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

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout
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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Dogbrick on 11-29-2005

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Reviews: 419 | Ratings: 1,785
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2015 - So enjoyed fresh! Loved this one! Lots of chocolate and some solid barrel notes. I have one with a few years on it in my cellar so I am looking forward to that!

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Even better than regular Blackout - the look and pour are similar, but the aroma is more intense. The bourbon tones add to the chocolate making this a great scent. The taste is fuller than regular Blackout, and the bourbon flavor follows through to the after-taste. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a really great beer, but I was not blown away by any stretch. I expected a lot and sadly this one just seemed like a really solid BA stout. I didn't pick up any adjunct flavors and got mainly barrel character. It was good, but not great.

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Photo of LAp
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 12oz snifter. Opaque black with a half-to-one finger mocha head. Nose is sweet bourbon. Palate is bourbon and chocolate (little cocoa though - very little bittersweet). Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, solidly done. Overall, this is a great beer, but it's hard to shake the feeling that this beer owes that fact more to the style in which it resides than the brewery itself. The palate is somewhat monotonous, but the notes it relies upon are deep and very rich (reminiscent almost of KBS, though not as well executed). The profile intrinsic to the style's palate is hard to argue with. Great Lakes didn't make anything overwhelmingly groundbreaking here, but it is a respectable brew that fits well in an intrinsically outstanding style of beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, boozy and badass.... Amazing beer... Blackout on steroids for sure.. Base beer is terrific but this is.... Badass..... The aromas, the flavors, the booze... Absolutely amazing.... Desert island beer right here.., descriptions are pointless... This beer is incredible

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackout stout looks like a blackout alright. Damn sturdy 1" brown head on it.

Aroma was roast, soft bourbon and wood touches, a little bit of caramel and vanilla.

Taste was pretty diverse given the monolithic black appearance. Not a huge as beer, its big, but manageable without effort, you can really drink this easily for what it is. Chewy viscosity is very nice. Sugars aren't overdone. Creamy smooth at times when you hit that sweet spot temperature wise. Chocolate is dark and slightly bitter.

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Photo of 98green
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a snifter. I'm not a fan of most of the Great Lakes offerings I've tried, but I'm a sucker for BBA stouts. Look is deep black, no head. Smell is all whiskey barrel and dark fruit. Taste is more of the same. Lots of dark fruit again, more whiskey. This one actually reminds me more of a quad than a big stout. Perhaps more like a muted version of Stone w00t. Feel gives more of that slick sweetness and a nice boozy burn. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium thickness mouthfeel. Dark black body with a lighter brown thin head. Aroma is a dull cocoa smell. Good chocolate taste with hints of sweet caramel.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm . . . This one is a strange ba stout in my opinion. Nothing is necessarily out of place and it doesn't even come across as disjointed per se. However, as a whole nothing stands out as world class or even above average for me. I suspect that this beer has been better in seasons past and may be better in seasons future. Meaning that this years version of ba Blackout is possibly a product of quality issues I believe has plagued many of GLBC brews this year. Then again as an after thought, this was probably brewed and barreled in 2014 and coincidently bottled in 2015. Anywho . . . even from the pour it almost doesn't resemble a deep and richly black imperial stout. This appears to be more of a very dark brown. Very little head and some lacing lingers as I search for words to overly describe this beer. Aroma is overall good with plenty of roastiness and some bourbon. Taste is fine overall but the flavors come off as rather mute and watered down in a sense. Even the bourbon is pretty subtle. Which I can usually appreciate world class subtleties in world class beers but like I mentioned above . . . Nothing is coming off as above average. The number one thing that makes or breaks a beer for me other than taste is mouthfeel. This beer has an average feel in my book. Just too thin with no substance. So, in closing I will seek this out again. Maybe next year or Lord willing the year after that as I believe GLBC has had some quality issues in 2015 for whatever reason . . . Nosferatu, Dortmunder, Oktoberfest, etc. Until then some think this is tje best. Some will argue that Jackie O's has a better ba stout. But in my book, Thirsty Dogs ba Siberian Night still sits atop the throne as Ohio's best ba stout.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure if this was ba or not. Was on tap and advertised as "aged" but had little if any barrel character.

But an awesome beer drank like what I would imagine a triple oatmeal stout would.. very roasts and some other all the overwhelming sweetness that I remember from regular was gone.. awesome!

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at GLBC event at City Taphouse in Philly. I had just downed a SN Narwhal, so this IRS was next up. Served in a short snifter for some reason. Nice, but I was not taken by the bourbon barrel overtones. Great bbl aged stout that I'll go back to again when I find it. So glad you guys were at the City Taphouse.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage served in a Teku.

Pours a very dark brown with minimal head. Chocolate, oak, sweet dark fruit, and bourbon on the nose. Taste is similar to the aroma and it's a bit sweet. In addition to flavors in the aroma I'm getting a little roasted coffee and nice charred flavor that I absolutely love. Mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy like BCBS. Overall, this is a fantastic BA stout that stands out to me with the charred finish that it has. I really like the base beer as well, and the added barrel aging makes it even better!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a sweet aroma of bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, carmally and very smooth. Leaves a little bit of a warm mouthfeel. Overall pretty delicious

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Bottled In 2015.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some sheer swirls of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Lots of dark chocolate, char and of course bourbon. Definitely on the not-so-sweet side with more molasses and chicory than vanilla and brown sugar.

