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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: 1135
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005)
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ynsane

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a huge fan of the original Blackout Stout already, I just had to give the barrel aged version a whirl. I was impressed. The added oakiness (for better lack of term) was a grand addition to an already phenomenal brew. It added a great depth of flavor to the already great stout that Great Lakes has had brewing for a while. The mocha notes that start as you take your first sip are satisfying and enjoyable, while the finish hits you with notes of bourbon and vanilla. If you enjoyed the original, give this one a try. I do not think you will be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 01:24:49 | More by ynsane
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zip's in Cincinnati

Appearance: Arrives in a snifter with a finger of ecru foam on top of the black liquid; leaves just a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Subtle hints of bourbon waft above the chocolate, vanilla and oak elements

Taste: Up front, the chocolate, bourbon and vanilla elements blend together with some fruit and licorice arriving at mid-palate; all the elements come together in the finish in a balanced fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; very smooth

Overall: In terms of balance, this has to be one of the best examples of a bourbon barrel aged stout I have encountered; I was told it was a year old and the flavors have mellowed perfectly

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 02:25:34 | More by brentk56
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Vierenner

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing! On my want list for nearly a year and find it on tap at South Park Tavern!! Great Lakes selected SPT for 2 kegs tonight. First one tapped at 4p, gone by 6. It is everything I had hoped for. Smooth, sweet, little/no hop bite, bourbon flavors. A refreshing, sipping beer ... world-class. A halo beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 00:43:02 | More by Vierenner
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap (10 oz) at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Poured almost pitch black color with crimson red hues along the sides. Thin tan colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. Tiny stream of bubbles surface around the edges consistently.
Aroma is nothing short of spectacular. Bourbon cask aroma, with lots of vanilla, oak and hints of caramel, some coffee and milk chocolate. It is very aromatic, yet it is not very overwhelming.
Taste akin to the aroma is high on bourbon, with a nice taste of vanilla/sweetness taking over the bourbon, which finally gives way to smooth yet bitter chocolate and coffee notes with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly clean finish. Full-bodied and silky smooth on the palate.
This has to be hands-down one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I have had so far, period. Nothing short of spectacular.
The levels of balance achieved in the aging process is just fantastic, and no words can express it more than actually getting a taste of it. I was told by the Great Lakes employees that they only make 800 bottles a year which are sold only at the brewery. It's a shame it is not sold elsewhere. If you enjoy the regular Black Out Stout; which is also very good, then you will absolutely, positively enjoy this one.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 18:46:39 | More by CaptDavyJones
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer without the bourbon is a subtle and complex "weak" imperial stout. With the bourbon this is an intense and full bodied sweat bourbon treat. I had the pleasure of having both on tap tonight and only regret not having a second!

Sadly appearance suffers when trying to pour a full glass (6oz) of beer so lets say this one is dark and should in theory have head. The aromas are vanilla, coffee, and chocolate, and the hop aroma of the base beer does make a few minor appearances.

This is a thick and creamy mildly under carbonated beast. Truly tasty and among the best beers I've had. This really does seem like a fully different beer from the base. Highly recommended but hell I love bourbon barrel stouts.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 05:45:57 | More by bobhits
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brian44556

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a 4oz pour at LB in SpringHurst. Never planned on being able to try this beer, especially on tap. Rep said it was aged for 7-9 months on Bourbon Barrel's.

Pours an opaque black. Little head is noticed and almost no lacing. Not an awesome looking beer, but the smell switches your senses. Smell is sweet bourbon and chocolate. A small hint of vanilla from the barrel. Taste is right on par with the nose. Notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. Beer has a perfect texture and has carbonated perfectly. A small burn from the alcohol makes this one a nice sipper. What an amazing beer. Blackout Stout is one of the best RIS I have had the luxury of trying and adding a bourbon barrel to it makes it an awesomely different experience. Would like to try this side by side with the regular Blackout Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 01:08:48 | More by brian44556
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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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC, into a snifter glass. Thanks also to Bernie from Great Lakes for the extra sip.

Giant truly jet black midnight body, with a small collar of tan caramel appearance. Some minor scattered lacing while drinking.

Nose has a traditional bourbon barrel aged beer sense, super caramel and paralines but not much more varied than that. Small hints of brown sugar giving to a coca cola sweetness.

Taste matches nose. A typical bourbon aged stout, with a matching malt density. Texture brings a prickly caramel but slightly too carbonated with hint of gas taking away the brews better tastes on the palate.

Overall pretty dam solid. As it warms even mild licorice and molasses creep in making for one classic enjoyable drink. I would certainly partake of this beverage any day!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 00:37:16 | More by smakawhat
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest 2011. 5 oz pour into a tasting glass.

