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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of unknown origins. Maybe bought locally, I can't recall.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a skinny 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly a skim, with bubbles around the rim and leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits and malts.

Taste is dark sweetness to start, coupling with some fruit and anise in the middle, and closes slightly acrid, moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. As expected, good brew.

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Photo of diamondc
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewmaster Reserve 2012. $5 for a bomber. Says Enjoy By 023 ... whatever that means.

A: Typical stout apperance... almost completely black, with maybe a hint of ruby when held up to the light. A fingers worth of mocha colored head with some slight lacing.

S: Really big cocoa powder notes, with a subtle sour fruit smell. Almost like a raspberry.

T: A really big coffee flavor up front. Some dark chocolate, burnt toast, almost charcoal bitterness afterwards.

M: A bit thin on the mouthfeel. The roasted, almost burnt malts lingers long after each sip.

O: Decent stout. Too roasted, not much complexity going on, but worth a try since its cheap.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BTHU
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jenlovesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

7.2%ABV. per bottle label.Poured jet black with a well defined one finger deep tan colored head atop,it settled very slowly leaving nice lacing as it did.Chocolate and roast stand out most in the nose,dark fruit comes into play as it warms more.Dark fruit and char up front on the palate followed by French roast coffee and bitter chocolate,a drying somewhat raw earthiness in the finish.This is a solid lighter beer for the style,it's not thick chewey and alcoholic but still has all the character of an imperial stout.Solid.

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Photo of gtermi
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades away and leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: To me it smells sort of oxidized with a little bit of chocolate malt, some roasted malt and a bit of sweetness.

T: The beer has a lot of chocolate flavor, but not as much roastedness as I want. The chocolate/ mocha flavor lasts for a long time. It sort of reminds me of a stronger version of guinness. I think it tastes very nice.

M: The beer is pretty smooth for an Imperial stout and really easy to drink. It also has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat.

O: Man for 4 dollars this beer is well worth the money. It has some nice characteristics and I really enjoyed it. I would for sure buy a lot of this.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a slight red tone. Slight tan head and a trace of lacing. Dark malts and coffee aroma. Dark malt, dark fruit and light hops. Finishes dry with lingering coffee/dry dark malt. Not very complex. Like an imperial version of an English stout. Satisfactory, but not outstanding.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Topped of with a nice mocha head.

S Coffee, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits.

T Lots of dark fruits, some roasted coffee and chocolate.

M Kind of thin and watery.

Overall this is a pretty tasty non barrel aged stout, and a very good effort by Full Sail. It is a bit thin and watery which is an issue, but other then that it is pretty solid. Plus at around $4.50 a bottle its hard to find a better deal.

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Photo of edwardkersh
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz Brewmasters Reserve 2012 bottle, with ABV (7.2%) on the label.
One finger dark tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is very malty, lots of milk chocolate malt balls like aroma.
Over time the chocolate rich aroma gives way to some roasted coffee notes.
Taste is also very malt forward with lots of cocoa and coffee notes. Hints of bitterness towards the finish. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Wishing it was a tad full-bodied.
Anyways, this is another good offering from Full Sail and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2012 offering poured into my CBS snifter.

A: Opaque, with dark brown/ruby red highlights at the edge of the glass...tight half finger of khaki head, good splotchy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, anise, earthy hops, a touch of an oily herbal note, espresso and coffee, burnt caramel.

T: Very roasty but not smoky...toasted grains, dark chocolate, black malt, espresso, hints of caramel, brewers licorice.

MF: Smooth, creamy, medium/heavy mouthfeel, soft & lower carbonation, really no alcohol presence, light dryness is nice for an Imperial Stout.

O: Really nice, a great drinker right now at an excellent price point. Not sure how robustly it would stand up to the cellar but its drinking just fine right now.

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Photo of pjeezus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of boralyl
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle which reads 7.2% abv, not the 8% listed on the site.

A - Pours 2 inches of creamy dark tan head. It has nice retention and leave some nice globs of lace as it settles. The beer Is a deep shade of black with just a hint of light coming through near the top of the glass.

S - Sweet molasses, brown sugar and a hint of roasted malts. As it warms a little bit of chocolate comes out. It has a very aromatic nose.

M - Medium to full in body with light-medium carbonation and creamy finish.

T - A slight roastiness up front followed by some molasses and bigger brown sugar presence. Dark, bitter chocolate is detected mid-taste which blends in with a roasty finish.

This is a fantastic imperial stout, and you can't get much better for the price (about $4 for a 22oz bottle). Very impressed with this one.

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

22oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - Pours a nearly jet black color with tan head

Smell - milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, expresso, roasted malt

Taste - milk chocolate, roasted malt, expresso, little bit of roasted coffee bean as well

mouthfeel - the body is a bit thin to be classified as an imperial stout, thin on carbonation, slightly sweet body, bitterness to the finish, no booziness is present

overall - This was a decent beer, although I might hesitate to classify this as an imperial stout. For the price point it is certainly worth a try.

Price Point - $4.99/22oz.

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Photo of warnerry
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 release

A - Pours black with one finger of tan head. Head doesn't have great retention but leaves some spotty lacing.

S - A lot of chocolate and some roasted malts. Faint sweetness. Pretty standard IS aroma.

T - Follows the nose pretty closely, though there is more roasted malt in the taste. A bit of alcohol is apparent.

M - Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking.

O - Pretty good imperial stout that is done in a bit by thin mouthfeel and a flavor profile that is good, but not very interesting.

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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

Pours black as night. The head is short, but what's left is creamy looking and leaves some nice lacing.

A creamy lactose sweetness smell with a touch of roasty malts.

Roasty malts, hint of hop bitterness and a milk sugar sweetness like cream. Dark chocolate. Just a good mellow flavor for an imperial stout.

Very smooth, about full bodied. The feel is a bit dry and the carbonation is supple and low.

Very well made no frills imperial stout. Drinks nicely and is a bargain for the $4 price tag. Worth a try.

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Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.76 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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