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

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
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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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to Cuzco for this major Want!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. It pours a slick, oily black-brown topped by a relatively short-lived finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, buttercream, caramel, and molasses. On the tongue, chocolate and oak kick up the most dust, followed by whiskey, roasted malts, and a smidgen of vanilla bean.The body is heavy, but still in my medium range, with a light carbonation and a very smooth, lightly chewy feel. Overall, definitely better than the normal Blackout and a damn fine and tasty stout generally-speaking. Great times.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer!!!

A hard pour with next to no head, just a little wisp of tan lacing.

Smells of light bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. No chocolate or coffee here. The bourbon dominates here but it's oh so smooth. The roast of the backing beer pokes through but mainly it's backing to the bourbon.

The mouthfeel it right on for a Double/RI stout. heavy enough to do the job but not too heavy to not have something following it. I couldn't have too many of these - the 9.5% catches up with you.

This along with BA BORIS are a couple of my favorite Barrel Aged beers. This is a beer to sit and enjoy - concentrate when you have this one in your glass - it pays dividends.

Photo of domtronzero
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. 22 oz bottle.

A - Clear, very dark brown colored, nearly black. Small, tightly formed, long lasting ring of tannish head. Little lacing. Nice and thicke looking (like Alan Thicke).

S - Big cocoa, chocolate, burnt roasty aromas. Nice sweet vanilla-like oaky smell with a very pleasant sweet bourbon presence. Very well balanced and quite inviting.

F/M - Again, big chocolate up front. Followed by loads of sweet dark malts, roasty flavors and lots of vanilla and bourbon. The flavors meld seemlessly from rich to smooth, with a nice lingering chocolaty finish. The alcohol gets slightly noticeable as it warms, but it is very enjoyable. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've had in a while. Smooth, rich, tasty, and with noticeable barrel character. World class.

Photo of SirSketch
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Firm tan head that stays. Primarily black in color with just a small amount of deep red highlights.

S - Mainly bourbon in the aroma and a strong oak character. The whiskey works well with the roasty/burnt smell in the beer. Great vanilla aroma, too.

T - Thankfully, the bourbon and malt flavor contributions are more balanced than in the aroma. Big on the chocolate and french roast coffee flavors. Maybe a bit of astringency from the dark grain. One of the better bourbon characteristics I've had in a beer.

M/D - Very smooth, buttery mouthfeel that makes this beer a pleasure to drink. Overall, a great example of bourbon barrel aging.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a frothy 1.5 finger frappachino colored head with big bubbles at the top and moderate retention. Beer is a comparatively thin, opaque black. Lacing is stringy with some spottiness and moderate stick.

S: Nose is very subtle for a -bal aged beer. Muted chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasted malt. Next to no booziness or heat. Slight touch of brownie and molasses.

T: Opens sweet milk chocolate, molasses, honey, and a slight bourbon heat. Brown sugar, fudge brownie, sweet liquorice, prunes, raisins, and coca-cola towards the middle. A tickle of bourbon at the end followed by a brown sugar and honey finish and a sweet, chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Filmy and oily in the mouth but not really heavy or sticky. Goes down super smooth with very little heat considering the abv. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: One of the easiest drinking -bal aged imperial stouts that I've come across, this is a completely different animal compared to the regular blackout stout which I wasn't a huge fan of. Not fantastically complex but it has all the sweet, roasty, bourbony character that I need. Well worth searching out and I can't wait to see how this one develops.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout pours a dark brown with a variety of light brown and ruby tints around the edges. A small off-white head starts resting on top of the beer, gradually fading to a ring around the glass. Not a big cap or any considerable lacing.

Smell: Smooth bourbon takes over the aroma. Softly roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso are there as support. A little hint of smoke as well.

