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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout

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Ratings: 1131
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%


Brewed by:
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005)
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Super thanks to my Ohio hook-up for this one!

Yes, it pours pitch black. It forms a head of about one-fingers worth of light brown colored foam. This dissipates, rather quickly, leaving a thin, filmy, surface covering. The lacing is in tiny spots, but rather sticky.

No surprises in the nose. Big notes of chocolates and coffees. Good presence of oakiness and roasted malt notes. Light hints of booze and dark fruits.

Good god, that's good.
This is super balanced and delicious. Dark roasted coffee beans, some of them covered in dark chocolate, are having a great time swimming around in the chocolate milk pool. The lifeguard, brown sugar, who is wearing his famous caramel bathing suit, dips in from time to time, just to check things out. The figs and plums are sunbathing by the side of the pool, while the cherries are sitting on the edge, dangling into the milky goodness. Someone is having a cookout, because I get notes of oak and hints of smoke, also.

This one is full-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. It has a light creaminess to it, which makes it very silky-smooth and lucious.

Okay, the 9.00%abv helps it have a mild warming effect, on the way down. Other than that though, the abv is almost undetected. The smoothness, of body and flavor, make this one super easy to drink.
If anything, I'd say that this beer is probably under-hyped. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 16:02:14 | More by coldmeat23
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nickd717

California

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to Deuane on BA, who was really generous and sent some awesome stuff. Shared at a tasting hosted by Nick3 on BA.

Pours darkest brown - not quite black, as a little light makes its way through when you tilt the glass to the side. A small tan head fades slowly to a thick ring and swirling foam.

The aroma is very nice. The roast and milk chocolate of Blackout Stout are evident, along with some coffee and slight oaky barrel notes. Just a little bit of bourbony booze detectable.

It's almost mind-boggling how great the flavor on this one is. I thought regular Blackout was great, but as is often the case, putting that sucker in a barrel bumped that up to the next level. As intense as this is, it's also very subtle and balanced. Roast and rich chocolate dominate, with wood, vanilla, whiskey, and candied dark fruits. Not at all overwhelming.

Amazingly smooth on the palate with medium-full body. Not cloying or syrupy like some others in the style can be.

Damn, this is excellent. One of my new favorites. I'm definitely going to have to seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:18:29 | More by nickd717
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domtronzero

California

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. 22 oz bottle.

A - Clear, very dark brown colored, nearly black. Small, tightly formed, long lasting ring of tannish head. Little lacing. Nice and thicke looking (like Alan Thicke).

S - Big cocoa, chocolate, burnt roasty aromas. Nice sweet vanilla-like oaky smell with a very pleasant sweet bourbon presence. Very well balanced and quite inviting.

F/M - Again, big chocolate up front. Followed by loads of sweet dark malts, roasty flavors and lots of vanilla and bourbon. The flavors meld seemlessly from rich to smooth, with a nice lingering chocolaty finish. The alcohol gets slightly noticeable as it warms, but it is very enjoyable. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've had in a while. Smooth, rich, tasty, and with noticeable barrel character. World class.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:28:39 | More by domtronzero
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dankman38

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep ebony with a very pretty brown/tan head; the nose is as good or better than any I’ve smelled before with sweet carmel, alcohol, and a little bit of carbon (almost the best part of the beer); flavors of chocolate, coffee, csndy sugar and, malt impress upon you a general feeling that you will want more; the body is heavy but not cloying; the finish tells you that it was aged in bourbon barrels and leaves almost the full flavor of the beer in you mouth. This is one fantastic beer, it ties for first in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2007 00:50:41 | More by dankman38
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 2007 release. Purchased at the Great Lakes gift shop. Obliterative onyx with a sliver of sepia along the bottom edge. The three finger crown is the exact color of golden brown sugar and has a creamy solidity about it. Bourbon barrel-aged beers tend not to be lace monsters, but this one is pretty impressive in that regard.

Oddly enough, the aroma isn't bursting at the seams with bourbon. I love the fact that the GL brewers see this ale as an RIS that is accented with whiskey, not completely saturated with it. Dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla bean are joined by exactly the right amount of bourbon. Perfection.

The flavor profile is pretty much as expected. In other words, bourbon whiskey is at least as prominent as stout, without overwhelming the base beer. First impression: this offering is roughly as good as Blackout Stout, but not appreciably better.

