Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Huge thanks go out to sproser for including this in an amazing box.
Pours a pitch death black with an ok tan head that requires a vigorous pour to form, but lingers pretty well and leaves ok lacing.
Nose is alot of roasted malt, a dose of booze, and a little chocolate profile.
Wow. This is quite excellent. Starts of with huge notes of chocolate and cream. Shortly after big portions of roasted malt come out alongside a slight liquor note. Wood and chocolate come out again around the finish, and a small suprise of some relatively significant bitterness. The aftertaste lingers with a great melding of roasted malt, bitterness, booze, and some chocolate. Incredibly complex, turning a page with every sip.
Mouthfeel is pretty much flawless here. Nice and chewy with the perfect amount of carbonation. A nice light dryness on the finish but mostly big and slick.
Drinkability is pretty much what you would expect out of a 9% impy stout. Pretty solid, will finish the bomber with ease.
Overall, this is a very very nice barrel aged imperial stout. The original blackout is a classic, so i expected nothing less than excellence here, and they came through. There are better barrel aged stouts out there, but very, VERY few. The complexity is a marvel here, as it changes with every sip, so much going on. Would love to see how this would do with age, I think it would do amazingly well with a couple years on it. Definitely pick some up if you get the chance, excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2009 04:30:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is dark brown with a tight toffee colored head. Nose is light bourbon and wood, fair bit of sweet milk chocolate, hints of anise and chewy caramel. Taste has more wood, lots. Fairly forward bourbon notes, lots of rich milk chocolate and some sweeter caramel type malt. Full bodied, thick and creamy with strong carbonation and some alcohol burn through the finish. Heavy on the bourbon and wood side.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 15:41:29 | More by cpetrone84
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.