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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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BA SCORE
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1,264 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,216
Gots: 274 | FT: 22
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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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle care of ClockworkOrange at a tasting on 11/13/10. Thanks for sharing this Jason!

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a deep color of brown with decent clarity and some lighter brown and reddish hues around the edges. There is little to no signs of a head except for a thin collection of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Swirls barely aggitate more bubbles but create a thin leggy amount of lacing.

The aroma of this brew is exactly what I love about barrel aged beers. It smells of sweet vanilla and oak that is completely bourbon filled that accents the boozy smell to this brew. There is a minor amount of dark grain which imparts some chocolate character to round out the nose.

The taste is again boubon filled like the nose suggested that warms the back of the throat. There are some citrusy tangy hops present along with a long drawn out flavor of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This is a smooth offering that has a light touch of oxidation.

Medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Very well balanced and a great example. It leaves a lasting bourbon flavor which might be distracting for some, but I loved it. I would certainly seek this one out to have again. For being 2 years old at this point, it could have aged even longer but if I had bottles of this it would be very difficult to not open them up and enjoy now.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 17:52:06 | More by stakem
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-20-2012 00:11:15 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

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

Sampled through trade with Sephiroth.

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a thin brown head.

The smell is sweet chocolate and light bourbon with the required whiskey and vanilla aroma. Little bit of Kahlúa aroma in this, the coffee is there just toned down a bit. When you pour this at first it deceives you in to thinking this isn't a bourbon barrel beer and then it hits you in the scent. After the ethanol fumes get started this is all Kahlúa and Bourbon.

The taste starts out sweet but coffee bitter too with a big vanilla and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Fairly big whiskey taste here and it is a complex bourbon flavor. Oak, citrus, oak, vanilla, caramel, and flowers.

Mouthfeel is good.

A sipping beer here and quit high in alcohol. Not to thick a beer this is quite close to bourbon and coffee with crème in flavor and sensation. Still this is the sort of beer like KBS that is a one a night type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 03:49:40 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to unclejedi for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
2009 Vintage

Poured into a chalice a black color, some carbonation, not much of a head at all, a couple of tiny islands appear. The nose is malty, with some oak notes, chocolate, toffee, some spice. The taste is malty, nice oak note, chocolate/toffe, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, but not what it's hyped up to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:17:50 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Color is black with tan head, very small head. Due to light pour.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and sugar, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Amazing how everything flows so well.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, sweet caramel. Very awesome.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, sweet. Near perfect. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, one of my new favorite beer. It is really awesome. I am impressed and want more. Very great flavors and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2009 00:47:12 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-19-2013 01:14:37 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained in trade with unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes promptly, with leggy dwindling lace. Aroma is dark grains, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is roasty sweetness upfront, barrel character in the middle, and alcohol warmth at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, almost seems to evaporate off the tongue, and drinkability is very nice for the style. Could stand for a bit more body, but all in all a great offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:08:06 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle split with oglmcdgl, into a Duvel tulip.

Barrel Aged Blackout pours a pretty black color resulting in a black body. The liquid out the bottle is dark brown though. A stealth pour yielded only a few cm of ivory white loose bubbles, very weak looking.

Smell is a bit brighter though with barrel oak blasting up the nose, and this is when it's cold. Mix of roasted malt and bakers chocolate, fudge. Vanilla and bourbon. A small hit of dark fruit with warming no alcohol.

By god this is great beer, it's very well mixed two years in. Vanilla from the oak is large yet not sweet, bourbon from the oak is pleasant yet not overbearing. Under that blackout does it's thing with a mix of chocolate and roasted malt.

This is really smooth, it's smooth as hell. Goes down easy as pie. Feel is above medium bodied with low carb, not stingy in any way. The aftertaste is smooth minimal and consists of vanilla.

Im glad I tried it and this is one that lives up to the hype. Im sure the two years in the bottle helped alot. This was all too easy to drink like a fish.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:39:37 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

11-26-2012 00:54:21 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber. Off white head forms and leaves some lace. Aroma of malt, coffee, vanilla, of course, some bourbon. In the taste, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke, wood and a warming booze. You get a lot of the barrel with this brew. Roasted and a lot of tannins drying it out. Full bodied, smooth, dry and satisfying. Overall, a different beast than the regular, more coffee and vanilla tasting version. A standalone giant in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:08:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

2009 vintage. Served alongside Great Lakes Blackout Stout.

A: Dark black with about an inch of beige head atop the beer.

S: Bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla.

T: Well-balanced and tasty. This beer has a lot of flavor. Everything is integrated into the overall taste very nicely. There were a few other world class barrel-aged beers sampled this night. While this is a really well-crafted brew, it is not quite in the upper echelon of barrel-aged imperial stouts, in my opinion.

M: A decent feel. For 9%, the alcohol comes through a bit to strongly. I would be somewhat more at ease with this if the beer was in the 11+% abv range.

