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

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1,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,230
Gots: 279 | 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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Photo of bishopdc0
3.11/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got in a trade.

Poured into my tulip.

The beer is pour black with a very small head.
The nose is a mix of alcohol caramel coconut general bourbon barrel aroma dominate. As it warms the overwhelming alcohol smell subsides.

The taste is mainly bourbon wiht hints of sweetness and a tad vanilla.

The mouth is a bit thin with a overwhelming level of carbonation, given the style. The alcohol warms and leaves a little numbing on the lips and tongue.

I don't want to be one of those people but given the "hype" around this beer it is lackluster. Good flavors but no the flavors are good.

bishopdc0, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Zaphog, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of MrBuckHigh
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MrBuckHigh, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 12oz. bottle...

A: Pours a deep black with brown edges. There is one full finger of dark khaki colored head that fades pretty quickly. A think soft foam ring hugs the glass. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. I get slight coffee and toffee, but it's basically bourbon and chocolate. Smells amazing.

T: The fist hit is sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. It amazing. As it moves to the middle get some sweet bourbon heat and some dark chocolate bitters. The finish is a beautiful balance between the chocolate and the barrel ageing. I get hot bourbon alcohol, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating to start with robust flavors. It's mellow in the middle, and a bit harsher towards the back end. The hot alcohol burn shines in the back end as the chocolate fades. But it's smooth as it leaves the palate. So good.

O: Love this beer. Some vintages are better than others (2009 comes to mind as one of the best) but this 2013 vintage is outstanding. One of my favorite beers of all time. It's just incredibly drinkable for a 9.5% barrel aged stout. Love it.

trxxpaxxs, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of huskermike12
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

huskermike12, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of unclejazz
4.5/5  rDev +3%

unclejazz, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -8.5%

wyatt13, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of jschonert
4/5  rDev -8.5%

jschonert, Apr 20, 2013
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.

wvsabbath, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Treebs
3.51/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in Westbrook snifter. 2012/2013 bottle.

A: Pours a semi-translucent black color with some dark ruby edges. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. No real lace.

S: Bourbon up front with some toasted coconut and a little vanilla. Smooth oak barrel with some rich chocolate notes, fudge and a little roasted malts.

T: Light chocolate with minimal bourbon. Oaky with light vanilla and some odd residual heat on the back end. Light roast as well.

M: Very thin bodied, but the finish is smooth. Medium high carbonation as well.

O: This was alright, but I'm just not a fan of this beer or the base. It's too thin to begin with and the barrel aging thins this out even more and the base gets kind of lost.

Treebs, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Valleyview06
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Valleyview06, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Damian74Shensky, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.66/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew a color completely deserving of the name “Blackout”. It sits oily and jet black, letting zero light through its center. It holds a one finger head of big coffee colored bubbles, showing decent retention, and receding at a medium pace into a big aggregate covering most of the liquid’s surface. Punctate spots of lacing stick all around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears relatively active. The aroma gives massive bourbon from the very first whiff, mixing with warming and drying oakiness, milk chocolate nibs, thickly roasted chocolate and brown malts, sweet vanilla cake icing, ethanolic sting, and black cherries. With warmth comes enhanced char, whisky burn, and melted milk chocolate. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very robust, charred, and much more booze-forward than expected. As we sip, the taste opens with the darkest roasted coffee and chocolate malts that give smoke and charcoal, soured acidity, and inherent grainy sweetness. The remainder of the front is filled by dried oaky woodiness, moss, those aromatic, syrupy dark cherries, and white sugar sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with the union of bone chilling booziness, rock salt, and hugely soured char of fire-ruined malts. Pulling to the finish are notes of authentic bourbon heat, rumbles of charred coffee beans, those continuous flashes of white sugars, roasted chocolate malts, rotten molasses, and green grassiness. The aftertaste breathes of bready malts, rum soaked fruitcake, bourbon, charred coffee and chocolate malts, soy sauce, baker’s yeast, and drying wood barreling. The body is full, and the carbonation is lighter. The mouth is coated with oily slickness and sugary stickiness is brushed across the lips, with the booze and burnt malts eventually sucking much of the moisture from the palate. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, pop, and froth, with slightly lesser creaminess. The abv is appropriate but warming, and the beer is definitely a slow sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the huge, warming, and inviting nose. While this component of the beer approaches comparability to the top of the heap beers like Bourbon County, the taste strays a bit, focusing much more on the outright presence of booze, and seeing how roasty and charred we could go with the malts. This swings things out of that perfect balance, with loss of necessary sweetness, and what are essentially burnt malts. Sadly this beer marks the rare case where the standard base beer is considerably smoother than the barrel aged version. That being said, this guy sips wells, is certainly palatable, and is a treat for any enthusiast.

TheBrewo, Apr 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

dcraig13, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Leaves tons of soapy spots down the glass.

S: A good amount of bourbon right away, and it smells awesome. Brownie batter, toffee, caramel, some vanilla, barrel and some faint tobacco.

T: Opens on a pretty big roasted note, with some faint dark chocolate and astringent black coffee. Bourbon comes on strong on the finish and leaves a slightly hot, drying finish. A touch of peat and anise on the finish as well. There's a touch of sweetness in here, but it's beaten away pretty quickly by the darker, bolder flavors. A very tasty stout, but a bit much if you don't like them dark and nasty. Luckily, I do.

notchucknorris, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of nollie77
4/5  rDev -8.5%

nollie77, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

ArchEnemyBrew, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Skott1123
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Skott1123, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of penguinstout
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

penguinstout, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of thegoon55
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

thegoon55, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Saviorself
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Saviorself, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

mtbdonn, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Quackus, Apr 06, 2013
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,342 ratings.