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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8001) - 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 (4457) - 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 (2272) - 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 (7118) - 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 it’s certainly a bloody good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40504) - 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 (2281) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Pitch black, decent head, fades to ring of bubbles. Big bourbon in nose, hints of vanilla, syruppy sweet aroma. Flavor is overloading residuel sweetness. Really sweet bourbon/vanilla character, chocolate, crystal malts. Silky-smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Brownish/black and completely opaque with a creamy taupe head. Sweetness, seemingly accented by cherries, on the nose. Light chocolate notes abound. Smooth taste and slick finish. Chocolate is very noticeable on the forepalate and the bourbon flavor finishes. Again, a slight cherry flavor persists. Chocolate flavor does not overwhelm through the beer; it plays nicely against the bourbon finish. A great beer to end a night or begin a celebration!

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