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RATINGS: 587   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 Mens 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
2011 bottle. Black with a creamy light chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, raisin, dates, molasses. Medium-full bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel, nicely balanced on the palate with a lightly sweet and slightly boozy finish. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, dates, raisins, fig. Yum

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9740) - Cincinnati, 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 (2536) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (401) - - JAN 16, 2015
UPDATED: APR 27, 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 its always consistent. EDIT FOR REREVIEW: 2015 edition. 04.16.15. T: Lots of fudge/chocolate pie, peanuts, vanilla, bourbon and dark berry dominate. Fig, woodiness, and roastiness are subtle. O: The fudge flavor is great this year.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - 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 (127) - Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Didnt care for this one very much. Tasted boozy slightly sweet after taste. There really wasnt 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 (4556) - Melboring, 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 (1009) - 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.


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