For whatever reason, the body/mouthfeel seems to take a hit when a beer is barrel-aged. In any case, this special release doesn't taste as chock full of malt as the standard version. The flavor profile includes chocolate liqueur, ground coffee beans, a surprising amount of vanilla, dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses and... America's greatest spirit. If I'm not mistaken, the barrels were acquired from the Jim Beam distillery. Good choice. Jim Beam Black is one of my standbys.

As noted above, the mouthfeel falls short of perfection. That doesn't mean, however, that it's less than pleasureable. Great Lakes is one of the best 'mouthfeel breweries' around and they've done themselves proud yet again. Time and warming add a light creaminess to the festivities.

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout combines my second favorite style with my first or second favorite liquor, and is brewed by one of my favorite breweries. How could it fail to be anything less than amazing? Thanks to my brother for securing a double handful of this exceptional ale last autumn. I can't wait until this October when I can replenish my stock. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 22:40:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at Bocktown in Robinson

A-the liquid pours a dark brown, almost black color with an extremely thick and creamy mocha colored head that lingers for a little and leaves a decent lacing on the glass

S-the nose isn't huge but it is delicious! lots of milk chocolate, hints of an oaky vanilla, some roasted barley comes in with a touch of bourbon at at the back

T/M-very smooth and creamy with a lighter side of full body. lots of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla, a touch of oak and roasted malt. the bourbon sets in at the finish and is slightly more prevalent than the nose but not overpowering by any means.

D-this is awesome stuff! not too thick but goes down easily. the flavors are nicely present but do not dominate, rather they meld together and work in harmony. fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 01:45:44 | More by cpetrone84
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JNewbs

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I can really say is - oh my goodness. Had this on tap at the brewpub yesterday, and I can say without lying that it was my second favorite Imp Stout that I have ever tasted. The most remarkable thing about the beer, to me, was that it tasted unbelievably good even when it was technically too cold. I realized I had drank the first one before I even let it warm up to the right temp, and I had to order another just to see what would happen. Lastly, according to the sign at the brewpub this is a 9.5% beer, not a 9%.

A: Nothing to complain about here - dark black, with a mocha colored head that hung around for a while.

S: The nose of this one did not come close to hinting at how good it tasted, IMO, so though it smelled pretty good, I have to ding it for that reason.

T: Here we go. Dominated by chocolate notes. There is definitely the bourbon, and some of the Blackout Stout's roasted notes, but this was a choco-bomb to me. Smooth, rich, luxurious, a little boozy but not too much. Delicious.

M: Felt like other good Impy Stouts. Thick, smooth, not too viscous. No complaints here either.

D: I killed two of them in about a half hour...

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 14:22:44 | More by JNewbs
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap on the BA Blackout Release Party Thursday October 28, 2010. Poured into a small 6 oz. serving cup...

A - Poured a dark black with some slight ruby red outlining on the edges of the beer. A nice mocha colored head forms with nice retention until it slowly receded to a nice film on top of the same color.

S - Tremendous. Notes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oakiess, and bourbon all mixing together perfectly. Nothing outshined the other and it all worked so well together.

T - Great barrel aging here. It is obviously not overdone and complements the base beer incredibly well. Roasted malts, chcolate, toffee, and oaky vanilla right up front along with a great warming bourbon presence. Soem slight coffee and almost leathey like qualities poke through as well. Everything works so nicely together.

M - A lot thinner than I expected and was hoping it would be. Still a nice feel on the palate. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is still nice and smooth.

D - Without a doubt one of the easiest drinking Barrel Aged RIS' I have ever had. The ABV is low enough to truly enjoy this great boozy tadting beer without all of the booze. Will certainly enjoy the bombers I brought home with me

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 06:12:03 | More by KAP1356
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A-nice black body with no head what so ever
S-sweet malty smell. Almost no bourbon whatsoever
T-wow. Nice bourbon, vanilla and oak flavor. Great combination and very complex
M-medium body and oh so smooth
O-nicely suprised with this brew. Great offering from great lakes

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 22:35:58 | More by brew3crew
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NorthsideFred

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a 2009 bottle thanks to Kels. I've been holding onto this for almost two years. Thought this would a be great gift to myself for fathers day.

A: Looks good. Almost black with very little carbonation and minimal lacing.

