Reputedly brewed to a recipe from the 1800’s, this is a pretty good Porter that smells of stewed red fruit and burned wood.
There’s a deep rich roasted chestnut smokiness in the malts, woody and toasted, you get a little chocolate and a glug of black coffee too.
Round red fruits pop up right in the middle of Black Gold and provide a fleshy sweetness before the snappy woodland leaf litter and brittle crunchy twigs of the hops throw even more woodiness at you.
What I’d really like though is for Black Gold to be brewed with a higher ABV, perhaps seven percent or so, as I’d love to see the flavours in here really jump out and bite me.
Source: Best Of British Beer