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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewmaster’s Reserve

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3.5
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 Rerate, aged 4 months: 22oz Bomber: Pours with not much head, aromas here include dark fruits (dates & raisins), port, and some mustiness; the flavor is heavy with burnt toast and charcoal, and includes some espresso and cola mixed in; ample piney hopping and dryish finish; the palate is acidic and slightly astringent, with moderate body for an impy; bitterness comes from highly roasted malts; aging really helps this. I’ll try my next one in another few months.

3.3
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.

3.4
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!

3.7
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours black with a medium tan head that stays around. Rich roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with some slight fruit and spice esters. This beer has a smooth body with a decent weight on the palate, not extremely thick like some imperial stouts. The aftertaste trails off with a fairly big bitterness and light acidity.

3.1
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
Black with a tan, frothy head. Smooth, creamy body; not very heavy or syrupy. Roasted malts, chalky chocolate, nuts, and some aromatic alcohol. Big hops ... grassy and a little pine-like. Some citrus as well. Overall, I found it to be pretty decent, but it didn’t seem very complex or exciting.

2.5
Ernest (7694) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Blah. Nothing Imperial about this one. Sourish, watery, boring.

2.9
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
22 oz bottle. Black color with a low-level, filmy tan head. Not a lot of hop aromatics in the nose (which is a good thing) and the malt aromatics are not exactly unpleasant but not really pleasant either. Hints of dried fruits, cocoa and abrasive hops in the nose. Strong, malty flavor, but very burnt and coffee-like and equally fruity, but not vinous with a banana infused yeast contribution. I expected more from Full Sail. This is pretty amateurish.

3.9
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.


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