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
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. You can pick up the alcohol in the nose as soon as you open the bottle. The beer is sweet and a bit hot with strong dark fruit notes that remind me of a dessert wine. I'm really enjoying the bourbon even if it is a bit hot. The finish is sweet and warm and sticks with you.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Reviewed from notes. Twelve ounce bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks. Dated 10-12-13.

A: Pours a pale (light) black with a thin 1/16" tan head which clings to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Heavy bourbon up front with dark fruits, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel overtones.

T: Boozy bourbon, fruity, vanilla, sweet malts.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Thick and chewy, bourbon finish.

O: Another treat. Not expecting the boozy quality after aging. Enjoyed very much.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks Steve.

Pours a dark, viscous near black with a minimal khaki head in a ring of bubbles, no lace, etc. Nose of marshmallow, vanilla, light roast, caramel, dark fruit. A little rubbing alcohol cones through as well on the nose as well. Medium thick, smooth body, low carb and a silky hot finish. Flavor follows nose with a hot, roasty base and a vanilla, brown sugar and molasses sweet booziness. Tasty, hot, nothing too special.

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

This was a special BA stout. All those extra months in the barrel really brought out a smoothness to the beer without adding the oxidation taste that can come with it. A fantastic beer I was very happy to get to try.

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

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Re-review: On tap at Showboat Saloon in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Served in a frosted pint glass 8/14/2015, unfortunately. This was allowed to warm up over the course of an hour. It looks as dark as any other stout, minimal half finger offwhite head that dies down pretty quickly. Smells of deep whiskey, dark chocolate, oak. It really hasn't changed much over time, I don't think. The oak, sweet smoky whiskey, malted grains all from the whiskey barrels still pop. There is a bit of chocolate and espresso as well. Flavour is similarly whiskey-forward, even as it warms up, it's still very much chocolate and whiskey. Lots of oak, a mild bit of vanilla, but overall dark chocolate, sweeter milk chocolate, cocoa, espresso are all there but sit behind the almighty bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel remains a bit on the thinner side; not that much different than the Cassian Sunset that was enjoyed next to it. Carbonation remains low, finish is warming with a decent whiskey flavour without the dryness and actual heat. I thought this beer didn't change very much over time, but that's probably because this has been sitting in a keg for almost two years rather than being bottle conditioned.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to TATURBO for the share!

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black body with thin white ring. Very evident boozy legs on the side of the glass.

Smell: Spicy bourbon. Boatloads of coconut. Honestly the most coconut that I have ever smelled in a barrel aged stout; and yes... more coconut than BCBS Prop. This beer smells way better than BCBS Prop, no doubt. Hint of oak and cinnamon.

Taste: Sweet and robust; hardcore barrel forward stout! Spicy bourbon. Tons of coconut. Bitter bakers cocoa. Hint of cola. Decent amount of oak too. Tastes a bit hot yet, but this will only get better!

Mouthfeel: almost a full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Moderately boozey, this is a sipping beer for sure!

Overall: Intense barrel notes in both aroma and flavor profile. This beer needs to mellow a little bit, but man alive... CW made another amazing BA stout! Highly recommended!

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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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