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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9989) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle thanks to daknole. Pours jet black with a very thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is roasted malts, toasted barley, coffee and chocolate bar. Taste is very smooth bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, coffee, toffee, chocolates and smoked wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9932) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run, 9.6% ABV. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of huge whiskey notes, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild roasted malts. The taste is vanilla, whiskey, roast, wood, bitter chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (9892) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Just when I thought I was completely "bourbon-barrel-imperial-stouted-out," this stuff comes along and blows me away! Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a whirlpool of chocolate, sour mash, vanilla and oak which creates a wonderful coconut-like fragrance. Each sip offers deep, complex flavors of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and milk chocolate with an undercurrent of all things burnt, bitter and tangy. Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. Another world class effort from the folks at Full Sail! Thanks go out to CaptainCougar for the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle @ home. Dark black appearance with a dark brown head that disappears pretty quickly. Big roasty, dark, rich malty nose with plenty of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Thick, fairly syrupy, rich dark chocolate malty, roasty flavor with medium to heavy bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some booze on the finish and even more noticeable burn afterwards. Overall, a good Bourbon barrel Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!). Poured a dark black with a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, light roast, raisins and some plums. Tastes of oak, vanilla, some chocolate, light bourbon, and roasty. The bourbon was stronger in the aromas whereas the wood/oak was stronger in the tastes. Some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (9431) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to Countbeer at ‘Zieke Zuiden Tasting II’. Pitch black, opaque color, no head. Smell al-cohol and sweet. Taste sour, wood, lots of alcohol, lightly vanilla, sour fruits. Too much carbonation. Too sharp taste in general, too sharp sourness imo. Medium body. (Bottle said ’brewmaster reserve 2009’)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Had a big sample of this at the ORF pre-release tasting. Thanks SpencerDB for sharing! Holy god. This beer kicks ass. It is one of the smoothest, creamiest, easy to drink beers I’ve ever encountered. It pours jet black with a scary dark brown head. Aroma is licorice, anise, huge bourbon presence, dark chocolate truffles, vanilla extract, caramel. Taste is buttery smooth and rich, lots of mellowed out warming bourbon, rich chocolates. Absent is what plagues imperial stouts: too much cheap coffee, roast, ash, alcohol. This feels like it has been aging for 2 or more years. Overall, I ’d say this was the highlight of the ORF tasting apart from the DR BA Baltic Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sample at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Pours black with a medium foamy tan head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and vanilla. Full-bodied with an oaky bourbon character and flavors of vanilla, caramel and malt. The finish is mildly boozy with a dark chocolate and malt aftertaste. Solid all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
22 oz bomber. The end of my Vancouver celler and the last new beer rated while I still lived there... and what brew to go away with. Thick black oily pour with a fine-laced dark brown head sitting over top of it. Sweet vanilla oakiness dances over some strong molasses-like malts, dark fruits, prunes/raisins. The flavour certainly doesn’t disappoint either, sweet raisiny fruit, molasses, deep and heavy roastiness and loads of woody complexity. A kiss of bourbon adds character, but it doesn’t come across boozy like many other bourbon-barrel aged beers I’ve had. Blackberry/dark cherry fruit. Soft vanilla and a dark chocolate flavour this reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Great body and wonderful balance. Long roasty dark chocolate finish. Awesome brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (8546) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with and long warm, oak, vanilla and chocolate finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is flat.

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