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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks for sharing Beeryum
Coconut aroma seeps out from atop the nearly black body. There is a nuttiness to this beer that had us joking that this is almost Almond Joy in a bottle. The finish is vinous witha creeping warmth. Superb.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Great aroma. Chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Big chocolate in the flavor and more coconut, although the bourbon comes out a little more straightforward in the flavor. Almost fluffy texture. REALLY good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of corn/alcohol, vanilla extract, wood. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Pleasant, but really pretty unremarkable and overly alcoholic. Not a top tier Imperial.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Beer pours a clear, very dark brown color with a tiny, off-white head. The aroma is compelling: Malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, a unique note of hot chocolate, caramel and cookie; Hoppy with a light note of pine; Light miscellaneous notes of raisin, sherry and alcohol. The flavor is heavily bitter, lightly sweet and lightly acidic with a long, moderately bitter, heavily warm, tummy-glow-inducing finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety-to-syrupy and the carbonation is soft.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Aroma: grapes/grape skins, almonds, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, and oak
Appearance: dark brown, black, small tan head, lacing
Flavor: almonds, grapes, vanilla, mustiness, fruit sugars, buttery notes, and melted chocolate
Palate: soft and smooth, full-bodied, flavorful

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IndianaRed (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle Pours a deep dark brown/black with a modest sized but very dense fine light brown head. Lasting and creamy. The lacing is thin due to the extremely fine bubbles and sheets down the sides of the glass slowly, reluctantly breaking its hold as it returns from whence it came. Aroma is intoxicating. Sweet, vanilla and yes, coconut. Almost reminecent of an Almond Joy. The bourbon aroma is there but not very strong. Flavors are at first in your face dark roasted and bourbon. After that is more chocolate, coconut, the alcohol fumes up a bit and then the balancing bitterness. Even later the mellow woody boubon barrel smoothes it all over. The feel is a bit thinner than I hoped and expected but this tastes great. I will definately hoard a few of these for later to see how it ages. Supurb.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Bottle: Complex nose with licorice, vanilla, oak, flowers, and chocolate; slightly fruity and mellow whiskey notes; delightful, creamy flavor and palate. It also has lots of praline, coffee, vanilla and smooth whiskey highlights. Smooth and prevalent spicy and earthy hoppiness. Though they are a very solid brewery, I donít particularly care for alot of Full Sailís offerings; this, however, is easily one of the best impy stouts ever. Phenomenal complexity. Amazing palate. Stellar balance. What a gem.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (8036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Along with the bourbon and vanilla in the nose, thereís some very interesting notes of dates, red grapes, plums, raisins, sweet, sugary oak char, brown sugar, (light) maple, semi-robust firewood and roasted malts and a light touch of bread crust or toast. The texture is slick and big, chewy and viscous upon first touch, but then with a slight warming buzz of bourbon and semi-harsh (but not bad) oak. Lingers heavily on the back of the tongue and in the throat, with copious chocolate syrup and dark roast coffee notes, warming your body throughout, something I appreciate... when a beer can mimic the feeling you get from scotch. Reminds me of Owd Macís (though that lacked such strong bourbon) but the semi-intense char and bitterness is almost completely covered by the slick liquid-chocolate and smooth (this is key) alcohol.

2009 batch tastes like they threw bourbon in with the beer. What a mess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2496) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Eclipsed mahogany. Gorgeous dollop of fine-sized off-white bubbles. Perfumey alcohol and nutty tannins line the aroma with softer hints of vanilla, chocolate pudding, port, and toasted marshmallows. Sharp but dense carbonation. Opens with an understated but snug tannic squeeze laced with bright alcohol flavors. Deeply toasted oak enhances the immense wall of char while the alcohol warms the face and cleanses the palate. Thickset cakey malt center withstands the abundance of char with ease. Faintly slick dried plum flavors are highlighted by a roasty edge of acidity. Significant level of airiness soon exerts itself while being compounded by the pervasive char and alcohol, but itís more than tolerable and doesnít weaken the body at all. Instead, it squelches any soppiness that might arise. Attenuation is near perfect here and the squeaky-clean bourbon character deposits a dainty trail of butter toffee and vanilla softness. But the utilization of the oak is what truly defines this. Just stacks upon stacks of crisp char and a full array of oak-derived nuances. Finishes dryly roasty and lightly tannic with a vibrantly toasty oak aftershock. I could nitpick this by saying the carbonation could be softer and the alcohol less forceful, but that would be silly. Pretty solid brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 Bomber from Liquidsolutions. Let me say first that overall I liked this one--basically. I like the bb style ales so Iím biased to be sure. Why does the label call this a "malt beverage aged in....". Malt beverage?...like Smirnoff...."aged in oak bourbon barrels". Call that what you will but I donít like seeing that on a bottle of beer like this one. Bourbon and more bourbon is the thing with this brew--aroma and taste. The aftertaste reminded me of a bourbon and water that was sitting unattended for a few hours that you mistook for your own drink---oops, shoudnít have drank that! I guess I couldnít get past the thin body...and I mean thin, like a malt beverage. Iíll leave a few bottles in the cellar for a while and re-visit. Right now Iíd say itís over-rated by a long shot. Doesnít even come close to matching Goose Island BB Stout....no contest. This stuff is too thin to win. Of course thatís just my opinion.


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