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

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,311
Gots: 306 | FT: 31
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2013. Tasted alongside regular Blackout Stout. Teku glass.

A: Pours mostly black, a dark coffee brown around the edges, with a half finger of light brown head which recedes quickly to a thick ring. Quite good clarity. Good retention for what's there, and a few streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Sweet, round whiskey, oak, and vanilla, and alcohol burn.

T: Bourbon that burns a little as it goes down, vanilla extract and oak, an undertone of chocolate malt and roast which imparts some structure, with a long, slightly boozy and barrel-y finish.

M: Medium-full body and medium-light, slightly sharp carbonation.

O: The barrel treatment is a bit on the harsher end, esp. with the alcohol burn, and the base characteristics are pretty overwhelmed. Some of the harshness mellows out as it warms to room temperature, but it remains.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to TomTwanks for providing this beer.

A- Pours black as hell, capped with a very thin layer of tan head that settles to a few wispy patches.

S- Bourbon, lots of chocolate, some oak and vanilla.

T- Mix of chocolate and bourbon right up front, the bourbon is smooth and isn't overpowering, it does a great job of complementing the roasted malt flavors. Lots of bitter dark chocolate and roasted bready malt, slight coffee. Oak and vanilla in the background. Slides in a roasty, bourbon-tinged finish with some considerable boozy, dark fruit sweetness.

M- Full-bodied, lots of carbonation, has a prickly feel, otherwise smooth, mild alcohol on the finish.

O- A pretty damn tasty stout, it's not the most extreme or in-your-face, but the flavors are delicious and well-balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as night, nice 1 inch foamy head, and plenty of lacing,

Smell - Whiskey/bourbon, Roasty malts, vanilla, raisin, coffee, chocolate and some brown sugar/molasses.

Taste - First sip is bourbon heavy. Plenty of dark malts, coffee and chocolate notes as well. Has a nice hop bite to it, along with sweet brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Oak comes in near the finish along with some alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Bourbon coats tongue along with coffee and malts. Palate gets hops, chocolate and lots of vanilla. Aftertaste is coffee, whiskey and oak/malty.

Overall - Really nice beer, the bourbon isn't overpowering at all, but its plenty strong enough. Nice balance, all the other flavors stand out well. The biggest gripe is the price. It works out at 8$ for a single 12 oz bottle. I still prefer kbs over this, and that's around 5$ a bottle. That along with it being a brewery only release for purchase is the only real downfalls.

Photo of Spider889
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage: "2516 Series"

The snifter of this that I had at the release party seemed underwhelming, but I interpreted it as a rushed keg (I want to say they kept pushing back the release date due to space/tank availability issues. The carbonation was low and the beer seemed lackluster and soapy to some extent (but still desirable).

This bottle rectifies that, and falls more in line with past releases...

A - Poured into a Cigar City snifter. The beer is a dense black. Blackout Stout has never been the thickest of beers, 2011 vintage more than I remember in years past, even. But somehow this bottle of BA Blackout seems thicker than the base beer (normally I find this to be the reverse). The head is rather short, a greyish cream color, but has decent enough staying power over time. Only the slightest hint of lace feebly clings to my glass.

S - The aroma is the best part of this beer - at least this year's vintage, at this point in the aging process. Vanilla and oak are huge here, and appreciably make this one to inhale over and over again.A slight roasty chocolate notion falls in line behind the luscious vanilla, and as I dig deeper still - often by literally getting my nose deep into the snifter - I can find ripe bourbon whiskey character. It's slightly fruity and a little boozy with a dollop of honeyed sweetness on the back end.

T - The bourbon is really prominent this year. I find it slightly off-putting for my tastes. The bourbon is not hot by any means, but just potent. It masks much of the base beer which disappoints. The fruity character of the bourbon almost tricks me into thinking that there's a tartness to the beer, but closer inspection tells me that yes, this is only the prominence of the barrel. Charred oak and mild ash hints to what this beer once was, and a subtle sweet chocolate note foretells what this beer will one day become if cellared. In any case, this beer is still delicious, but needs some extended age for me.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky texture with a nice mocha coffee finish/aftertaste.

O - There's a reason this is one of my favorite beers - Great Lakes knows their stuff. This year's vintage is simply more whiskey-forward than I remember from last year. Ought to age very well.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of goblue3509
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Hopstout
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

I got this bottle a few weeks ago from my beerbuddy Jeffo. Thanks for this one Jeff!

Drank it yesterday in my Struise glass, like always i drink my beers in my Struise glass.

Nice pour with a creamy strong lightbrown head and a pitch black/very darkbrown fluid. Good start!

Smell of coffee and very dark chocolate. Very easy drinkable but a strong one. Enjoyed it till the last drop. Mouthfeel was very nice, this is a friendly RIP to drink, not the best i ever had but it is a good one!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with almost no head and some lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

Lots of roast in the aroma. Some vanilla, oatmeal and a bit of bourbon, but not as much as I'd like.

There is much more bourbon in the flavor. A little sweeter and less roasty than the smell would indicate. Lots of vanilla, oak and bourbon with some chocolate and just a bit of roast. Bourbon is actually a tad overpowering as it warms. It's good, but not terribly well integrated.

Creamy mouthfeel and proper carbonation.

Overall fairly solid although something about the bourbon integration is a bit off for me. I'll definitely drink this again, but if it's a choice between this, KBS, BBPtF, etc. this one probably comes in last.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.