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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve)Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

439 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 77
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
3rd Release - 2013 (9.6% ABV)
2nd Release - 2011 (11.4% ABV)
1st Release - February 2009 (10.5% ABV).

After its initial release in February 2008, this Imperial Stout was aged for about 10 months in Bourbon casks from Kentucky.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-02-2009)
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julian

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: viscous dark brown, near black pour that yields a modest tan head. Little to no lacing.

S: huge bourbon notes on the nose. boozy. fig, dates, raisins, bourbon, but mostly bourbon.

T: A lot more in the taste than on the nose. Roast flavor, with some mild coffee, but mostly heavy boozy bourbon. Not much else going on other than roasty bourbon flavors.

M: Considering the amount of booze in this, the carbonation level is more than acceptable, but body is slightly watery mid way through.

D: The alcohol will limit drinkability but this is definitely a tasty bourbon aged beer.

I remember this as being a better beer last time i had it. Perhaps some time on it will do it some good. Good thing I bought another 2 for aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 07:58:54 | More by julian
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. A tiny bit hot.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.

d - I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a bit hot but the taste smelt great. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:44:05 | More by mdfb79
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6DaysBottomOcean

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Doodler for the bottle! Pours a rich black, nice dark cocoa head that settles down to a ring around the edge. Oh man, if you like bourbon this beer is for you, aroma is big rich bourbon with a little bit of roast and mild alcohol heat. Taste follows with waves of bold boubon flavor but nicely hides the alcohol. Reminiscent of BCS with about a year on it. Nice dark chocolate flavors meld with the bourbon and a little heat is left of the back of the pallet in the finish. Moderate mouthfeel for the style, all in all pretty damn tasty but might be even better with a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:57:25 | More by 6DaysBottomOcean
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waltonc

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a lot of light tan head that recedes to whisps in my Bruery tulip glass. Looks thin and overly carbonated.

S: oak bourbon barrels, vanilla, roasted malt, and toffee or brown sugar.

T: Considerable barrel and bourbon here. Lots and lots of vanilla too. Fairly sweet, but by no means a GI BCS or Black Tuesday.

M: A bit thin for 10.5% and lots of prickly carbonation. It's like this was brewed to be a "summer" bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. To be enjoyed with a wedge of lemon.

D: Enjoyable, but I don't feel compelled to get another bottle. On a more absolute scale, maybe I'd give this beer a higher score since I love barrel aged stouts. But compared to the competition, Black Gold is a bit lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:22:28 | More by waltonc
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a viscous black liquid with a dense and creamy light tan colored head.

S-the nose is strong but seemingly balanced, a fair amount of bourbon up front, rich chocolate malt with notes of a roasted maltiness, hint of cardboard in the nose with some dark fruit sweetness in the back of plums and berries.

T-some rich chocolate and lots of roasted malts up front, notes of oak with a moderate amount of bourbon, less than in the nose, a fair amount of sweetness to balance, ripe plums and maybe a hint of black cherry, light touch of paper to show some signs of oxidation.

M-full bodied, smooth and creamy, coats the mouth slightly with a low carbonation, body falls off a little in the back.

D-well balanced beer with a nice barrel presence. it seems to be slightly oxidized and might be going down hill. minus the oxidation the flavors meld together well and this was probably a darn good beer a year or so ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 14:08:10 | More by cpetrone84
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty darned black. Off white head, leaves fast. Lots of spotty cling lace.

S - Smell is nice. Blend of chocolate, coffee, soy, chocolate chip cookies and anise.

T - Not as good as smell. Whiskey and wood more apparent. Tastes are not as deep and a bit sour at the finish. More watery than expected.

M - Fair balance, but disappointing body.

D - Not a bad beer, just expected more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:52:45 | More by srandycarter
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farrago

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Close to zero head, thin layer of deep brown foam gone in a second, with some remainder around the rims, minimal lacing. The usual pitch black liquid, no variance throughout nor hint at color. Punishing nose of dark roasted coffee, toasted coconut, bitter dark chocolate, hard caramel candy, quite boozy to the point of smokiness and pork rinds, the plum, cherry fruit close to prune and raisin, the oak stiffens its posture enough that hops really aren't needed nor that noticeable. Full-bodied, sort of glues itself to your palate, not only heavy but immobile. Replicates the bourbon vanilla, caramel, coconut oil, chocolate, charred wood, butterscotch stuff, overwrought to the point of sacrificing some balance. Unprocessed grains, hay and some mixed citrus zest suggest the hops are doing something underneath it all. More fig, date here, the plum, cherry flavors have a concentrated stewed quality. This is relentless beer here, zero subtlety or nuance, just wants to give you the big smackdown. And you get it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:14:46 | More by farrago
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My first attempt to review this beer failed when I realized I'd bought Full Sail's Imperial Porter instead. However that beer turned out to be astonishingly tasty. Hopefully this one won't disappoint either. A heavy gold foil covers the crown, but it peels away easily, allowing me to begin enjoyment.

