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Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrels.
A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body. After its initial release in January 2010, our Imperial Stout was aged for a full year in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints vanilla and oak. This, combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for a smooth, wonderful taste experience. A hearty cellar beer. Very Limited Availability - 22oz Bottles and Draught. Black Gold was named one of "the best" barrel aged beers in the US by Men’s Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival® in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

Note: In 2011 went from 10.5% to 11.4%.
2013 - 9.6% ABV.


2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmanigold (20) - - DEC 17, 2014
Didn’t care for this one very much. Tasted boozy slightly sweet after taste. There really wasn’t anything that stood out about this particular stout thay would make me recommend this to anyone.
Earlier Rating: 12/6/2014 Total Score: 2.8
Once the bottle is opened the boozy aroma is noticed. Oil like appearance when poured. Head dissipates quickly leaving lacing around the rim. Slight chocolate and bourbon taste with a hint of coconut flavor. Very boozy taste, easy to drink. It is worth a shot to try, but there are better examples of a bourbon stout out there.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheiner (4) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
2013 brewmaster reserve. Poured pitch black with a short lived dark brown head that dissipated to a tenacious slick sheen. The aroma is pungent and offers the odd combination of sauteed mushrooms, vanilla, and raw honey. The mouthfeel is a bit better, rich but not thick. The taste has a mild bourbon flavor among slight coffee notes and more honey. Overall a very balanced, however unremarkable stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2117) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Draft. Nose is a huge booze nose. Dark black pour medium brown head. Taste is mostly booze. Very tropical and fruity with the booze. Like a BA foreign stoot. Good

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (856) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Dark-chocolate color with ruby glints at edges. Light-brown, yellowish head. Aroma is dark-roast coffee, bark, bourbon, vanilla, some BBQ sauce. Medium body with moderate but distinct and coarse carbonation. Saturated, dry feel. Flavor is dark, burnt toast, some dark woody coffee, slightly medicinal (in a sappy, Earthy way). Vanilla/bourbon is more subdued here. Herbal hops. A roasty, affordable bourbon-barrel stout, not over-the-top with the bourbon, but slight medicinal notes are a detractor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Dont sleep on Full Sail. It may be easy to get but damn is it tasty. Tons or rich cocoa, bourbon, brownies, vanilla, and rich nutty malts. Taste is moderately sweet with a nice balancing boozyness from the bourbon. Well done! Why did I used to trade for BBA Imp stouts when beers like this rot on the shelves. That was so 2012 of me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3923) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2014
terrible label, great beer. ok, this was brownie batter good. Love it, good thick bosy and good caramel molasses flavors without being cloying.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
Trade with Hannont. Thanks Todd. 2009 Vintage. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Coffee, roast, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit and cookies. Smooth and soft. Good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2014
65cl, Vintage 2014, at 9.84%Vol, as Full Sail Imperial Stout ’Bourbon Barrel Aged’, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Hans for bringing this over!, complex Stout, alcoholic/roasted and slightly woody/spicy/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Thick and rich with a nice balance of bourbon vanilla and oak with bittersweet coffee and roasted coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (375) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 12, 2014
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 10/11/14. Beer from Total Wine Dallas, TX. Beer pours to a black rich color with a strong note of bourbon. The bourbon is a little overwhelming to me & isn't as balanced as I would like in a bourbon stout. I will cellar this one for a year or two and see how it is then. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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