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
fullsailbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
513
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.13%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
143
For Trade:
5
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Photo of jordanmckell
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours very little lightly tan head that disipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black. The texture doesn't seem to be very appealing and a bit muddy.

The beer smell is pretty strong in the barrel notes. The beer has a very strong vanilla note and a very present bourbon note to it. The beer seems to have some of the other notes such as chocolate and a light, bitter hop note but they seem to be overwhelmed.

The taste is pretty good and better than the smell with a bit more complexity. In addition to the vanilla and alcohol, the beer also has a whiskey note to it as well.

The mouthfeel is heavy but seems to be lacking thickness (probably due to the aging). The carbonation is biting and not bad but the beer just feels too light for the style.

Overall, this is a decent imperial stout but you're not missing anything. The beer isn't that complex and seems to have been overwhelmed by the aging.

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Photo of Hayes86
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachary80
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwreay90
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeBond
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label data: brewed in 2013, bottle number 029.

Black abyss of a body; thick, dense, light tan head. Dark chocolate aroma with cherries, and anise. Rich cocoa flavor; tantalizing touch edge of whiskey mid-way through the sip and lingering at the finish; mild astringency; nice bitterness. Primarily heavy body; some residual sugar heft.

The balance and depth of the flavors make this a distinctive barrel-aged stout. Well-rounded and very delicious. The body, while heavy, also seemed to have a certain contradictory thin (if not watery) quality to it. I would have expected a deeper, richer feel for a beer such as this. Regardless, this is a superb offering.

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Photo of deesbeers
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the bourbon barrel aged stouts, so far. Very hard to find outside of the Pacific Northwest, it would seem.

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Photo of DeepBrew
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labeled Brewmaster Reserve 2013, ABV 9.6

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter

A: Black with medium tan foam and good retention. Leaves behind good lacing.

S: Beautiful smell of caramel, malt, barrel, vanilla and booze

T: Tastes less rich than it smells, the sweet is still there and the chocolatey bitter, but the vanilla is gone and the barrel is muted compared to what I expected after 12 month of aging. The aftertaste was somewhat dry for the style.

M: Creamy, medium strong, medium carbonation

O: After taking in the beautiful looks and smell, the taste was somewhat of a let-down.

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Photo of RCLOHR267
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrebeka
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tappangordo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdwardK77
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harvest06
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bralor
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of Matty-McBier
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.96 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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