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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2358) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Dougs. Thanks to who brought it. Deep brown, no head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, wood, chocolate and a whole bunch of alcohol. Flavor is overly alcoholic, some chocolate but mostly bourbon. Way too much bourbon was poured into this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Round 1, Beer 3 of a blind stout tasting. 22 oz bottle. Clear cola with a thin patch of tan head and a ring. Rum raisin morphs into bourbon; carrot cake. Taste reminds me of a chocolate mint julep. Slight carb tingle provides a nice counter to the rich body. Bourbon throat burn. Potent stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3649) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 22 ounce bomber acquired from chriso420 in June 2006. Thanks. Jack Daniels. I cannot elaborate on the aroma any more than these two words. Moderately transparent dark black-mahogany body with a quickly dissipating, scant, light tan head. Sweet, candy-like chocolate sugary flavors to start. THe flavor in the middle has more of the Jack Daniels flavors, which then becomes a bit boozy at the end. Later on, there are some light sweet chocolate flavors and some coconut as well. Either way, this beer does not appeal to my tastes like it does to many other members. 2/3/7/3/10~~~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~~~~~22 ounce bottle purchased from The Davis Beer Shoppe. 2013 Batch 022. The aroma on this has lots of bourbon character. Nice, sweet vanilla, and a touch of oak. Underlying chocolate sweetness is also present. I get light ethanol retronasally. Opaque black body with a medium light tan head with fair retention and good lacing and legging. Starts fairly sweet with a little chocolate, which is then followed by some vanilla and oaky bourbon flavors in the middle. Finishes a little acidic with plenty of ethanol presence...too much. Warming, and a little harsh late.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
This might just be my favorite beer from Full Sail. If not, I dont know what is. However, Ive not sampled the regular Black Gold, so I will make it a point to do so. This beer had a beautiful color to it, nearly perfect of what an impy stout should look like. Aroma was full-on bourbon and vanilla nose with some roasty notes coming out too. It was a bit one-dimensional but still just damned fine with me. Flavor was espresso, bourbon, vanilla, oak, malt and hops all coming together in a creamy delivery. Plus it hides the alcohol content extraordinarily well. Really an outstanding beer. Good job to Full Sail!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
GABF 2006. Roasty, chocolate, oak nose. Roast, bourbon, oak, and chocolate flavor. Too much bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
Full on bourbon and oak are strong up front in the aroma with notes of anis, vanilla, chocolate, chick peas and floral perfume also apparent. Clear, dark ruby brown body is topped by an anemic, large bubbled tan head that recedes rapidly to ring. Strong roasty bitterness, strong bourbon, strong alcohol flavours bludgeon the tastebuds into submission before following with a subdued chocolate sweetness with vanilla undertones. Medium full body is liquorous, sticky and syrupy. Soft textured with very low carbonation. Strong alcohol warming. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
deep brown, almost black body with small brown head..aroma of nuts, caramel, toffee, oak, chocolate, and vanilla..flavor is of vanilla, chocolate, nougat, major sugar, and light bourbon...perfect creamy palate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
#500 (2006) 22 oz. bottle via trade with Buck Dich - Pours a deep brown color with a nice tan head that settles to a thin film. Very light spotty lacing. Has a wonderful bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate aroma. The flavor is much of the same. Taste a lot like an Oaked Yeti. Medium to full body. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. An excellent beer. Thanks Jordan

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle via trade. Pours a deep opaque brown with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Complex aroma with vanilla, buttery oak, cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. The body is 22 ounces of liquid Cadbury Egg, with layers of vanilla and milk chocolate creating a candy-like palate. Also reminiscent of chocolate sugar wafers. There is an alcohol kick that reminds me that this is a 10.5% ABV beer. Truly a dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3983) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Blind rating, American Beer Tastings at Sk8vikings. Pours black with a tanned head. Smells very nice of bourbon barrel ageing. TAstes of dark malts and bourbon. Hint of mildew and age. Alcohol and bourbon finish. Very nice.

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