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

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1,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 1,248
Gots: 274 | FT: 25
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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
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JulianC, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can be said about this beer that hasn't already been said in other reviews. A fantastic russian imperial stout to begin with, gets raised to a complex degree when the booze and the wood are introduced from the bourbon barrel-aging. The nose comes big with notes of booze, tobacco, burnt sugar, and caramel with wood coming through in between. Same again when it comes to the palate. All those flavors with added pleasure of bourbon, and everything that that spirit brings to the table. An exceptional ale.

TheBullsHorn, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

bradfordjohnson, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

dmhurdle, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

HoppyBastard2, Feb 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

NonicPanic, Feb 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Ben7773, Feb 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Buzzed_on_Suds, Feb 12, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown amber.
Aroma of oak, coffee, caramel, malt, vanilla, and bourbon.
Taste, oak, hint of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla

Overall, very well balanced for a barrel age. The black out stout really holds it's own against the bourbon barrel. Very well done beer, I had a hard time finding anything wrong with it.

CLEmark, Feb 09, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring this to celebrate the end of my local blackout! Thank god that's over...
BA Blackout pours with a deep brown body, about cola colored. A modest tan head rises about only a half inch thick with moderate head retention. Nothing impressive about its appearance for an imperial stout.

However, in the aroma I find much to be impressed with! I smell raisins, dates, boozy alcohol, oak, leather, drunken cherries, chocolate, and soy sauce. Nothing really dominates here, but it's rather well-balanced. It's a rich aroma for sure, and it promises a complex palate.

Up front, this full bodied beer has a booziness on the roof of the mouth. The flavor is a mix of oak, whisky, fruitiness, cocoa, and finally, espresso on the finish. Carbonation is medium, with a mildly bitter hop finish. It's definitely on the lighter side of the spectrum for the style.

One could call this a "drinkable" Imperial Stout, because the abv, while high, is still under 10%. The body is not viscous, and the booziness is mostly contained. It's not the best example of a barrel-aged impy stout. It's not the worst either. It's somewhere in the middle.

MusicaleMike, Feb 09, 2014
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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.