biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick and quiet with little head. Sweet fruit and bubblegum with some banana, cocoa and tar. Super slick on the palate finishing with a long bitterness. Chocolate banana flavor with some roasted grain astringency. Distinct flavor combo.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF í05. Black body, light tan head. Chocolate-malt aroma with substantial hop undertones. Chewy dark malt flavor with anise and latte coffee. Roasty dark fruity finish. A pretty good I.S. that would have been unique 3 years ago.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque very dark brown body has a lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramely and dark fruity with a hint of roastiness. Starts with rich, sweet caramel maltiness and some dark fruit. Finish has a strong roasty, almost ashy presence. Decent balance and complexity, but could lose some of its nearly burnt finish.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark dark brown pour with dark ruby hints. Sweet roasty aroma, some sweet caramel malts, and some candied darker fruits. Initial sweet caramel flavors, with more roasty malt flavors coming through in the middle, and a decent bitter finish. Some smoke and a fair bit of ashy bitter coffee, as well as some definite notes of raisins.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with notes of grape candy and light alcohol. Flavor is roastey and smokey. Big bitter backbone runs from mid flavor through the long finish.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma is boozy, bready, some roast. Dark and opaque. Medium body, flavor is full-on roast, with some booze hanging over
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16-Jun-05 (22 oz bottle: Shared with SDbruboy at OíBrienís, thanks Cliff!) Generously provided to assist me on my quest to rate 50 consecutive Imperial Stouts, this was number 47. Poured from the bottle, itís a very pretty beer. Dark brown color with ruddy edges is lighter than almost any Imperial Stout Iíve had, but the full inch of dark tan head shows excellent retention, holding at a quarter-inch for quite some time. Ringed and patchy lacing adorns the glass, and subsurface bubbles cling to the glass, resisting the urge to join their friends atop the beer. The nose is lightly roasty, but equally malty and hoppy. First impression of the flavor is that this is a hopped up foreign stout, sweet, light vanilla, with a moderate roastiness that is definitely not a focal point. Toward the finish, the roast is pushed aside by a bitter, fairly floral hoppiness, and itís the hoppiness of this Imperial Stout that is the lasting impression, not the roast. The alcohol isnít noticeable at all. Medium "plus" body is fairly clean on the palate for the style, .ut thatís not surprising given the hoppiness. Not sticky or viscous. Naming it "Black Gold" is a bit of an exaggeration, but overall, a lighter Imperial Stout than most of what is out there, but still quite enjoyable and quaffable. (7, 4, 7, 4, 14, total: 3.6)
08-Aug-05 (Draft: Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, OR) Just a brief update since Iím fortunate enough to sample this directly at the brewery, Iíd say the deep, bitter, roastiness is actually the lasting impression, so apparently as this beer ages, the roast subsides a bit. But fresh out of the tap, this is sweet, caramely, bitter, and strongly roasty. No signs of the fruity hoppiness I picked up when sampling the bottle. So, with this sample here at the brewery, yes, Iíll agree that it IS "Black Gold."
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a nice thick creamy tan head. Aroma is mild with only some bitter chocolate and roast. Palate is well carbonated. Flavor is almost burnt. The roasted flavor has become burnt and almost offensive in the finish.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber thanks to hey_kevin. wow! this is a nice surprise. I let this bottle sit out for about 10 -15 minutes before I opened it up and it was the right thing to do. roarty malt aroma with some bittersweet chocolate, coffee and alcohol. color is a deep dark brown with a small tan head that settles down to swirls of lace chasing around on the top of the ale. mild flavors of the aforementioned choc/coffee/alcohol with other hints of dark fruit and earthy oak. hop bitterness on the end is present but is in nice balance to the mild flavors up front. the mouthfeel is a little thin yet it has a buttery smoothness to it. Iím a little surprised by the low average rating this one has received! IMO, under-rated.
3fourths (8103) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 22oz bottle, sampled at camp after a bomber of Stone RIS 2005. Body is initially thin, but by the end of the bottle I was digging this one. It seemed more thick that at first, which had some light, dry malts, some cream and some very light dark woody fruit flavors. These dark fruit (plum, black cherries, etc) opened up a lot when it warmed: leaving me with a thick, rich and sweet dark chocolate, raspberry seed, black cherry and oak concoction. But still this imperial stout remains just below the level of being really good. My impressions are mixed, because at first it seems like a mid or high 2, but by the end I could almost give it a 4 or above. I will definitely rerate, but wait until the entire bottle is at a good temperature before I begin. I should also take this moment to bitch a litle bit, because Full Sail has the capacity, creativity and talent to brew a top 10 imperial stout if they wanted to, but their direction is more mass marketed, outside of the Boardhead, which has a loyal following in Oregon.