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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewmasterís Reserve


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Dark black with a tan and solid creamy head. Stringy lacing. Itís a good looking beer. Aroma is full of roast and hops. Bitter coffee and a touch vinous. There is almost a hint of ginger about. Chocolate. The flavor is bitter hops and coffee. There is roast malts and a bit of astrigency There is a hint of fruits. The palate is tingly with a bitter tail of mocha and espresso.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Jaded. Seems thatís whatís happening. Getting jaded. Too much of too many good things? Who knows. This didnít impress me as I had hoped. Nice dark, almost opaque black body with a frothy tan head. Hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla. Thin and watery. Decent flavor but nothing that would have me begging for more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Tap at brewery. Deep brown in color, very nearly black. A tan head barely forms, quickly leaves and there is no lacing left behind. Bery big coffee aroma, a touch of chocolate. Bedium bodied and low in carbonation. Very coffee in flavor, roasted grain with nice hop bitterness backing it all up. Solid IS, needs more body and complexity to bring it in to contention with the big boys.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Sampled at Portland City Grill, bomber. Pours a dark reddish brown, no head at all. Aroma was light coffee, but need to reevaluate outside of a bar. Taste is dominated by a strong chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt combination. Also some coffee in there. Finish brings bitterness and more roasted malt. Palate was thick, viscous and quite oily. Very good beer, I need to get another chance at it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF í05. Black body, light tan head. Chocolate-malt aroma with substantial hop undertones. Chewy dark malt flavor with anise and latte coffee. Roasty dark fruity finish. A pretty good I.S. that would have been unique 3 years ago.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle, from Vintage Sellers in Great Falls , MT. Poured thick and black into my Maudite glass, 1.5-finger dark tan head, spotty lacing, pretty average looking for a Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Nose is big, sweet bourbon, loads of vanilla and bourbon notes, lots of "chocolate shake" notes, a bit boozy, more complex than I was really expecting. Shades of Bourbon County or Ivan the Terrible in the nose. Flavours are a bit disappointing - Stout shows plenty of dark fruit and decent roast, though a bit thin. The Bourbon notes are pretty fantastic, again - Full Sail clearly spent good money on quality Bourbon casks, and Iím sure the stout underneath is just fine, it just isnít quite big enough to handle the big bourbon notes. A solid effort from Full Sail.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, 2005. Dark brown, black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Body is a bit thin. More body and a little less bitterness, and this would be amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(2009 bottle, sampled 8/15/10). Black color. Medium tan head. Moderate chocolate aroma with light alcohol. Flavor of the same, with light roastiness. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1569) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
2004 bottle drank in 2005. Definitely has been one of FSís stronger points. Pours straight black with tiny tanned hints and a dark tan head. Mediumly thick aromas of sweet burnt malts, coffee, and roast. Notes of much of the same in the flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A standard in Impy Stouts, not mind blowing, but damn good, especially when it was first being brewed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting at Dogbrickís. Dark black with a small brown head. Very smokey and roasty flavor and aroma.


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