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RATINGS: 516   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Thanks to Dough77 for sending this one to share! Black pour that produces an average sized light brown head. Bourbon, vanilla, licorice and dried fruits emerge from a sweet malt medley. The flavor follows the aroma and is delivered smoothly in an easy drinking mix. Thick and coating. Should improve with some time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9423) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Dark stout with a thin enticing dark moka head. Vanilla and chocolate aroma with bourbon barrel notes, woody and pleasant. Some aniseed. Sweet chocolate in mouth, like malt balls, cherries, vanilla beans and smooth alcohol warmth. Rich and creamy and delicious. Sampled with Mtl crew, April 16 2006.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!). Poured a dark black with a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, light roast, raisins and some plums. Tastes of oak, vanilla, some chocolate, light bourbon, and roasty. The bourbon was stronger in the aromas whereas the wood/oak was stronger in the tastes. Some alcohol in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Once again, thanks goes out to acertain for this one! Pours opaque...black with yellowish brown head that dissapates to a fine film. The aroma has what one might expect: vanilla, alchohol, oak and a bit of smoke. The barrel aging really seems to have taken over the aroma...it’s hard to find the roasted malt as well as any coffee, dark fruit or chocolate notes. The flavor is a bit more balanced; while the bourbon, vanilla, and coconut seem to run the show, the smoke, dark chocolate and coffee elements are a lot more prominent. This isn’t to say that there still isn’t balance issues, they’re just not as big. Big, malty and sweet in the front...kind of juicy or oily through the tounge. Finishes with a bittersweet, warming burn that kind of lingers. The barrel aging once again made the overall body a bit thin, but I think that happens with the best of them. Overall pretty good, but it has some balance flaws...but that’s okay...I really love bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Very dark brown to near black depending on where it is held to the light. Dark cocoa, light single malt whiskey, with hints of black malt and stewed raisins. Smooth and rich feel. Strong coffee with heavy cream, touch of irish whiskey, vanilla and hint of oak. Quite balanced but to me this one lack a deep soul. Quite warming in the later part of the swig. Back of the tongue and throat. One of the best things about this one is it long and very enjoyable linger. Coffee and caramel and lightly toasted malts hang on and help soothe a touch of the warmth that is still there. Thanks to Andre for this nice nightcap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Enjoyed at the DL Hampton party. Big roasted malt aroma and flavor.Chocolate and bourbon but also a lot of vanilla and oak.There is a lot going on here. The bourbon is not over done like the Dark Lord was.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (796) - USA - MAY 9, 2006
Black with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong alcohol and bourbon with vanilla undertones. Taste is strong chocolate with a equally strong bourbon backing. Vanilla is also present throughout. Strong alcohol presence, noted mostly in bourbon taste. Fairly strong without being to overpowering. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth considering the strong flavor. Well done, glad I was able to get a bottle of this while I was in Seattle.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Clear dark brown body. Chocolatey cerry yeast, bourbon barrel in the aroma finishing with acidic lemon at the end - well-blended bourbon and stout elements. Nice milk chocolate flavor with alcohol and bourbon barrel. Good mouthfeel. Bonus dark roasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Bottle. Nose is all butter cream and bourbon. Body is the standars Impy body-dark with a beige ring of bubbles. Taste-bourbon, tannins, wood, butter, cream, syrup, slight char that works well, fireplace smoke, spiced rum. As it warms some serious soy notes come out. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 dark armageddon like body that is black and hints at blood. strong prune and raisin nose that enforces the devastation theme. touch of cinnamon and butter too. mexican chocolate with a lot of butter. tangy booze finish. vanilla all over this. a nice impy that jumps me in stages. rerate Bottle, thanks jay. Deep black pour with a white gray head. Sweet booze nose with boozetastic strawberry and orange marmalade, chocolate liqueur and oak nose. Oaky chocolate toffee flavor. Dry alcoholic finish. There is a lot going on here, chocolate, caramel, sticky pineapple, and vanilla. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed. Ap- 4 ar-6 tas-7 pal-4 ov-17


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