Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve)Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed & released every other year

First Release - March 2010

Added by Wasatch on 03-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque black mahogany, with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and coffee and cream, with a little roasted barley and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like a blend of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a little licorice and burnt malt and bready yeast. The aftertaste was bitter with a hint of alcohol.
M: It was thick and velvety smooth with a bit of carbonation.
D: This was a very nice beer that's clean and drinkable, although a bit harsh on the finish. Flavors are very well balanced between bold roasted notes and dry sweet elements, but the body is what makes this beer. Some age would probably improve this beer to be top notch.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a big soapy tan head. Spider webs of lace. Roasty aromas, bold taste, mostly coffee. Some burnt parts. More sweet than bitter, some chocolate malts. A bit astringent. Not the thickest of the style,not the most omplex, but decent enough RIS, thanks Radek.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesvilles, VA) for $4.99.

A: Dark but not quite opaque with 2-finger brown big-bubbled head with good retention and nice webs of lacing.

S: Heavy tobacco flavor with big chocolate and roasted malt flavors

T: Delicious roasted dark malts mingle with milk chocolate, dark coffee, and earthy tobacco. Straightforward in flavor, but excellent flavors.

M: Thin in comparison to others in the style with higher-than-average carbonation and chocolate-coffee aftertaste.

D: A very approachable stout, but not quite up to the RIS style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another treat from my nearby Whole Foods (keep up the good work, Jeff!). It pours a straight jet black with a head of minor tan foam. The nose is chocolate syrup, coffee, walnuts, dark wheat, and some black cherries in the background. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of dark, roasted malts, light coffee, and very bitter chocolate. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the chocolate is too bitter, dragging down the whole of the tasting experience. The body is a solid medium, with moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty decent imperial stout, but nothing all that great.

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Photo of Briken
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with an umber head that leaves excellent lacing. A little chocolate and roasted aromas. Flavors of mostly coffee with a strong hop and roasted malt bittering with a little chocolate. Good thick mouthfeel.

This is a very strongly bittered imperial stout. It's good roasted flavors but not too much else.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black; allows no transit of light at all. Head is half a finger of creamy light brown foam. I don't know what to ask for in an imperial stout other than utter, dominating blackness.

Smell: rich roasted barley aroma. I don't know whether this is aged in oak at all, but there is an oakiness to it. Other than these characteristics, there's not a lot of complexity. Still, I like it.

Taste: roasty. Flavors tend toward the coffee end of the spectrum. There's a little chocolate toward the end, though, which is nice. Hops are a little vegetabley; these are probably the bittering hops coming through. A fair bit of the bitterness seems to come from the roasted barley, however. Overall, it seems a bit unrefined; I like it well enough, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy texture. Carbonation is low overall, but pretty solid for the style. I actually rather like the mouthfeel of this beer.

Drinkability: I think the drinkability of this brew has to track with the flavor. This isn't exactly a refreshing session beer, so we'll fall back to it being good but not great.

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Photo of jerlleutz
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I gave this one a full on pour into my deep frozen mug. The carbs made a nice display despite the abuse, and to top it off it gave me that aroma we all look for in these darkies, burnt biscuits.

Drinking it, I got quite the same, and the carbs were great. The ABV delivered without being too fumey. Rich, dark, and sweet. I had a lot of muffin crust in this one and no complaints. It delivered. Gracias.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thin, tan head that fades quickly, leaving some very thin patches.
Smell is creamy, roasted malts with some light coffee and espresso notes. Vanilla beans, caramel, tofee, and some milk chocolate notes as well.
Taste is roasty malts, with some faint smokey notes intermingled with slightly dark chocolate. Very faint notes of espressso, as well as some mild caramel and toffee notes follow, with some darker chocolate notes coming in. Finish is slightly malty and bitter.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finish is slightly sticky. Medium body.
Drinkability is good for this style. Alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a dark black color with a tan head. Has an aroma of roasted malts with a bit of sweetness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Flavor of roasted malts and coffee, with some noticeable hints of dark bitter chocolate. There's also a bit of hops and grains present. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Tasty, but pretty high octane.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deeply black, with great carbonation that keeps the fine-looking brown head from receding. Nose is of a bitter, roasted barley. Coffee and chocolate notes.