Taste: The bourbon is definitely noticeable. It is smooth and consistently present throughout each sip. Up front roasted and chocolate malts provide the malt backbone, with espresso and a hint of vanilla working with the bourbon for a great middle. The finish cleans up nicely, with further roasted malt, coffee, and more bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mostly creamy but lightly grainy feel. Medium carbonation and a full body, although probably medium for the style.

Drinkability: The bourbon barrel aging helped to further the complexity of an already solid beer. This is nice, sweet, and smooth. Even with more flavors, I am not sure if I find this remarkably better than the regular Blackout Stout, which is a solid beer to start with.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at last nights tasting at Gordon's fine wine and spirits in waltham ma. A big thanks to all the managers at the three gordon's for bringing out some nice beers from their own cellar.

This beer pours black with a small amount of light tan head that quickly dissipates

The smell is a nice sweet bourbon scent with hints of vanilla and oak, with a nice roasted malt backround

The taste is pretty similar to the smell, there is a nice sweet bourbon flavor, with a little alcohol warmth. the vanilla and oack notes are there to and the beer is a little drier than i expected, but there is still a wonderful roasty malt backround, just no malt sweetness

this beer is a little lighter mouthfeel, but it works well, could easily have drank the whole bottle of this beer

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for bringing this beer, something I've wanted to try a while and I was not disappointed! Not sure of the year, but because of some heat i think it's probably 2010.

A: Black hue all the way, sticky lacing and semi tan head that only stays as a small ring.

S: This is great. Just the right amount of woody/vanilla bourbon notes balanced by big chocolate and roasty charred malt of the base RIS Blackout. Some alcohol sweetness but it just adds more complexity instead of a distraction in this case.

T: Great as well. Huge open flavor with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak-wood notes, black licorice candy sweetness, and some alcohol notes and heat. Also some pleasant peaty notes as well. This is almost a five from me as well. I give 5's for top 5% in the category, and man this is close. Once the heat goes down it'll likely be great with some age.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick yet smooth with some heat.The drinkability is pretty high for me, I enjoyed the beer a lot.

Photo of PDXHops
3.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Ryan011235, poured into an oversized snifter at cellar temperature. Borrowing comments from my review of the regular Blackout for comparison.

Blackout: A modest head and even more modest lacing. Body is a deepish brown; porter would have been my style guess just based on looks.
BA Blackout: No change here.

Blackout: The nose is full of rich roasted malts and milk chocolate, with hints of mixed berries.
BA Blackout: This version is certainly boozier, with plenty of oak and whiskey in the mix. The roast seems to have disappeared; only the chocolate and berry aromas remain from the base beer. Different, but not necessarily better.

Blackout: The berry flavor becomes quite pronounced as it warms up, and some molasses joins in with the chocolate to make for a rather sweet and tangy stout. It's just roasted enough to keep all that stuff under control. Some leafy bitterness and fresh coffee midswallow.
BA Blackout: Roast and coffee are mere afterthoughts in this version. Berry, chocolate and molasses remain. Paired up with the sweet oak and whiskey, this makes for a veeeery slow sipper. It's not over-the-top sweet, but it becomes a bit of a chore after a certain point. (Important distinction: not a make-your-fillings ache drainpour a la the unholy trinity of Dark Lord, WWS and Creme Brulee.)

Blackout: The lingering warming alcohol is not at all out of place. Lack of fullness is a minor quibble. Some additional dark malts and upping the viscosity a notch would really take it to the next level.
BA Blackout: Pretty much the same story. It's certainly boozier, but appropriately so.

Overall impression, Blackout: Pretty good stuff here. I'm looking forward to the barrel-aged version I've got queued up in the beer fridge.
Overall impression, BA Blackout: Doesn't measure up to the regular version. It seems to me that drier, roastier stouts are the ones that respond best to barrel aging. Perhaps this one will age gracefully, but I won't seek it out again. Fans of sweeter stouts should definitely check it out, though.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  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.

Photo of glazeman
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with airohead2001.

