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Black Gold (2013) - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 298
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In 2012 we entered '1414' in The Great American Beer Festival's Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout Category. Awarded the GABF's Gold Medal, we saved some, aged it for 35 months in 25 year-old oak bourbon barrels, and bottled less than 500 in total. Truly one of a kind.

(Beer added by: lunarbrew on 10-13-2013)
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Reviews by Stevedore:
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had two pours at the Great Amherst Beer Festival today, 10/12/2013, into my Cigar City snifter glass, which started with one 3-4oz pour from a generous local who had already cracked her bottle.. and we talked her friend into getting into line to pick up another bottle for a couple of us to share! Thanks Dustin for making sure I got a generous pour! All in all I probably got to savor about 7-8oz in the span of a hour before Sixteen was tapped.

Review #235. Label notes: "In 2012, we entered "1414" in the Great American Beer Festival's Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout category. Awarded the GABF's Gold Medal, we saved some, aged it for 35 months in 25-year-old oak bourbon barrels, and bottled less than 500 in total. Truly one of a kind."

This beer looked a lot like Fifteen did, actually. Poured a oily black, opaque body with a thick smallish mocha head that dissipated fairly quickly into a thinnish film. Bits and pieces of lacing show up, but this pretty much broadcasts the appearance of a big, big barrel-aged imperial stout. No surprises here.

This smelled delicious. Tons and tons of sweet bourbon, sweet milk chocolate, hints of bitter coffee. Lots of vanilla. Unlike Fifteen, I do not smell any rubbing alcohol, not even as it warms up. In fact, it reminds me of the smell on some of the more highly rated barrel-aged stouts, which I won't name because I don't throw this kind of stuff around lightly. In fact, I'm sniffing the empty bottle right now and its really something to savor.

Chewy milk chocolate soaked in bourbon with vanilla bean. It actually isn't quite that roasty sweet, like some other BA stouts are, but its more of a mellow, but dominant sweet bourbon presence tempered by vanilla. Chocolate, coffee, roast barley. This is well-executed beer that accentuates the very best parts of the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but not super thick.. actually a bit thinner than I'd expect. Carbonation is rather minimal as you'd expect from a beer aged in barrels for nearly 3 years. Still, it is a sipper with a LOT of retrosternal burning as it goes down. Yet it doesn't smell or taste like solvent alcohol. I definitely got a few degrees warmer while drinking this bad boy.

Well, this is evidently a great beer. I await others cracking open their bottles and chiming in before we all make some sort of verdict somewhere down the line, but I will have to say that this is probably the one beer I've had so far that best showcases the quality of the bourbon barrels. The underlying base malts complements the bourbon barrel flavours more than the other way around, even more than Fifteen. Simply put, this is bourbon in a beer that accentuates what I consider to be the most desirable of bourbon flavours. I thought that Fifteen did this well, but BG is definitely a better example. In fact, I found this to be quite a bit more enjoyable than Fifteen, but I really would not recommend that people pound this 12oz bottle by themselves. This is probably a 3-person job. With the release of this beer, the beer formerly known as "1414" has now left the building. And it sure left with a bang.

Stevedore, Oct 13, 2013
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12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.

A - Still yet intimidating, this slick stout pours without a sound, filling the glass with midnight black beer, covered in a brief skim of tan foam. The high concentration of alcohol banishes the bubbles to the outer edge of the glass where they stay through the beer's enjoyment.

S - Damn near erotic, the aroma of a barrel-aged stout doesn't get much better than Black Gold. Heavy bourbon restrains itself from becoming hot and boozy, instead it incorporates wet oak and vanilla bean notes into the roasted malt profile. Cocoa, dark chocolate, molasses, and caramel maple syrup fill in the gaps for an exceptional, voluptuous aroma, however; give this one a hearty swirl, and the result will be tingling nostrils.

T - Black Gold is exceptionally more subtle in flavor as bourbon takes a back seat to malt depth and complexity. Rich milk chocolate and unsweetened dark chocolate both have their place in this beer, swirling around gripping molasses and charred oak with traces of maple and vanilla on the finish. Oh, and bourbon too - it's there, but not mouth-punching.

M - Thick and warm, Central Waters' Black Gold begins with chewy caramel and chocolate fudge, followed by bitter molasses and finally ending with thinning, warming bourbon - the perfect way to keep such a heavy stout from draping the throat with a burdensome coating.

O - Central Waters' and their fans don't need another GABF gold metal to know these guys do the best barrel-aged stouts (though the bragging rights don't hurt). Practically orgasmic, Black Gold was easily worth it's near $1 per ounce cost as it's robust malt aroma and flavor flawlessly blend with the characteristics imparted by the aged barrels that previously held it. If you have the opportunity to try this beer, savor every drop, it's well worth stopping the world's rotation, however momentarily, to indulge in.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 17, 2013
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Reviewing Black Gold from Central Waters Brewing Company out of Amherst, Wisconsin. This is 1414 aged for 35 months in 25 year old Willet bourbon barrels. Less than 500 bottles were made and released as part of a charity run hosted by Central Waters.

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2013 vintage bottle served in a Black Tuesday taster and enjoyed on 01/24/14 side by side with Central Waters Fifteen. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a dark soda color with a wisp of head that totally settles. No lacing or retention. Really nice oily legs. This beer looks exactly like you would expect of a big stout. 4.5/5

Smell: The glass exudes fudge and fig and high percentage cacao dark chocolate. Ample vanilla and molasses too. Big bourbon undertones and a kiss of oak. As it warms up, the chocolatiness grows and grows. The aroma is big, but perfectly integrated. I could smell this beer all night. 5/5

Taste: Lots of fudge and molasses upfront, along with a big, boozy bourbon flavor. Some fig and date flavor too. A nice vanilla/oak flavor comes through towards finish, but it is not overly oaky and dry like Fifteen. Has a nice underlying alcohol warmth. Big chocolatey linger. Like the nose, the flavor profile is bold and marvelously integrated, albeit boozy as hell. So delicious. This one burns a bit, like a good bourbon. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied, low carbonation. Nice mix of bitter and sweet flavors. Oily, modestly dry finish. Good alcohol warmth, lively on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall: Easily Central Waters’ best beer. Unlike Fifteen, the extended aging did not render this brew overly dry, but instead imparted a lot more bourbon-molasses and dark fruit character, while still retaining a lot of the chocolatiness that defined 1414 and was lost in Fifteen. Seek this one out!

Cost: $15 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Black Gold (2013) from Central Waters Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.