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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body that should satisfy any stout cravings. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout. Half the batch will be racked in bourbon casks, after a year of aging it will be released as Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Stout in February 2011. It’s a stellar cellar beer, so make sure you put a few bottles away this year to compare it to next year’s bourbon barrel batch. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. ABV 8% IBU 65

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3.7
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Poured black. This brown head with minimal lacing left behind. Head quickly disappears. Big bourbony aroma, even though it’s not aged in such. Chocolate, roasted coffee and alcohol. Sweet and dry chocolate, roasted grain taste. Warming mouth feel. Slightly bitter on the back. A bit of sweetness is left behind along with the bitterness. Nice beer.

3.9
Fred82 (2332) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Bomber from I don’t remember who.


Appearance : Pitch black with medium head.


Aroma : Licorice with lots of hops and lots of caramel.


Taste : Great roasted malt with lots of coffee ans light chocolate. Lots of hops too. Finish has big notes of coffee with real nice hops.


Overall : Great leafy hops, great hoppy finish. A bit too much caramel on the nose. Overall a really nice surprise. Rather well balanced with lots of hops and lots of malt.

4.3
J_man (1023) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Black as night with only a faint garnet heart under a strong light, topped with a dark tan head. Strong charred malt and chocolate aromas. Not as heavy as it looks, the slightly creamy body brings dark and bittersweet chocolate, charred grain huskiness and espresso. A smooth, balancing dryness follows that seems to be a combination of hops and dark roasted grain. There’s a light alcohol bite, but the flavors almost cover it up. Lots of chocolate is left behind along with that grain husk dryness. Very well made Imperial Stout.

3.8
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2011
The Dan Journal #436. Tasted 12/21/10. 22oz bomber. 2010 vintage. Opaque with a dark brown hue. Thick ring of khaki head. Full bodied with a smokey flavor. A pronounced dark chocolate bitterness. Fudge notes with a dry finish. Strong yet smooth. Tasty!

3.4
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Pours black with thick tan head and foamy lacing. Pleasant notes of roasted expresso and dark chocolate. Balanced taste with a short coffee bitterness. Smooth and creamy.

3.3
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Black and opaque with fading brown head. Aroma is of dark molassess and traces of alcohol. Velvety texture and very smooth. Roasty flavor, but blended wrll. Little perceptable alcohol. A bit of astringency on the finish and a surprising lack of carmelized/sugar flavor.

3.9
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Opaque black pour with a short tan head leaving minimal lace. Chocolate nose, medium body with a cherry tartness and coffee bitterness start to finish with hints of licorice in between (especially as it warms). Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter.

3.7
CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours black with a medium head and some lace. The aroma is lightly boozy with some espresso and light caramel. There is a good bit of milk chocolate in the aroma and some fresh c-hops. The flavor is tons and tons of black patent roasty bitterness with some dark chocolate and a bit of hop flavor/bitterness peeking through. The beer is really easy to drink and masks the alcohol pretty well.

3.8
Strykzone (7713) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Thanks to Hayduke for this one. A rich thick black pour with a nice two toned tan head. A roasted aroma that became chocolate. Flavor is also roasted and chocolate but with dark fruit, toffee, and lactic sourness. Boatloads of malt! Light bitterness that is chocolaty. A very tasty big beer and one that hides the alcohol well.

3.9
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Pours a deep, dark clear ruby color that hardly any light passes through. Medium sized brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate primarily, with some roast, smoke and caramel. The taste is bitter hops, roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, caramel, coffee. A faintly minty finish. Medium bodied.


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