Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.
5.0 A: Black color. Two full fingers of ultra creamy light brown head that retains extremely well and leaves plentiful lacing. Outstanding.
5.0 S: The regular BO is one of my favorites and the nose on this one does not disappoint. Semisweet chocolate, indulgent caramel, dark fruits with emphasis on plum, molasses, and hints of smoke and coffee. The barrel adds subtle oak and vanilla. The bourbon plays a complementary role offering leather and earth.
4.5 T: Taste resembles the nose, except that the bourbon is a bit more apparent in the taste. Lots of sweet chocolate, caramel, tons of molasses, hints of brown sugar, plum and prune fruitiness, and light smoke and coffee. Good amount of oak and a decent vanilla contribution. The bourbon is leathery and earthy and adds melon and raisiny fruitiness. A bit of booze from the bourbon, but pleasant in a warming manner.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. I usually prefer heavier bodies on imperials, but this body works for this beer. It probably has something to do with how clean and well crafted GL brews are. Good creaminess and incredibly smooth.
5.0 D: Great Lakes has only disappointed me once. Everything else I've had has been world class and this is no different. This beer epitomizes balance between the beer and barrel and uses a stellar recipe and perfect technique. Excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2011 02:36:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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