barleyPops (1142) - 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.
DarkElf (3050) - 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."
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2005. Dark brown, black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Body is a bit thin.
More body and a little less bitterness, and this would be amazing.
skoisirius (1891) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle drank in 2005. Definitely has been one of FSís stronger points. Pours straight black with tiny tanned hints and a dark tan head. Mediumly thick aromas of sweet burnt malts, coffee, and roast. Notes of much of the same in the flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A standard in Impy Stouts, not mind blowing, but damn good, especially when it was first being brewed.
crossovert (10751) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Today me and my friend did a side by side of this an BCS.
Pours pitch black with hints of brownish reddish edges. Has a pretty active caramel colored head that rises to the top of my Duvel glass.
Has a good bourbon oak scent, not as intese as the BCS but good nonetheless. There are also hints of molasses and vanilla.
The mouthfeel isnít as thick as others but the flavors are the standard, nice oak and bourbon flavors mix with layers of malt and chocolate bitterness. I have a cut on my lip and it is burning from this alcohol, though the alcohol doesnít make a huge presence in the flavor.
This is a great ass barrel aged stout, may not be the pinnacle of the style but it is worthy if you can get ahold of it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2009 03:45:59
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
01.21.06 Bomber, 2005. Black pour with solid tan head. The beer was less imperial than expected, quite dry and very roasty. Hints at anise, tobacco, solid notes of molasses and cocoa. Rather burnt towards the finish where Iíd hoped for sweetness or resiny hops, but it made it seem unusual as if it was an imperial dry stout. In fact, that notion was easily extended to the whole picture. Thanks for the sample, Mike.
Radek Kliber (6919) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma clean dark roast , molasses , deep darkness , top made of alcohol. Neat. 7+
Appearance dark brown , minimal carbonation. Medium beige top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied with frontal fine carbonation. Dark earthy black malt , roast. Chewy mid dark character , hint of cocoa. Good clean Imperial stout.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a medium tan head that stays around. Rich roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with some slight fruit and spice esters. This beer has a smooth body with a decent weight on the palate, not extremely thick like some imperial stouts. The aftertaste trails off with a fairly big bitterness and light acidity.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pictured at the top left: Opaque black, tan head that looks like the bloom from freshly roasted coffee beans in the french press; clingy lacing. Nose of soy sauce, dark roast and fresh malts, a bit of alcohol, some toddlerish qualities. Brisk astringency, mild bitterness; Iím searching for any sweetness over those two. Finishes medium-well with with light tangy roasty notes. Kupo!