Black Gold (2015) | Central Waters Brewing Co.

Black Gold (2015)Black Gold (2015)
BA SCORE
98.4%
Liked This Beer
4.57 w/ 516 ratings
Black Gold (2015)Black Gold (2015)
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:
Our 1414 Anniversary Imperial Stout aged for three years in bourbon barrels.

Added by tourdot on 08-09-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
516
Liked:
508
Avg:
4.57/5
pDev:
6.56%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
278
Gots:
111
Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cristoph
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gregf51
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Central Waters Brewery. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: soy sauce with a thin layer of bright brown foam that quickly dissipated to a ring around the glass.

Aroma: a hot boozy mess. Picked up black licorice and sweetened chocolate with massive amounts of oaky booze mixed in.

Taste: again a very hot boozy mess. Upon drinking, tasted a ton of black licorice all around and from start to finish of this serving. Also a very sharp notes of sickly sweet chocolate syrup that hits you hard with a splash of booze. The oak comes through once warmed. The flavors are aggressive, almost like taking their base beer (Fourteen Fourteen) and reducing a barrel to a single bottle.

Mouthfeel: very slick and smooth. Full-bodied, just not so creamy.

Overall: I can see how this receives a lot of hype - the flavors really are the star of the show. However I find it just way to heavy for my palate. I would have happily shared my 8 oz serving with 3 other people. For anyone with a bottle, share this with not just one, but multiple friends.

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Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Whatup14
3.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GDawgs34
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with minimal head. Molasses, chocolate, booze nose. Taste comes in waves of chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla with creamy feel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Jaszucs
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aleigator
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours coal black with a small beige head, collapsing to a ring of froth lacing.

Has an almost subtle barrel profile on the nose, hence the aromas are defined by a warming blend of milk chocolate, melting caramel, roasty bakers chocolate and a warming molasses touch. Spicy licorice and oak round out the luscious chocolate appearance with a hint of old leaves.

Has a warming, pleasantly boozy, silk mouthfeel, which is incredibly creamy and thick, rich on the tongue till the end.

Spicy, sweet and dry Bourbon defines the flavors from the beginning with ridiculous amounts of milk chocolate and whipped cream. Roasty caramel, molasses, wooden cinnamon, dried raisins with a touch of coconut and hazelnut provide an astonishing depth, right from the beginning. Finishes with warming, almost boozy licorice and scorched malts with dark chocolate pralines and sweet molasses.

Decadently rich, not as boozy as '15 rare but even more milk chocolate leaden, with an almost comparable complexity. Awesome as for its oaken Bourbon quality, which entertains the palate throughout, warming and spicy, with soothing, cinnamon brownie batter in the finish.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage; drank 12/11/15 @ Yuss Haus Mach II.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal tan head; no lace.

Dark chocolate, brown sugar, charred oak & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate syrup & whiskey flavors up front; charred oak & faint red wine notes on the finish. A rich dessert treat that's a hint too boozy to be perfect.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fitze
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JAStheAce
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black Gold had a phenomenal nose. It looks like a BA imperial stout should look and left a slight mocha-coloured ring around my goblet . The pour was medium thick - not motor oil thick. I wafted chocolate and vanilla and a strong barrel and boozy notes too. The taste follows much the same. This is a very barrel forward beer. The booze presence is strong but not overwhelming or off-putting because this is what you expect in a BA imperial stout. Chocolatey and laced with vanilla on the palate and a very sticky mouthfeel that keeps your lips together if you let some beer linger and warm in your mouth. Overall, as my dear friend, Amguerra305, and I concurred while sipping, this beer misses something and lacks the balance of a Bourbon County Brand Stout but it is, nonetheless, a very good BA stout.

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Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emottram
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a touch thin to what I am used to. Hardly any head with just a lingering dark khaki ring around the edge of the glass; slightest bit of light peeking through the edges. Smell is very booze and barrel forward with a hint of vanilla. Chocolate and roast on the back end. Taste is rather sweet up front followed by bourbon and oak on the back end. There also seems to be a hint of anise somewhere going on. The smell is definitely better than the the taste which is very good but not great. Feel is a tad carbonated yet light thick in body. Overall a very barrel forward beer that seems to lack something to bring it all together. Smell is spot on, taste needs something more; bourbon county esque with something missing.

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Black Gold (2015) from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 516 ratings
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