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RATINGS: 583   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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3.8
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Aroma is just chalked full of bourbon, buttery brown sugar, chocolate, a hint of charcoal smoke and a strong alcohol burn. Very strong and up-front aroma. Dark black in color with a touch of brown and a light tan head that thins. Flavor of charcoal smoke, chocolate, nuttiness and a tone of alcohol burn. Lots of flavors that aren’t blending well. This is just to boozy. The finish has a bit of astringency and some grainy malt touches. Medium body, slightly creamy but a little little thin. Thanks to Brigadier for sharing.

3.8
PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Big bourbon aroma. Oaky and whiskey with a touch of vanilla. Light husky atringency and grainy nose with some alcohol notes. Black showing red. Traces of a head with oily lacing and coating on the glass. Big vanilla bourbon flavors. Suprisingly light bodied and mellow. Sour-mash bourbony finish.

3.8
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
A big thanks to Lord Gorschlong, aka Drunk As A Skunk, for this one. This brew has an absolutely huge bourbon and vanilla nose. The body itself, was thin for an impy stout. the flavor was, neutral, not big.

3.8
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A bubbly head bobs over opaque black.
-Bourbon sweetness and wooden dryness monopolize the nose.
-Chocolate sweets, coffee beans, and malt roastiness decadently take over the palate; a pleasant surprise.
-The smooth and quiet carbonation leaves plenty of room for the maltiness to express itself.

What if you dig deeper?
-The sweetness is multi-layered, starting off chocolatey, then reaching a vanilla character, following into star anise/licorice territory.
-There is some warming from the alcohol, but it never intrudes with the wonderful flavors at play.
-There is no barrel aggression here, this is a well-supervised experiment.
-A very intelligently conceived bourbon-barrel imperial stout which deserves a round of applause.

Bottle; December ’05.

3.8
Kevin (2217) - Montana, 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

3.8
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Thanks to Dough77 for sending this one to share! Black pour that produces an average sized light brown head. Bourbon, vanilla, licorice and dried fruits emerge from a sweet malt medley. The flavor follows the aroma and is delivered smoothly in an easy drinking mix. Thick and coating. Should improve with some time.

3.8
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle thanks to Notalush, I believe, at the HW open house. Dark black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and black licorice. Well, I am not a big fan of bourbon and I hate black licorice, but this beer was quite good. The bourbon flavor was definitely there, but it did not overwhelm. Dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins and black licorice round out the flavors I detected.

3.8
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2006
Drk ruby pour with a thin light brown head. Good complex aroma of fruity esters, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon and oak. The flavor is dominated by bitterness with some sweetness, again bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and oak are present. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and low carbonation. A good, complex imperial stout, well done.

3.8
madsberg (11798) - 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.

3.8
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Aroma was strong, very buttery, with a surprisingly backseat bourbon. The oak really took the front seat here, though too much so. More subdued in the flavor, the oak was overcome by the bourbon (much like in most bourbon beers), which in typical fashion blocked most of nuances of the beer in the name of brute force. Went down pretty easy for 10.5%.


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