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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 Menís Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festivalģ in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
This beer is incredible, I had a few bottles of this in my "cellar", but I just couldnít stop bringing these out when beer-loving guests came over, just to impressive. Pours thick black with a brown head. Very rich throughout with a great depth of flavors. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, oakiness, and that kick of bourbon. As you pour a glass of this and sip it as it warms you get to see the many faces of flavor in this one. I would love to get a shot at this brew on tap, but these bottles will probably age really well, if you can keep them around since I canít seem to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2006
22 oz bottle from indianaRed(thanks!). Pours a near midnight black with no head. Nose is of bourbon, raisons, alcohol, wood. Taste is the same. Iím sorry, but i do not seem to like these woody, oaky, abv!, barrel taste beers...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2006
again, as with the heavyweight wee whale, a little later than puzzl and lukinís but iím procrastinating schoolwork instead of procrastinating entering ratings. anyway, woody, vanilla, bourbon, some roasty malt notes both in the nose and flavor, but i do agree that the bourbon flavor was overwhelming. would prefer the alcohol to be a little better hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 Bottle Thanks to Acertain. 53F. Snifter. Aroma is dominated by malts, and oak, hops were very hidden, but the sweet smell of molasses and vanilla were very nice. Pours very dark black, with a very small brown head. Great warming flavor, drank outside on the deck watching the rain fall. The flavor was of strong molasses and pure vanilla bean, rich oak, the hops were slightly present in the background, The mouthfeel was not cloying but big enough to stand up for the grain bill. Very nice, went perfectly with the cool wet weather, and then I light a cigar and it definately held its ground.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Bottled. Black coloured with a medium sized head. Roasted malt with notes of coffee and dark fruits. Really nice. Great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle shared with puzzl and feedmecookies. Aroma is exceptionally woody, with some vanilla, roast, and bourbon. Flavor is pretty much the same, but the bourbon sticks out more in the strong alcohol burn. Good, but I wish the alcohol was slightly better hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and MDS, Blankboyís bottle. I agree with Blankboy, enough with the bourbon barrel stuff. I aslo agree in that I was shitfaced at this point in the night. Bourbon aroma - some roast too. Decent taste - rich malt, bourbon, malt and hop finish. Solid impy stout completely dominated by bourbon - not over the top like some, but enough to make me want to try it sans barrel. Thanks for a great silly tasting guys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6583) - 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, letís 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 íbourbon barrel-agedí beers but as it stands on itís 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 (30392) - 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 (8485) - 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

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