Black Gold (Sazerac Barrel-Aged) Porter
Country Boy Brewing

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American Porter
4.11 | pDev: 6.57%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 17
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Initially appears jet black, but when held up to the light, this ale is actually a gorgeous, ruby-accented brown. It is topped with a creamy khaki head that lingers far longer than one would expect.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, leather, earthy ale hops, and oak fill the nose.

T: Notes of oak, roasted grain, bittersweet dark chocolate, chestnuts, caramel, leather, and coffee emerge first on the palate, followed by notes of pepper and earthy, mildly lemony hops around mid-palate. The finish is amazingly well-integrated with a combination of roasted nut, grain, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, and a subtle hint of alcohol.

M: Medium in body and very dry. Carbonation is very firm and crisp compared to many porters. Not bad, but drier and a tad thinner than I would like.

O: This is a very nicely executed ale. Despite being slightly thin in the mouth, I really have no complaints about it. I could definitely see myself having this one again. Recommended for fans of oak-aged ales in general.

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Photo of kaips1
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap mulitple times at Country Boy

This is an amazing beer that makes think I should eat dinner to make sure I drink this for desert. It pours a nice dark black with a half finger of head in the half pint serving. The nose on this is of chocolate and dark fruit, barrel and sweet malt. Its taste mimics the nose and more. Memories of BBA4D come to mind with out the same intensity but the same amazing flavors. The mouthfell has a good amount of tingle since this is from the tap, I'd love to see what a potential nitro tapping wouldn't do to it. Overall this is a killer beer that is worth all the "hype". Give it a try and watch what happens.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's amazing what a little age in a Sazerac Rye Whiskey barrel can do for a beer. Sweet alcohols, oak tannin, mild caramel and vanilla are all accented by the earthy spice of rye that seems nearly of peated Scotch before the reintroduction of Black Gold Porter regains command.

Pouring as all of Country Boy's offerings do, with a low-lying head that caps the dark brown beverage. Lacing with the type of foam that's normally seen atop espresso coffees, there's delicate and still character that reminds me of English cask ales.

The whiskey aromas pronounce the earthy spice and sweeter rum-like alcohols that come in conjunction with mild chocolate and coffee of the underlying base beer. Rich and complex, there's an added note of cherry-like esters that I didn't see in the non-barrel aged version.

Where the original Black Gold is moderate porter on all fronts, the assertive flavors of whiskey, wood, and caramel rival the coffee and chocolate from the heavily toasted malts. Low lying hops seem to recede further into the background in favor of the spicy rye flavor and alcohol sweetness. Without a flaw to be seen anywhere, the beer retains quality in taste while introducing the barrel complexity what's expected from a Bluegrass brewery.

Fully textured partly due to the added alcohol sweetness and the lighter carbonation that allows the beer to rest weightedly on the tongue; the beer's sweeter fell is felt on the teeth in ways that are normally seen of rum. The mid palate delivers a lush creamy malt feel that coats the mouth in a warming and velvety fashion. Finishing very warm, but not hot, the beer concludes with a matly-dry finish of booze and chocolate that lingers well into aftertaste.

Although this beer's bold alcohol flavor delivers a lot of complexity and power, the style police will have fits with it because the barrel aging interferes with the moderate base beer and changes the beer entirely rather than adding mere accents to the recipe. But there's no denying that the barrel has improved this beer!

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deepbrown with amber/garnet highlights and a small beige head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is heavily chocolate malt and bourbon. Roast characters and a bit of nuttiness emerge, giving an almost amaretto smell.

Sweet malt dominates the initial sip, followed by alcohol, and an unexpected coffee flavor finishes out the profile. Burnt caramel and nutty flavors keep things interesting. The rye comes out and adds a good bitter finish.

Body is a tad light, carbonation is minimal, and a nice alcohol warmth is present.

Overall, a decent offering, but a but bourbon forward. Slightly hot, though the chocolate and roast malt shine through in the finish.

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Black Gold (Sazerac Barrel-Aged) Porter from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 17 ratings