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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, mds & tupalev -- my bottle courtesy of acertain. Full disclosure: I was fucking shit-faced by the time I got to this beer at our last tasting and my notes are pretty scratchy and sparse. I have another bottle and I fully intend to rerate this puppy. For now, let’s see if I can read my writing: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of bourbon up front along with vanilla, roasted malt and some chocolate. Flavour, well, I must admit all I wrote is "absolutely delicous" so I hope to be more specific next time. Medium to full bodied. I must agree with HogTownHarry, enough is enough with all the ’bourbon barrel-aged’ beers but as it stands on it’s own, this is a great beer. A definite rerate to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 A black beer with a brown shine underneath a brown head. The aroma is like a well made cappuchino - coffee and chocolate, but also with more beery notes of malt. The flavor is sweet malty with primary notes of coffee, but also light notes of bourbon, leading to an end, that is dry and roasted with notes of coffee and wood that lingers for a long time. The alcohol burns lightly in the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 May 2007. 2006 Edition. Black body, wiht a small creamy brown head. (3+) Massive boozy vanilla aroma, booze becomes unwieldy on alternating waves. Lovely vanilla flavours up front are sweet and sumptuous, sweet malt in the middle, and an overwhelming alcoholic finish. With less boozy wood it might be glorious. Smooth medium palate. 7/3+/7/3+/14 - 3.6 <P>October 2006. Bottle courtesy of either LarryPitonka or Secret Santa. Black body with a good sized fluffy dark tan head. Vanilla up front, woody alcohol follow up. Bracing alcohol, woody burn, vanilla, hints at sweet coconut. Burn mellows a bit as the glass goes on. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Medium to full bodied palate (3+). A very nice stout but the influence of the barrel is just a touch too strong for my liking. 8/4/7/4/16 - 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Pours black with thin offwhite head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, sweet roasty malt, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor is much the same. Incredible. Nice smooth, creamy feel. Finishes bitter and sweet with HUGE bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a medium brown head. Fruity, wood, vanilla, whisky aroma and taste. Full body with a long wood, vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Aroma was strong, very buttery, with a surprisingly backseat bourbon. The oak really took the front seat here, though too much so. More subdued in the flavor, the oak was overcome by the bourbon (much like in most bourbon beers), which in typical fashion blocked most of nuances of the beer in the name of brute force. Went down pretty easy for 10.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. Fruits, liqourice, cocoa, alcohol and spices in the aroma. Flavour is light "old". Ripe fruits and dust. Alcohol, cocoa and chocolate. Light roast. Medium bodied. Is a bit unbalanced. Ends on a ligt roasted note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (22212) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of bourbon and wood. Roasted flavour of wood and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, mds and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Okay, this is good stuff, yeah, but I am SICK of rating beer and smelling/tasting bourbon - ENOUGH ALREADY! Poured opaque ruby-black with an average creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, vanilla, dark roast malt and booze - really sweet. Taste is sweet, also vanilla, oak, bourbon, alcohol - elements of chocolate, spice and dark fruit, really soft and complex. Thick, creamy body, astringent, only light carbonation, has a nice roasty spicy finish, once all the bourbon burns off - very nice, very vanilla ... I’d like to try the regular version of this one. I’m knocking off 2 points from the final score ’cause I’m pretty sure it was the bourbon that make me barf about an hour later.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Wow, what a huge offering from acertain. This one is ebony, with no apparent light transmittance, and a 1-finger tan head. Definite 5 for appearance. The aroma is marvelous and hefty, oaky, bourbony, with big roasty malt and chocoff, reminding me of Great Divide BA Yeti plus some Heresy and Founders Kentucky Breakfast aromas. The flavor is on the dry side, with a pronounced oak and bourbon flavor, plus cognac, some vanilla, and subdued chocolate. The entire beer retains a rather hard liquory taste and palate, but retains a solid complexity, like a fine scotch. Does get hot, but as many have stated before, you’ll be used to it by the time you get to the end of the beer.

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