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

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,319
Gots: 307 | FT: 33
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005

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Photo of jampics2
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dear God,

When I die, please have this on tap at the Pearly Gates Bar and Grill - It wouldn't be heaven without it!

Cheers, Jampics2

(Seriously - this is the best beer I have ever had. More bourbon than the Founders KBS, smoother than Abyss, and rarer and "more special" than Darklord or just about anything else.) On to the good stuff:

A - Pours with little head. Blacker than Dick Cheney's soul.

S - Smells like luscious cocoa and a bit of bourbon spiceyness. You can tell this is going to be boozy, but alluring nonetheless.

T - Tastes like heaven - chocolate and bitter into vanilla bourbon bliss. The way this holds together is amazing. It's extreme in every fashion, but somehow everything balances out. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns has every malady known to mankind and that's what's keeping him alive.

M - A little on the stingey side, but hearty and everything I'd want an RIS to be.

D - I had 4 the night it went on tap at GL. Not my shining moment, but it's so good I could just keep drinking it. If it wasn't so limited in bottles, I could see opening 2 in a night.

Overall, this is A++. This is the perfect beer IMO.

Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im drinking this thanks to the GL rep for NC! Thanks! 2012 Vintage.

Initial pour had fizzy carbonation. I can see small bubbles coming to the surface, but only on tap. pitch black body. Caramel colored head.

Dark chocolate aroma fills the air upon pour and through the end. Small hints of booze and bourbon. Maybe coffee, but dominated by the chocolate. Ah Blackout, how I love you so.

Hm the taste. Its exactly what I expected from the nose. Blackout is there, and it did not lose its presence whatsoever. The carbonation feels prickly, but its surprisingly smooth. Almost scary smooth. There isnt as much bitterness as I expected, but the barre. added some nice vanilla. That vanilla really goes well with the powdered milk and dark chocolate. Very slight hints of oak, but I cant get over how the bourbon notes, oak, and chocolate mesh together sooo well.

Every BA Stout should aim for this mouthfeel. It almost feels like its on Nitro-tap. Very creamy and smooth with tiny bubbles. Body is somewhere in the middle.

The finish is somewhat bitter, and the roasted malts come through. But then the bourbon notes of vanilla and oak come through to balance out the chewy malt. As it warms, the oak really comes out. It adds this level of woody just adds to complexity.

I know I gave a perfect to Siberian Night, but this is a totally different monster. I prefer both Blackout and BA Blackout to Siberian Night. Im scared of this beer for good reason, its scary good.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of irishmoss
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter glass in the basement bar of the brewery, allowed the beer to warm up for a several minutes. Wow...
Pitch black night trapped in a glass with fresh esspresso colored ring of head circling around the edges. Small, patchy specks of lace left on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is an oaked Jim Beam scent up front that gives way to burnt brown sugar, French pressed coffee, and dark chocolate.
The Jim Beam and oak flavors blend very, very well with espresso and chocolate flavors. There are hints of vanilla beans and torched sugars. The flavors are complex and very well blended, makes me wonder how long this was aged for? This is so well done, not overly oakey or leathery like some other barrel aged beers that come to mind.
Thick & chewy on the mouthfeel, and just plan old creepy on the the drinkability.
Very well done and by far one of my favorites, I only wish this wasn't so hard to come by....

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap (10 oz) at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Poured almost pitch black color with crimson red hues along the sides. Thin tan colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. Tiny stream of bubbles surface around the edges consistently.
Aroma is nothing short of spectacular. Bourbon cask aroma, with lots of vanilla, oak and hints of caramel, some coffee and milk chocolate. It is very aromatic, yet it is not very overwhelming.
Taste akin to the aroma is high on bourbon, with a nice taste of vanilla/sweetness taking over the bourbon, which finally gives way to smooth yet bitter chocolate and coffee notes with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly clean finish. Full-bodied and silky smooth on the palate.
This has to be hands-down one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I have had so far, period. Nothing short of spectacular.
The levels of balance achieved in the aging process is just fantastic, and no words can express it more than actually getting a taste of it. I was told by the Great Lakes employees that they only make 800 bottles a year which are sold only at the brewery. It's a shame it is not sold elsewhere. If you enjoy the regular Black Out Stout; which is also very good, then you will absolutely, positively enjoy this one.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly, highly recommended.

Photo of CJArtanis
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I can't say enough about this beer. The first thing that comes to mind is the most important characteristic that can be associated with a beer, and wine for that matter, balance. This stout is so overly whelming balanced it's crazy. It's a creamy, velvety, roasty, chocolaty, bourbon flavored masterpiece. I've been brewing myself for 6 years now and can only aspire to craft a beer as grand as this. I could write forever about how delicious it is and it wouldn't do it any justice. If you haven't had this beer, I implore you to buy or get one in a trade. Outstanding!

Photo of Tifore
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the GLBC brewpub after a twelve hour work day. Lets just say.... Perfect!

A - Pours super dark and not see through at all. Looks absolutely delicious. The head is about a finger high and dissapates quickly.

S - Oh the smell of this beer makes me smile. Smells of chocolate and caramel. Sweetness. Bourbon comes through and makes me want to drink so bad. Malts hit the nose as well as a slight oak-y-ness.

T - The first sip brings bourbon and oak straight to the tounge. Lots of malts and sweet tastes come after. I get slight chocolate at the end as well as lots of alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for such a big beer. Lots of carbonation makes it easy to drink, but beware one or two of these and you will definitely feel it.

D - I love this beer. I bought 4 Bombers at the release and kept two for myself, trading the other two. I will be be ageing one in my cellar for a few years. I'm thinking two or three years will produce great things for this beer.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pwoods shared this one at my place with ftownthrowdown and drewOSU. Thanks, dude!

Appeared light to medium viscosity. Clear, brownish to black color with an impressive ½ CREAMY moderately tan head. Great spotty lacing up the sides of my tulip as I sip. Beautiful thing to look at.

I smell the barrel, vanilla, chocolate and some phenols. Smells amazingly strong and tasty.

Wow, this beer is phenomenal! The big alcohol presence isn't masked in this one. Medium bodied with full flavor. Vanilla, bourbon, oaky woodiness, coffee, fireplace smokiness at times. Finishes with a lovely roasted, caramel, sweet buttery pecan type finish. Alcohol is just right on this one.

I really can't think of a better barrel-aged Russian Imperial stout. Top notch, amazing - this should be in the top ten. Don't think for a second this is "just" a barrel aged version of Blackout - it is, but MUCH more with the addition of the aging. Recommended...

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage.

Pours a deep deathly black letting no light through when held to light. Head is short and short lived but nice for a Barrel aged stout that is three years old. Nose has a distinct mix of bourbon and chocolate that is wonderful. I could just sit and smell this beer all night. Sweet bourbon notes grace the tongue so smooth and consistant. Chocolaty and syrupy without being to heavy. Candied and oh so good flavor profile that just lasts and lasts. A bit of tingling bourbon on the back of the tongue. This brew has aged wonderfully. Mouthfeel is full of rich coco. Highly drinkable, as a matter of fact you dont want the glass to end.

Photo of CLEmark
4.94/5  rDev +13%
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.

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.