The flavor is quite bitterly roasted, and with cocoa and coffee all over the place. The dark fruit and booze comes later. It's hard to say that there is anything "middle of the road" here, but honestly it doesn't quite catch either the sweet and boozy extreme or the darkly roasted and bitterly hopped side. Pretty terrific brew, especially for the price.

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Photo of vkv822
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into pint glass.

The beer appears black, with little signs of carbonation and fair amount of tan head. The nose is of malts, with a mixture of chocolate and coffee aromas, while the flavor is of more chocolate and hints of coffee notes, with some nice bitterness from the coffee. It has a bit too much burnt astringency toward the finish though, and there is a pleasant, very light boozy warmness to the finish as well.
This beer while enjoyable and a solid imperial stout, was in my mind, nothing outstanding in a style that has so many impressive brews to offer.

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Photo of honeybrewer
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: Year 2010, 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark, minimal head. good lacing.

Smell: Smells great, I get coffee, chocalte, and strong roast malt aromas.

Taste: Bummer. It was almost really good. There are some really good flavors here; rich roasted malt and just a hint of floral hoppiness. Unfortunaltely they are overpowered by an acrid, charcoal flavor, with perhaps too much hop bitterness. The burnt flavor really kills this beer, although it lessens somewhat as it comes to room temp.

Mouthfeel: It is a full bodied beer, despite its minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: In my humble opinion, this beer is currently not worth drinking. However, a year or so in the cellar might do it a world of good, if it can bring the burnt flavor into balance. At just over four bucks apiece, I might throw a few of these in the cellar for a year or two, but not with any great expectations.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After being sick of drinking all the crap beer AKBelgianBeast has sent me to drink for my losing earnings I wanted to try something that might not be half bad.

A- Dark black with a tan head. The head subsided quickly leaving great lacing and a thin cap of head excrement.

S- The smell is dark, chocolaty, a touch of bourbon, dry roasted burnt malts with a woody smell to it.

T- Dry, very dry. The chocolate isn't very strong, and the roasted malts are more like acrid burnt to a crisp malts. This beer is very heavy on the burnt end, it's like someone either burnt the beer to the bottom of the brew pot, or they stirred a huge chunk of burnt wood though the brewing process. This is not all that great and quite the disappointment.

M- Dry and thin for a beer of this style. I like my darker beers to be thicker, and this is too thin for my liking.

D- It is alright, not something I would buy, or recommend for others to buy.

I've had bad luck with FS beers. They are ok, and not that great for the price. I know lots of people love their beers, but they are just an average beer company. They have yet to make something that wows me. Even their black gold is just a thin version of GIBCS with the GIBCS being the better beer by far.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice black color with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is deep roasted malt, dry, booze, coofee, chocolate. Taste has a goos with a good deep burnt feel with coffee, light chcolate, booze and some some wood feel. A very good Impt Stout.

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Photo of Docer
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple bombers up at a Safeway...

- Rather heavy pour into a small tumbler glass... not very much head, but a rather dark mocha head.... fizzy and small bubbles... quickly down to a resting ring and bit of scattered froth among the top. A rich dark brown/black.. with a bit of ruby red showing at the edges against the light.

- Lovely oat and grain with a hit of chocolate malt.. smells mighty balanced and light. Zingy and bitter hopping..

- Nicely balanced and light chocolate malt... sweetened just right without being too sweet... oats, grains... light roastiness.. bitter tasty hops and coffee notes.

- Rather light to medium bodied... not at all syrupy or sticky... makes the mouth water.

- Huge drinkability... smooth, and light for an 8% ale. Taste is great, and I would certainly buy again. Wondering what one would be like with a few years on it. I heard somewhere that this may only be a preview of something better to come of this imperial stout.

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Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a medium size khaki head, and good lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, some malt, and a little coffee.

taste is smooth, malt, milk chocolate, a little vanilla, and a touch of coffee, ends a tad bitter.

overall a very nice imperial stout.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Cool looking purple label

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy light tan head, with some oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, with a good dose of chocolate/toffee, and a nice little touch of coffee. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, slightly bitter, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, and some coffee notes, picking up some little notes of vanilla. Medium body, ABV handled nicely. Drinkable, this is a very fine brew for around $4, recommended.

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