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RATINGS: 543   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 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 (985) - 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 (9766) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (645) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3094) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6260) - 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.

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