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

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1,258 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,258
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,213
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: 1,258 | Reviews: 381 | Display Reviews Only:
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

04-04-2013 17:20:28 | More by SourAddict
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Daffron24

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

08-03-2013 04:23:31 | More by Daffron24
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jackmax

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

07-10-2014 19:26:42 | More by jackmax
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Gretlawn

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

01-26-2013 22:36:16 | More by Gretlawn
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ToddBeans

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

06-09-2014 14:43:01 | More by ToddBeans
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D-18V

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

04-10-2014 21:59:30 | More by D-18V
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 04:23:09 | More by Gyle41386
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

02-17-2013 23:26:24 | More by Mscarpen
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

03-16-2013 20:31:32 | More by gpawned
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neorunner

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

09-12-2013 16:48:47 | More by neorunner
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

04-27-2012 23:46:53 | More by Reagan1984
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readbaron

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 20:52:23 | More by readbaron
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punkrkr27

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 20:46:53 | More by punkrkr27
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

07-25-2013 05:49:49 | More by 2beerdogs
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

04-20-2014 10:10:14 | More by jbaker67
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

05-04-2014 01:25:30 | More by Alpar
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

02-23-2014 02:29:47 | More by mpayne5
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 18:49:09 | More by gueuzedreg
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beerandcycling88

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:43:56 | More by beerandcycling88
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with almost no head and some lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

Lots of roast in the aroma. Some vanilla, oatmeal and a bit of bourbon, but not as much as I'd like.

There is much more bourbon in the flavor. A little sweeter and less roasty than the smell would indicate. Lots of vanilla, oak and bourbon with some chocolate and just a bit of roast. Bourbon is actually a tad overpowering as it warms. It's good, but not terribly well integrated.

Creamy mouthfeel and proper carbonation.

Overall fairly solid although something about the bourbon integration is a bit off for me. I'll definitely drink this again, but if it's a choice between this, KBS, BBPtF, etc. this one probably comes in last.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 21:52:21 | More by jmarsh123
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jdklks

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour yields a small light brown head that dissipates quickly and is quite thin. The body is black through the middle with amber/brown edges and looks a lot lighter than I've come to expect or desire from the style. The smell is fantastic. Nice and strong like I like the aroma eminating from the glass. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts (which is reminiscent of dry coffee beans), the slightest hint of the barrel aging, caramel, and maybe some licorice.

The flavor is very good, but the beer is under-carbonated to a fault. sweet malts up front, plumb and cherries. Bitter chocolate and a little vanilla through the middle along with some wet oak barrel flavors that give way to a slightly burnt bitter coffee finish and an alcoholic burn in the esophagus and aftertaste. Maybe a hint of molasses, and definitely some licorice. Flat cola. If this beer was better carbonated, the flavors would explode, and it would truly be a treat. Still good though.

Mouthfeel is both thin and undercarbonated, and this is a less than pleasing combination. The drinkability is okay for the style, and the flavor is good enough to keep you reaching for more, but the lack of carbonation is detrimental to every category except the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 06:00:58 | More by jdklks
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Realale

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black. Very fine light brown head stays throughout the snifter, leaving some lacing.

Nose is a whiff of alcohol, followed by coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and a touch of ash over rich, brown bready malt. The bourbon influence is thankfully pretty restrained, and well-integrated.

Medium full in the mouth. Really mouthfilling stuff. Malt, malt, malt. Chocolate, bready, and yeasty. Touch of bitterness to balance. Again, the bourbon influence is quite subdued - there's a touch more caramelly sweetness, and a hint of bourbon flavor. Well done, but I believe I prefer the regular version.

Mouthfeel is bit more highly carbonated than I'd prefer. It seems to work against the body of the beer rather than with it. Quite drinkable for what it is, but the snifter was more than enough for me. Kudos to Great Lakes for not going over-the-top with the wood or bourbon flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2006 16:56:04 | More by Realale
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rye726

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, aged for one year. Poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Pours near black, nice head. Notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel, molasses and vanilla. Good, but lacks complexity. Body a bit thin for teh style. Decent stout, lacks depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:05:18 | More by rye726
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bpfrush for trading me this beer! Thanks Brian! This beer has been on my radar for a long time; it good to get some closure! lol.

