Full Sail’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Makes Its Return


It’s time for the return of a Pacific Northwest favorite, often heralded one of the finest and earliest examples of a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout from Hood River’s Full Sail Brewing. Originally dubbed “Black Gold” and now just called Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, this year’s edition was brewed back in November 2015 and aged in Wild Turkey bourbon casks from Kentucky.

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“The annual release of our barrel aged beers is a celebration of the best of American beer and American bourbon,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “Barrel aging beers has been a Full Sail tradition since 1998 when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience.” Though barrel aging has become popularized in the years since, Imperial Stout has the advantage of Full Sail brewmasters’ consistent experience, expertise and innovation.


Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout’s extended aging presents hints of vanilla and oak. “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,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter.

Always highly anticipated by beer lovers, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts from Full Sail have received numerous accolades over the years, including gold and silver medals, five star ratings, and a bounty of happy customers. Food pairings for Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout include steak, braised meat and short ribs, Cascadia Creamery’s Glacier Blue or Stilton cheeses, and chocolate and desserts of all kinds, especially vanilla ice cream, pear crisp or cheesecake.

Wood barrel aging is an art form. When done right, it’s a wonderful thing. Full Sail brewers honor the barrel aging tradition by pouring creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers. This special beer is brewed and racked in small batches, and is only available in limited quantities. Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is available this September in limited release in 22 oz. bottles and draft. 9.5% ABV, 40 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company

Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World ‘s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

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