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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 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).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2015 Draft at Bigwood, 12/6/2012. [10 of 11]. From notes. Pours jet black, thin tan ring of head, leaves irregular lacing. Aroma/taste/overall impression is dominated by bourbon. There’s a lot of barrel here. Sweet, roasty, smooth, full-bodied. When compared side-by-side in a line-up with other great barrel-aged beers, it doesn’t leave a big impression (which is probably unfair -- I expect I’ll rate this again some time on its own terms).

2006 bottle. Big thanks to OldMrCrow for digging this one out of his cellar. It’s fitting that I’d forgotten I’d rated this one before based on my previous deScription. Anyway, pours near black with a small ring of bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit, oxidation / old beer. Held up surprisingly well, in that it still feels like it has some soul, even if accompanied by a bit of cardboard. Reasonably dry, still has some bourbon to it, chocolate, slick texture with a nice alcohol burn. Interestingly, my notes indicate I rated this 7.5/4/8/4/14, so basically the same as the original rating (which I’m going to let stand). Perhaps I’m fair and consistent, or I haven’t grown at all in the last year, or perhaps it’s just a coincidence.

2006 bottle, again thanks to crow. Maybe I’ve had a lot more bad old imperial stouts, or maybe this is a better bottle, but I’m really digging this. Prob 4.0. This has aged admirably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2016
2012 vintage on draft at Falling Rock. GABF week 2016. Standard motor oil body. Excellent creamy beige head. Caramel, cocoa, sea salt and sweet tarts on the nose. Sweet chocolates, spicy black pepper, and floral coffees swirl together and clean up with a peppery and woody aftertaste, not unlike KBS. Very thin bodied, though, almost watery. That is fine because it is full of flavor and not filling. Excellent stuff if it reminds me of KBS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2828) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2016
Poured from 750ml bottle. Opaque, brown-black with a light brown head and good lacing. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate sauce, bourbon and oak. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dried black mission figs, oak, dark malt and butter. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Bourbon, woody oak, some sweet vanilla and chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with bourbon and sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Andrew196 (1469) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Amazing. Jet black with mahogany edges, thin beige head. Aroma was cocoa, chocolate liqueur, bourbon. Super toasty and sweet, not as boozy as I expected and super balanced. Dry finish. Very well done guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Nose is oak, dark fruits (raisins), vanilla, chocolate, mild coffee, and quite a bit of bourbon. Moderately sweet, bitter taste mostly mirrors the aroma in terms of flavors. There’s a nice, woody tanginess to it. Loved it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9370) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
65 cl bottle (2014 vintage). Batch #034.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Very nice vanilla aroma, wood, faint licorice, mild oat notes and dark chocolate. Flavor is creamy chocolate, bourbon-y vanilla, cocoa, faint coffee and dark malts. Thick oily palate, heavy and full-bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roastiness, vanilla and a bit of wood. Very rich flavour of roastiness, vanilla, bready, mild bitterness, wood, a bit of red berries, syrup and chocolate. Full bodied. Very smooth, soothing, velvety mouthfeel. Mellow. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6483) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650ml bottle from Belmont Station

Brewmaster Reserve 2014, batch 034 - Pours pitch black with a small head. Aroma of roasty malts, wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, syrup and buttery bourbon. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with loads of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood, toffee and butter. Finish is sweetish, buttery and bourbony with some vanilla, toffee, syrup and roastiness. Quite buttery but pretty balanced bourbon BA IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home
as ”Full Sail Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged”, no gold paper on top. ”brewmaster reserve 2014, 034”, ”Brewed in December 2012”
Aroma has cocoa, biscuits and mild vanilla tones. Also wood. Flavour has woody tones, bourbon, cocoa and buttery tones. In the scale of bourbon imperial stouts this is nothing special, but rather enjoyable still.

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