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RATINGS: 556   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 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).

Note: In 2011 went from 10.5% to 11.4%.
2013 - 9.6% ABV.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1139) - Nevada, USA - MAR 21, 2013
I wasn’t sure about this beer after reading the last few reviews. Very hard to get bottle. Pours black with a brown foam that fades to nothing. Nice aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and toasted malts. Body is not as full as I expected. Smoke and ash finishes dry with notes of licorice and stone. A good beer, but one of my lowest rated barrel aged Imperial’s.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6096) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolat, ccaramel, integrated bourbon and vanilla note, oak, mild bitterness to the finish, the barrel works pretty well with the base beer. Maybe shows some age.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1268) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with thin tan head. Nose light bourbon, toffee, earthy, hint of vanilla. Taste light roast, some dark fruit, then nicely balancing barrel. Smooth mouth feel. Finish mix of roast, Bourbon, and light bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 16, 2015
2014 edition. Poured from a bomber into a goblet on 05.24.14. A: Midnight black with some red at the bottom. Fizzy tan ring at the top. S: Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, woodiness. It smells balanced. T: Vanilla, bourbon, and fig dominate. Woodiness and roastiness are subtle. M: Creamy. A little light and bubbly in the mouth compared to other BBA stouts. O: This is a well put together BBA stout. It is milder in flavor than others, but the balance is perfect. This is in my rotation and it’s always consistent.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ejh8 (105) - - JAN 6, 2015
Nice dark full bodied imperial stout with a strong taste of bourbon and some coffee underlying the rich stout. Fantastic brew. Perfect for those cold winter nights by the fire. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TWyG (1) - USA - JAN 5, 2015 does not count
2006 batch - brewed February, 2005. Purchased in 2007. No big occasion, opened just to brighten up a grey, rainy day near Seattle - what the heck! The beer is mellowed out, but still bourbon-boozey. Black Gold is a sweet and satisfying malty stout with a preponderance of bourbon character.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmanigold (31) - - DEC 17, 2014
Didn’t care for this one very much. Tasted boozy slightly sweet after taste. There really wasn’t anything that stood out about this particular stout thay would make me recommend this to anyone.
Earlier Rating: 12/6/2014 Total Score: 2.8
Once the bottle is opened the boozy aroma is noticed. Oil like appearance when poured. Head dissipates quickly leaving lacing around the rim. Slight chocolate and bourbon taste with a hint of coconut flavor. Very boozy taste, easy to drink. It is worth a shot to try, but there are better examples of a bourbon stout out there.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheiner (4) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
2013 brewmaster reserve. Poured pitch black with a short lived dark brown head that dissipated to a tenacious slick sheen. The aroma is pungent and offers the odd combination of sauteed mushrooms, vanilla, and raw honey. The mouthfeel is a bit better, rich but not thick. The taste has a mild bourbon flavor among slight coffee notes and more honey. Overall a very balanced, however unremarkable stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2211) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Draft. Nose is a huge booze nose. Dark black pour medium brown head. Taste is mostly booze. Very tropical and fruity with the booze. Like a BA foreign stoot. Good

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (918) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Dark-chocolate color with ruby glints at edges. Light-brown, yellowish head. Aroma is dark-roast coffee, bark, bourbon, vanilla, some BBQ sauce. Medium body with moderate but distinct and coarse carbonation. Saturated, dry feel. Flavor is dark, burnt toast, some dark woody coffee, slightly medicinal (in a sappy, Earthy way). Vanilla/bourbon is more subdued here. Herbal hops. A roasty, affordable bourbon-barrel stout, not over-the-top with the bourbon, but slight medicinal notes are a detractor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2484) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Dont sleep on Full Sail. It may be easy to get but damn is it tasty. Tons or rich cocoa, bourbon, brownies, vanilla, and rich nutty malts. Taste is moderately sweet with a nice balancing boozyness from the bourbon. Well done! Why did I used to trade for BBA Imp stouts when beers like this rot on the shelves. That was so 2012 of me.


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