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

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,273
Gots: 278 | FT: 23
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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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice d ark reddish brown with a decent amount of head. Light brown head that is a fairly minimal. Smells slightly fruity and very rich and malty. Nce and chocolatey with a solid bourbon presence. A very subtle banana on the tongue as well. A bit strong and boozy but very tasty. Overall a top notch beer

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a. 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter. 2011 vintage.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Small blotches and trails of lacing.

S- big coffee nose, roast, vanilla and some bourbon.

T- bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. Bourbon and vanilla come into play in the middle. Finishes with a abv, bourbon note.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Drinks easily with a sligh bitter bite near the finish.

O- nice BA stout but not one I will seek out every year.

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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with the usual Blackout Stout label. Everything was the same except the label is bigger, it's computer generated, the mighty words "Barrel Aged" in front of Blackout Stout, and a hand written number and bottled year on the side. Mine was bottle number #562 out of 900 from the 2006 bottling year. This was my Christmas present to myself. Let's see what 2 years of age did to this beer.

Appearance: I had no other choice then to pour this big beer into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. Ok, who's the funny man who replaced my Stout with motor oil? That's not cool. I really wanted to try this bee....Wait a minute. This thick black liquid is the beer. I'm sorry! It's just that they shard the same density and color is why I first thought it was motor oil. I held this big black beer up to the light to see if light could penetrate this beer and light just bounced off it. It almost looked like this beer was wearing sunscreen the way the light bounced off it. I've never seen anything like it. On top of this pitch black liquid was a small skim of mocha film. It was either mocha color or a dark tan color. It was hard to tell what color it was because it receded away to fast. Even though the head of foam left this world too soon, it did mange to leave behind a tiny string of foamy rings and 2 to 4 spots of lace. I loved the beer's color, but was a little disappointed by the head of foam. It didn't matter all that much.

Smell: I'm not too sure what to think about the aroma. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. The aroma was thick and roasted like it should be, but it wasn't all that potent. It smelled like it was missing that fire up its ass to come busting out of the glass. I swirled it around to see if I could wake it up, but nothing really happened. In the end, the aroma was thick and roasted with dark roasted malts, a speck of roasted espresso beans, a pinch of 90%+ dark chocolate, a few black cherries, charred oak, a gentle touch of alcohol and tobacco, and an bitsy bitsy amount of vanilla beans at the finish line. I really liked the amount of oak and dark roasted aromas that were contained in this aroma and how well it controlled the alcohol, but I just couldn't excited over it. It was just missing that kick that it needed.

Taste: The taste didn't disappoint at all. The taste was thick, chewy, roasted, and all the flavors in here were at the right strength. It had that kick that the aroma was missing. The taste didn't come in waves of flavors. It was just one big chewy dark roasted taste. This Barrel Aged Stout was chewy and heavily roasted with dark roasted malts, roasted espresso beans, lightly bitter dark chocolate, a nice gentle touch of charred oak, a hint of black cherries, a tiny speck of vanilla beans, a drop of bourbon, a subtle pinch of roasted hops, and a mild taste of alcohol. What was so nice about this taste was the fact that each and every dark roasted flavor (there's a lot of them too!) had the same amount of time in the spotlight. Not one flavor had more time than the other flavors. I know it was hard for the oak, bourbon, and alcohol to do that, but Great Lakes did it!

Mouthfeel: It was a thick, chewy roasted full bodied beer that never really exposed it's relatively high 9% ABV. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to hide the 9% ABV behind all of the dark roasted flavors. The aftertaste was almost as complex as the initial taste. The aftertaste was roasted and lightly sweet with roasted malts, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, a hint of bourbon, charred oak, and some lightly roasted hops. This roasted aftertaste will hang on for about 10 seconds and then it's gone.

Drinkability: I would absolutely love another one these. But if there is one big problem with this beer, it would have to be this beer's availability. It's one of those beers that are only available at the brewery one time a year and at a certain time. If you love thick chewy roasted Stouts or you just like Great Lakes, then this is the beer for you. That is if you can get your hands on one. How did I get my hands on one? I knew somebody who knew somebody, that knowes somebody who went to Great Lakes at the right time.

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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black color with a moderate frothy brown head that diminished slowly and produced sticky legs and fair lacing. Good roasted malt, vanilla and woody aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Complex sweet chocolate flavor with a sweet smooth woody finish of long duration. Very well balanced barrel stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2012

A: Half-finger dark tan head, black, though pour, and edges of glass show deep dark golden-brown color, good carbonation, decent lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, coffee

T: Bourbon, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, toasted malts, oak, coffee, slight bitterness, nicely balanced

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, slightly warming

O: Very good RIS, enjoyed this after a regular Blackout and thought the barrel aging really enhanced this beer

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.