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RATINGS: 587   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 dark armageddon like body that is black and hints at blood. strong prune and raisin nose that enforces the devastation theme. touch of cinnamon and butter too. mexican chocolate with a lot of butter. tangy booze finish. vanilla all over this. a nice impy that jumps me in stages. rerate Bottle, thanks jay. Deep black pour with a white gray head. Sweet booze nose with boozetastic strawberry and orange marmalade, chocolate liqueur and oak nose. Oaky chocolate toffee flavor. Dry alcoholic finish. There is a lot going on here, chocolate, caramel, sticky pineapple, and vanilla. A very interesting brew that I enjoyed. Ap- 4 ar-6 tas-7 pal-4 ov-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2006
Pours black with a medium-thin tan head. Smels oaky, caramelly, and like bourboun a little bit. Taste is immediatly strong malt intensity mostly caramel flavored. Aftertaste makes your mouth feel like you took a shot of bourbon ITS CRAZY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Tried this again in Dec. 07 and it has aged quite nicely. In fact Im bumping my score up a bit.

Pours a nearly opaque black with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Rich, almost pure bourbon aroma has lots of vanilla, oak and toasty caramel toffee. Body starts with some sweet toasty caramel with hints of milk chocolate, coconut and nuts along with plenty of bourbon and a nice malty presence. The bourbon character is nearly overwhelming right now, but this should age very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks to MIBRomeo for sharing this one. Pours a pitch black color, small off white head. Nice dots of lace. Aroma is huge, lots of roasted malts, butterscotch, bourbon, dark chocolate. Ooooo sweet and delicious. Well balanced. Sweet, lots of butterscotch and bourbon. Sweet chocolate malt balances it out. Quite tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a deep black body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is dark fuits, licorice, vanilla, dark malts, nice oak. The flavor is tart vanilla, chocolate malt, light bourbon, graham cracker, coconut, alcoholic raisins. The palate is medium-full bodied, alcoholic, rich. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks to Chuck for the sample! Has a pretty nice coffee aroma, with a little alcohol noticable. Black body with a thin beige head. Flavor is nice, bitter, coffe-flavored. Decent body and texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
dark black pour w/ a tall thick tan head and some great lacing. Aroma is vanilla and roasted malt some light coffee notes with a light bourbon finish to the scent. Palate if full and well coated and has a nice coat and a light creaminess. Flavor is a big buttery bourbon oaky roast malt aroma with lighter notes of vanilla and coffee. This is pretty good but may be better w/ some age, Id like some more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
Thanks to Harlequinn for the trade. I like the commercial decription. Black. Large, dense, frothy brown head settles quickly leaving some nice lacing behind. Nose: roasty vanilla, oak, licorice, vanilla cream, smores, burnt malt, subtle coffee, and alcohol. Flavor: smores, vanilla, oak, whiskey, roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, and an alcohol laden anise finish. Burnt smores aftertaste. Full, rich, smooth body; livened up a bit by the alcohol burn. Great imperial, should be even better with few years of age.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9830) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
Small, gone-in-seconds off-white head; fully black beer. Superb nose of Bourbon cask, vinous, cherries, and other black fruit. Superb (again) vinous, just-not-sweet malt taste, with lots of licorice, woody, and vanilla infused oak. Retronasal however the hops strike back to a pretty harsh, quinine-like flavour. Rich, velvety MF, alcohol without the burn. Creamy, even cobwebby texture. Superb stout, one for the records. Another thankee to my great friend DonGS from Seattle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
Dark, murky and brown-black. Creamy dark tan head with sticky and lingering lace. Aromas wafted heavily from the surface. Muscular mouthfeel was just wonderful; still had a sensitive side, too. Huge, lofty aromas of fresh-cut coconut, almonds, vanilla beans, rum-filled chocolates, and sauteed raisins. Faint background notes of plantains, sweet wood and flowers. Happily, the bourbon/whiskey elements were much more restrained than your typical smack-you-in-the-face bourbon barrel aged beer. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter. Warming in the throat gave the beer a nice set of brass balls. Overall, I thought it was an excellent brew. If it were me a few years ago, I mightve given this a 5. But after experiencing a fresh bottle of the first batch of The Czar and then right-off-the-line bottles of Mephistopheles Stout, my personal impy bar was raised pretty high.

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