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

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,229
Gots: 280 | FT: 26
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

monitorpop, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

starrdogg, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque body with little head. Once it's subsided it's a very tranquil looking flat black surface.

There's layers of smells piled up. Vanilla, oak, toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and heavy on the bourbon.

The taste is also impressive. It's a 2013 bottle, heavy on the bourbon and hot in a good way. Roast and vanilla, bourbon, root beer, and a dash of soy.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a tad bit thin. Low carbonation.

This was a fantastic beer. I wish it had a little heavier body, but otherwise great.

Vonerichs, Jul 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

CEDAMA, Feb 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

djtomain, May 03, 2013
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Callenak for this one. I had to give up a barrel aged beer for this one myself. Bottle 409/900 2006 vintage

A: Some wierd chunky white substance formed under the cap around the underside of the glass which had to be removed before pouring. Pours thinner than one would have expected. Viscosity for a 9% imp stout is much lower than normal. Beer is dark but not black with a crisp aspect to it. Head is shaky at best, there's a minor film at the top of the beer with a dark beige weak ring around the glass.

S: Major bourbon on the nose. I also get some smore's (chocolate, graham as well as marshmallow), port and oak.

T: Starts like a bourbon and coke with the coke adding that familiar cola twang to the front of the tongue. Chocolate moves in quick leaning towards the chocolate icing side with a woody character to it. Really vinous, oily and slick with solid muffin dough aspects. Alcohol is there with minor licorice, cafe au lait and vanilla.

M: Smooth and silky but thin overall.

D: I love bourbon beers but this one is on the heavy end. Its really so strong that is masks the beer opposed to "enhancing" it. In all honesty, the original Blackout wasn't a favorite of mine so I actually like this one better. But it is off balanced and could be dialed back a bit.

Westsidethreat, Jan 27, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Wowcoolman, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Soneast, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Drucifer, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Gotti311, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Eriktheipaman, Feb 08, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ben for hooking me up with a bottle.
Pours black with just a slight hint of head forming on the pour. Smell is strong bourbon, some dark chocolate.
Taste is more of the bourbon, but much more balanced than the last time I had tried this a couple years back. This version allows the underlying Blackout to stand up to the bourbon and still be seen. The barrel aging is complimentary and not dominant. Still pretty full on the mouth feel and not hot at all.
I would love to make it up to GLBC and experience this on draft.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 26, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice 1/2 finger head with nice retention and a very dark color.

Smell is of licorice, roasted and chocolate malts with a slight undertone of mint that seems to happen in several stouts. There is s smell that is bourbonesque.

Roasted and chocolate malts come through and provide undersones of licorice and malt. Toffee comes through to add some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and fully bodied, there is a bit of alcohol but I think it will die down as the beer ages.

This is a very smooth and drinkable beer. Thanks to Deuane for the sample, this is a top notch RIS.

jasonjlewis, Jan 09, 2009
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3.51/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in Westbrook snifter. 2012/2013 bottle.

A: Pours a semi-translucent black color with some dark ruby edges. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. No real lace.

S: Bourbon up front with some toasted coconut and a little vanilla. Smooth oak barrel with some rich chocolate notes, fudge and a little roasted malts.

T: Light chocolate with minimal bourbon. Oaky with light vanilla and some odd residual heat on the back end. Light roast as well.

M: Very thin bodied, but the finish is smooth. Medium high carbonation as well.

O: This was alright, but I'm just not a fan of this beer or the base. It's too thin to begin with and the barrel aging thins this out even more and the base gets kind of lost.

Treebs, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

MaseFace, Feb 09, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Dark almost black in color, rich tan head that lasted some time. Smelled very much of whiskey. Tasted like they had brewed the stout using whiskey instead of water which wasn't a bad thing... whiskey, stout (dark roasted barley) and a hint of coffee were the basic tastes. More coffee presence as the beer warmed. Isn't something you would have more than a glass of as it was 11% abv and to me was more of a dessert/after dinner type...

sliverX, Nov 02, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

CGMLS3, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

TonyTalon, May 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

scott2269, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Phillyz, Jun 21, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Super thanks to my Ohio hook-up for this one!

Yes, it pours pitch black. It forms a head of about one-fingers worth of light brown colored foam. This dissipates, rather quickly, leaving a thin, filmy, surface covering. The lacing is in tiny spots, but rather sticky.

No surprises in the nose. Big notes of chocolates and coffees. Good presence of oakiness and roasted malt notes. Light hints of booze and dark fruits.

Good god, that's good.
This is super balanced and delicious. Dark roasted coffee beans, some of them covered in dark chocolate, are having a great time swimming around in the chocolate milk pool. The lifeguard, brown sugar, who is wearing his famous caramel bathing suit, dips in from time to time, just to check things out. The figs and plums are sunbathing by the side of the pool, while the cherries are sitting on the edge, dangling into the milky goodness. Someone is having a cookout, because I get notes of oak and hints of smoke, also.

This one is full-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. It has a light creaminess to it, which makes it very silky-smooth and lucious.

Okay, the 9.00%abv helps it have a mild warming effect, on the way down. Other than that though, the abv is almost undetected. The smoothness, of body and flavor, make this one super easy to drink.
If anything, I'd say that this beer is probably under-hyped. It's that good.

coldmeat23, Nov 24, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2012

A: Half-finger dark tan head, black, though pour, and edges of glass show deep dark golden-brown color, good carbonation, decent lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, coffee

T: Bourbon, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, toasted malts, oak, coffee, slight bitterness, nicely balanced

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, slightly warming

O: Very good RIS, enjoyed this after a regular Blackout and thought the barrel aging really enhanced this beer

derkfromwi, Apr 19, 2012
Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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