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

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Ratings: 1,343
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005)
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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown pour with a small khaki head.

Bourbon hits first on the nose mixing in with sweet roasted malt and milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate and roasted malt come forward the most in the flavor. Creamy, lightly carbed mouthfeel. Moderate bourbon kick and easy drinking. Slight oxidation note.

Highly drinkable BA Impy Stout but not incredibly complex in the flavor/aroma.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of beercanman
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

beercanman, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Durb777
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Durb777, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

HopsintheSack, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

SourAddict, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Daffron24
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Daffron24, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of N_Schleret
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

N_Schleret, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of jackmax
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

jackmax, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Gretlawn
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Gretlawn, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ToddBeans
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ToddBeans, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

2516 Series.

Pours a cola color. Decent head, retention, and lacing.

No mistaking this is a BA stout from the aroma...big time roasted barley, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, etc etc. Slightly nutty quality, too.

I hate to give this beer a 3.5 for flavor, but it was just a little too hot. The 9% ABV made itself known early and often. Some time in the cellar would do good, but this is still a damn good beer. It's got all of the elements of a dynamite imperial stout, but just a little too much heat. Will hopefully be re-visiting this one soon.

Gyle41386, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Mscarpen
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Mscarpen, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

gpawned, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of neorunner
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Reagan1984, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very dark with a bit of tan foam. Looks a little thinner and less viscous than I like my stouts.

Smells pretty good - lots of smoke and burnt notes, with a good deal of sweetness, malt and a nice splash of bourbon.

Taste is surprisingly boozy for the relatively low (9.5%) abv. Poured it out cold, and initially there was a ton of burnt and smokey character that mellowed out a bit as it warmed. Lots of bourbon notes and malty sweetness as well. This is my third time trying this one, and I've been underwhelmed each time.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin - but pleasantly carbonated.

Overall it's thinner with more burnt and smoke flavors than I like in my stouts, but still a decent barrel aged stout.

readbaron, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of punkrkr27
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black pour with a small, short lived, tan head. Mildly chocolaty aroma with a hint of dark fruit and bourbon. Rich milk chocolate flavor with hints of espresso, dark fruit, toasted almond, and a nice smoky bourbon kick on the end. The body is wonderfully full, velvety and decadent with soft carbonation. Not immensely complex, but great balance.

punkrkr27, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

2beerdogs, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

jbaker67, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Alpar
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Alpar, May 04, 2014
Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

mpayne5, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 12oz. I have had this a bunch, first review

A- Pitch black to dark brown. Transparent around the edges, but full in the middle. Minimal coffee lacing with low legs. No sticking to the glass, very watery like a CW BA Stout,,,, blah

S- Burnt toffee>sweet malt>dark fruits> and finally the barrel. Thin smelling.

T- Burnt sugar and toffee> sweet malt> barrel> dark fruit.

M- Just fn thin. So sick of thin midwest ba stouts. Central Waters crushes thin BA stouts, Great Lakes has crushed every vintage... whatever, this was an extra. Tastes good when you think of it that way.

O- Just done with Central Waters and Great Lakes. I invite Founders and Goose Island.

gueuzedreg, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of the notes from the Southsound gathering.

A Pours a dark brown with a tanish head.

S Some bourbon, dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla.

T Pretty much the same as the nose with bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of wood.

M Seemed a bit thin but alright I guess.

Overall an excellent stout just nothing mind blowing.

beerandcycling88, Jan 14, 2012
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.