A: Black in color with barely any head and a tan crown of bubbles.

S: A little coffee on the nose, but to be honest, I hardly get anything but the tad bit of coffee and tad bit of malt.

T: Well, I'm sure glad the taste is more exciting than the look or smell. There's a nice amount of coffee and toasted malt, as well as some subtle bourbon finished off by a tad of dark chocolate. I wish the bourbon were slightly more prominent.

M: The viscosity here is pretty good, but a little low. The carbonation is also very low.

D: Well, this beer is by no means bad, but it's not all that exciting either. I would have this again, but probably won't seek it out.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/1611

2516 Series

Pours a cola brown that settles dark. When held to the light it reveals deep hues of ruby; similar to grape juice in that respect. One and a half fingers of loose, tan colored foam that immediately began to fizzle out from the inside. Thin skim of retention. Good lace.

Though it doesn't smell bad, the nose seems of the timid order. Musty oak & soft vanilla permeate an otherwise restrained base beer. Hints of earthy hops in the mid-section. Moderate roasted notes lie beyond with subtle undertones of chocolate, coffee & a tangy twinge. No booze.

One sip brings an array of clustered, disheveled flavors all clamoring for attention. Let's see if I can make some sense of the madness. The base beer is in good standing, offering familiar notes of smooth, roasted chocolate, modest earthy hops & hints of coffee. Possibly the barrel is what's muddying up the mix; what with charred oak & sweet whiskey heat that carries the finish. The stout & the barrel are uncomfortable bedfellows in this instance. The culmination is too sweet.

Full bodied & appropriately viscous with gritty underpinnings. Moderate carbonation for the style; has a bit of a kick but isn't too prickly or brash. Finishes hot & slick with barrel & roasted chocolate at odds once again.

Honestly, I am a bit bummed with this one; it's sorely lacking integration, in my opinion. This is the first time I've had this beer so I have no prior vintage by which to compare. Perhaps some time will put it at ease; then again, perhaps not. As is, it's good but far from great.

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

I got 2 bottles of this beer, one from drgonzo3705 and another from Auslander. Thanks Paul and Thanks Chris!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a small cocoa colored head that thinned to a ring.

S - the aroma of sweet bourbon fills my nostrils.

T - bourbon flavor is blended well with rich, roasted malt and chocolate flavors.

F - full bodied with a silky smooth feel.

D - very good all around.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Received this bottle from Kegatron, thanks a bunch Heath! Shared with some upright BAs. Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - Pours motor oil with only thin head. Light bubbles in the middle. Lacing is on the light side.

S - Slightly boozy bourbon and caramel. Light brown sugar, chocolate and vanilla.

T - Smooth bourbon and oak. Chocolate and roast. Really nice bourbon flavor and done really well.

M - Pretty good carbonation but the aging is showing nicely because its nice and smooth. Thinner than most BA stouts but its pretty awesome.

D - Really nice and smooth. This one drinks pretty easy. Nice bourbon notes and great flavors makes this one worth it. Nice that its two years old but it would have been even better in another year. Worth seeking and trying.

Photo of bamadog
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy New Years... to me! I've been sitting on this since October of of '09 and figured that tonight is good enough night to drink it. Review is from notes taken on 12/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark brown/near black and it looks just a little bit thinner than the standard Blackout; starts with a faint 1/4 finger light tan, creamy and loose head that fades quickly to nothing other than a faint wisp and a thin, milky looking ring around the surface; body is entirely opaque;

Smell: Smell is quite awesome -- tons of rich, syrupy sweet chocolate and a bit of a dry cocoa powder to it; fair presence of bourbon still holds on and adds a bit of vanilla to it; slight roasty and burnt malt; as it continues to warm, a chocolate covered cherry presence that is dark and a little tart starts to creep in as well... It really just keeps getting better.