T- More dark chocolate and now some vanilla shows up along with some oak. As far as actual bourbon flavor though, there's not a whole lot. There's also not a lot of added complexity to the base beer from its time on the barrel. Very drinkable for the ABV but there's just not much extra to latch onto compared to other BA stouts. Bitter, charry aftertaste.

M- Semi-creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A slight disappointment. It tastes good but doesn't deliver the wow factor of other BBA beers. A bit too carbonated and there's just not enough barrel presence.

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Photo of mschantz
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled pour from a 12 oz bottle from the 2015 batch. Pours nearly black with deep rich brown around the edges. About 1/4 inch of khaki head on top of this moderately viscous brew. Nose is a combination of brown sugar, molasses and booze - the booze notes dominate. Vanilla, brown sugar and of course bourbon dominate the taste. Bourbon contributes to a warming finish.

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Photo of weonfire
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed that the beer, the dark chocolates, roasts and malts came first and the bourbon was certainly present - just not dominate force as such in some BA stouts. I would say, a very well balanced BA stout. I could drink more than 1 (12+ oz) of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pretty blown away by this beer. I've had a lot of barrel aged stouts but this one stood out. Really rich, creamy, thick; like enjoying a bourbon-chocolate milkshake. I highly recommend!

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Photo of Raj
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. 12oz pour. Aged at room temp.

A: black with dark brown highlights. Minimal head. Leaves a little coating on the glass but not vicious.
S: upfront fudgey, chocolate. oaky, light vanilla, dark fruit (very dark cherry or prune), cola. Some bourbon on the nose, but more dominated by chocolate and oaky notes.
T: taste is very similar, starts with bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oaky notes, dark fruit. Pretty smooth. Some roast and slight bitterness to balance. Still has the cola flavor. I do get some bourbon and slight alcohol burn toward the end.
M: medium, but a little thin compared to what I expect from a BA stout.
O: solid BA stout. Nice balance of the expected flavors, do wish it was a little thicker and less cola.

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Photo of Houser
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

really liked this one, but was disappointed in the beer itself if we are talking all things considered. wanted it to be a thick, blackout. was a bit thin for me, though nice barrel character.

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Photo of danh53
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed is cola which dominates the nose and the taste. There is some milk chocolate creaminess with some coffee. The mouth feel is smooth but very thin for the style. Bourbon is prominent and oak character is well integrated, but too much cola for me. I won't be seeking more of this.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color is very deceiving. Very dark brown color not really stout like.
Smell is of bold chocolate and bourbon
Amazing flavor profile. Layered with loads of bourbon character. Great toffee flavor.
Mouth feel is like silk
Overall just straight blown away by how smooth this is. Will definitely be seeking out more of this.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown almost black like oil with just a little thinner viscosity and khaki colored head. Bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bourbon warmth and chocolatey depth.

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Photo of Gerberr
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Toppling Goliath sniffer from a 12 Oz bottle, bottled in 2015. Little to no head, thin lacing around the edge.

L: Black as night, no light sneaks through. Obviously with a name like it has you wouldn't expect it to.

S: Not much for smell here, faint coffee and roasted malt.

T: Wonderful. Toffee, coffee, caramel, plums. I really enjoy the barrel flavor on this beer. Brings out a light fruity side I'm not used to in alot of barrel aged brews. Curious as to the whiskey they got the barrels from. This beer is also fairly sweet, making it a great night cap.

F: For all the flavors going on you would expect it to be thick and viscous, not the case. It's pretty thin, but it is a stout and not a RIS.

Overall: Great beer, nice change of pace from other barrel aged stouts. This is thinner, fruity, sweet, and the barrel taste shines.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The flavors are thick and creamy with huge chocolate, coconut, light vanilla, toffee, some butterscotch and fudge. Though the feel is a touch thin it still gives up a creaminess.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-@ Unos, Maple Shade, N.J. Tapped at 6pm. Kicked at 6:16. Served cold in a chalice.

A: Inky black coloring, no head, no lace. Deep coloring.

S: Nose of fresh espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla bean with a sweet roasty backing. Sweet caramel. Moderate awareness, little alcohol detection. Fairly lasting.

T: Flavor was dark sweet chocolate, freshly roasted espresso, vanilla bean. Exceptionally smooth flavor, very well refined. Sweet caramel mixes with the vanillla laced roastiness. Sweet dark fruit, light mention of bourbon, its the smooth silky roastiness that is the highlight here.

M: Silky smooth texture, lightly milky, little or no carbonation, a very nice feel.

O: Overall silky texture, cleanly brewed,exceptionally smooth BA version of their black out stout. Only 1 keg in N.J. this year 2015-june, which kicked 16 min. in and glad to have been served. $8 pour, well worth. it. Abv% is hidden in the flavor, but you feel it afterwards.

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