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

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,229
Gots: 280 | FT: 26
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ZRT, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Pellinore1, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

ejyoung, Jan 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

DStoked, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

oregone, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Franch, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of warrenout330
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pour, 28oz snifter for pleasure

A- pours a pitch black color, 1 finger thick tan colored head... sticky lacing to my snifter....

S- smooth milk chocolate, faint coffee, boozy hot Bourbon, soft vanilla wood

T- smooth chocolate, milky taste, boozy Bourbon, sweet vanilla, woody undertones... slight roasted coffee

M- a tad slick and oily, slight water mouth feel, thinner than I imagine which brings this to point ... hot Bourbon booze on the tongue.... numbing sensation on the tongue

O- my first experience with this beer and event ... this has caught me off guard and opened a path for this style and following ... but lacks in the feel for a full body...will keep a few but I'm looking for ptfbba with these extras

warrenout330, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Akuma35, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

seanwhite, Jan 20, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a while now. Traded for a few bottles and finally popped open a 2012 BA Blackout on 19 Jan 2013. No disappointment here:
A: looked a bit thin and lighter than I expected, but still poured a nice deep, dark brown with a quickly dissipating head.
S: smelled really nice, slight hints of bourbon on that classic blackout sweetness.
T: very nice, bourbon notes, alcohol is hidden very well behind sweet flavors of vanilla and syrup.
M: extremely smooth for a big caliber barrel aged stout!
O: exceeded expectations, as good as I expected....can't wait to drink another one!!

4thelvofbeer, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Beeradelphia, Jan 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

brandoman63, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep black with minimal head.

S: Nice barrel character, toasted malt, chocolate, Hints of vanilla and caramel. An excellent tasting beer.

T: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon and baker's chocolate. Mild roasted malt and slight hop bitterness. Very mild flavor profile for a barrel aged beer.

M: Mild carbonation, and a bit thin honestly. I'd like a little more body in my barrel aged stout.

O: A pretty nice barrel aged stout. Definitely worth seeking out, but not up there with the elite BA stouts out there.

vonnegut21, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

stevec32, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

TomD, Jan 05, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, roasted malts and chocolate.

T: The taste starts with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by a good combination of flavors including chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and licorice. The hops presence is extremely mild but is exactly where it should be for this type of beer to provide a good balance. There is a bit of an alcohol sting combined with the barrel-aging essence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty with good complexity, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to sip on for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

deuce9259, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

baybum, Dec 27, 2012
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.