If you read the headline before clicking on this story you no doubt assumed a new beer was being released by Full Sail. You would be sort of correct.

Gone is the familiar Black Gold label. In it’s place is the simple and descriptive Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Wood barrel aging is an art form. When done right, it’s a wonderful thing. Our barrel aged beers became a Full Sail tradition when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience. We rack this special beer in small batches, available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint. Click here to view our video “The Art & Science of Barrel Aged Beer”.

About this year’s batch of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

According to Full Sail Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson, this beer was brewed in December of 2011 and  has since aged  in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker's Mark, Four Roses, Jim Beam. This extended aging presents hints of vanilla and allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for an extraordinary and wonderful taste experience. It has a strong roasted malt character and a full body. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout. It cellars well, Limited availability in 22oz. bottles and draft. Available February 2013 until it’s gone! ABV 9.6% IBUs: 40 (Formerly known as Black Gold) image of Full Sail Brewers standing near the barrels, courtesy the brewery

For those keeping track this makes the 15th iteration of this much loved beer, dating back to 1998. Look for bottles wherever you find Full Sail beers like their India Pale Ale, Session, or Session Black.

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About Full Sail Brewing Company

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment our specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA,  Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 25 years.  Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices, their award winning brews are now available in 29 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint,grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.  http://www.fullsailbrewing.com

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