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RATINGS: 573   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 (Bottle 65 cl) Pours a dark brown - close to black - with a creamy, off-white head. Extremely oaky, bourbonish aroma. Full-bodied with tons of roasted malt that never leaves the typical ashy accents most often found in Imp. stouts. But the flavours are bourbon, bourbon and yet more bourbon. So itís right up my alley, but will probably put many off for the same reasons. Dry finish without much bitterness. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306 and 061006

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2006
22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a very thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is strong alcohol, some figs and creamy chocolate and a little bit of a sour tang. As t warms oakey vanilla dominates.

The flavor is strong bitter alcohol initially and a little bit of sour fruits. Some smoother chocolate malts and coffee and oakey vanilla and cherries come out later. The mouthfeel is smooth full and creamy.

Overall, a bit too much harsh alcohol for me (Iím not a big liquor fan), but it is pretty complex and interesting. It gets better the more I drink of it - smooth and well balanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4334) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2006 Bomber from BrockLanders, shared with OldGrowth on 4/6/06
Deep, coal-grey flecked, rich beige head almost immediately runs for cover and sits at a ring on edge. Brown soy sauce-like color with a smattering of chartreuse thrown in for good measure. Filtered, I suppose out of some necessity. Force carbonated, thusly :(
Hmm. Well in the nose I get: Bourbon. Bourbon. Bourbon, more bourbon and finally, more bourbon. Not vicious or overpowering in the sense that it wards off everything else, but it just dosent seem like there is much else. Weak, even, with notes of soy and oxidation. I suppose, upon warming (we let the bottle breath for a good 10 minutes, open, before pouring) and further breathing, there is some roast and light vinous quality. Bit of vanilla, but thatís from the bourbon. Wow, this is severely lacking in malt character (no hops either) and weak, to boot.
Flavor is bourbon, again, with light chocolate. Light bit of German chocolate cake produced from the sweet malts and the bourbony coconut character, but it quickly peters out, suffering from the heavy filtration. The texture becomes near watery and the malts fail to provide ample substance. Itís certainly on the low side for rich, thick texture and in my mind, that just dosent cut it for a bourbon aged beer. Further/extended breathing shows chocolate, fudge, earthy/crunchy malts and some dry, blanding barrel character. Just seems old and tired, with oxidation slightly apparent. Snappy alcohol, however, and deadening tannins build up and wonít let the finish just fade in to the sunset. Very little malt depth. I have very little patience for beers that lack beer and replace it with bourbon, not to mention the sad body and texture. Charred wood, coconut, some black malt, but, itís mostly bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Tasted said-by-side against the regular version, sampled in a snifter:
Poured a deep black hue with a small tight head which faded but left very good lacing. Creamier head than the regular version.

The aroma has a noticeable bourbon character with it vanilla and oak character over the standard burnt and chocolate tones of the basic BG stout, you can detect some of that dusty yeast ester in this beer as well but the hops character is completely gone on the nose.

Wow, the taste starts with a big vanilla and mocha flavor, very sweet. Then the woody and earthy character takes over a leads towards a boozy finish. The barrel influence is not exactly hidden in this beer. Just like the nose, there is little notice of hops on the palate. I honestly like the flavor profile of the regular version more than the BA version.

A rich oily and heavy mouth feel greets you with this beer, you know right away this is sipping beer, something to be enjoyed over a long evening. Wonderful!

While I liked the flavor profile of the regular version more, the BA version outdid itís little brother across the board in all other rating areas. A very good impy, but I am not sure it is worthy of a 4 average. Try it for yourself.
Thanks Steve for the chance to do this sampling!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1736) - 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 seemsī)ÄY“

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5622) - 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.

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