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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewmaster’s Reserve


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2005
(bottle) Pours black with hardly a tan head. Coffee/chocolates were in the nose, same in the taste except it was sweeter then I expected. Alchohol was not well hidden, and it was very oiley, very syrupy, but not in a good way. I wasnt impressed by full sail this time. But, I’ll drink their barley wine anyday!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
My roomates stumbled upon a bottle of this in Glacier, WA of all places. Deeply infused with esspresso, this stout seems to take on a slightly thin/astringent character, although it gets better with warmth. The smoke comes through as well as some dark chocolate. The alchohol is there but all but buried under all that coffee. This definitely could use some time to mellow out, but with some roundness it could really be another excellent Full Sail.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (376) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Almost black pour with some red tints on the sides of the glass. Roasty, alcoholic nose. Roasted malts, plums, and pepper. Very dry and acidic finish. A tangy and roasty imp stout. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Thanks to SNOB for the bottle. Medium sized dark tan foamy head. Slightly phenolic aroma with slight alcohol and banana undertones. Some roastiness, with a clashing hop spiciness. Alcohol and residual spicy hop character dominate the finish.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
22oz bottle. Surprise, I actually enjoyed this one. dark color, decent brown head, no lace. Aroma very similiar to coffee. And it drnks with coffee intensity as well... body is decent, a bit light for a big stout maybe, but still full. Chocolate and hints of liquorice round out the beer. the finish is a bit thin. This isn’t really in the league as far as world class RIS...but it made me think that maybe Full Sail MIGHT produce a truly good beer at some point! This one is almost close.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
12 oz handbottle, via Wohlfs. Pitch black body with a thin covering of dark brown head that faded to a thin ring quickly. Nice roasty nose with some alcohol, caramel, and espresso. The lightest hint of soy as well. Flavor is rather thin with roast, caramel, a little soy, carmalized dark fruits, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin with nice low fine bubbled carbonation. Finish is slightly more oily in texture. Not a bad beer, the flavor and aroma are nice, but the mouthfeel really is lacking and it all adds up to an average, at best, Imperial Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
Pours black with a big soapy head. Spider webs of lace. Roasty aromas, bold taste, mostly coffee. A bit astringent.Decent enough RIS, thanks Radek.

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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnKirk (1) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2005 does not count
Warm - about what you’d expect from a typical Imperial Stout, but a little lacking in charred grain flavor and hops.


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