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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jhilgedick (9) - - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
Best beer Iíve ever had. the one to beat. so many flavors - very rich without being heavy.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
curbfeeler (1) - - OCT 20, 2013 does not count
Supplanted Abyss as my all-time favorite of this type. Wish Full Sail would make more of it than they do presently.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2007
I asked the guy at Bottleworks, "what do you got that will change my life?" Without hesitation he pointed to the Black Gold. "This." he said, with ultimate conviction. If anything, it was an understatement. Simply the finest beer Iíve ever enjoyed. A few months after this was released, asking any serious beer seller if they had any stock would get you laughed at openly. I hear they have brewed it again for this coming winter, but it would be shocking if they manage to replicate this one. I have to give props to Full Sail, which used to be a fairly mediocre brewery but has put out some very solid beers of late.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Thanks to Degarth for providing this one. Poured black with no head and a tan lacing around the rim of the glass. Aroma was chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted notes, and some more bourbon. Flavor was unbelievable! Exquisite smooth chocolate, coconut, bourbon, and some roasted notes. The chocolate bourbon combination was done to perfection. Ungodly mouthfeel, like silk was massaging my tongue. Milky creamy feel as well. The flavors and the texture were just dominating.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours dark enough but with a weak head. All I get is a small pancake. Strong whiskey on the nose with some dark malts. Medium to full nectar weight with lean residual effers. This has a strong dialect in itís pronunciation when describing the Bourbon essence. Obvious Bourbon mingles with the brew beautifully. You really have to like the spirit on this one. I feel it does well in itís expose and surely deserves a slot among the elite for this genre. The finish is lengthy. Classic.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 On tap at Uber. Pours black with a thin beige head. Huge nose of chocolate, toffee, whiskey, and oak. Initial whiskey taste fades to a roasty oatmeal maltiness. Some oak, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and amazing. So I loved this. Later I had a bottle and it wasnít nearly as impressive- huge alcohol and bitterness overwhelmed everything else. Iíll think about this. I have a couple more bottles hanging around.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 7, 2010
Draft at Brouwers in Seattle. Black hole black. Bourbon dominates the aroma. The bourbon taste is strong but with distinct chocolate and coffee undertones. A mouthful but smooth with a wonderful aftertaste of chocolate and coffee. A beer that makes you feel alive. Thus far, my top beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2012
Smell of bitter chocolate, vanilla. Nice body. Almost port-like; very dark chocolate, bourbon and rum-soaked raisins. In my world beer doesnít get better that this.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Bottle @ PIB.. Pours rich, opaque deep brown/black, with a thick dark tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, bourbon. Flavor is rich and upfront, with a delicious mix of the oak/vanilla of the bourbon barrel mixing with the chocolate and coffee flavors, creating a distinct coconut flavor- a true Mounds bar in a glass.. a great, long finish highlights the bourbon character.. Exceptional!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (9559) - 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!


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