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Our Brewmaster Reserve series allows us to put our creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with our farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Some of our beers, like our fresh hops brews, are meant to be enjoyed just after harvest, intensely fresh from our farmers’ fields. Others like our Barleywine and Bourbon Barrels, carefully aged in Bourbon casks, tempt our patience and grow smoother and even more interesting with time.
Wood barrel aging is an art form. When done right, it’s a wonderful thing. Our barrel aged beers have been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience. Every year since, we’ve brewed an imperial style dark ale, filled roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, and then aged them in our cellar for a year. We rack this special beer in small batches, available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint.
Our perennial favorite, Old Boardhead Barleywine, comes out every year. But we never really know what the brewmaster has up his sleeve next. And that’s half the fun of it. Look for our latest offerings on draft at select taverns and bars, and in 22 oz. bottles at retail.
2012 Brewmaster Reserve Line-up
Brewed to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, “25” is a complex, luxurious beer brewed with Vienna Malt and Saaz hops, extended lagering produces full bodied flavors of caramel and honey with a hoppy backbone of white pepper and lemon spice. A beer made for celebration, Full Sail 25 is an elegant Northwest Style Pale Doppelbock. 70 IBU and 9.0%abv. It will be available throughout our 25th year on draft and in 22 oz bottles.
Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter - Available February 2012
Brewed in January 2011, our Imperial Porter was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker's Mark, Jim Beam and Austin Nichols. This aging amplifies our robust porter and brings out hints of chocolate, figs, vanilla and oak. Deep black in color, with a roasty malt flavor and a rich malt and vanilla sweetness that’s smooth and amazingly drinkable. A wonderful addition to any beer cellar. Limited availability in 22oz. bottles and draft. Available February 2012 Until it’s gone! ABV 9.5% IBUs: 40
Full Sail Imperial Stout - Available March to April
A hearty brew that is black as night. Strong roasted malt character and a full body. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout. A hearty cellar beer. Half the batch will be cellared and aged in bourbon casks until February 2013 when it will be released as Black Gold Bourbon Imperial Stout. Available in 22oz. bottles & limited draft. ABV 7.2% IBUs: 65
A deliciously rich Barleywine with great depth and delicacy of flavor, deep and robust. Its strong sweet body is balanced with Centennial & Crystal hops for a bracing hoppy finish. Ready to drink now, Old Boardhead also rewards your patience and cellars exceptionally well. Available in 22oz. bottles & draft. Bottling February 2012. ABV 9% IBUs: 91
A veritable hop lover’s delight! Brewed with freshly harvested Salmon Safe Perle hops, a close cousin to the Northern Brewer hop, these hops give the beer a strong herbal character with classic pils hop aromas. Combined with our lager yeast, these flavors make for a classic pilsner beer which give the beer a pleasant hop character. This pale gold aromatic brew was left unfiltered to preserve its smooth body and honeyed malt flavors. This beer is crisp and clean. ABV: 5.7% IBU: 53
This annual favorite is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 6.5% IBU 68
Of course, you are the ultimate judge, but click here to view our Brewmaster Reserve awards list.