Black Gold - Rye
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #138
Ranked #835
4.56 | pDev: 6.58%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Black Gold - RyeBlack Gold - Rye
Notes: The original Black Gold recipe aged for 3 years in rye whiskey barrels.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-tinted black with an overly massive mocha-colored head. It settles fairly quickly into a frothy cap that clings to the side of the glass for a bit when tipped, but leaves almost no lacing.

Complex aroma with coffee; dry, overaged chocolate; a little vanilla; a little nougat; whiskey; and a hint of rye pepperiness

A strong nutty impression stands out first in the taste, with similar elements from the nose behind: chocolate, a little coffee, cola, some vanilla-forward whiskey. Some clear rye pepperiness on the back end. Almond nuttiness and stale coffee mix with the rye in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied at best by current standards. Slick and slightly creamy. Nice carbonation.

Lots of good qualities, but the almond and staleness/dryness aren’t my personal favorites.

Aug 07, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like spicy rye, dark chocolate, oak spice, vanilla, and espresso.

This is really, really solid stuff. The rye barrel works very well with the base stout. There's chocolate chips, rye spice, rye bread, spicy oak, creamy vanilla, caramel, and a some dark roast coffee on the back end.

This isn't quite as thin as what you'd expect with Central Waters generally, but it's definitely not a thicccccc boi. It's creamy, with no real booziness to it.

This is definitely a very cool update to the typical Black Gold recipe.

Mar 19, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like all of Central Waters' extended-ageing releases: thin compared to similar beers with a finger of head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing behind. Rich chocolate, tons of oak, rye spice, sugar wafers, and brown sugar on the nose. All that and maybe even some brandy notes on the palate. Very expressive on the initial sips, more chocolate and rye emerge on the palate as it warms. It doesn't really get more layered or complex, though, so I think I prefer it at a more chilled temp.

Mar 17, 2021
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering my love for Black Gold & my love for rye, I’ve been tempted to drive 3.5 hours (one way) to buy another two bottles, but I haven’t hit that low yet. 22 oz. bottle split with the wife.

The pour is stout. The nose is Black Gold (deep malty sweetness, vanilla) with bourbon subbed out for rye. And a sprig of mint. Or maybe I just have the label on my fingers.

Rye Black Gold is distractingly overcarbonated. Just holding the beer in my mouth for a moment & it goes all Pop Rocks & Coke – I can actually hear it fizzing through my clenched teeth. That’s not very stouty! The rye is faint, there’s that weird mint, light malt, & it’s far thinner than the regular Black Gold.

This does not taste like the beer I had on tap at the brewery in October. At. All. I’m going to aggregate my two scores (excellent vs. not very good) into a pretty good rating. I hope this is an off bottle or my palate out of whack.

Nov 25, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black in color.

Lots of rye whiskey flavors. The rye provides some nice spiciness. Chocolate and caramel with vanilla and oak. Dark fruits and molasses. Some warming heat shows.

Full bodied. Smooth and warming.

This is a great version of BG. Very similar to the original with a slight twist from the rye.

Sep 16, 2016
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am always hesitant to rate a beer too high because I don't ever want to be finished searching for the perfect beer. After having Rye Black Gold on Great Taste Eve in Madison though, I am thinking that it is going to be hard to find a better beer than this.

For me, Central Waters already has the best barrel aging program in the world. Rye Black Gold took it to another level. This beer was velvety and smooth with an extremely thick mouth feel. The taste was a mix of smooth bourbon and chocolate cake. Despite the 11% abv, there was no hint of alcohol burn. And as it warmed, the nose continued to get better and better. After being a mild bourbon scent to start, the smell followed the taste with huge notes of bourbon and fudge.

To make it even better, I was able to enjoy this with a great friend in downtown Madison as the rain started to come down on the eve of the best beer fest in the country!

Aug 13, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep rich fudge. Jet black with minimal head. Nose is hints of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. All of those flavors are pronounced. The heat is minimal. Notes of the rye spice as well.

Oct 12, 2015
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ramay86 from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Butcher & the Boar, 2015 vintage.

Certainly is black. A well-retaining ring of tan head produces loads of legging and lace.

Fudge, whiskey, caramel, cocoa... an explosion of all those nice dessert flavors you'd expect from a big ass BA stout.

No complaints. Fantastic stuff.

Sep 17, 2015
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Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I was worried 3 years in the barrel was too long but it did wonders to this beer. Decadent stout, roasty, plenty of chocolate, with that great spiciness from the rye whiskey. Full mouthfeel. Phenomenal beer.

Sep 01, 2015
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tap. A little sharper than the regular 2015 black gold. Doesn't have the same incredible smoothness/melded character, barrel and roasty character stand out a bit more

Aug 31, 2015
Black Gold - Rye from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 53 ratings