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RATINGS: 568   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 Menís Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festivalģ in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7230) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
2009 bottle. This opaque black ale poured with a rich tan head and a pervasive whiskey aroma. There is a nice roasted malt flavor that is somewhat masked by alcohol and a slight sourness. The taste improves as the beer warms, but it needs some aging to cut the sharpness from the bourbon barrell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4287) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a dark black allowing light with a one finger light tan head. The nose shows some tobacco, wood, bourbon, some alcohol, mild notes of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is bourbon and oak, some vanillins, tanic, great wood character but not much stout. Palate is a tad thin with some vanillins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 bomber from a trade. pours black with a tan head, thin around the edges. aroma of sea salt, charred barrel, bourbon, black malts. the flavour starts with caramel and choco malt, then the vanilla wood hits, then the char, finishes salty. decent but not the best bourbon stout ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at LCRBM #5.
Very dark brown with an excellent beige head. Big barrelly coconut and vanilla. A huge slew of roasted malt, some nutty accents and the obvious chocolate and coffee. Just a little too much bourbon for me to really get excited but itís certainly a bloody good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37673) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2010
This takes on a huge coconut aroma from the bourbon barrel aging that is quite nice. The flavor, though, is not as compelling and the palate is a bit on the thin side for this style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2164) - USA - SEP 5, 2010
Another thank you to Adrian for opening this, my first from Full Sail. An employee owned company- that sounds good to me. The label is not that attractive, but the very dark beer looks good. It has a malty, alcoholic aroma that cleans out the sinuses. This is a medium weight stout with a lot of bourbon flavor. It is a touch thin, but still very rich, with roasted malts and some astringent hops. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Enjoyed at Freetail Brewing "pre-tasting" before Ananke bottle release. Pours deep brown with minimal lacing. Aroma is cocoa and bourbon. Flavor is creamy caramel, alcohol and sour berries. Light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6647) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle at Dadtoberfest. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, dark fruits, and bourbon boozy sweetness. Relatively well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1365) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Draft at Bigwood, 12/6/2012. [10 of 11]. From notes. Pours jet black, thin tan ring of head, leaves irregular lacing. Aroma/taste/overall impression is dominated by bourbon. Thereís a lot of barrel here. Sweet, roasty, smooth, full-bodied. When compared side-by-side in a line-up with other great barrel-aged beers, it doesnít leave a big impression (which is probably unfair -- I expect Iíll rate this again some time on its own terms).

2006 bottle. Big thanks to OldMrCrow for digging this one out of his cellar. Itís fitting that Iíd forgotten Iíd rated this one before based on my previous description. Anyway, pours near black with a small ring of bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit, oxidation / old beer. Held up surprisingly well, in that it still feels like it has some soul, even if accompanied by a bit of cardboard. Reasonably dry, still has some bourbon to it, chocolate, slick texture with a nice alcohol burn. Interestingly, my notes indicate I rated this 7.5/4/8/4/14, so basically the same as the original rating (which Iím going to let stand). Perhaps Iím fair and consistent, or I havenít grown at all in the last year, or perhaps itís just a coincidence.

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