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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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11605) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11560) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11399) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. Fruits, liqourice, cocoa, alcohol and spices in the aroma. Flavour is light "old". Ripe fruits and dust. Alcohol, cocoa and chocolate. Light roast. Medium bodied. Is a bit unbalanced. Ends on a ligt roasted note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (10967) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle from homebrewcolin. Black pour wtih a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and then some more bourbon, followed by more bourbon!! I also get hints of christmas pudding and spices. Flavor is full of bourbon, chocolate, dates, figs, molasses and some liquor soaked raisins. I love these types of beers and this one is awesome. I would like more please!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011
Name: Black Gold Imperial Stout, BA
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma, oak and vanilla
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, big dose of bourbon, vanilla sweetness, touch of caramel, light oak

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Black Gold Imperial Stout 2011, BA
Date: April 08, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, Vegas
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: rich sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich bourbon flavor, lots of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and vanilla sweetness

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10642) - 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 (10490) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Near black with a medium deep beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Sweet flavour with burned malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, espresso and hops. Finished dry with warming alcohol. Full bodied and in lovely balance. Excellent.

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