ben4321 (3863) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
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.
charleslueg (1) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Side by side with the Top Sail Imperial Porter (Bourbon). This is the better of the two--the bourbon is softer and the alcohol finishes it nicely. It is hotter than maybe it should be, but it propels this beer in a good way, too. Bottle.
Davhgbrew (938) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at wob. Initial sip is smooth, milk chocolate, and heavy roasted malt. Vanilla is big in middle and it blends into caramel in the finish. Very well masked abv, but def has a warming effect. Not overpowering with bourbon barrel.
fattybladdy (537) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with minimal head. Big bourbon and chocolate scent on the nose, pretty great. Taste is bourbon, dark malt, on the thin side and the bourbon dominates. Taste doesn’t stack up to the aroma but pretty decent nonetheless.
bwa5879 (643) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Midnight black pour with thin brown head. Strong corn-y bourbon scent, tootsie roll chocolate and carmel too. Low carbonation, watery mouthfeel and clean finish. Sweet chocolate and more bourbon in the flavor, smokey bitter taste on finish. Flavors are good but disconnected and the bourbon-ness is on the harsh side.
maekchu (2085) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Bier Stein. Boozy chocolate, fumes, thick dark fruit. Pitch black, good lace. Bourbon notes right away / light prunes and smooth cocoa.
Medium-heavy body. Very tasty, but too young. Body is a bit thin for the style.
ICEatALAMO (925) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 vintage bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is sweet sweet bourbon, vanilla as well. The taste is disappointing compared to the aroma. Not bad, a little thin. The bourbon is not as present as I would like. More roastiness and oak in the flavor.
Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber, room temp. Poured black with dark brown head. Taste is on the bitter, almost woody side. Hints of chocolate and stone fruit. A thin body with a dry finish. I was a bit disappointed with this one, previous years have been better. Barely anything from the bourbon aging except the wood.....