Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle received from neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF. This was reviewed blind and poured into a pint glass.
The pour is gorgeous -- a creamy, inky dark brown that escapes from the bottle effortlessly. It creates a one-finger head of dense sandy-tan that hangs out for quite a while, collapsing eventually to a thick top layer of film and some smooth mountains of lace.
Lots of dark chocolate powder along with some sweet chocolate milk and espresso in the nose. There's also some very sweet Irish cream, along with molasses and a bit of maple.
Black strap molasses, lightly bitter espresso, marshmallows, cocoa powder, licorice, vanilla and a mild oakiness. The alcohol flavor is rather impressive, but well integrated. It's got a beautiful subtle sweetness and a hint of dark fruits that hit at the finish.
The mouthfeel is incredible! Medium-full body, incredibly silky and smooth, with an extremely subtle carbonation. The alcohol, like I said, is noticeable, but so well-integrated amidst the creaminess of the body and the other smooth flavors that I haven't even been paying attention to it.
I understand the cult following behind this beer. The oakiness melds with the other flavors, creating a smooth and sublime drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2010 18:57:32 | More by Phelps
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