Black Gold (2013) - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Black Gold (2013)Black Gold (2013)

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 294
Gots: 19 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my first review, I wanted to go big or go home!

APPEARANCE: Pitch black, how I like them. Dark tannish head.

SMELL: Wow. That bourbon comes through nicely! Some vanilla, dark chocolate, hints of espresso.

TASTE: Bourbon, fig, vanilla, oak, molasses, caramel, dark bakers chocolate. What separates this from the others, like others have said, is the depth of the bourbon flavor. It's not "HEY CHECK IT OUT, BOURBON TO YOUR FACE!" but more of a "let's explore the complexity of bourbon" type of bourbon. Does that make sense? Doesn't matter, bourbon.

OVERALL: By far the best BA RIS I've had the pleasure of trying. I'm a big fan of BCBS, but this definitely is a cut above the rest. I think the depth the bourbon has in this is world class for sure.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Score: 98

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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let me start by saying I had only had about 4oz. of this stuff thanks to some awesome locals at the Great Amherst Beer Fest. Normally I wouldn't review beers in such quantities, but I feel like reviews will be sparse. Hopefully my impression of the limited pour will be a good contribution.

Beer pours a black color with hints of gold in the lacing... Ok, not really. Beer was black though, with little to no head. It looked surprisingly viscus for a CW brew.

The smell was pretty outrageous. I had just finished a small pour of Left Bridge Silhouette and it was a hilarious side-by-side. I know one beer was not barrel-aged, but the BG made the other beer smell like nothing and taste like water. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. GB is incredibly barrel-forward. IMO, this beer is pretty different than BBS and Fifteen. Vanilla, toffee, umami, and oak sprang from the glass. There was a little chocolate here, but it wasn't what I first noticed. The beer smelled quite sweet with a little roast in the background. I could tell it would really pack a punch.

The flavor did indeed match the smell. It honestly was one of the more flavorful beers I've tasted in my life. I don't know the abv (I'm guessing around 11% like 1414 and Fifteen), but while there was a bit of heat, the beer went down incredibly smooth. Huge waves of toffee, umami, oak, marshmallow, and caramel. The chocolate which wasn't prominent for me in the smell was very visible on the back-end of this beer. I was left with a delicious fudgey flavor after each sip. This component was very reminiscent of Fifteen.

The mouthfeel was very well executed, from what I could tell. While the beer is a tad thin, it isn't as thin as most CW BA beers. Thank god. Low carbonation, which is representative of the style.

This is undoubtably the best CW beer I've had. It is one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. I was also lucky enough to have a 8oz pour of Sixteen (sneak peek) the same day, which too was a step up from Fifteen, but BG was just so much more flavorful and complex. To me, the flavor profile is akin to Assassin, BT Black Magick, and BASC. It's a shame how few bottles of BG are out there. With the amount of people who popped their bottles on site, I'm guessing somewhere between 250-300 bottles exist, many which are in the hands of non-bas who were running a race hosted by CW during the time of ticket sales. One thing is for sure, Amherst residents are amazingly generous!

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