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RATINGS: 534   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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6028) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (915) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4363) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Soft with sour pit fruit and chocolate upfront turning to hot oak and bourbon in the medium length finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3930) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle. The look is black colored, tan head, and dark. The smell is rich, bourbon, wood, malt, vanilla, oak, and nice. The taste is malts, wood, vanilla, rich, alcohol, and good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2013
Black with a decent beige head. Smells like an oak log, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste is of an oak log, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5305) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7782) - 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

3.7
   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.


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