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RATINGS: 534   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 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).

Note: In 2011 went from 10.5% to 11.4%.
2013 - 9.6% ABV.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle 65cl. @ LCRBM09 - Low Countries RateBeer Meeting V, Kulminator, Antwerpen, Belgium.
Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090905]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG07. From 75 cL bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of oak barrels and toffee malts. Flavour is clearly barrel aged bourbon with a note of liqourice. Finish is coffee and liqourice in a dry blend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 A black beer with a brown shine underneath a brown head. The aroma is like a well made cappuchino - coffee and chocolate, but also with more beery notes of malt. The flavor is sweet malty with primary notes of coffee, but also light notes of bourbon, leading to an end, that is dry and roasted with notes of coffee and wood that lingers for a long time. The alcohol burns lightly in the throat.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25088) - 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 it’s 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of bourbon and wood. Roasted flavour of wood and vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2010
27th October 2008. Opaque black beer. Thin tan head. A little carbonation. Not as thick as some Impy Stouts. Minerally start blooms in mild vanilla and then smooth bourbon. Dry finish. Very subtle coffee and a small amount of spirit. Very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2010-12-07, bottle from Magnum Cigar PHX in 2009, 8-4-7-3-15=37
The color is more dark brown than black; the head is short lived. It has a very nice aroma of coffee and vanilla oak, leather. The body is much leaner than expected for such beer; there is a strong flavor, with caramel, chocolate, tobacco, some liquorice, moderate sweetness; some alcohol can be perceived in the end. Pleasant, and quite outspeaking, but without elegance.

2010-04-01, tasting at Papsø, Brewmaster Reserve 2009, 8-4-8-3-16=39
Black color; small-sized beige head, with little retention. Very nice aroma, with Bourbon vanilla, roasted malts, tobacco. Good body, dark caramel flavor with an immediate vanilla kick; the body is not very strong, there is a light liquorice and tobacco touch; the final is too simple for such brew, still with the vanilla and tobacco, but weak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle at LCRBM 5 at Kulminator. Bourbon aroma is a bit strong. You know what, I like it. Biscuity in the mouth. It’s got some very good boozyness. But I like the dark fruits and roasted malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13355) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle at Plovmand’s - Thanks. Black - ligh brown head. Coconut, bourbon, burned malts, fruity, oakey, dryness, licorice caramel, ripe fruits, dark fruits, chocolate, raisins. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a dark brown, almost black body, clear looking. A small, dense, dark beige head sits on top. Licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate notes, some alcohol and a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and warming, soft carbonation, with quite a lot of impact from the casks. Salty licorice too. Lasting finish. A really pleasant one, lots of dark flavors, tasteful and matching very well with the chocolate cake we had. 130928


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