S: Excellent. Bourbon and damp oak are the predominant smells.

T: Very nice. The bourbon grabs you first, but I also get chocolate and a hint of smokiness.

M: Full bodied, silky smooth.

O: Top notch all the way!

I don't know if I'll ever be fortunate enough to land this again. One can only hope.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:22:41 | More by NorthsideFred
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to silverX for this gem.

A - poured into a sweetH2O tulip black as night with a thin tan head. Very nice lacing remains and the liquid looks quite bold.

S - good amount of fig with dark chocolate and a pitch of booze. Slight sweet caramel comes in with a faint buttery scent that makes my mouth water.

T - dark chocolate, fig and hints of coffee in there but not too heavy a all. No if booze intake which doesn't surprise me since its below 10%. Sight malty character to it as well bu only after a few sips for me.

M - very soothing but not too thick or thin for that matter. Just perfectly in the middle.

O - a great stout. I would love to get more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:06:47 | More by brstls4drmrs
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jvillefan

California

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a quickly dissipating white head.

S: Bourbon is the first thing smelled in this beer. There is deeply roasted malts I the background of this beer.

T: There is one of the best balances between bourbon, dark malts, and chocolate that I've ever had.

M: Very viscous with a decent carbonation.

O: Get this beer at least once. This beer should be the bench mark for elite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 09:34:05 | More by jvillefan
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark black with a tan/ mocha head that stayed awhile.

S: WOW! A ton of bourbon in here. Oak and coffee swirl around the nostrils. Brown sugar with a hint of caramel. Little bit of real dark chocolate. I could smell this from a mile away. Hints of vanilla are tempting with the slightest bit of coffee bitterness.

T: BOURBON! Lots of vanilla intermingled with deep roasted malt, a hint of a rye bread, caramel and butterscotch. The chocolate is a deep dark chocolate and there is definitely a roasted nut quality here. A dry bitter finish that carries on. Tons of bourbon with a lot of booze at the end. Oak and raisin play with my taste buds while a licorice hints at the sides of my tongue. More please.

M: Full bodied but never over bearing or syrupy. no carbonation but defnitely warming.

O: I absolutely love this beer. I love blackout stout and this just kicks it up a notch. Bigger and bolder with a good hit of bourbon. this is not one to pass on! /96

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 05:05:33 | More by schwemjw
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pour, 28oz snifter for pleasure

A- pours a pitch black color, 1 finger thick tan colored head... sticky lacing to my snifter....

S- smooth milk chocolate, faint coffee, boozy hot Bourbon, soft vanilla wood

T- smooth chocolate, milky taste, boozy Bourbon, sweet vanilla, woody undertones... slight roasted coffee

M- a tad slick and oily, slight water mouth feel, thinner than I imagine which brings this to point ... hot Bourbon booze on the tongue.... numbing sensation on the tongue

O- my first experience with this beer and event ... this has caught me off guard and opened a path for this style and following ... but lacks in the feel for a full body...will keep a few but I'm looking for ptfbba with these extras

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:50:51 | More by warrenout330
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Floydster

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle acquired from Sephiroth about six months ago and has been in the cellar ever since, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, took me about two hours to get through last night, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Black color with no light going through even though it looked a little thin, 3/4 inch creamy tan head, stuck around for about five minutes, decent retention, great lacing for a barrel-aged beer

S-Aroma was awesome with a big spicy bourbon scent, lots of oak and vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of espresso, somehow a bit of hoppiness, and figs

T-Bourbon did not waste any time in attacking my palate, stung my tongue on the initial sip which made me aware of how much whiskey had actually seaped into this one, some sweet vanilla in the middle, extremely dark chocolate at the end with an obvious oak character, got smoother as it warmed and the bourbon settled down a bit but not enough, the finish became slightly drier with a coffee feel that was barely recognizable, also got a little sweeter with some dark fruit and stronger vanilla flavors, nicely balanced and very enjoyable

M-Very spicy, hot, roasted, and sweet mouthfeel, seriously complex, taste lingered for a long time because of the booze presence, pretty thin body for a stout, perfect level of carbonation

D-I drank this whole bottle by myself but could not have drank much more, packs a punch at nine percent alcohol, incredibly smooth though, bourbon is present in taste but not too strong, light on the stomach for what it is

