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RATINGS: 569   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pours black/brown, with a tan head. Aromas are bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavors are bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Body is to thin for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Jet black with a small heaf. @ smelled the bourbon from 5 feet away but upon closer nasal investigation, bittersweet chocolate seems´)€YÒ

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5525) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured a near opaque black color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and faint whisky. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with the flavor predominantly roasty and cocoa, with light oak and alcohol as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 From Bottle, poured at the 2006 Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party, courtesy of JohnC. Dark brown, nearly black coloring with a thin, tan head. The aroma is simply fantastic with a perfect balance of bourbon and malty richness. Runny caramel, vanilla bean, and semi-sweet Belgian chocolate and blended together in the milky creaminess of a Saturday morning coffee shop beverage. The flavors, while delectable, are not quite as impressive as the aromatic display. Very unique and delicious, but its slightly cloying qualities prevent it from being outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 25, 2006
22 oz bottle courtesy of Larry Pitonka, February 2006, poured cellar temperature into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. Small-to-moderate medium-tan head tops the near-opaque black body, dying quickly and leaving just a touch of lacing....prunes are the first aromatic element noticed, closely followed by very bitter chocolate, deep espresso and a light hint of vanilla oakiness....somewhat tanninc/acidic, but mostly quite roasty, this is a gorgeous aroma experience and near-definitive for me, with bitter almonds and a hint of tart cherry enlivening and deepening the experience as it warms.....in the mouth, the first thing noticed is the incredibly rich, caky mouthfeel, much like rum-soaked chocolate cake or perhaps tiramisu, chocolate and espresso, almond cookies and a hint of cream....as it goes down the back end feels the bitterness quite strongly and faint citric hops show up....smooths out and thins a bit towards the finish and alcoholic fuesels are noticeable though not overpowering....a dark, decadent, bitter treat with the barrel aging just smoothing it out and adding enough depth to create near-rapture.....beautiful. I suspect with a year or two, this will be even better, perhaps a bit more sweetness and a bit less alcoholic hotness will confirm its masterpiece status. My last couple of new Imperials were a bit disappointing; nice to know I can still be touched by this dark, voluptuous style. Many thanks Andre!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
A big thanks to Lord Gorschlong, aka Drunk As A Skunk, for this one. This brew has an absolutely huge bourbon and vanilla nose. The body itself, was thin for an impy stout. the flavor was, neutral, not big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2611) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Big bourbon aroma. Oaky and whiskey with a touch of vanilla. Light husky atringency and grainy nose with some alcohol notes. Black showing red. Traces of a head with oily lacing and coating on the glass. Big vanilla bourbon flavors. Suprisingly light bodied and mellow. Sour-mash bourbony finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Thanks to Degarth for providing this one. Poured black with no head and a tan lacing around the rim of the glass. Aroma was chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted notes, and some more bourbon. Flavor was unbelievable! Exquisite smooth chocolate, coconut, bourbon, and some roasted notes. The chocolate bourbon combination was done to perfection. Ungodly mouthfeel, like silk was massaging my tongue. Milky creamy feel as well. The flavors and the texture were just dominating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
22 oz bomber. The end of my Vancouver celler and the last new beer rated while I still lived there... and what brew to go away with. Thick black oily pour with a fine-laced dark brown head sitting over top of it. Sweet vanilla oakiness dances over some strong molasses-like malts, dark fruits, prunes/raisins. The flavour certainly doesn’t disappoint either, sweet raisiny fruit, molasses, deep and heavy roastiness and loads of woody complexity. A kiss of bourbon adds character, but it doesn’t come across boozy like many other bourbon-barrel aged beers I’ve had. Blackberry/dark cherry fruit. Soft vanilla and a dark chocolate flavour this reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Great body and wonderful balance. Long roasty dark chocolate finish. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1980) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Black pour with a thin tn ring. Swirls of head. The aroma is mostly alcohol. Lots of bourbon and pretty dissapointing before my first sip. The flavor is hugely different. Lots of chocolate and vanilla mixed together with the vanilla ultimately dominating. The bourbon is still there but the vanilla is the king.

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