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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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1,267 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,217
Gots: 272 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005)
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Ratings: 1,267 | Reviews: 381 | Display Reviews Only:
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Schlais

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

04-11-2012 20:52:13 | More by Schlais
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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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BeerBaron

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

04-07-2012 15:32:47 | More by BeerBaron
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Ultraman9000

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-06-2012 11:14:51 | More by Ultraman9000
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.4%

04-06-2012 04:08:51 | More by kevgod
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KingDiamond

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

04-03-2012 23:01:17 | More by KingDiamond
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-28-2012 23:24:20 | More by JDizzle
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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-24-2012 02:38:51 | More by ambruns1979
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originsbrewery

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-23-2012 13:29:20 | More by originsbrewery
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jstewart1130

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-22-2012 03:28:11 | More by jstewart1130
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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet cocoa with vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate. There are also notes of toffee and sweet chocolate.

T: sweet cocoa and bourbon dominate with vanilla, toffee, and oak also very prevalent. The finish is lightly boozy and sweet.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and lively on the tongue.

O: a good beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but quite tasty nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:56:01 | More by n2185
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jmo2k1


5/5  rDev +14.4%

03-21-2012 18:35:47 | More by jmo2k1
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/13/12
*From notes

-- I picked this up at the brewery during the release on 1/16/12 --

A: Well it's dark - like that's a surprise. I mean it's got the word "Blackout" in it's name. Did you think it was gonna be anything but? A generous pour yields a 1.5 mocha head and a creamy, thick collar as the head fades.

S: Chocolate brownie batter and a touch of red fruit. As it warms, some of that lovely bourbon makes it's way into my nostrils.

T: Vanilla, toasted coconut and a bit of warm bourbon are the stars of the show. It's really well put together. There's a bit of a hop bite and charred malt on the back end.

M: Having had this on tap at the brewery, I was extremely disappointed in the mouthfeel. It felt like a weak cask ale. This bottled version though, is worlds better. Thick, dense and yes, the carbonation is right on. Not nearly the oily mess I found at the pub a couple of months ago.

O: What a great beer. Isn't it sick how well Great Lakes brews? How is it that they're not talked about as one of the best brewery in the good ol' US of A? Really, folks. Like 95% of their portfolio, their BA Blackout shines in most every way. Worthy of the hype, and something I recommend drinking fresh.

A hearty two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 23:37:49 | More by Rhettroactive
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-18-2012 22:42:50 | More by theminutemen
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dlello2

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black but thin enough to get some red hues shining through easily. Small amount of head, gone quick.

S - Great smell. Lots of caramel, bourbon, raisins, some alcohol )but not enough to be off-putting). Quite delicious.

T - First a caramel chocolate sweetness. Then the tiniest amount of alcohol followed by a nice roasted coffee. Really a lot going on. The flavor lingers nicely. Maybe the tiniest bit hot at this point --it's pretty fresh for a BA beer. I like it.

M - Nicely carbonated, good feeling as it goes down. Light to medium body. Not oily or thick.

O - This is a really nice beer. It gets a lot of bonus points for being as complex as it is. It's changed a lot as it's warmed up (as expected). I love the base beer and I cannot wait to see what happens to this with a year or 2 of age on it. I have 3 more 2012's... plan on drinking one in a few months, one in a year, and one a couple years down the road. I'll try to edit this as I go!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:30:22 | More by dlello2
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CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-11-2012 09:19:55 | More by CelticAleMan
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-10-2012 18:35:26 | More by jkane101
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-04-2012 21:51:55 | More by BillHilly
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rtaps

California

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a small light brown head, that has fairly short retention. looks viscous and leaves spotty lacing behind

roasted chocolate brownies, coffee, dark fruits, mild bourbon notes

very rich milk chocolate, with some coffee notes, some bourbon heat on the back end

medium bodied and carbonation, and viscous

overall the nose is great and got better as it warmed, the taste fallowed the nose it was great and got better and had more depth as it warmed, would love to get more bottles of this. thanks PittRooney for the trade

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:09:27 | More by rtaps
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jerz

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-03-2012 03:49:37 | More by jerz
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-02-2012 17:02:12 | More by claytong
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KevSal

California

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another big thanks to dblab, thanks bud!
been on a huge ba kick, heard alot about this guy, lets see how it measures up to the others (ba pt5, adam ftw, bcs 2011, ba 4d etc..)

2012 vintage 12oz bottle split between 2 eclipse snifters.

a- looks good, like the name its all black but has slight dark brown edges. slight head that dissapears quickly.

s- this one smells spectacular! tons of chocolate brownie with a strong zong of vanilla. slight alcohol in the back.

t- follows the nose but with a nice roastiness coming through from base beer. nice chocolate and barrel flavors. hint of oatmeal. slight touch of alch on the finish. has some interesting flavors that sets it apart from the usual ba stout. very nice.

m- body is thick, but medium for the style.

o- very good beer, one id love to have alongside the others mentioned above. i like the level of alch(8-10%) on this one i think its a sweet spot for most beer. its great to see how well some restrain the booze (like the 14% bcs) but its always nice to see a brewery try to brew a great beer and succeed.

side note: i really like seeing more big beers in 12ozers

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 10:17:28 | More by KevSal
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

BA review #700. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of bubbly light brown head that very quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Huge bourbon aroma up front with vanilla and oak complimenting it. Some roasted malts and chocolate in the background.

T - Bourbon, vanilla and oak up front. Toasted oats, chocolate an some sweetness in the middle. Warming alcohol and bourbon returning in the finish.

M - Medium body. A little thin at times and definitely thin for the style. Moderate carbonation that was a little heavy for my liking.

O - This was very good but missed the mark for me (based on expectation). Needs more body and less carbonation. Mouth feel got considerably better in after about a half hour in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 22:20:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

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

A: Pours dark, dark brown, a shade away from pitch black.  A finger of khaki foam forms with strong retention.

S: Strong, sweet bourbon is very prominent with milk chocolate and caramel sweetness to accompany.  Roasted malts and slight coffee are certainly in the background, but they help to balance the sweetness a bit.  

T: Again, sweet bourbon is extremely strong, a bit too strong for my taste.  Sweet caramel is also present, though not as strong as in the aroma.  Dark chocolate and very light roasted malts are in the background.  The booze is quite strong and distracting.

M: Relatively thick and creamy.

O: While certainly not bad, this beer is quite boozy and the bourbon is in your face.  I also wish there was more roasted malt and dark chocolate present. Maybe I'll wait a year and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:03:42 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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SneezyAchew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-22-2012 06:13:23 | More by SneezyAchew
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.