I was expecting a lot from this being that I gave up my last bottle of Angel's Share for it, worth all the hype and much better than the standard Blackout Stout from Great Lakes in my opinion, think this is brewed once a year and it is definitely worth seeking out, cannot really go wrong with a barrel aged stout, would love to drink again

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 16:49:12 | More by Floydster
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Color is black with tan head, very small head. Due to light pour.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and sugar, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Amazing how everything flows so well.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, sweet caramel. Very awesome.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, sweet. Near perfect. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, one of my new favorite beer. It is really awesome. I am impressed and want more. Very great flavors and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2009 00:47:12 | More by mothman
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for bringing this beer, something I've wanted to try a while and I was not disappointed! Not sure of the year, but because of some heat i think it's probably 2010.

A: Black hue all the way, sticky lacing and semi tan head that only stays as a small ring.

S: This is great. Just the right amount of woody/vanilla bourbon notes balanced by big chocolate and roasty charred malt of the base RIS Blackout. Some alcohol sweetness but it just adds more complexity instead of a distraction in this case.

T: Great as well. Huge open flavor with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak-wood notes, black licorice candy sweetness, and some alcohol notes and heat. Also some pleasant peaty notes as well. This is almost a five from me as well. I give 5's for top 5% in the category, and man this is close. Once the heat goes down it'll likely be great with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick yet smooth with some heat.The drinkability is pretty high for me, I enjoyed the beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:39:03 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Brez07

Maine

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split into two wine glasses last night. 2010 vintage via normyk in the Black Booty Vol 4 BIF

A: Pours a light brown but sits in the glass dark as night. 1 finger tan head, no lacing

S: Booze soaked brownie with walnuts. Nice oak presence. Cocoa powder, vanilla, roast and some smokiness. One of those beers you could smell forever

T: Very rich chocolate flavor with subtle roasted malt. Has that initial bite similar to what you get from wine. Reminds me a little of rum balls. Oak and light vanilla cap this one off

M: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy. Light roasted malt aftertaste

D: I wasn't a big fan of the regular version but that was delicious. In some ways, this reminded me of Kate the Great - not quite as complex or easy drinking but the flavors are pretty spot on. Two thumbs way up

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 13:38:13 | More by Brez07
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes-on tap at GLBC on 8/13/11. This is actually the 3rd time I've had this beer-and the 2nd time I've had it on-tap

A- Body is big, thick, nearly black, viscous, and opaque. Served with a minimal head which retains well at a collar. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The base is pretty Russian Imperial Stout-like (moreso than original blackout to me)- dark chocolate, anise, currants. Lots of smooth woody wet oak overtones and big mildly sweet bourbon barrel presence at the back. All of these characters blend together nicely an one does not stand out more than another.

T- Flavor is much like the nose. Initial flavors of RIS-with highlights of anise and dark chocolate come through the most initially with just the slightest hint of bourbon sweetness as an overtone. The smooth woody oak rushes in and blends with the bourbon alcohol burn of the finish without detracting from the well put together RIS base beer.

M- Fantastic. Low to medium carbonation and a big, thick, smooth, viscous body.

O- This is my 3rd experience with this beer. All three times it has been an exceptional, stand out-BA RIS-one of my favorites in the category for sure. Its got a lot of everything with an exceptional blend. Great brew put together by Great Lakes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 19:09:45 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 year old bottle.

A: Black pour with a small light brown head despite the aggressive pour. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving decent lacing behind.

S: Lots of bourbon in the nose. Toffee, wonderful strong burnt caramel and molasses. Creamy roasted malt peeks through with some dark chocolate and coffee. Lots of vanilla and some oak. The caramel aroma is great with the vanilla.

T: Smooth bourbon up front. Again, wonderful caramel flavor. A bit of toffee and oak with it. A little bit of burn and then turns into a somewhat bitter chocolate and coffee roasted malt character. As it warms it starts to take on a brownie batter quality with some espresso. Vanilla throughout but especially in the lingering aftertaste. Hints of anise here and there.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth.

