Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -9.6%
Dark brown, quite pale for the style, with an off-white head.
The aroma is lightly roasted with notes of milk chocolate, bourbon, toasted almonds, ashes and salty licorice.
The flavor is quite sweet with delicate malty backbone of roasted coffee, caramel, fudge and chocolate. Bourbon, almonds, vanilla and some light smoky notes. The finish is lightly bitter with lingering notes of oak, bourbon and salty licorice. Medium body, smooth carbonation.
I had high expectations on this one, and unfortunately they weren't really met. A decent barrel aged imperial stout, no more.
06-29-2010 14:13:55 | More by ricke
3.93/5 rDev -10.1%
It has essentially no head. Though black as a country night, little foam suggests a thin body. The smell is nice. As I had, hoped, this seems like a testimony to the oak barrel--no sweet bourbon or other such influence--just a nose of rustic oak on big RIS. It's a deep, consistent, chocolatey, raisin-liquid. There are malts and anise, and there is oak barrel in a barn, untouched and virgin.
So why do I feel guilty about missing the bourbon? Do I compare this among all barrel-aged brews, or just non-bourbon BA brews? There's a difference! Oddly, I can't help but wonder what it'd be like aged in a Buffalo Trace barrel. It's good, but underwhelming. It's that flatness I feared at the outset! I'd like to have it again, but I am unlikely to seek it out.
Edit: After reading other reviews, I see it is indeed bourbon barrels. I'm shocked. I really don't get bourbon. Maybe this one's not just flat...but flatlined? But how wouldn't I get more nose? Perhaps I started too cold. I suppose I get it more as it warms, but I do not get a well-blended bourbon beer. I smelled goodness, and can get some of that (goodness), but for me the good bourbon has left the building.
10-22-2011 17:53:50 | More by marvin213
3.43/5 rDev -21.5%
2005 22oz bottle
Dark brown with not much of a head.
Smells of alcohol with an odd whiskey/bourbon type smell. I thought these were just regular oak-barrels, but used barrels. I don't know, there definitely a bourbony sort of odor. It's a little disconcerting.
Taste: Well, it's got a good chocolate malt flavor, but the alcohol is pretty strong. It's really almost too much, to be honest.
This is pretty thin.
Drinkability: This is a great beer, but really drinks like a nice whiskey, I can't possibly drink more than one and it's getting tough to finish this bottle.
This is a good beer, but the alcohol flavor, together with the thin watery mouthfeel is a turnoff. I thought it would age better, but I think I liked it better last year.
11-15-2007 20:38:16 | More by babyhobbes
3.11/5 rDev -28.8%
Got in a trade.
Poured into my tulip.
The beer is pour black with a very small head.
The nose is a mix of alcohol caramel coconut general bourbon barrel aroma dominate. As it warms the overwhelming alcohol smell subsides.
The taste is mainly bourbon wiht hints of sweetness and a tad vanilla.
The mouth is a bit thin with a overwhelming level of carbonation, given the style. The alcohol warms and leaves a little numbing on the lips and tongue.
I don't want to be one of those people but given the "hype" around this beer it is lackluster. Good flavors but no the flavors are good.
04-29-2013 02:28:30 | More by bishopdc0
3.53/5 rDev -19.2%
Black. No real head that I saw. At least it surely didn't last too long. Typical BA imperial stout aromas. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, some roast. Typical BA flavors. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some roast. Medium body. Silky. Light carbonation. There really isn't much here to set it apart for the rest of this sort. It really reminds me a lot of Schlafly BA Imperial Stout.
01-11-2009 18:17:35 | More by tjthresh
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
Black, but brown at the edges with a very light tan head that retains well and leaves bits of lacing. Sweet smell like a coffee with creamer; oak, vanilla, and bourbon is also present. It immediately gives me sweet malt and vanilla flavors. It also has some creamy, lactose notes to it. Roastiness seems rather subdued in comparison to the regular Blackout Stout. Amazingly smooth going down; full bodied with light carbonation. Great beer, thanks go to kmweaver for the bottle!
07-18-2008 00:33:12 | More by badbeer
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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