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RATINGS: 536   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (137) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Bottle (12oz): Bourbon, Coffee. That’s the big taste. Very dark with little bitterness. Very nice if in the mode for a boozy beer. (H)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (190) - USA - JUN 5, 2014
Amazing beer! Walks the line between liquor and beer. When I popped open the bottle the fragrance of booze is intense. Like someone poured a bottle of mash whiskey into it. The hue is a dark coffee. Light head. The booze is intense. It is full bodied with a bitter wash down. It seems to be the trend for brewers to barrel age their beers. Overall an all around solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Dark brown with a reddish tinge and and thin creamy tan head. Chocolate, oak, toasted malt, bourbon and vanilla.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (313) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, burnt, chocolate and booze. This beer has a nice body with rich sweet with a little bitter bite from the alcohol. Nice beer, and the bourbon aging is a nice balanced addition.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emurphy33 (4) - Hillsboro, USA - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
Great beer had it on Saturday with my buddy after a day of shooting. Bought it at Albertsons and if you like the flavor of bourbon this beer is for you. It has a very dark pour and at first taste it seems bitter but after that it is incredible.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, 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 (529) - 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 (526) - - 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 (4197) - 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 (1293) - 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.


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