Taste: Hell yes. There is a lot of goodness hanging out in this beer -- the first thing I really notice is an aged and oaky bourbon flavor; a well balanced mixture of syrupy sweet and bittersweet chocolate and a bit of the dry cocoa powder lingers a bit afterwards; a sweet and dark, slightly tart cherry flavor with touch of vanilla is blended in there as well; the bourbon lingers in the aftertaste and it reminds me that I'm fortunate to live in Kentucky.

Mouthfeel: Body is actually thicker than it looks, and for being a barrel aged beer, the thickness has held up wonderfully and is a pleasant surprised as I typically find beers that spend time in the barrel to thin out a bit from the additional exposure to oxygen; carbonation is very soft and nearly non-existent, but it works in the thicker body and I wouldn't want my bourbon carbonated anyway; a thick and sticky semi-dry coating is left all over the mouth and the teeth feel a little gritty; the belly is left exceptionally warm from the bourbon goodness.

Drinkability: ABV be damned, I would be happy to sip on this all night! Wonderful scents and flavors to match (or even surpass); typically I would rate this bit a bit lower when something is big and prevalent, but it's REALLY exceptional. Also, the thickness in the body is exceptionally thick, and I freaking love that in my stouts. Great Lakes is one of my all-time faves, and this is one of the further reasons why.

Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of Stigs

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves only the smallest lacing. Not much the way of head or lacing...

S: The nose is full of cocoa and vanilla with a creamy coffee aroma in the background. As it warms you get much more barrel notes and a dark fruit component. Good but nothing out of this world or anything.

T: The taste is much better than the nose led on. Big flavors of molasses, milk chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla all assault the tongue. As it warms the barrel becomes more and more evident and there's a definite whiskey flavor. All the flavors are very complex.

M: The feel, while kind of thin, is very creamy which works well for it. It's very silky.

D: This is very tasty but the 9.5% really sneeks up on you. As I got more into the bomber it felt like a much bigger beer than what was reported on the bottle...almost like a 12-13% stout.

Definitely something I plan on visiting again in the future if I can find another.

Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Thanks to Peter for opening this one up from the most recent release. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma is very subtle with slight hints of roast and booze. Medium mouthfeel. The oak is pretty subdued with notes of vanilla. The one thing I would say is that this beer is very smooth and easy drinking. I wish it had more of a oak barrel flavor to it but it does have a fair amount of vanilla flavors. The appearance of this really upsets me, there is no head and no lace, booo.

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

Poured from a bottle received from neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF. This was reviewed blind and poured into a pint glass.

The pour is gorgeous -- a creamy, inky dark brown that escapes from the bottle effortlessly. It creates a one-finger head of dense sandy-tan that hangs out for quite a while, collapsing eventually to a thick top layer of film and some smooth mountains of lace.

Lots of dark chocolate powder along with some sweet chocolate milk and espresso in the nose. There's also some very sweet Irish cream, along with molasses and a bit of maple.

Black strap molasses, lightly bitter espresso, marshmallows, cocoa powder, licorice, vanilla and a mild oakiness. The alcohol flavor is rather impressive, but well integrated. It's got a beautiful subtle sweetness and a hint of dark fruits that hit at the finish.

The mouthfeel is incredible! Medium-full body, incredibly silky and smooth, with an extremely subtle carbonation. The alcohol, like I said, is noticeable, but so well-integrated amidst the creaminess of the body and the other smooth flavors that I haven't even been paying attention to it.

I understand the cult following behind this beer. The oakiness melds with the other flavors, creating a smooth and sublime drinking experience.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 courtesy of Axic10. Thank you very much, Alex.

Bomber split with steepH20.

Black, next to no head and hardly any lacing. Hmm....not an overly inspiring start.

Fudge, cake batter, bourbon, and the hops, albeit less pungent, from the base beer mesh nicely. A prelude to a prevalent theme with this beer.

