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RATINGS: 589   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Draught at FredFest2007: Oh man. This beer just keeps getting better.

Pitch black body with a thin brown head that resembles the crema floating on top of a nicely pulled shot of espresso. The bourbon flavor seems to have settled nicely into the background and has been supplanted by more vanilla notes and a hint of coconut. Silky smooth finish leaves a trail of delectable wood, bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla down the throat.

They’re getting harder and harder to find, but if you can convince someone to part with one of these you’ll be in for one helluva ride.


3.4
fiery_1 (1180) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2017
Draught @ the brewery. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is light roasted malt. Flavour is toasty with a boozy bourbon character but overall light and thin bodied.

3.9
AirForceHops (7244) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2017
22 oz. bottle from a trade. 2016 vintage. Black in color with full brown head with lace. Aroma is mild roast, moderate bourbon, and light coconut nuance.

Flavor is vanilla, coconut nuance, oak, and a bold lasting bourbon throughout the sip. Mild warming after the sip. Body lean’s on the lighter side for the style but the flavor is nice. Barrel aged without any adjuncts... Soild

4
vandc01 (416) - North Branch, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Poured from a 22oz bottle at home. Great bourbon aroma and nice mouthfeel. Nice beer!

3.5
oobawa (1419) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Hits you with an immediate chocolate front, then rolls into a chocolate-cherry middle. A bit thin, next the bourbon hits, and then that’s all you get. Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey everywhere. Burning, mediocre Wild Turkey. Not that this overreliance on bourbon is bad, just a bit one-note. Hides the stout’s weakness. Pretty good but overrated.

4
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2016
2012 vintage on draft at Falling Rock. GABF week 2016. Standard motor oil body. Excellent creamy beige head. Caramel, cocoa, sea salt and sweet tarts on the nose. Sweet chocolates, spicy black pepper, and floral coffees swirl together and clean up with a peppery and woody aftertaste, not unlike KBS. Very thin bodied, though, almost watery. That is fine because it is full of flavor and not filling. Excellent stuff if it reminds me of KBS.

3.9
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2016
Poured from 750ml bottle. Opaque, brown-black with a light brown head and good lacing. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate sauce, bourbon and oak. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dried black mission figs, oak, dark malt and butter. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Bourbon, woody oak, some sweet vanilla and chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with bourbon and sweetness.

4.5
Andrew196 (1903) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Amazing. Jet black with mahogany edges, thin beige head. Aroma was cocoa, chocolate liqueur, bourbon. Super toasty and sweet, not as boozy as I expected and super balanced. Dry finish. Very well done guys.

4.2
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Nose is oak, dark fruits (raisins), vanilla, chocolate, mild coffee, and quite a bit of bourbon. Moderately sweet, bitter taste mostly mirrors the aroma in terms of flavors. There’s a nice, woody tanginess to it. Loved it.

4.9
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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