Black Gold (2013) | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by lunarbrew on 10-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
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257
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pablobomb
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mplsbrew
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mjpolzin
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at the 2015 GTMW festival. From what Central Waters told me on Twitter, it was the 2013 batch that they brought so I am putting my review here......

This was very good but I can't say it was better than Sixteen or Seventeen have been. If you think back, Central Waters used to have an issue with thin bodied barrel aged stouts before finally hitting their stride. If this Black Gold I had was in fact the 2013 version, that means the base beer was Fourteen Fourteen which was a little thin bodied. That could be why I probably didn't like it was much as more recent CW barrel aged beers.

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Photo of dar482
4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite, by a bit, between a blind tasting with 15, 16, 17. The beer offers complexity of umami, chunky milk chocolate, intense vanilla, lingering coffee bitterness. Incredibly rich and intense in flavors that meld together beautifully.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebigredone
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this as part of our Central Waters Anniversary tasting (Fourteen Fourteen, Fifteen, Black Gold '13, 16, Black Gold '14, 17)

Very bourbon forward compared to the other beers at the tasting. Dark fruits, dark chocolate and bourbon stand out in 2013 Black Gold.

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Photo of Vinithing
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTable
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of josephwa
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ellswrth
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KevinmusPrime
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bound4er
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz. bottle picked up at Great Amherst Beer Fest in Oct. 2013.

L. Black appearance with a tan head of 2 fingers that fades rather quickly.

S. Holy shit!! Bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, whipped cream and a hint of coffee.

T. Very rich tasting with lots of cherry, vanilla, bourbon, oak and lingering booze on finish.

F. Moderate mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O. This is a special beer but not something I would want to drink more than a few times a year. Its richness is off the charts. CW really knows how to make great BA stouts.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of IamBundy
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Rborre321
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of kodt
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle from a great trader. 12 oz bottle of Batch #1, dated 10.12.13 (the 1414 Batch). Poured on 10/13/14. Almost exactly a year since bottled! Pours thinner than expected with lots of light showing through the brown pour, but settles nearly black without much more than a ring of bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Big fudgy aroma with lots of caramel and bourbon, vanilla and oak, marshmallowyness. Flavor is fudgy bourbon up front, followed by another punch of very hot bourbon, and then a long mellow oak and vanilla finish with a bit of caramel sweet mixed in. This one is hot for sure, in the range of Black Tuesday, yet somehow only 11%. The bourbon force is strong with this one. Body on the thinner side for the style--on par with the Eclipse variants with just a bit more heft--with medium carbonation and a dryness on the finish. Yeah, this is good. But the thinness and the massive bourbon note make it a step or two down from the truly world class. Nevertheless, very glad I got a chance to try this and it is a very nice brew.

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Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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Black Gold (2013) from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.52 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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