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RATINGS: 534   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2006
22 oz bottle, Portland International Beer Festival. Pours dark brown, almost black, good latte colored head. Not thick like motor oil, but an easier pour that simply explodes with smells. The burbon is very upfront and almost overpowering, but subsides to reveal chocolate/coffee and hops as well. The burbon also plays a strong hand in the taste, but just as in the nose opens up to reveal layers of flavor. Great brew, even on a warm summer day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
RBSG 06. Slight head formation. Bourbon makes a strong appearance in the nose. Well-hopped, with hop character dominating the malt; crisp on the tongue. Dark chocolate in the follow-through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Bottle @ PIB.. Pours rich, opaque deep brown/black, with a thick dark tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, bourbon. Flavor is rich and upfront, with a delicious mix of the oak/vanilla of the bourbon barrel mixing with the chocolate and coffee flavors, creating a distinct coconut flavor- a true Mounds bar in a glass.. a great, long finish highlights the bourbon character.. Exceptional!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black color with a thin off-white head. Sweet roasted malt and caramel aroma. Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and fruit flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Bomber, courtesy after4ever. Pours an opaque brownish black with a persistent rocky brown head. Medium body with light carbonation. Smells a bit like somebody sneaked some whiskey into the brew: oak, bourbon alcohol. Nice roasty chocolate aromas as well. The taste is chocolate, nuts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dried fruit, and coffee. Dry oak/bourbon/coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Black opaque with a very snmall tan head. Bourbon chcocolate and sweet. Vanilla in spades, oak at the end all capped in a coating of alcohol. Full almost chewy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is bourbon, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and oak. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are big roasty chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Lots of bourbon flavor. Nice balance between the malts and the bourbon flavors. There is a noticeable alcohol bite at 10.5%, but it sort of blends in with the bourbon flavors and adds instead of detracts from the overall flavor. Nice level of carbonation. If you are a fan of bourbon aged stouts this one is a must try. It brings out the best of both without being over the top. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with an alcohol and lingering bourbon aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Bomber. What a brilliant beer. Obsidian body with a sturdy, bubbly brown head. Occasional isolated bubbles come up, but the carb is light--the mouthfeel is actually rather watery for a heavy stout. Lots of chocolate, roast, bourbon, vanilla, and dark sugars (molasses, raisins) on the nose and on the palate. The great thing about this hugely complex aroma and flavor is the hollowed out dry finish--it’s decided, and it fits perfectly. Not overly bitter on the finish, rather light for an imperial actually, but nice and clean and final. Truly a meal in itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4896) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
22 oz bottle, bottles via Wohlfs, acertain, and LarryPitonka. Pours a completely pitch black body under a creamy firm one finger brown head. The head settled to a thin film, but had decent retention concidering the ABV and barrel aging. Huge aroma on this one, bourbon, vanilla, oak tannins, burnt and roasted malts, some alcohol, black strap molassas, and more. Flavor is just as complex as the aroma. Bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, and roast hit you over the head up front. Finish is warming with lots of barrel flavor and char. Mouthfeel if anything is a little on the thinner side with moderate soft carbonation. Can’t help but think that the filtration had a negative effect on this one. This really was very good, hard to believe that this was the same beer as the regular Black Gold that I thought was middle of the road if that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Deep dark ruby, not opaque. Light moderately lasting beige head. Strong bourbon nose, not overly aggressive, but certainly up front to say the least. There’s no mistake where that slightly husky, liquorice and burnt corn feels comes from. Adequately roasted malts find a balance with caramel sweetness. Spongey palate, sweet and toffee laden. Little bitterness to speak of despite west coast origins. Obvious alcohol grows in importance as it warms. Chewy marshmallow, mint and chocolate complementing flavours. The palate is slightly oily, medium bodied and slowly carbonated. Competently brewed, but a huge been there done that case, devoid of the usual explosive character you find in most top rated beers.

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