WABeerFiend (383) - - JAN 16, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2015 2014 edition.
Poured from a bomber into a goblet on 05.24.14.
A: Midnight black with some red at the bottom. Fizzy tan ring at the top.
S: Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, woodiness. It smells balanced.
T: Vanilla, bourbon, and fig dominate. Woodiness and roastiness are subtle.
M: Creamy. A little light and bubbly in the mouth compared to other BBA stouts.
O: This is a well put together BBA stout. It is milder in flavor than others, but the balance is perfect. This is in my rotation and it’s always consistent.
EDIT FOR REREVIEW: 2015 edition. 04.16.15.
T: Lots of fudge/chocolate pie, peanuts, vanilla, bourbon and dark berry dominate. Fig, woodiness, and roastiness are subtle.
O: The fudge flavor is great this year.
ejh8 (118) - - JAN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark full bodied imperial stout with a strong taste of bourbon and some coffee underlying the rich stout. Fantastic brew. Perfect for those cold winter nights by the fire.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TWyG (1) - USA - JAN 5, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 batch - brewed February, 2005. Purchased in 2007. No big occasion, opened just to brighten up a grey, rainy day near Seattle - what the heck! The beer is mellowed out, but still bourbon-boozey. Black Gold is a sweet and satisfying malty stout with a preponderance of bourbon character.
jsmanigold (127) - Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2014
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
sheiner (4) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Homer321 (4074) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Reynolds314 (3272) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
terrible label, great beer. ok, this was brownie batter good. Love it, good thick bosy and good caramel molasses flavors without being cloying.
Dedollewaitor (15435) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!