A: The beer pours jet black into my snifter, thick but surprisingly shy in the head. The cap is about a half-a-finger, and a rich brown. The head falls fast, leaving brown splotches on the surface of the black brew.

S: The nose is an explosion of whiskey; I guess I should have aged this one more. Another year and a half and it would have been perfect. The barrel flavors completely dominate the scent. Bourbon, vanilla, and roasted oak hide a tarry citrus background. Phenolic, hot smells also linger, and a faint hint of toffee or espresso.

T: Again, plenty of whiskey, and it's burnt, sour character. Charred caramel, coffee, and a quick but sharp bite from the hops near the finish. A sweet clove base slides behind strong, sticky bourbon vanilla.

M: Thick and chewy, although more creaminess would make this beer perfect. Maybe it's not creaminess, but something is definitely lacking from the body. The carbonation wasn't particularly high, but I don't think that is what's missing. It might be that the bourbon has broken down the proteins in the beer, leaving a thinner-bodied brew.

D: Medium. The beer is very good overall, but the barrel character is overwhelming. If you like a massive oakiness to beer, this is delightful, but again, I think it would be much better with age.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:27:25 | More by SPThirtyThree
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark midnight black color, with only a wisp of rapidly disappearing dark brown foam. Huge nose with lots of bourbon, along with dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malt and oak. The bourbon is nicely integrated with the flavors of chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, vanilla and booze. A solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:17:32 | More by emmasdad
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chumba526

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Notes. The stout pours thickly; it has a death black color and sizable two inch brownish head. The appearance shows signs of moderate carbonation. Slight sour Smokey smell but the main element of the smell was obviously rich bourbon flavor. The taste starts off with a caramel flavor but moves on to quickly to a nice sweet rich vanilla and bourbon flavor. Though you could taste the bourbon, it is smooth and has strong hints of vanilla attached to it. The flavor of the beer ends with a slight smokiness. It's very rich and would be perfect as an after dinner drink; it took me around an hour and a half to drink. The low carbonation helped the flavor blend. Overall a nice example of bourbon aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:29:37 | More by chumba526
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Black Gold Barrel Aged Stout into snifter (2009 reserve, served August 2009)

Deep, black, dense body with no visible highlights and a one finger creamy tan head which drops down to a thin topping.

Aroma is bourbon. Sweet, sweet bourbon. Sweet malty heaviness and some roasted malt aroma, some oak, caramel, a touch of vanilla, charred wood, and smoke.

Oh. My. God. This is a very bourbon heavy beer, with toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, toasted whole wheat bread, caramel, roasted malt, faint lightly roasted coffee and milk chocolate. And more bourbon. And some pine resin hoppiness which keeps a touch of bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is heavy with a very light carbonation, and it is incredibly good with this beer. It's not too heavy, but it's heavy enough that it truly is imperial stout accurate.

Nice to drink, but rich enough you want to savor. It's a rare treat, and one that I am slowly finishing over the course of an hour or so. So good I want to put it down quick, but so complex I want to take every sip in a slow stride.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 12:28:25 | More by Flashsp2
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alcstradamus

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Black pour with a finger of head. Aroma is some nice toffee and oak from the barrel aging on top of a hoppy, sweet base.

The flavor is huge on vanilla from start to finish. Surely a byproduct of the barrel aging. Underneath is a bit of dry cocoa and some citrus hoppiness. Fairly sweet but not cloying.

The body is medium and carbonation has a bit of a sting. Overall, I am definitely impressed by this beer. The vanilla aspect is especially noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 00:49:34 | More by alcstradamus
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olympuszymurgus

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

after a meeting with one of the brewers at the main facility, we thought, hell, no, impossible. but nate spoke well of this gentleman. and so, the future.
a lovely and angy darkness, inspeakbly roasted and chocolately. the aroma is close to imperceptible. unfortunate, because the flavor is choice. roastiness, a little bit of bourbon flavor, and a sweet smoove that iis not available elsewhere. i wish that nate were around to school us on the flavors of an abyss-attempted stout but, alas, not quite what we needed. still, lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 07:14:18 | More by olympuszymurgus
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tpd975

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black hue with a small mocha head. Fairly leggy in the glass with some lace noted.

