RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 Menís Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festivalģ in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

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Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2006
bottle-pours black with a small fizzy beige head. really doenst look very unusual or interesting. nose is full of dark chocolate, vanilla, roast, sweet chocolate, with lite bourbon notes. flavors of dark chocolate, light roast, woodsy notes, and some fudge-like flavor (like a java chocolate fudge). nice finish of lite roast and bourbon sweetness. body is somewhat thin, which like the regular black gold, could have made this beer a top-notch bourbon barrel stout. very good, but just a step below stardom.

Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 14, 2006
Deep dark brown. Good color . Average crown.(3+)
Aroma: Strong barrel nose , aromatic. Canít ignore that vanilla accents dipped into chocolate.
Rich, heavy sweet meal. Vanilla chocolate with good, potent and clean alcohol. Short bitterness at edges. Aging in barrel placed strong input here. That tends to polarize. I go between. I can appreciate just not my thing. I will have regular Imp Stout form Full Sail instead.

Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
650ml Bottle @ Decemberfest 2006; thanks to blankboy: My 200th rating! Poured pitch black, no head at all. Aroma heavy in chocolate, bourbon, and black licorice. The chocolate comes strong in the flavour alongside the licorice, almonds, oak, and plenty of bourbon. It was a discussion point amongst the gang but I have to say I loved it and didnít find it overbearing at all, especially at 10.5%. Great stuff!

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle @ Dougís. 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.

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!

DYCSoccer17 (3691) - 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.

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
This might just be my favorite beer from Full Sail. If not, I donít know what is. However, Iíve 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!

csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
GABF 2006. Roasty, chocolate, oak nose. Roast, bourbon, oak, and chocolate flavor. Too much bourbon.

tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, 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.

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

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