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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (703) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2014
pours black with a very thin tan head. aroma is bourbon, chocolate and wood. taste is rich with whiskey and chocolate. finish is sweet and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (441) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2014
22 oz. bomber share thanks to Evan. 2011 vintage. Appearance: black color, slight dark brown film of head, no lacing. Aroma: bourbon, oak, molasses, coffee, light chocolate and roast. Palate: oily texture, full body, soft to flat carbonation, warming alcohol feeling, super smooth. Taste: very sweet molasses and huge bourbon tastes. Overall, very smooth, but I feel the bourbon came out too much for me due to the aging. If you love bourbon beers, here you go, I typically do, but this was a little much.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (468) - - APR 26, 2014
Bomber. Nice toasted malt aroma with rich bourbon and oak notes and a hint of vanilla. Pours inky black with a thin light brown head and some lacing. Excellent stout. Toasted malt with great bourbon flavors and a slick, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes equally smooth with excellent vanilla and oak notes with just a hint of booze. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2993) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle - Mollasses, licorice and bourbon. Jet black with a rich brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit and sugars. Although a bit strong, it is complex and I like it.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RABinCO (1156) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2014
2013 bottle. Deep brown pour, no head. Aroma is all bourbon with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Taste is thin, crispy, vanilla. Very reminiscent of a Vanilla Coke. Not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1473) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills bottle share... thanks for setting it up, Mike! Dark chocolate pour. Healthy chocolate-bourbon blend in the flavor. Thin and crisp body. Solid but a bit simplistic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2014
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 Very reminiscent of black note. Some date or raisin hints that pervade Aroma and even the taste. Bourbon is under appreciated here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/13/14, 2013 Release

Aroma: Aroma of burnt malts, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, oak, and brown sugar
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a thin head and light, spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is sweet for the style, with a dry, burnt malt flavor, and a sweet bourbony finish
Palate: It has a medium-full body, a thick, sticky mouthfeel, and a soft mouthfeel
Overall Impression: Overly sweet for my taste. The bourbon plays nicely enough with the burnt and sweet malt flavors, but it could have used a little balance. It hides the 9.6% nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
charleslueg (1) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
Lots of flavor with a strong bourbon sent and a slight taste. Hints of cocoa. The bourbon does seem to linger a little to long on the palit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2014
I don’t think this beer is really "Black Gold", but ratebeer assures me this is the same thing even though it has a different label. 2014 bottle. Pours jet black with a small tan head. Milky chocolate on the nose, a nice nutty note there, light coffee, caramel and a hint of bourbon.Taste is kind of light and watery unfortunately, milky chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasty coffee, some light oak and bourbon, and a wierd nutty taste. A little disappointed here, this is like barrel aged stout lite.


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