O: What a great barrel-aged RIS. The caramel and the vanilla from the bourbon is great on its own, but combined with the blackout stout just makes it stellar. A complex, well-balanced yet smooth and creamy RIS. Not hot like a lot of barrel-aged beers either. One of the nicest and easy-drinking versions around. Second only to something like a KBS, this was a borderline 5 on taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:53:23 | More by Dope
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a while now. Traded for a few bottles and finally popped open a 2012 BA Blackout on 19 Jan 2013. No disappointment here:
A: looked a bit thin and lighter than I expected, but still poured a nice deep, dark brown with a quickly dissipating head.
S: smelled really nice, slight hints of bourbon on that classic blackout sweetness.
T: very nice, bourbon notes, alcohol is hidden very well behind sweet flavors of vanilla and syrup.
M: extremely smooth for a big caliber barrel aged stout!
O: exceeded expectations, as good as I expected....can't wait to drink another one!!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:42:00 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The union of bourbon and stout might even be a better marriage than peanut butter and jelly. Great Lakes does not disappoint here and probably my favorite brew of theirs to date.
Pours a dense black color and thin layer of lace swirl. Not too much in the nose (this might account for being poured too cold) but faintly detectable notes of chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. The taste is outstanding with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, brown sugar and roasted malts all surrounded by a blanket of smooth bourbon character. Bourbon increases towards the end of the gulp and is even more apparent in the finish along with some sweet, chary, aged oak bourbon barrel notes. Mouth feel is very smooth. This brew is enormously enjoyable and despite its nine percent abv, it goes extremely easily.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2006 18:12:08 | More by cabsandking
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sephiroth for this brewski.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic. Series 2516.

Pours a midnight black with a one finger tan colored head that quickly dies down to an outter ring of bubbles. Thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is a wonderful blend of roasted barley, carmelized sugar, vanilla, raisins, bourbon, almond, and smoked oak. Sweet aroma overall, extremely enjoyable. Probably one of the best smelling RIS I've ever put my nose to. Smokey caramel malt up front with fresh ground coffee flavors. Bourbon and whiskey sweetness on the tongue from start to finish, but just the right amount. Aftertaste is almost oatmeal stout like with kick. Not the heavy body most RIS have, but for that reason I love the mouthfeel. Slick carbonation that coats the mouth. I really like this twist on the style. I could see some people not liking this because of the almost thin mouthfeel, but to each their own. I'm a bit up in the air as to whether or not age will help this one, but I have an extra bottle so what the hell, let's give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 01:37:23 | More by BeerTruth
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hayesez

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a BIF from brokenleadedcask....extremely generous! Thanks Darren!

Split this with friends...poured into a Bruery tulip and a Dogfish Head globe. Pours a deep, dark brown...nearly black. About halfway through the pour into the first glass, I could tell this guy had virtually no carbonation. I dumped it in there, but still produced virtually no head. A good looking color, but very disappointed with the head. I'm not sure if this is the norm, but I generally expect something on top of the brew. Zero lacing left on the sides.

Smells strongly of chocolate. A bit of tobacco as well as some vanilla and a bit of the alcohol kick that you might expect from barrel aging...not much, but a little.

The taste is excellent - much as I would expect from what I smelled, a strong semi-sweet chocolate taste that is quickly followed by the a bit of the barrel alcohol. Hints of vanilla and a tiny bit of dark fruit. A few seconds after each drink, I get the remnants of tobacco...almost like I just smoked a cigar. This really is a great tasting beer. Unfortunately, the lack of carbonation is really a downer. It is a creamy beer that has a decent mouthfeel, save for the poor carbonation. Still, this is good stuff.

Overall, I really like this beer. Although BA obviously makes appearance and mouthfeel contributors to the ranking, the taste is top notch. This will end up being ranked a bit lower by their standards, but I would still drink this at any time. A very, very solid tasting beer.

Consumed: 3/17/2010 - 3:30 a.m. (got up early for St. Patrick's Day....this beer will kick of the celebration for me!)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 09:13:37 | More by hayesez
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared during a small Charlotte BA tasting with marine1975, caSSino, CarolinaKevin, and GehenHerzog. Big thanks goes out to sproser (Secret Santa '10 BIF) and my boy Lunch for allowing me to have multiple bottles of this beauty! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured black with a one finger light tan head that remained throughout. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, wood, slight smoke, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was definitely a great brew. Very smooth flavor going on here that made it very easy to drink. 9.5%!? This could have gotten me in trouble for sure. The aroma on this one was not slacking either. A definite must try and I'm glad I got to share this with some local BAs. This was the highlight of the tasting for me...

Serving type: bottle

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