RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
A bit citrusy for a stout in our opinion. Creamy palate, strong nice (bit citrusy) smell. A nice middle of the road beer. Quite a cross between a stout and an IPA. Honestly, wouldn’t buy again but it was interesting to try. Kind of like a first date with a hot girl that has an annoying voice. Fun once...but not again.

lightbias (453) - USA - SEP 11, 2014
From a 2014 bomber to a snifter, this poured black with a rich chocolate head, very minimal. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate followed by a flavor of roasted malt and burnt caramel. Not a huge body, a fairly active carbonation. The finish is a bit bitter although not unpleasant.

TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Very drinkable for being readily available. Chocolate and malty on the nose, following onto the palate. Finishes slightly sweet.

Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
In trade as extra from Ldhughes, thanks! Poured black with half finger tan head. Aroma of raisins, slight molasses and some milk-bitter chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter chocolate, espresso notes, some roast. Light metallic (oxidization) but not off putting. Medium body. As it warms, it gets more robust. Nice middle of the road RIS.

dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
An Excellent stout, this very dark beer has distinct caramelized malt flavors that are more intense than the hops, although the hops come through well also. Small head, this is a very complex tasting malt.

Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2/22/2012. From bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Chocolate and licorice aromas with dark malt. A little sweetness from the oak, but the malt, hops and chocolate shows well.

llcooldave (1221) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Pours midnight black int he glass. Slight mocha and cocoa liqueur aroma. Dry upfront finishing with a coffee mocha aftertaste. Overall, tasty and drinkable. Considering the price ($4), its a tasty brew.

Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
From 2010 bottle at Dog Days Tasting. Mild alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and tart light soy. Dark black opaque with foamy-creamy light tan head. Medium-heavy body with medium-light carbonation. Starts rich and sweet with chocolate and coffee, mild alcohol, and soy. Carbonic acidity. Light bitter finish with some bitter tang. Nutty sweet after with chalky coffee bitterness.

DrJekyllMrEric (18) - San Antonio Pero Aqui, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Not one of my favorites, have not written it off just yet. I’ve given it the benefit of being first in line as well as last of a session and everything in between. Nothing seems to suit this beer, flavors seem to come on all at once leaving the senses overwhelmed. The finish and after-taste of the beer are amazing but the bitterness and alcohol flavor in mouth are not balanced enough with other flavors for me.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Black color with fleeting tan head. Dark roast, dark chocolate, tobacco aromas. medium body, soft carbonation. Dark dry chocolate flavors with tobacco, ash, pale malts----good

Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was medium roast, light acid, chocolate and oxidation. Flavor was lightly oxidized cardboard, light smoke and roast, and small almost sour finish Going down hill.

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