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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 Men’s 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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3.5
j12601 (13036) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a nice black with a light tan head. Isopropyl mostly on the nose, with some roast, and a light bourbon note, but mostly rubbing alcohol. Medium bodied and roasty, with more roast coming through on a light bitter finish. I was expecting more.

4.1
hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!). Poured a dark black with a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, light roast, raisins and some plums. Tastes of oak, vanilla, some chocolate, light bourbon, and roasty. The bourbon was stronger in the aromas whereas the wood/oak was stronger in the tastes. Some alcohol in the finish.

3.5
thewolf (12757) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Pours completely black with a small, creamy, brown head. Fizzes into a thin film rather quickly. Aroma is sweet, lots of bourbon. Oak tannins, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Medium to low carbonation, lovely velvety and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is very bourbon-centred. Dry, ashy, roasted malts. Dark chocolate and light coffee notes. Long, lingering, bitter and rather ashy finish. It is good, but there are certainly better Imperial Stouts out there.

4
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 "near black pour, heavy aroma of chocolate, bourbon and licorice. thin feel, but super smooth. Full Sail barreled beers seem to lack depth of the elite ones, but this is still pretty dang tasty. better than the barreled impy porter (which fell short of the "regular" version). sweet boozy flavor w/o being hot."

4
Pinball (12263) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
pitch dark, small, smooth light brown head. cocoa, roasted grains, bouron, well balanced aroma , flavor is roasted stuff, licorice, well composed bitterness, bouron. great taste.

3.8
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. Fruits, liqourice, cocoa, alcohol and spices in the aroma. Flavour is light "old". Ripe fruits and dust. Alcohol, cocoa and chocolate. Light roast. Medium bodied. Is a bit unbalanced. Ends on a ligt roasted note.

4.1
Meilby (11645) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with and long warm, oak, vanilla and chocolate finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is flat.

4
BVery (11239) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bomber. Jet black pour with a dense beige head. Crazy good aroma of bourbon and wood. Palate is smooth but not as dense as one might think for the style or based on appearance. Delicious beer, and great value at 12 bucks a bomber!!

4.7
hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Just when I thought I was completely "bourbon-barrel-imperial-stouted-out," this stuff comes along and blows me away! Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a whirlpool of chocolate, sour mash, vanilla and oak which creates a wonderful coconut-like fragrance. Each sip offers deep, complex flavors of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and milk chocolate with an undercurrent of all things burnt, bitter and tangy. Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. Another world class effort from the folks at Full Sail! Thanks go out to CaptainCougar for the bottle!

4
faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 8, 2011
De botella. Pitch blackcolour, nice light brown head. Sweet roasted malt, caramel, vanilla dark fruity aroma, quite pleasant. Good filling mouthfeel. Roasted malt and dark fruit in the sweet flavour with vanilla, wood, chocolate and coffee lasting well in to the finish. Great tasty brew indeed.


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