beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty malts. Slightly bitter hops. Nice roasty flavors. Little milder than expected for a RIS. Good drinking stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle thanks to my good friend duckfan’s cellar: Poured a black with a tan head. Very strong alcohol, molasses, malt aroma. Taste is sweet malt boozy, sugary, strong alcohol. IndianaRed (4631) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle Pours a very dark black with small tan head and lots of fine sheeting lacing. Drk roast and molassas aroma with some slight purple grapes. Very dark roasted slightly charcoal taste with hints of coffee. Moderate and very fine carbonation and a very smooth thick almost oily feel. Bitter citrus peal hoppiness. A strong brew that has a nice feel. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Opaque black, thin tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt. Flavor has a bit of chocolate and some dried fruit. One of the better beers I’ve had from Full Sail. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with notes of grape candy and light alcohol. Flavor is roastey and smokey. Big bitter backbone runs from mid flavor through the long finish.
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22oz bottle (’05 Reserve)-Poured a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, sweetness, and some vanilla. Taste of the same with a bit of smokiness coming through. This full bodied brew kicks butt. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2005
22 oz bottle-pours a deep brown hue with a faint tan head. doesnt really look imperial, more a big porter than anything else. not much going on in the apearance. nutty notes with some toffee and coffee. sharp burnt finish of black patent malts-very charr-y. some hops also in there as well with some notes of oxidization. average. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
Black with a tan, frothy head. Smooth, creamy body; not very heavy or syrupy. Roasted malts, chalky chocolate, nuts, and some aromatic alcohol. Big hops ... grassy and a little pine-like. Some citrus as well. Overall, I found it to be pretty decent, but it didn’t seem very complex or exciting. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
16-Jun-05 (22 oz bottle: Shared with SDbruboy at O’Brien’s, thanks Cliff!) Generously provided to assist me on my quest to rate 50 consecutive Imperial Stouts, this was number 47. Poured from the bottle, it’s a very pretty beer. Dark brown color with ruddy edges is lighter than almost any Imperial Stout I’ve had, but the full inch of dark tan head shows excellent retention, holding at a quarter-inch for quite some time. Ringed and patchy lacing adorns the glass, and subsurface bubbles cling to the glass, resisting the urge to join their friends atop the beer. The nose is lightly roasty, but equally malty and hoppy. First impression of the flavor is that this is a hopped up foreign stout, sweet, light vanilla, with a moderate roastiness that is definitely not a focal point. Toward the finish, the roast is pushed aside by a bitter, fairly floral hoppiness, and it’s the hoppiness of this Imperial Stout that is the lasting impression, not the roast. The alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Medium "plus" body is fairly clean on the palate for the style, .ut that’s not surprising given the hoppiness. Not sticky or viscous. Naming it "Black Gold" is a bit of an exaggeration, but overall, a lighter Imperial Stout than most of what is out there, but still quite enjoyable and quaffable. (7, 4, 7, 4, 14, total: 3.6)Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2008
08-Aug-05 (Draft: Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, OR) Just a brief update since I’m fortunate enough to sample this directly at the brewery, I’d say the deep, bitter, roastiness is actually the lasting impression, so apparently as this beer ages, the roast subsides a bit. But fresh out of the tap, this is sweet, caramely, bitter, and strongly roasty. No signs of the fruity hoppiness I picked up when sampling the bottle. So, with this sample here at the brewery, yes, I’ll agree that it IS "Black Gold."
A black apperance with a tan head. A big ol chocolate and coffe aroma on this one. The flavor caught me off guard. I get alot of marshmellows in this one. Along with chocolate, coffee, and some smokiness. The finish is slightly bitter. Nothing great but a pretty good stout.