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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).


NICU's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Draught at FredFest2007: Oh man. This beer just keeps getting better.

Pitch black body with a thin brown head that resembles the crema floating on top of a nicely pulled shot of espresso. The bourbon flavor seems to have settled nicely into the background and has been supplanted by more vanilla notes and a hint of coconut. Silky smooth finish leaves a trail of delectable wood, bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla down the throat.

They’re getting harder and harder to find, but if you can convince someone to part with one of these you’ll be in for one helluva ride.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2230) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Bourbon, woody oak, some sweet vanilla and chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with bourbon and sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Andrew196 (1205) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Amazing. Jet black with mahogany edges, thin beige head. Aroma was cocoa, chocolate liqueur, bourbon. Super toasty and sweet, not as boozy as I expected and super balanced. Dry finish. Very well done guys.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (423) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Nose is oak, dark fruits (raisins), vanilla, chocolate, mild coffee, and quite a bit of bourbon. Moderately sweet, bitter taste mostly mirrors the aroma in terms of flavors. There’s a nice, woody tanginess to it. Loved it.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8479) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
65 cl bottle (2014 vintage). Batch #034.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Very nice vanilla aroma, wood, faint licorice, mild oat notes and dark chocolate. Flavor is creamy chocolate, bourbon-y vanilla, cocoa, faint coffee and dark malts. Thick oily palate, heavy and full-bodied. Very good.
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roastiness, vanilla and a bit of wood. Very rich flavour of roastiness, vanilla, bready, mild bitterness, wood, a bit of red berries, syrup and chocolate. Full bodied. Very smooth, soothing, velvety mouthfeel. Mellow. Great stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5620) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650ml bottle from Belmont Station

Brewmaster Reserve 2014, batch 034 - Pours pitch black with a small head. Aroma of roasty malts, wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, syrup and buttery bourbon. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with loads of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood, toffee and butter. Finish is sweetish, buttery and bourbony with some vanilla, toffee, syrup and roastiness. Quite buttery but pretty balanced bourbon BA IS.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home
as ”Full Sail Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged”, no gold paper on top. ”brewmaster reserve 2014, 034”, ”Brewed in December 2012”
Aroma has cocoa, biscuits and mild vanilla tones. Also wood. Flavour has woody tones, bourbon, cocoa and buttery tones. In the scale of bourbon imperial stouts this is nothing special, but rather enjoyable still.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2086) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2015
650ml bomber from Liquor Max cellar aged 2 months. Had during the Wedding Weekend, in the wedding night tasting. Shared by all. Very dark brown pour. Nose is chocolate and light vanilla. Taste is chocolate and caramel, with light vanilla. Some raisin. Medium to full bodied with alcohol. Finishes quite sweet, with some choco-bitterness. Not as vanilla-y as hoped. Solid. 14.7

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4378) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
Brewmaster Reserve 2013. 9.6% by vol. Belle robe noire et mousse agréablement brune. Car, quelque fois, le brun peut être moche. Une dentelle est aussi installée sur la paroi de mon verre. Le nez est bien dosé en bourbon. J’imagine que les deux années de garde y sont pour quelque chose. Je peux aussi y sentir du caramel, des guimauves, du bois brûlé, de la terre, du cuir et du cacao. Au goût, le bourbon transpire la noix de coco et les malts noirs semblent être moins bien définis. En bouche, le liquide est possédé par un corps moyen avec un pétillement modéré à bas et une texture crémeuse. La finale sèche montre des notes de bourbon boisé et de barrique brûlée. Bon jus sans sucre et sans flafla.


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