a year or two on it. Although that won't do much for the mouthfeel.

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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 514 ratings
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