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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.


3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (941) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2014
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.....

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (158) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bomber from world beers. Pours opaque black, thin tan head. Scent of chocolate, bourbon and some booze. Taste is very bourbony. Strong alcohol as well. Probably should’ve given this one another 3 or 4 months. Still tasty though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1697) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
22 oz bottle @ home, 2013 issue. Black color. Beige head, with short retention. Aroma’s are beautiful, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some malty sweetness and hints of chocolate. The flavor falls behind, a bit bourbon, only ever so slightly sweet, hints of woody & alcoholic sourness - these flavors linger, but there’s no new flavors in the finish. Body is rather thin. Perhaps a year in bourbon barrels is a bit too long.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled Feb 2011 A: black with little head production. There was a substantial amount of rust around cap (probably from the tin wrapper on the top). No lace. Near mirror surface. S: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet and dark malts with some cream tones I relate to a cuvee that has sat on lees for a long time. T: Follows the nose and adds some nice depth with hints of dark stone fruits and some bakers cocoa. Really nice. M: Viscous and low carb, semi dry finish. O: Really showing well right now. Wouldn’t hesitate to grab a few more of these. Full Sail is not my favorite brewery, but when they are on, they are spot on. Serving type: bottle 12-01-2011

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10654) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, licorice, chocolate. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2550) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours deep black with a thin and creamy medium mocha head, some lacing. Aroma is very bourbon forward but not too boozy... some dark fruit and vanilla hints. Flavor is a bit hot...touch of bourbon that is overpowered by dark/burnt roastiness and some oak. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a burnt molasses like bourbon finish. If you like bourbon, you’ll like this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4045) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2013
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a thicker pitch black with a smaller beige head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate cake batter, vanilla extract, syrup, dark burnt fruits, wet burnt toast. Great body with a fuller mouthfeel, softer carbonation and a lingering sweet after taste. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate cake batter, bourbon, wood, taost, dry grains, pudding skins, hint of nut shell. Solid beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
curbfeeler (1) - - OCT 20, 2013 does not count
Supplanted Abyss as my all-time favorite of this type. Wish Full Sail would make more of it than they do presently.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (5787) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted malt, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon and licorice with some salty notes. Medium body, average carbonation.


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