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RATINGS: 531   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - FEB 21, 2006
Tasted at tasting room. Pours thick, tan head on top of dark, black beer. Held up to light and could see slight shades of ruby gleaming through. Personally, I like to not see through my stouts. Aroma is unmistakably bourbon. I love it! Wow! Flavor is full bourbon also. Quickly shifts to wood, then chocolate, then quickly back to bourbon. Looking deeply into the glass, I was able to find almond/amaretto flavors, as well as what I could only identify as toasted coconut. Slight alcoholic burn at the end, thatís o.k. This is a nice beer. Tasteís a little young, could benifit from aging for a short while (three months or so). Well done!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1070) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours jet black -- no light getting through this at all -- with a high, creamy, cinnamon-colored head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, oyster sauce, beef stock, bourbon, vanilla, and cinnamon; quite a selection, but itís all harmonious. Sweet up front, with vanilla and cream; after that, itís bourbon-laced strong coffee, the kind of thing you want to warm you up on a cold night. Some chocolate and savory notes remain as well. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy-solid. Finish is long, a little hot, and extremely aromatic. Very, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (172) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours a thick black body with a small short lasting tan head from 1pt 6floz bottle. Aroma was chocolate fudge, bourbon, and a bit of molasses. Taste was astounding - of course strong bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roasty malt. As the warmth of the bourbon receded, the oak and vanilla notes became pronounce. The palate was rich, creamy, and very light carbonation. The finish was lightly sweet, dark chocolate, and the lingering oak. Marvelous.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bomber. Jet black pour with a dense beige head. Crazy good aroma of bourbon and wood. Palate is smooth but not as dense as one might think for the style or based on appearance. Delicious beer, and great value at 12 bucks a bomber!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2180) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle shared by MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity! solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of roasted grains, coffee and hints of chocolate with a mild earthiness to counter. The flavor is a sweet malty roasted affair with bits of coffee and chocolate and just a touch of earth and light fruitiness. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent enough beer, but couldnít hold up to some of the other brews that we had Saturday night!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2579) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2013. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained beige head, with slight lacing, over a blackish brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is chocolate, light cocoa, plum, raisin, treacle from the malts, whiskey, wood from the barrel, light herbal notes from the hops......taste is medium sweet with chocolate, cocoa, mild dried fruits including plum, whiskey, light vanilla, hints of tobacco, finishing with moderate spicy hop bitterness.....mouth feel, medium heavy body, sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful with light acid. This is a rich, sweet, malt dominated, complex beer. It is quite soft in many notes, with the barrel deftly handled so that it adds complexity without being too dominant. BJCP 9/3/15/4/7

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (73) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Bottle (12oz): Bourbon, Coffee. Thatís the big taste. Very dark with little bitterness. Very nice if in the mode for a boozy beer. (H)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (190) - USA - JUN 5, 2014
Amazing beer! Walks the line between liquor and beer. When I popped open the bottle the fragrance of booze is intense. Like someone poured a bottle of mash whiskey into it. The hue is a dark coffee. Light head. The booze is intense. It is full bodied with a bitter wash down. It seems to be the trend for brewers to barrel age their beers. Overall an all around solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (884) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Dark brown with a reddish tinge and and thin creamy tan head. Chocolate, oak, toasted malt, bourbon and vanilla.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (295) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, burnt, chocolate and booze. This beer has a nice body with rich sweet with a little bitter bite from the alcohol. Nice beer, and the bourbon aging is a nice balanced addition.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emurphy33 (4) - Hillsboro, USA - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
Great beer had it on Saturday with my buddy after a day of shooting. Bought it at Albertsons and if you like the flavor of bourbon this beer is for you. It has a very dark pour and at first taste it seems bitter but after that it is incredible.


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