Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mwill7287:
4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
From a 12oz. bottle (thank God this wasn’t a bomber!) into an 11oz. GLBC snifter.
Appearance: Very dark brown to black with a half-finger’s worth of creamy tan head. The foam is thick and solid. A multitude of fizzy bubbles dance up the side of the glass. A smattering of fluffy lacing sticks to the glass throughout the drink. The head reduces to a lacing and then completely disappears about halfway through the drink. 4.25
Smell: Mellow bourbon and vanilla notes sit atop a robust Russian Imperial Stout base. I like the meld of bourbon and the BOS original. A great blend. 4
Taste: Cool, mild bourbon, savory vanilla, and a woody tone comprise the initial impression. Sweet chocolate and faint coffee of the original Blackout Stout are a best friend to the bourbon aging. Excellent combination. A bite of bourbon builds up with the aftertaste, while remaining generally mild, though near the end of the drink the bourbon opens up almost too much. This beer has a full taste without overpowering the senses as a BA beer often can. 4.5
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, even for a BBA stout. It’s higher in carbonation than I expected it would be. The bourbon aging is just right on the palate – very present but not at all overpowering. Sticky reside is left behind on the lips. 5
Overall: Certainly this is a delicious and excellent feeling BBA stout. I appreciate the mellow bourbon notes in both the nose and the taste. So many BBA stouts are overpowering in all respects. This is just right. FYI I find this bottled version superior to the draft version for whatever reason. Obviously as a BBA stout, this is a sipper, and the high ABV would limit me to one or two of these in one sitting. 4.5
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2012 18:48:27 | More by mwill7287
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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.
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