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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6362) - 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 (1164) - 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 (4546) - 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 (4172) - 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 (3939) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3717) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, and wood. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, wood, and alcohol. Rich and creamy. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Black pour with a thin espresso head. Big bourbon nose. Some oak & vanilla. Thick chewy mouth. Big chocolate notes. Vanilla and bourbon in the flavor. A very nice barrel aged stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle from Halftime Beverage, Aroma of sweet bourbon and malt, taste is caramel, vanilla and bourbon, solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1856) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2013 bottle pours jet black with a tan head. nose of bourbon smoke and chocolate malt. taste has bourbon smoke and wood upfront rounded out with chocolate and espresso. this has the right amount of bourbon. body is solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (868) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Very roasty aroma with notes of chocolate, smoke, coffee, light bourbon and fudge. Solid black appearance with a nice brown lacing. Very well balanced flavors of toffee, nougat, bourbon, raisins, rich, dark chocolate, light espresso and faint plums. Finish leaves a tamed alcohol burn on the palate with resin and coffee notes. Overall, this is a very well balanced Imperial Stout. All the flavors work in harmony to bring a pleasing and drinkable ale to you. Iíd give this an A rating.


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