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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011

A: black with little head production. There was a substantial amount of rust around cap (probably from the tin wrapper on the top). No lace. Near mirror surface.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet and dark malts with some cream tones I relate to a cuvee that has sat on lees for a long time.
T: Follows the nose and adds some nice depth with hints of dark stone fruits and some bakers cocoa. Really nice.
M: Viscous and low carb, semi dry finish.
O: Really showing well right now. Wouldn't hesitate to grab a few more of these. Full Sail is not my favorite brewery, but when they are on, they are spot on.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bogforce
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of heyta
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Gurrett
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Dunkelhund
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of djbreezy
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jules11788
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark coffee-black that lets barely any light in through the edges; no head, no lacing

S: Strong notes of bourbon-infused wood, sweet malt, chocolate, and more sweet bourbon

T: Starts off with a woody milk chocolate flavor; opens up as it hits the middle of the tongue to reveal more notes of wood, bourbon, and chocolate; finishes with a sweet bourbon/wood flavor that mellows nicely on the back of the palate. Surprisingly there is barely any hint of booze at all, a wonder considering this thing is packing a whopping 11.4%.

M: Medium viscosity, barely any carbonation, super smooth; this stuff just melts ever so softly over the tongue

O: This is one of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had, and it's also one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had as well. If you're a fan of big dark beers then you should not miss this one.

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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 FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

878th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

2011 Release

Purchased from Craft in Reno, NV

App- A very dark brown to inky black pour. While the head forms it settles to a good viscous looking pour. A bit khaki in color with a medium receding pace. A little whisp of cling.

Smell- A good bit of aromatics on the nose. A lot of booze with dark malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Roasted notes finish it out with a bit of astringency.

Taste- A good stout with some good balance and well rounded flavors. A good bit of malt with some dark chocolate as on the nose. A little bit of plum and oak. The barrel notes smooth it out but dont add much boldness. More stringy alcohol than richness.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A touch of dark fruits but a lot of rich chocolate and oak on the residual flavors.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. It was more flavorful that some of their base beers but needs a bit more smoothness to take away from the bubbly hop bitter note. I'd like to trade for a 2009 bottle.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another cool bottle courtesy of STEG. Thanks agian for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewmaster Reserve 2011

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a small, medium looking, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body, opaque, with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy and faint wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Despite the lousy head retention, this is a good looking imperial stout.

SMELL: Bigger nose on this one, with lots of barrel notes. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate on the nose, with touches of dark chocolate as well. A touch of roasted and smoky malts, but this more about the barrel.

TASTE: A touch of roasted malt up front, but this soon gives way to a big barrel with lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate through the middle into the finish. Plenty of oak in there. The aftertaste is medium in strength and lingers nicely with lots of barrel, some dark chocolate and a touch of heat in there. Lots of nice barrel flavors, but I’d like to see a little more of the base beer for top marks. Alcohol is kept well in check here as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly light on the palate. Semi-creamy, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating with a touch heat lingering. Average here.

OVERALL: A solid barrel aged imperial stout. Would love to try this and base beer together in order to see how well the base beer does on its own, as I find it was a little outdone here by the barrel. Oddly enough, the label says you’ll find “hints of oak” in here, but this is an oak bomb through and through. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable, flavorful and drinkable brew. Thanks again for the hookup STEG. Recommended.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.97/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this over.

Appearance: The pour is maroon mahogany color with ruby edges and a small cap that neither retains well nor leaves any real lace.

Smell: The aroma is nice. Bourbon, some alcohol, oak, chocolate malt, and roast coffee.

Taste: The flavor really differs from the aroma, in a bad way. Roasted and chocolate malt should be there, but hide behind a bourbon and ethyl alcohol front. Oak tannins come in later, but there is no real depth to this beer. Most of what I taste here is off flavors.

Mouthfeel: It is noticeably thin right away. The oak is overdone, leaving my mouth feeling astringent. The alcohol provides some bite on the tongue.

Overall: Not a lot of good things going right with this beer after I get past the aroma. It was tough to finish a glass.

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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 busternuggz
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 10 oz pour on tap at 1702. Served in a small pilsner glass.
Opaque brownish black with a 1/4"-1/8" khaki head. No lacing, but I think the glass may have been wet or something.
Rich and inviting nose. Leads with bourbon notes, then toffee, vanilla, some oak, and a kind of sweet creaminess. Lactose maybe? As it warms, a little licorice and molasses come out.
The taste is similarly rich and complex, leading with bourbon and oak, then jumping around between molasses, toffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and espresso. Medium sweet, ends lightly sweet and roasty with a pleasant and long finish/aftertaste. The bourbon adds to the taste without overpowering, just how I like it.
Very nice texture too, full bodied, viscous and creamy. The carbonation is just right, balanced and smooth.
I kind of didn't expect much from this beer, but I was really impressed. Balanced, complex, and delicious. Damn!

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Photo of vkv822
2.33/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 release.

Pours black with a short lived tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

I was a bit put off as the smell is of straight bourbon upfront when first poured. After being allowed to sit for a minute, some really vanilla and oak from the barrels and chocolate, lightly roasted malt comes through behind the bourbon.

The taste follows the nose, with bourbon upfront and followed by some cocoa and roasty malts. Finishes with a mouth-numbing alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly viscous, with light carbonation.

A decent beer but the bourbon is just not integrated well-enough. I feel like this is was would be the result of mixing a shot of bourbon in a regular Imperial Stout.

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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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