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RATINGS: 536   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 Menís Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festivalģ 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Great, dark body - faint head around the sides of the class.Great aroma - heavy on the roasted malts, hazelnuts and even some chocolate. Very rich and full aroma. The bourbon has not only retained its sweetness and authentic flavor, it also carries with it a nice, pleasant, warming alcohol burn. Nice woodiness, and just a really great beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Many thanks to acertain for this one - this is some elegant stuff - so many imperials, especially those aged in bourbon barrels, are far too imbalanced and crude - this is actually quite dry for an imperial, with lots of cocoa and vanilla coming through - just the right amount of sweetness (while most bourbon imperials are far too sweet) - just perfectly balanced with the just the right amount of warming alcohol - great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Courtesy of Mjames <P> Aroma is light bourobon, oak, vanilla and muted chocolate. Black body with a thumb thick bubbly mocha head. Lots of vanilla and oak in the fore. Coconut galore which I think is really an effect fo the vanilla, roasty and oak notes combining to taste like coconut. Chocolate malt runs beneatht hose flavors the whole time. As it warms lots of cherry and other dark fruits come out. I typically do not like bourbon, but this is just a wonderful tasting beer that never gets brutish due to a manageable level of alcohol. Amazing. It could be thicker, but it still feels creamy and milky enough. Really well done and some of the low marks shock me because it is far more balanced then the recent Mephistoppheles...which was great, but oafish compared to the complexity this has.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle. Almost opaque with a thin brown head. Vanilla aroma is almost over the top, alcohol and bourbon donít help. Taste is strong vanilla and bourbon. Some fine chocolate notes in there as well. Hint of smoke in the finish. Slight astringency. Finish is slightly sour. Overrated IMHO, but maybe Iíll give it another try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
22oz. bottle. Opaque black medium sized foamy dark tan head. Heavy alcohol, bourbon, and tannic aromatics. Extremely heavy bourbon flavors, chocolate, earthy tannin. Heavy bourbon residuals in the finish, some alcohol heat and vestiges of roastiness. Mouthfeel is heavy, hot. Needs a lot of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
MMMM. This was good. I have no idea how such a shitty Imperial Stout like Black Gold could turn into this Bourbon Countyesque, rich and decadent, deliciously awesome Imperial Stout. I like Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts that absord a ton of oak, like this, which exudes flavors of chocolate, fudge cake, icing, tiramisu, cocunut, vanilla, nutmeg, toasted wood and just a subtle hint of bourbon, but itís in the backround, not hot at all. Also light hints of fruits, like banana, plums and black currants.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 9, 2006
200th rating by accident...I had company over so I choose to open up bombers instead of all my wicked singles. First, I havenít had the non barrel aged stout...and from the taste of this one...it probably isnít very good. Second, Iíve some talk on the forums about the barrel aging thing being bad ass and just plain bad. Well in this case Iíd have to say bad. Poured a pitch black with a minimal mocha head. Smell is, surprise....bourbon. There is a bit of fruit, chocolate malt, and coffee...but the bourbon overpowers (at every temperature). Taste is....bourbon...there is some sweet grape and chocolate (a bit of vanilla)...but bourbon overpowers. Mouthfeel is a bit wet and not creamy enough...and this is probably one of the syrupy beers at a warmer temperature that I have encountered...probably because of the bourbon. I guess my point is that the barrel aging in this case didnít necessarily service the beer...it only threw in other flavors to be in conflict. If I want an Imp Stout, grab a Expo from the cellar. If I want a bourbon, Iíll grab the Makerís from the living room.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cstuartj (973) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Amazing, the bourbon barrel aging did wonders to this stout. the buorbon comes on early and strong, a pleasant warmth that covers the mouth and precedes down the throut. Finish comes on slow but lasts and lasts, amazing coffee, chocolates, vanilla, earthiness... wow!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Very cool. I Liked this a lot. Aroma of coconut milk, dark and milk chocolate, almond extract, brazil nuts. Lots of coconut in the flavor, some pineapple, some milk chocolate. No alcohol burn but definitely some bourbon flavor. Only a slight mocha kind of flavor to it. Like drinking an almond joy. Nice roasted malts and oak flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks to ernest for sharing. Pours opaque with a patchy tan head. Aroma is dark coffee, chocolate and perfumey hops, bourbon and alcohol, malt (cookie, molasses) and oak notes; rather vinous. Dark malt and bourbon, sour yeast, dark roasted coffee, caramel flavors, medium sweetness, moderate acidity and medium bitterness. Dark bodied and fizzy, dry palate.

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