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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
97
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1,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,295
Gots: 293 | FT: 28
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:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to clegolfski, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem. 2012 vintage.

Pour: Completely pitch black with a half finger of tan head. Head manages to hang around even though it was relatively small, and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Body doesn't look super think, but this beer has some nice legs.

Smell: A nice combination of caramel, toffee, vanilla and dark fruits. Bourbon is in there, but in a very subdued, supporting role.

Taste: Oh my. This a delicious. Really nice chocolate and bourbon up front, that combines with the vanilla to form a distinct brownie character. Really holds onto milk chocolate goodness throughout the sip and lingers very well.

Mouthfeel: Another point where this beer particularly excels. Really smooth and velvety, with barely any burn. Chewy, but not in the dark fruit sort of way, and more in the brownie sort of way, following the taste.

Overall: An exceptional beer. I will absolutely be seeking more of this out.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

651mL 2009 ed courtesy of beeranddogs. The pour is clear cola, not black, with ruby highlights. The beer is almost the opposite of normal Blackout in that you have to really coax a head out of this thing. Even swirling, pouring from ten stories high; the head is about a quarter inch of yellowish tan foam that has okay retention and leaves little swathy lace. I understand that barrel aged beers may have less carbonation and head retention, but after the beer is finished in the barrel, it gets put back into the brite tank for conditioning in the bottle. So it should have good retention and rise up healthily. But the pour is dismal, making it hard to get a big aroma out of the beer. The muted bourbon first comes across a bit oxidized, slight red apples, lots of cocoa butter, and marzipan. As it warms, the nose comes into play with big bourbon, coconut, vanilla. It is quite mellowed out but very apparent. The taste is thinning, a bit watery. Really lacks the richness and bitterness of normal Blackout. There is definitely milk chocolate, warming bourbon, slight oak, lots of vanilla and cream. But the body is not well integrated. Very little carbonation doesn’t help the mouthfeel and lack of bitterness makes the body rely on vanilla and bourbon with no drying oak, no spicy oak, no spicy alcohol even. Just sort of a sweet mess that is hard to fall in love with. 11/8/2010 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage 12oz bottle, poured into a Goose Island Chalice

BA Blackout Stout has a very motor oil like consistency, extremely opaque, jet black color, hints of dark brown when held to the light. A TINY mocha colored head appears, tightly packed bubbles but it recedes straight away, leaving behind no lacing just a fine layer of film. The aroma is good, strong bourbon notes, dark bitter chocolate, sweet malt, charred wood, almost a hint of dark fruit, but alcohol really takes over at the end, loads of sweetness without much balance. The flavors are impeccable, great integration of bourbon, wood, chocolate and roast. Big notes of bourbon and wood jump out, smooth chocolate bridges the roasted coffee and malts together, very cohesive and well rounded, unfortunately, alcohol perseveres and lingers a bit too long for a 9.5% beer, mutes some of the subtleties and leaves a harsh feeling in the mouth. The body is certainly the highlight of this beer, spectacular texture, milky, creamy, full, robust, but most importantly, quaffable. Coats the mouth very well, adds so much to the finish, just a great creaminess that really helps the richness without diminishing the bitterness and roastiness.

Verdict: Wonderful stout from Great Lakes. Sad to see my last bottle go, but this has aged gracefully, I'd love to take a stab at keeping these in the cellar for more than 9 months, but temptation will likely get the best of me. The richness is spot on, great body, a well rounded and very pleasant barrel aged stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Score: 91

2012 vintage bottle ("2516 series") served in a tulip/snifter hybrid glass and enjoyed on 08/13/12. A big thanks to Nick for hooking me up with this bottle!

Appearance: Pours a thin film of tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin bubby tan ring around the glass. Poor lacing with oily cling and slightly below average retention. Black bodied with a strip of brown highlight at the top of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Lots of roasted coffee notes followed by milk and raw chocolate, mild bourbon notes and a little fig. As it warms, the bourbon aromas grow a little boozy. 4.25/5

Taste: Bourbon flavor upfront with a coffee twist followed by raisin/fig towards the finish. Creamy milk chocolate on the midpalate. There is tobacco flavor on the back half too. The beer has a boozy brown sugar flavor that turns to a caramel malt flavor in the aftertaste. Slight bourbon bite as the beer warms. My impression is that this is the kind of beer that is better aged than fresh. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, light carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly roasty and mildly bitter. 4/5

Overall: A little boozy, just like the base beer. My impression is that this is the kind of beer that is better aged than fresh. The barrel aging adds some nice complexity to an already solid base beer, but I felt that this one was a bit over-hyped overall. A beer I would seek out again? Absolutely. "Top 100" worthy? Not even close.

Recommendation: Nab a bottle of this if you like the base beer, but do not trade your cellar to acquire a bottle. I would recommend sitting on this vintage (2012) another 6 months if you have a bottle or two.

Pairings: Vanilla almond biscotti.

Cost: $26 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles ($7 if purchased individually).

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.