A- Pours pitch black opaque color, one finger dark brown head that dissipates quickly to a nice brown ring around the glass. Nice lacing and retention.
S- Really nice bourbon and vanilla aroma up front, dark roasted malts, chocolate, oak/wood, caramel.
T- Similar to nose, well balanced tasty beer, bourbon and vanilla taste upfront, chocolate, slight coffee taste, dark roasted malts, nice oak presence, caramel, slight black licorice flavor in the finish, really well balanced beer.
M- Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth drinking, nice heat as it goes down but nothing overpowering.
O- I’ve wanted to try this beer for some time. This beer was one of the beers on the top of my list to try at this year’s festival. Really well balanced Bourbon barrel aged stout; I will for sure seek out a couple of bottles of this gem.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 08:48:30 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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mistakebythelake

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'10 vintage From notes at GLBC brewpub on 1/17/11.

Pours a brownish black with good head and lacing into a 10 oz snifter. Quite the vanilla and oak on the nose with some bourbon and coffee in there as well. Throughly enjoyed the tastes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and malts. Full mouthfeel, good carbonation and very creamy. Could have had a couple of these, but wanted to try some other brewpub only releases there.

Have had this years vintage in the bottle as well and it is shaping up nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 16:09:07 | More by mistakebythelake
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2010 version, had on tap at the brewpub in Jan 2011. $6.50 for a 10-12oz goblet, nice.

Dark brown with about 1 finger of tan foam. The aroma is very vanilla-forward, more oak than bourbon and closer to Black Ops than my recollection of bottled BA Blackout. Either way it smells very good. Cocoa, sweet and roasty malts, and tons of vanilla.

All this comes through in the flavor, plus a dose of bourbon, very good. I love this beer, one of my favorites in bottle form and very good from the keg as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 02:53:02 | More by TurdFurgison
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/06/10- Had this one on-tap at the GL brew pub.
A: Pitch black, brown hues, thinner cream collar.
S: Nice vanilla bourbon, molasses, light cigar, clean, not woodsy.
T: Sweet, cigar, molasses, smokey burnt, close to DL with vanilla and oak.
M: Sticky sweet, with some carbonation.
D: Pretty good for a couple glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 05:33:07 | More by ne0m00re
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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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Tifore

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the GLBC brewpub after a twelve hour work day. Lets just say.... Perfect!

A - Pours super dark and not see through at all. Looks absolutely delicious. The head is about a finger high and dissapates quickly.

S - Oh the smell of this beer makes me smile. Smells of chocolate and caramel. Sweetness. Bourbon comes through and makes me want to drink so bad. Malts hit the nose as well as a slight oak-y-ness.

T - The first sip brings bourbon and oak straight to the tounge. Lots of malts and sweet tastes come after. I get slight chocolate at the end as well as lots of alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for such a big beer. Lots of carbonation makes it easy to drink, but beware one or two of these and you will definitely feel it.

D - I love this beer. I bought 4 Bombers at the release and kept two for myself, trading the other two. I will be be ageing one in my cellar for a few years. I'm thinking two or three years will produce great things for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 22:22:11 | More by Tifore
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at BA Blackout release

Pours a heavy, inky black color with a small ruby hue outlining the beer's form. A smaller tannish head bubbles up, retaining slightly and leaving some patches of lacing around the glass.

Whoa - the scents here were dead on, with notes of roasted dark malts, toffee, light vanilla, pleasant oakiness, and just enough bourbon.

Begins with some caramel malts and some roasted warmth. Caramel, molasses, and hints of coffee pierce through. Vanilla and some leathery oak tones warm the palate. Pleasant, enhancing bourbon rounds out the flavors as the beer becomes slightly warm and boozy, but not over the top. The flavors are all so balanced, without any component becoming overpowering.

A bit thinner body for the style, but still pretty full, with nice carbonation and some velvet smoothness. So delicious and drinkable, and not out of control with the ABV, despite being a little warm. I finished a sample, immediately bought a full glass, and still wanted more. One of my favorite barrel aged stouts right now.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 18:12:44 | More by xnicknj
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on Friday, 29 October 2010 at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, OH. Drove up from New York with a buddy and met up with a second from California for this release, coinciding with a wedding perfectly that weekend. On tap in 10oz snifter. Color is black with a slight burgundy-orange color when held up to the light. One-finger head up to the brim, head is beige-caramel and super creamy. Lacing is married to the glass. Carbonation is lighter-than-average -- simply perfect! Heavy, yet slightly-sweet bourbon aroma, touch of vanilla, bite of toffee, hardly smell the hot alcohol, bittersweet chocolate stings the nose. The taste makes me want to cry. Bourbon flavor sails over the heads of heavy vanilla, toffee, slight maple, and milk chocolate. The bourbon and chocolate flavors stick to the tongue.

Nearing the bottom of the glass, the alcohol gets slightly hotter, and the vanilla has a hard time saying goodbye. Time to drink another.

Aging six 2010 bombers bought that morning, potentially trading 3 of those with others around Beer Advocate (just message me). I could write volumes about this beer, but I must stop to give my mind a rest. Legendary beer.

EDIT, 5 November 2010: One bomber left for trading, but in the middle of a couple of trades and job transition, will let you know (especially you guys that msg'd me) if/when I decide to trade one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 01:09:41 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

400th review!