S: Simple but good. Loads of chocolate, coffee, and oak from the barrel.

T: Bold deep flavors. Lots of rich chocolate, espresso, and molasses sweetness. The barrel is there with lots of oak along with light vanilla and a touch of booze.

M: Fairly full in body, smooth.

D: Damn drinkable, Really really solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 14:15:40 | More by tpd975
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one that I can cross off the bucket list, was nice to be able to finally try this one.

The pour was about what I would expect from a year old barrel aged stout. Dark as night, and abyss in a glass with a short lived dark brown head that sat on top for just a few moments before settling down into a thin lace around the edges of the glass. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, hints of molasses and a touch of booze. Warming through opened it up and some nice notes of oak start rumbling through the air as well as a nice touch of coffee that really complimented it quite well. Smooth, well layered body was not too thick, but enough viscosity was there to allow the palate to absorb the rich flavor. Smooth, decadent chocolate notes were layered with tons of vanilla and oak, nicely done I have to admit. As is coats the mouth hints of brown sugar and coffee and a touch of an earthy, oakey flavor start to come through for me. Rich, warming and full of life the final sips leave a coating of vanilla on the tongue.

Overall this was not the best ba stout I have had but left an impression. Very glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 20:04:20 | More by mikesgroove
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

22 oz. bottle - Brewmaster Reserve 2009 - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours opaque black. A thin tan head forms and holds up reasonably well for abv/style before slowly vanishing. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of bourbon and vanilla/oak over a roasty coffee/chocolate stout character.

The taste is sweet and boozy. Oak and bourbon/vanilla dominate, with very noticeable alcohol. It has a roasted dark malt undertone with dark fruit and licorice. There is an alcohol dryness in the finish.

It hits full-bodied, with laid-back carbonation.

A nice sipper. Strong alcohol and strong oak/bourbon characteristics dominate.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:56:27 | More by jwc215
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blacker than black with burnt orange along the edges of the glass. Barrel-aged beer with a double digit ABV doesn't usually have such a thick and creamy crown. Two fingers of caramel nougat colored foam is melting extremely slowly. More than a token amount of lace is a definite positive.

The aroma is pretty much as expected given the ingredients and the aging parameters. The combination of roasted malty stout and bourbon whiskey is right on the money and is impressively powerful to boot. If the flavor is anywhere near as good, this will be another winner from Full Sail.

Black Gold doesn't taste or feel as good as it smells. Maybe not even as good as it looks. For starters, it doesn't have enough malty guts for the RIS style. Then again, extended barrel aging tends to break down body. In the end, my love for big stouts and bourbon will probably be enough to earn it some good scores.

What barley is present (think 7.0% porter) is nicely roasted-charred and is bittersweet chocolate-like. There's also a ripe fig fruitiness that one doesn't often run across in a big stout. Other flavors contributed by the barrels include caramelized sugar and a good bit of vanilla. Hints of molasses and black licorice are noted as well. Boldness is not an issue. Lack of depth is.

Although the mouthfeel firms up a little with warming, it could still be more burly. There are certain expectations that come with the 10.5% RIS territory, after all. Well-buried bubbles add to ease of drinkability. Here's hoping the final quarter of the bottle isn't borderline flat.

It has been too long since I reviewed Full Sail Imperial Stout (Brewmaster Reserve 2008) for any valid comparisons to be made, but it looks like Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout has received shockingly similar scores. Bourbon barrel aging may have helped the nose, though that's about it. Despite all the grousing, this really isn't a bad bourbon-soaked brew. Drink it soon if there are any bottles in your cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 15:32:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22 2 ways, poured into snifters. Reviewed 9/4/2009.

