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RATINGS: 528   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Beer pours a clear, very dark brown color with a tiny, off-white head. The aroma is compelling: Malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, a unique note of hot chocolate, caramel and cookie; Hoppy with a light note of pine; Light miscellaneous notes of raisin, sherry and alcohol. The flavor is heavily bitter, lightly sweet and lightly acidic with a long, moderately bitter, heavily warm, tummy-glow-inducing finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety-to-syrupy and the carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Very cool. I Liked this a lot. Aroma of coconut milk, dark and milk chocolate, almond extract, brazil nuts. Lots of coconut in the flavor, some pineapple, some milk chocolate. No alcohol burn but definitely some bourbon flavor. Only a slight mocha kind of flavor to it. Like drinking an almond joy. Nice roasted malts and oak flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured a near opaque black color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and faint whisky. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with the flavor predominantly roasty and cocoa, with light oak and alcohol as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 May 2007. 2006 Edition. Black body, wiht a small creamy brown head. (3+) Massive boozy vanilla aroma, booze becomes unwieldy on alternating waves. Lovely vanilla flavours up front are sweet and sumptuous, sweet malt in the middle, and an overwhelming alcoholic finish. With less boozy wood it might be glorious. Smooth medium palate. 7/3+/7/3+/14 - 3.6 <P>October 2006. Bottle courtesy of either LarryPitonka or Secret Santa. Black body with a good sized fluffy dark tan head. Vanilla up front, woody alcohol follow up. Bracing alcohol, woody burn, vanilla, hints at sweet coconut. Burn mellows a bit as the glass goes on. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Medium to full bodied palate (3+). A very nice stout but the influence of the barrel is just a touch too strong for my liking. 8/4/7/4/16 - 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle shared with puzzl and feedmecookies. Aroma is exceptionally woody, with some vanilla, roast, and bourbon. Flavor is pretty much the same, but the bourbon sticks out more in the strong alcohol burn. Good, but I wish the alcohol was slightly better hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
22oz bottle, thanks to indiana red for this bottle! pours pitch black with small off-white head. the bourbon in the nose is very lovely but the stout flavors seem overwhelmed and mainly a nice chocolate comes through, but that bourbon and choclate is really nice. flavor has nice bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and coconut. really great flavors. the mouthfeel is a tad thin and alcohol is pretty warming with slight burn on the way down. the barrel aging is over done and this is clearly an average impy stout that’s relies on the barrel for depth and complexity, but dag yo, this is tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2007
Tasted 15/09/2007. 750ml bottle, steward leftovers from BrewNZ and shared with SOBA members at our AGM. Pours an inky black with a very loose dark tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, wood and burnt sugar on the nose. Super sweet in the mouth, luscious silky mouthfeel with warming oak, roasted notes, bitter chocolate and a "greenish" note. Becomes medicinal in the middle and at the finish. Very light carbonation. Hokey pokey on the palate. Doesn’t quite hit the top marks for me, though it did pick up gold at BrewNZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 22oz bottle. 2006. Nice, but fairly run of the mill BA Impy aroma. Dark chocolate malt, vanilla, charred wood, brown sugar and alcohol on the nose. Pours a fairly dark brown with a quickly disappearing white head leaving a nearly lifeless looking pour. Black liquorice, bitter chocolate malt, toasted vanilla, brown sugar, a hint of soy, smoke and a touch of booze on the tongue. Lightly carbonated and silky on the tongue. A good beer, but far from spectacular. Thanks a ton for this most generous bonus Steven!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2008
22oz bottle shared by pepsican. Thanks. poured a deep dark brown color with just a bit of orange light coming through around the edges. Aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, alcohol, and raisin (roughly in that order of intensity). Medium to full bodied and boozy with a warm splash of alcohol. I tasted vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and a dash of cinnamon. The aromas and flavors imparted by the barrel aging dominated, but this was still a decent beer IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
22 oz bottle, from Liquid Solutions (I think). Pours dark brown, opaque with a smallish beige head. Roasty, bourbon barrel, raisin, bitter herbs, bitter chocolate, alcohol and more. Full body, gentle carbonation. Good.

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