D: A solid beer and good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:41:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

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

Generously provided by Brad (ygtbsm94) at the BA gathering at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a brownish black color with an impressive creamy head. Head retention is very, very good, with lots of sticky lacing all around. Surprisingly, the nose is a bit muted, though I do get some light coffee and chocolate. What there is smells pretty good. Flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, except there is nothing shy about the amount of flavor I get. I get a huge, rich, creamy presense of milk chocolate, cherry and coffee, with a hint of licorice. The mouthfeel is really impressive in this beer, and comes across as long, smooth and very creamy. Drinkability is very, very good for such a big beer, and I could see myself getting into trouble drinking this one.

The regular blackout stout isn't bad, but this is truly exceptional. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 13:27:27 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-08-2012 07:03:39 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2013 02:50:35 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-06-2013 01:59:56 | More by Gonzoillini
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-31-2013 04:16:23 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2012 bottling date.

Pours a black ooze, but looks soft. Nice creamy slightly soapy white foam. Great lacing.

Aroma is sweet raisin, plum, blackstrap leather, some tobacco, chocolate and roasted coffee. Smells rich, soft and 'lish

yeah, tastes good, too. A bit too sweet for me. The roastiness is subdued and the chocolate loses its punch. Raisin and black plum come forward. Hints of caramel. No wood I could detect. Coffee strengthens.

Feels a bit slick and flat. Gotta get this sticky sweet off my teeth, bubbles would work. Actually didn't finish it because the feel just didn't grow on me in a good way. Other than that, it was easy drinking. ABV is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 22:47:42 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

22 oz bomber, big thanks to ClockworkOrange for sending this up.

Pours a deep opaque black, some brown in the edges, thin light tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots, looks like a stout. Smell is crazy, very nutty, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, some coffee roast, toffee, peanut brittle, nice barrel character, dark fruit, more bourbon, smells great. Taste is great as well, buttery oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, toffee, sweet brown sugar middle, a bit toasty with corn syrup and bourbon in the finish. Really nice flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden but some heat does come through in the finish. Really nice example of bourbon barrel aging RIS, very well done. Thanks Jason!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:29:12 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jim for this one! 12oz bottle

A: Pours black, very dark, with a small tan head on top. Decent retention leaving a small ring with patch of foam on top. Very thin sheets of lacing.

S: Mmm, some bourbon and chocolate. There is a hint of vanilla, brown sugar, and a little wood.

T: Upfront some slightly roasty malt and chocolate, while the finish is full of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The finish is slightly sweet.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A nice sipping beer. Thinner than most in the style, not thick and syrupy, a little more body I think would have helped. But all in all, a solid BA RIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:24:52 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, definitely fitting of the moniker blackout stout. Even a decent almost 1 inch amass of tan head on the top of it, really impressive appearance for a barrel aged stout. Aroma, nice and mild actually, really the best barrel aroma this side of Eclipse. Everything you'd want, chocolate, vanilla, oak, mild bourbon, even caramel and just the slightest amount of smoke/charred edge from the barrel.

And all those aromas are plenty evident as flavor as well. Rather than make a gigantic bourbon bomb (king henry) with no complexity, they went soft, I generally think the 8-10% abv range to be perfect for barrel aged stouts, the malt body absorbs lots of the heat, and you're not breathing that alcohol fire/heat while you sip on the beer. Carbonation is right on point here, low overall, but perfect for style, brings out head, the aroma, but allows the nice viscosity to chill. The sweetness is minimal, keeps the beer in the creamy category rather than sweet. Not that there is anything wrong with a sweet bal aged stout (chocolate rain).

Doesn't try and be overly complex, massive, etc. . .

It really fits into that niche of bal aged stouts like Central Waters & Fifty Fifty's Eclipse: Really damn good beers, great blending, lack of heat, nice chocolate. Rather than trying to be the biggest, they just focus on being the best.

Highly recommend. Soon enough, this beer won't be on the top100 list anymore because there's always some new, uber rare beer made in an area of the country that isn't known for beer, and it will become even easier to acquire. I look forward to that day. If you're reading this, and you have a bottle of blackout stout, yes, you can offer it in a trade to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 20:46:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange. Thanks!
Very dark with faint chestnut edges. Carbonation looked low on the pour, since a very thin light brown cap appeared and I wasn't all that careful. Fine bubbles formed a solid collar. Spotty lacing. Caramel and whiskey aromas, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, malt, light roast. Very nice aroma, lots of character without any single trait overpowering the rest. Roast was more prominent in the flavour and bitterness was solid, yet fairly soft, throughout. Faint hop flavour towards the end. Whiskey and booze gave the palate a tingle from start to finish. Bittersweet and milk chocolate notes, vanilla, drying oak, caramel, dry cocoa in the finish. Fine carbonation, a little on the low side. The body was between medium and full, a little on the light side for a RIS, but this aided drinkability. Plenty of warmth without being hot. Overall, a well crafted and balanced barrel-aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:38:56 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-09-2013 06:37:24 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

06-15-2013 19:52:13 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-22-2014 20:59:27 | More by afsdan
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.