Ar: Strong whiskey, woody, coffee, chocolate, dark and complex, burnt malt, light dark fruit, earthy, smoke

Ap: Jet Black, very light tan head fair retention, light lace

F: Woody, roast, whiskey, strong complex dark malt, strong coffee, mellower whiskey flavor than smell, licorice, dry burn end, can taste charred barrel, dark chocolate aftertaste, nice melding of whiskey and dark malt, very dry, not much mid malt/caramel, good tasty malt (Brown malt), long aftertaste, whiskey dominates a bit, alcohol

M: creamy medium mouthfeel, light carb, hot alcohol (but pleasant)

O: strong whiskey presence, nice and dry, complex with good balance, whiskey could be less

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:36:52 | More by DaveJanssen
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Bung

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz. Fairly dark pour, burgundy tones throughout. A ring of tan bubbles around the glass. Not much sticking to speak of though.
Aroma is pretty sweet, candied sugar, like a malted milk ball and milk chocolate along with some good bourbon tones.
Aroma leads me to believe this may be like a small beer made from Bourbon County 2nd runnings. Bourbon County is probably in my top 3 or 4, so expectations are high.
Comes up short. Nice barrel characteristics of molasses and oak, but weak malt, roast, hop presence of any sort, just too sweet and nothing to balance. A little soy and chocolate. Warms in the throat a bit, but no lingering flavors to go with.
Mouthfeel was ok at first but quickly progresses to being quite thin. The thinness I would guess leads to the weak finish as well. I didn't get the over carb that some others though.
Drinkability is fine, but with everything just not quite working together here I would want to drink too much of this.
A little disappointing since I thought I landed a nice harder to find stout and the other stuff I've had from Full Sail has been solid.
I've probably had many beers worse than this, ones that I've even rated higher, but when unfortunately this has to be compared with some stiff company in the style, you get the lower rating.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:13:03 | More by Bung
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The final beer of the evening on 24 January - what better way to celebrate that 'my' Saints are heading to the Super Bowl after decades of futility than with a 'Black Gold'? 22 oz. bottle, with a cap wrapped in gold foil, poured to a snifter.

2009 Brewmaster Reserve.

A: Aged a year since its initial release, this glugs from the bottle as jet-black, devoid of color. A fine head forms, a yellow-tan cream that hardly covers, but hangs around as a thin ring and wispy swirl. Carbonation is an unknown; lace clings in broken strands.

S: Sweeter nose, a fairly round oak/vanilla nose - the sweetness of 'bourbon'. Has a boozy and fruity 'chocolate cake' quality that may skew a bit towards being too sugary, yet it intoxicates.

T: Plenty of chocolate and more of that 'bourbon barrel' spice/sweet woodsiness. Decent vanilla in a choco-centric, dessert-y brew, then more balancing dark bitterness.

M: Velvety smooth with the tingle of spice. If there's such a thing as 'too creamy', this may be it as the feel is on the brink of 'thin' considering its burly 10%+ strength.

D: Easy enough to sip/savor, especially when relishing victory by what's arguably your favorite professional team (Blazers vie for #1...). Mellowed nicely since an initial taste or two early last year; I'd say this is about at its peak. Glad to have another bottle, though it may be gone after Super Bowl XLIV...*when* the Saints go marchin' into Miami and win it...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:17:30 | More by msubulldog25
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Arbitrator

California

1.13/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank. Sort of.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass with just the slightest translucence at the edges, revealing a maroon body. The head is a short-lived light tan cap that leaves a thin ring on the body and a swirl of bubbles on top of the brew. No lacing.

S: Bourbon... chocolate... soy. Maybe some raisin. Unlike other big beers where the soy complements a rich flavor, this one is dominated by it. So far, the barrels haven't treated this one well.

T: Yep... Not well, at all. Bourbon up front. I was told this beer was pretty hot when it came out, so I have to give it a nod for one thing: it has cooled off considerably in a year. Not much heat at all. Not much flavor, either; a raisiny soy flavor, some barrel character (tannins, vanilla) near the finish, and a pervasive roast. Wow, the base beer was OBLITERATED by the barrels. The flavors are poorly integrated and clashing, which is a pretty poor showing for a beer that has around a year on it at this point. Like it's already falling apart. Or maybe it was never together? Arne (alfrantzell) likened it to bourbon-barrel Coca Cola. I can't think of a more fitting description.

M: Very thin. There's practically no body to it. Swirling it in the mouth reveals no presence whatsoever; it has the viscosity of water. Low carbonation + thin body produce a very unsatisfying experience. The finish is tannic and roasty, but it still falls away fast. The body has no staying power, and the flavor clearly didn't stand up to the barrels.

D: Frank, I greatly appreciate that you sent this beer to me as a gift, but I suspect you were playing a prank on me. This is, hands-down, the worst barrel-aged imperial stout I've tried. It defines the bottom end. I had two sips and began scouring the internet for recipes to cook with the rest of it.