Vintage 2010.

650ml bomber poured into a CBS snifter.

Appearance: Black motor oil colored beer with very thin cap of white head that settles quickly to ring around the snifter. Spotty lacing on the side.

Smell: A surprisingly weak nose on this beer. Faint roasted malts and some smoke. U get just a hint of barrel notes in the nose. Also a faint metallic smell is noted from the beer.

Taste: The taste of this beer is also very subtle just like the nose. The beer has two phases when you taste it. It starts off tasting like the regular blackout stout and finishes with the barrel notes becoming more evident. When you first taste this beer it starts out with a mild to moderate roast like a bigger version of blackout stout. Then the roast just builds in the beer with every sip. Close to the end of the beer you get more of the roast because it just continues to build. Smoke is noted in the middle of the beer and it almost like the smoke makes the base beer transition into the barrel notes. In the finish you get subtle notes of oak, vanilla, tobacco, molasses, black licorice, and some booze that is gone as quick as you sense it. I also taste a chocolate covered coffee bean and a lactose note in the finish. The bourbon is the last thing that you taste and its sweet with a barely noticable sour note. Fairly decent complexity, but I wish there was stronger flavors in this beer. The beer gets sweeter in a "chocolaty bourbon" kind of way and the roastiness almost becomes "expresso like" and both become more pronounced as the beer gets closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. The beer is thin for a barrel aged stout. I think the beer is well carbonated and it really helps to make this beer taste better.

Overall: It reminds me alot of a Barrel aged Milk Stout brewed with coffee. Its just not a really strong flavorful barrel aged beer. Its a solid beer that has decent complexity, but I was underwhelmed by the nose, taste, and mouthfeel of this beer. Even though I was fairly critical on this beer, I still did enjoy drink this beer. My recommendation is to drink this beer at room temperature because this beer really needs time to open up so you can get the most enjoyment/flavor out of this beer. I am also thinking that this beer might be better to drink fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:12:52 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Spider889

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage: "2516 Series"

The snifter of this that I had at the release party seemed underwhelming, but I interpreted it as a rushed keg (I want to say they kept pushing back the release date due to space/tank availability issues. The carbonation was low and the beer seemed lackluster and soapy to some extent (but still desirable).

This bottle rectifies that, and falls more in line with past releases...

A - Poured into a Cigar City snifter. The beer is a dense black. Blackout Stout has never been the thickest of beers, 2011 vintage more than I remember in years past, even. But somehow this bottle of BA Blackout seems thicker than the base beer (normally I find this to be the reverse). The head is rather short, a greyish cream color, but has decent enough staying power over time. Only the slightest hint of lace feebly clings to my glass.

S - The aroma is the best part of this beer - at least this year's vintage, at this point in the aging process. Vanilla and oak are huge here, and appreciably make this one to inhale over and over again.A slight roasty chocolate notion falls in line behind the luscious vanilla, and as I dig deeper still - often by literally getting my nose deep into the snifter - I can find ripe bourbon whiskey character. It's slightly fruity and a little boozy with a dollop of honeyed sweetness on the back end.

T - The bourbon is really prominent this year. I find it slightly off-putting for my tastes. The bourbon is not hot by any means, but just potent. It masks much of the base beer which disappoints. The fruity character of the bourbon almost tricks me into thinking that there's a tartness to the beer, but closer inspection tells me that yes, this is only the prominence of the barrel. Charred oak and mild ash hints to what this beer once was, and a subtle sweet chocolate note foretells what this beer will one day become if cellared. In any case, this beer is still delicious, but needs some extended age for me.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky texture with a nice mocha coffee finish/aftertaste.

O - There's a reason this is one of my favorite beers - Great Lakes knows their stuff. This year's vintage is simply more whiskey-forward than I remember from last year. Ought to age very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:39:04 | More by Spider889
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.