Had this on-tap at GL BA Blackout release... wow, what a beer!

Pours black with some ruby-amber highlights. Decent light brown head on it too. I was surprised that I could get any highlights out of this, most of the big stouts are black black black. It's nothing bad, just something different. I like it.

Nose brings out the bourbon, chocolate, dark malts, sweet goodness... Smells great. This is a big time stout. Taste is where this guy really shines--big rich stout flavors with a touch of oak and bourbon that really round out the beer. Bourbon aging is apparent, but not over-done. Very very good beer. If I had to describe it in terms of other big stouts, I would say that it's a slightly more robust (in malt profile) GI BCBS with the bourbon dialed back a bit. This one delivered for me.

Thick, viscous body, with a bit more carbonation than most of the big stouts. It works, though, and makes this a relatively easy drinking big beer. Overall, I was very happy with this. Well crafted in all respects, one of my new favorites, and I'm glad I'll be able to get it for the next few years!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 23:41:22 | More by LordAdmNelson
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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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treyrab

California

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2010 BABO the other night at the release party. Here goes:

2010
A: Pours a dark brown with a moderately dark khaki head. Decent head retention. Held up to the light there is clearly brown hues and some scarlet and mahogany colors as well.

S: The smell is spot on, really. It is almost as if they are learning from experience and really perfecting this beer. It was a perfect blend of bourbon (more bourbon that prior vintages), rich, dark, sweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, slight oak dryness, and sweet vanilla.

T: The taste resembles the smell again with great bourbon (again, more than prior vintages), sweet vanilla, oak dryness, and rich dark chocolate.

M/D: Spot on for the style. Not thick or chewy, just a perfect balanced Imperial Stout. Nice and creamy.

4.5 / 4.5 / 5 / 4.5 / 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 11:53:39 | More by treyrab
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin slight off white head and almost no lacing at all. The aroma is of vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes, with a slight hint of dark fruts present. The taste has a roasted malt backbone with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and oak, also the bourbon alcohol flavor really comes through at the end of the drink. The mouthfeel is low carbonation a little slick and slightly creamy. The drinkability is about average, the bourbon alcohol flavor is not as enjoyable as other ris's. The taste didn't seem as balanced as others.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 14:20:13 | More by goblue3509
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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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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes taken at the Great Lakes BA Blackout release party this fall. Had it on tap for the second time and it was quite a treat. Traded away four of my six bottle allocations and looking to enjoy one myself here in the near future!

Appearance- Comes off the tap an opaque black with a minimal ring of tan head much in the league of many barrel-aged stouts that I've had. Spot on for the style.

Smell- Complex, tasty, and interesting. Lots of very well blended notes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, burnt coffee, sweet molasses, and brown sugar. The wood is very evident here but rounded out nicely through the roastiness and coffee accents that show through from the base stout.

Taste- Again, lots of bourbon, vanilla, and wood here. However, as will the nose, the roasted qualities of the original base stout blend nicely with the barrels (this year Buffalo Trace for the first time rather than Jim Beam) and show through. Some warming alcohol on the way down but not sharp by any means.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is silky smooth and substantial, though oddly not as heavy as I was expecting. Drinkability is surprisingly good as I found that the roasted elements in the taste helped minimize some of the overwhelming sweetness I usual find in this style. Goes down quite easy.

Overall, one of the big boys. Try this if you can, it's very good and I'd say one of the best barrel-aged offerings out of the state of Ohio.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 23:58:00 | More by boatshoes
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't make it to the release, but this gem was still on-tap almost a week later. Poured into a snifter. Served a little on the cold side, tried to give it some time to warm up. 2009 Version (aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels).

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown, borderline black. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head; reduced to a frothy ring.

S- Notes of chocolate, subtle vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very mellow, but a complete package in terms of complexity.

T- Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon create a perfect blend as soon as it touches the palate. More on the mellow side at first, yet quite complex. The bourbon comes forward a little more in the finish along with some of the barrel qualities.

M- At first it was slightly watered down and not as viscous as I had hoped for. However, after I let this beer warm up, the body thickened a bit and was more than satisfactory.

D- For a BA RIS, this was incredibly drinkable. At 10% abv. can't ask for much more.

Overall, a little more bourbon forward then some I have had in the past, but still maintained the subtle complexities of an aged bottle. Incredibly smooth and a perfect fit between BA RIS that have too much bourbon and BA RIS that do not have enough bourbon qualities in them.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 18:13:15 | More by rhinos00
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imaguitargod

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah finally, the 2008 edition of the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout...so tasty. Head this on tap and poured into a 8 ounce whiskey glass. Very little head with no lacing. Beautifully black in it's color with blood red edges. First a huge whiskey/oak/alcohol taste hits your tongue then the roasted chocolate malts flood the palate. The aging really mellowed the beer but for the better. Wish I could drink this everyday....

Jonathan Passow

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 17:46:27 | More by imaguitargod
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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.