I'm not going to run around saying it burned down my house and all that. I honestly think this is a terrible beer and I'm trying to convey that without vitriol. They did not do a good job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:43:50 | More by Arbitrator
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brought two bottle of this back from my trip to Arizona. It already has a year on.

Black Gold poured out...black...with barely any head, even on a vigorous pour. The minimal head that did form was caramel in color and then reduced to a creamy white around the edges. An even lacing forms on the glass as I dip it side to side and then it falls back to this liquid that is darker than used motor oil.

The smells has a huge sweet bourbon scent. I couldn't imagine what it must've smelled like last February. There's a smooth chocolate aroma intertwined with light soy sauce. I also find little hints of vanilla and oak beyond that.

The taste is sweet. There's a subtle roasted malt flavor in there that's a little tangy. The bourbon seems to have mellowed into the beer and isn't as pronounced as in the aroma. It's pretty boring right now. I would imagine this beer was much hotter when it first came out. A fairly nice roasted malt flavor lasts on your tongue after you swallow. The beer finishes with chocolate, oak, and a hint of soy sauce. There's not a big alcohol burn going down but you can feel it warm you up.

The mouth feel has some viscosity. Carbonation is low. I might have liked it a bit lower for this one.

This beer has some good things and some bad things. The flavors aren't really impressive and it's a little too sweet. This beer could either mellow out with more time or just end up worse. It's hard to say. I kind of don't want to finish my glass though.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 00:44:39 | More by BearsOnAcid
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last Imp stout in my cellar. Got this one in a trade a few months back. 2009 vintage poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a dark, opaque cola color that pours with a small creamy tan head initially. Head fades quickly and leaves nothing behind-no collar or traces of lacing.

S- Nose is moderate in strength and is very heavy on the bourbon initially with a phenolic sting and big bourbon sweetness. Beneath this are the classic characteristics of an Imperial stout, rich chocolate malt for example. The bourbon does tend to overshadow the style.

T- A mild touch of oak is the predominant flavor upfront with a big bourbon, roasted chocolate malt, and molasses in the background. The initial flavor is more sweet than anything else. A little bit more chocolate malt comes through for the finish as well as a substantial alcohol heat-but no phenolic flavor or bitterness. What lingers is a touch of bourbon, a touch of roasted chocolate malt, a bit of sweetness, and a moderate alcohol heat.

M-Low to medium carbonation and medium to heavy weight body rich in phenols.

D- This is an interesting take on a bourbon stout. The bourbon and barrel characteristics tend to overshadow rather than compliment the stout characteristics-but the stout character is still there in the background. The phenolic characteristics are not hidden, but not overpowering and cloying either. This is actually a good bourbon barrel beer that highlights the bourbon and oak characteristics. Interesting, unique, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 21:45:25 | More by PittBeerGirl
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jampics2

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought home from a trip to Phoenix last March. Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors for around $10, cellared since the flight home.

Pours black with a nice mocah head. Looks really nice, let's dive in.

Bourbon, roast, chocolate, and a mild wood scents fill my olefactory with happiness.

Taste is awesome. This is a bit "lighter" than the sludgey stouts or the bourbon bombs, but I really think the bourbon works perfectly in this beer. Starts off with a heavy dense malt, vanilla, chocolate, and oak taste, then gets lighter and a kiss of bourbon heat blends and degrades perfectly with the other flavors. Surprised this was in the barrels for longer than a few months - this is really subtle and a nice change from the bourbon kick-to-the-head fad that seems to be going around these days.

Creamy mouthfeel falls a touch short on body. Also, carb is a little too high, but still very drinkable. Amazingly smooth compared to similar offerings. I like this a lot - nice beer, glad I have another couple chilling in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 14:35:45 | More by jampics2
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crossovert

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today me and my friend did a side by side of this an BCS.

Pours pitch black with hints of brownish reddish edges. Has a pretty active caramel colored head that rises to the top of my Duvel glass.

Has a good bourbon oak scent, not as intese as the BCS but good nonetheless. There are also hints of molasses and vanilla.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick as others but the flavors are the standard, nice oak and bourbon flavors mix with layers of malt and chocolate bitterness. I have a cut on my lip and it is burning from this alcohol, though the alcohol doesn't make a huge presence in the flavor.

This is a great ass barrel aged stout, may not be the pinnacle of the style but it is worthy if you can get ahold of it.

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12-14-2009 03:45:59 | More by crossovert
Black Gold Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
89 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.