Wow, has time been kind to this BA Blackout. So smooth and well integrated. Everything works in harmony as the malts, hops, and barrel presence are all complimentary to each other. Smooth vanilla puts a finishing bow on an supremely enjoyable experience.

So nicely done and not over the top. SteepH20 preferred the Dark Intrigue, while I found this not only to be superior, but a favorite in the style. Fantastic.

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this over to our pre On Photon tasting...2010 bottle drank into an Orval glass...Dark brown pour with a disappointing lack of carbonation, a light tan head is there for a second then gone...The aroma is full of peat on the front, and just incredibly sweet, molasses with sugar, no depth...The taste is also sweet but a typical barrel aged sweetness of bourbon or vanilla, just sugary sweet. You can't even tell this is barrel aged except for a slight wood finish. A little roasty helps the boringness.

I was really excited to try this but came away disappointed. I had the 09 on tap and it was much better. Would like to try to more to see if 10 just sucks or its just better on tap. This is an above average RIS but a below average BA RIS, doesn't add anything to the beer.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited till my birthday to crack my first one of these. Poured into a snifter.

A- Its very difficult to get any head on this beer at all yet somehow there are tons of pearls of lacing polka dotting the glass. I must say that the beer didnt look very thick on the pour (at least by BA RIS standards.)

S- Oak is quite strong here giving the beer a smooth vanilla smell. Bourbon is there but it brings a boozy smell more than anything else, I would like more character from the bourbon. Milk chocolate and a shot of anise intermingle with currants and mulberries.

T- While not the heaviest on bourbon, this one does allow the boozy stuff to jump out at you. The bourbon and alcohol are certainly the last flavors left in your mouth, and boy do they stick around. Do they over stay their welcome? Thats subjective, but it could be the case for many people. Lots of barrel notes of wood and vanilla. Since the barrels dominate I have to poke around the flavor profile to find the Blackout Stout beneath. Its there, with its nice chocolatiness, but it does like to give you a run around.

M- Low carbonation, as the pour already had me thinking. Thats no worry though, a BA stout that has a lot of carbonation either has a problem or isnt executed to my liking. This is thin as compared to lots of it's peers.

D- 2010's batch is feeling much higher than the listed 9.5% even though my bottle says 9% even. Im having a hard time believing either. Place this blind in front of most people and they would guess around the 11% mark.

The verdict: A good beer, one for the cellar. I didnt put myself too far out of the way to obtain my allotment and for that Im glad. As it stands, I wouldnt do much more for some of this. We will stash one and see what it becomes. I have a feeling it will be a late bloomer.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle shared by Thirstybird. 2009 vintage. Pours 2-3 shades shy of black with zero head; just a few clusters of bubbles. Nose is malty, suggests artificial sweetener and cocoa (reminds me a bit of BA IST). Taste is much better than implied by the nose. There is a suggestion of spirits, but this is not a bourbony BA beer. Flavor profile reveals chocolate, roast and some earthiness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style - body is medium-light with a mild, easy carbonation. All and all, a very drinkable and approachable beer but lacking some of the bolder characteristics of the style.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Raznug for this bottle.

An inky black body with a light beige one inch head. Head dies down to an island of foam with with a ring around the edge of the glass. A cap of foam can be resurrected with a few swirls of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, bourbon, oak, charcoal, black currants, some oaky vanilla, and port wine. Smells nice and smokey and sweet.

Tastes of chocolate, rum raisin ice cream, oaky vanilla, black currants, smoke, some tannins, port wine, and bourbon. The oak and tannins are pretty prominent. Letting the the sweet flavors hang out in the background a little more.

So here is the disappointing part about this beer. The mouthfeel is quite thin. Low carbonation. Wish this was a little thicker and more syrupy.

Quite good overall, does show it's alcohol a bit which is just fine with me. Just the mouthfeel. Too darn thin. Oh well, if you are looking for an exceptional BA stout that's a little on the thin side this should be your thing.

Photo of stakem
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.