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RATINGS: 569   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 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).


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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, that’s o.k. This is a nice beer. Taste’s a little young, could benifit from aging for a short while (three months or so). Well done!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3791) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Black pour from 22oz bottle. Small tan head. Heavy whiskey flavor. But good. Cocoa and malty. Rich bourbon flavor. Pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (696) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2015
Pour is dark cola - looks thin but nice and dark. Aroma is big time bourbon but not much of the base beer. Taste is plenty of bourbon, toastiness, coconut, vanilla. Maybe too prevalent on the bourbon! Overall nice stuff, but very reliant on the barrel to carry the beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2723) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2015
On tap at Albertsons. Pours out inky black with a huge fluffy beige head, instant barrel/wood aroma, hints of chocolate and rum. Taste is incredibly smooth, no hint of the high ABV. Warmth comes on much later in the game. Incredible RIS, barrel aging is a huge plus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2015
The aroma is boozie with the bourbon barrel up front with molasses burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with an appropriate head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate was slightly thin for the style. Overall a very solid Impy stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (2916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
1 pint bottle as ’Full Sail Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged Brewmaster Reserve 2013’, 9.6%. Shared at Bruce’s. Pitch black, decent foamy brown head. Aroma is vanilla, coconut, molasses. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste has more tangy coconut and vanilla, coffee, some booze, dry finish with light bitterness. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13541) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Daniel. Pours black-brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma has dark malts, cocoa, dark fruits, burnt marshmallows. Medium sweet flavor with with toasted coconut, chocolate, some dark fruits. Medium bodied with active, creamy carbonation. Finishes fairly sweet with more chocolate, some toasty bread, earth, dark fruits. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2015 Bottle thanks to Dan. It pours dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is earth, toasty, sweet, juicy, roasty malty action, vanilla, nougat and cocoa. The taste is bitter-sweet, roasted malt, booze, earth, leather, mild acidity, dirt, coffee and mild sweet fruits with a dry finish. Full body and average carbonation. Well rounded and pretty drinkable stuff. Solid imperial stout action.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1110) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Pours black with khaki head. Bourbon, oak, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and bourbon flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2723) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Bomber (10.5%) from Trader Joe’s. 2015 bottle. Pitch black on the pour. Smooth and silky looking. Very strong bourbon nose. Some actual alcohol as well. Strong bourbon up front, followed by some sweet roastiness and burnt coffee. Some wood notes and a bit of vanilla. More booze and chocolate. Finish is touch boozy, but lots of bourbon in this brew. Glad I splurged a bit on this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (193) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Draft pour at Mammoth Seattle. Black pour thin head that stays wile drinking. Strong bourbon aroma, kindof Sweet coco bourbon taste.


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