Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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2.23/5 rDev -49%
Dark ruby brown color with a small, light tan head. Needs to be much darker. Timid nose, with only a light hint of the barrel element. Thin mouth feel, low complexity and fairly depthless character overall. Some hints of caramel and corn whiskey, but there is hardly much of a beer underneath. This is a rerate of the newer bottling, but its a lot like the first: bland, poorly concentrated, lacking texture and just dull overall.
06-21-2008 16:41:13 | More by Crosling
2.95/5 rDev -32.5%
Shared generously by Andrew, thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.
Thin and brown as opposed to viscous black: not-so-stout-y looking. Aroma is bourbon, coal/smoke/roast, and some, umm... tartness? Taste has strong presence of roast and coffee, and the associated acidity. Not as big on bourbon in taste as in the aroma. Some chocolate notes. Very thin body with low carbonation. Seems like something is wrong with this beer/bottle.
Overall pretty pedestrian for a sought after barrel aged stout.
09-19-2011 08:22:15 | More by tewaris
3.1/5 rDev -29.1%
Bomber from Ryan011235, poured into an oversized snifter at cellar temperature. Borrowing comments from my review of the regular Blackout for comparison.
Blackout: A modest head and even more modest lacing. Body is a deepish brown; porter would have been my style guess just based on looks.
BA Blackout: No change here.
Blackout: The nose is full of rich roasted malts and milk chocolate, with hints of mixed berries.
BA Blackout: This version is certainly boozier, with plenty of oak and whiskey in the mix. The roast seems to have disappeared; only the chocolate and berry aromas remain from the base beer. Different, but not necessarily better.
Blackout: The berry flavor becomes quite pronounced as it warms up, and some molasses joins in with the chocolate to make for a rather sweet and tangy stout. It's just roasted enough to keep all that stuff under control. Some leafy bitterness and fresh coffee midswallow.
BA Blackout: Roast and coffee are mere afterthoughts in this version. Berry, chocolate and molasses remain. Paired up with the sweet oak and whiskey, this makes for a veeeery slow sipper. It's not over-the-top sweet, but it becomes a bit of a chore after a certain point. (Important distinction: not a make-your-fillings ache drainpour a la the unholy trinity of Dark Lord, WWS and Creme Brulee.)
Blackout: The lingering warming alcohol is not at all out of place. Lack of fullness is a minor quibble. Some additional dark malts and upping the viscosity a notch would really take it to the next level.
BA Blackout: Pretty much the same story. It's certainly boozier, but appropriately so.
Overall impression, Blackout: Pretty good stuff here. I'm looking forward to the barrel-aged version I've got queued up in the beer fridge.
Overall impression, BA Blackout: Doesn't measure up to the regular version. It seems to me that drier, roastier stouts are the ones that respond best to barrel aging. Perhaps this one will age gracefully, but I won't seek it out again. Fans of sweeter stouts should definitely check it out, though.
01-26-2011 02:09:36 | More by PDXHops
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
3.35/5 rDev -23.3%
Fresh 2008 Batch (well, 2 months old). Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells coffee roasty, flat oak, tannic, mild vanilla, some chocolate. Smells very dry and dominated by oak.
Tastes wet to start with alcohol and cherry-like tang biting in a way that cooperates with the drying edgy bourbon oak. Baker's chocolate, fig newton, iron, and onion underneath the dominant alcohol and oak. Leaves the tongue dry and a lingering rough alochol bite with chocolate edge. Meraganue aftertaste. Alcohol curts the mouthfeel to thin, but some dextrine plays on the tongue when swirled. Moderate carbonation. Bourbon County Stout Light. Very similar barrel and alcohol profile, but not the malt sweet and thick mouthfeel found in one of my favorites. Needs *alot* of time in the cellar for this one to pull together.
12-07-2008 09:08:17 | More by mentor
3.39/5 rDev -22.4%
Pouring this to celebrate the end of my local blackout! Thank god that's over...
BA Blackout pours with a deep brown body, about cola colored. A modest tan head rises about only a half inch thick with moderate head retention. Nothing impressive about its appearance for an imperial stout.
However, in the aroma I find much to be impressed with! I smell raisins, dates, boozy alcohol, oak, leather, drunken cherries, chocolate, and soy sauce. Nothing really dominates here, but it's rather well-balanced. It's a rich aroma for sure, and it promises a complex palate.
Up front, this full bodied beer has a booziness on the roof of the mouth. The flavor is a mix of oak, whisky, fruitiness, cocoa, and finally, espresso on the finish. Carbonation is medium, with a mildly bitter hop finish. It's definitely on the lighter side of the spectrum for the style.
One could call this a "drinkable" Imperial Stout, because the abv, while high, is still under 10%. The body is not viscous, and the booziness is mostly contained. It's not the best example of a barrel-aged impy stout. It's not the worst either. It's somewhere in the middle.
02-09-2014 06:46:33 | More by MusicaleMike
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
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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