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

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1,427 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 1,270
Gots: 278 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-29-2005)
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Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, 2008 vintage received in a past trade with JCB. Thanks again Jason!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2.5 finger frothy beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel character complimented by deep roasted malt notes. Lots of earthy oak/wood in the nose but this is countered by hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee/espresso bean and toast.

Chewy, viscous body with a flavor profile that's similar to the aroma. Lots of dry, toasted earthy oak/wood flavor up front that is countered by a very roasted dark malt presence. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and deeply roasted coffee bean. A bit heavy on the roasted side for my liking resulting in a slightly acrid/burnt flavor but there is enough sweetness to balance things out. As the palate adjust, this becomes less harsh and the maltier, especially chocolate, notes start to come forward. Some alcohol sweetness but not much heat at 9.5%. Slight warmth n the finish. Very good!

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this brew...
Appears a pitch black with a small dark tan head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, rich, sugar infused whipped butter.
Taste is of the same wonderful smells.
Mouthfeel is just ever so slightly thin but the rich flavors are still there and very enticing.

Photo of mothman
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Color is black with tan head, very small head. Due to light pour.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and sugar, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Amazing how everything flows so well.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, sweet caramel. Very awesome.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, sweet. Near perfect. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, one of my new favorite beer. It is really awesome. I am impressed and want more. Very great flavors and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured deep brown with a light tan cap

S: Faded bourbon, light cocoa, roasted malt and booze

T: Immediate faded bourbon, hints of vanilla, minute cocoa with tobacco and old wood. Booze was noticable but faded

M: Big body overall but I felt it was a bit thin on the way down

O: Good overall, nice drinking RIS but was looking for a bit more taste, heartiness and complexity.

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jim for this one! 12oz bottle

A: Pours black, very dark, with a small tan head on top. Decent retention leaving a small ring with patch of foam on top. Very thin sheets of lacing.

S: Mmm, some bourbon and chocolate. There is a hint of vanilla, brown sugar, and a little wood.

T: Upfront some slightly roasty malt and chocolate, while the finish is full of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The finish is slightly sweet.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A nice sipping beer. Thinner than most in the style, not thick and syrupy, a little more body I think would have helped. But all in all, a solid BA RIS.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

2009 vintage. Served alongside Great Lakes Blackout Stout.

A: Dark black with about an inch of beige head atop the beer.

S: Bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla.

T: Well-balanced and tasty. This beer has a lot of flavor. Everything is integrated into the overall taste very nicely. There were a few other world class barrel-aged beers sampled this night. While this is a really well-crafted brew, it is not quite in the upper echelon of barrel-aged imperial stouts, in my opinion.

M: A decent feel. For 9%, the alcohol comes through a bit to strongly. I would be somewhat more at ease with this if the beer was in the 11+% abv range.

D: A solid beer and good example of the style.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle split with oglmcdgl, into a Duvel tulip.

Barrel Aged Blackout pours a pretty black color resulting in a black body. The liquid out the bottle is dark brown though. A stealth pour yielded only a few cm of ivory white loose bubbles, very weak looking.

Smell is a bit brighter though with barrel oak blasting up the nose, and this is when it's cold. Mix of roasted malt and bakers chocolate, fudge. Vanilla and bourbon. A small hit of dark fruit with warming no alcohol.

By god this is great beer, it's very well mixed two years in. Vanilla from the oak is large yet not sweet, bourbon from the oak is pleasant yet not overbearing. Under that blackout does it's thing with a mix of chocolate and roasted malt.

This is really smooth, it's smooth as hell. Goes down easy as pie. Feel is above medium bodied with low carb, not stingy in any way. The aftertaste is smooth minimal and consists of vanilla.

Im glad I tried it and this is one that lives up to the hype. Im sure the two years in the bottle helped alot. This was all too easy to drink like a fish.

Photo of akorsak
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bottle, number 540 of 900 from the 2006 release, from a Dark Lord Day 2007 trade with kirok1999.

A: The stout pours thick and dark as a blackout on a moonless night. Even when I hold the Troegenator mug to a light source, ruby highlights are few and far between. A small coating of tan head tops off the stout with moderate lacing.

S: The nose is heavy on bourbon, an oaky, corn-laden sweetness that is right at home amongst the burnt, charred grains of the stout.

T: WOW! This is a well-blended, balanced stout. The barrel aging (and subsequent cellar aging) has done wonders, concentrating a buttery, oaken boozy flavor that is sweet but not overpowering. The result is a nice warming bourbon flavor. Interspersed with the bourbon is the body of the beast: Blackout! Dark molasses, burnt toast and raisins, baker's chocolate define the moist stout. A subtle tartness pops up near the end of a sip, adding a twist before fading back to a bourbon finish. This is the best barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout (not American Double Stout, mind you) that I've had.

M: A near-perfect blend of bourbon and stout. Neither taste overpowers the other, instead they play nicely from the first sip to the last.

D: If you've got an '06 vintage laying around, it's drinkin' beautifully right now. The alcohol is present but never distracting and the bourbon-stout combo is a revelation.

Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through trade with Sephiroth.

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a thin brown head.

The smell is sweet chocolate and light bourbon with the required whiskey and vanilla aroma. Little bit of Kahlúa aroma in this, the coffee is there just toned down a bit. When you pour this at first it deceives you in to thinking this isn't a bourbon barrel beer and then it hits you in the scent. After the ethanol fumes get started this is all Kahlúa and Bourbon.

The taste starts out sweet but coffee bitter too with a big vanilla and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Fairly big whiskey taste here and it is a complex bourbon flavor. Oak, citrus, oak, vanilla, caramel, and flowers.

Mouthfeel is good.

A sipping beer here and quit high in alcohol. Not to thick a beer this is quite close to bourbon and coffee with crème in flavor and sensation. Still this is the sort of beer like KBS that is a one a night type of beer.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber. Off white head forms and leaves some lace. Aroma of malt, coffee, vanilla, of course, some bourbon. In the taste, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke, wood and a warming booze. You get a lot of the barrel with this brew. Roasted and a lot of tannins drying it out. Full bodied, smooth, dry and satisfying. Overall, a different beast than the regular, more coffee and vanilla tasting version. A standalone giant in its own right.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC, into a snifter glass. Thanks also to Bernie from Great Lakes for the extra sip.

Giant truly jet black midnight body, with a small collar of tan caramel appearance. Some minor scattered lacing while drinking.

Nose has a traditional bourbon barrel aged beer sense, super caramel and paralines but not much more varied than that. Small hints of brown sugar giving to a coca cola sweetness.

Taste matches nose. A typical bourbon aged stout, with a matching malt density. Texture brings a prickly caramel but slightly too carbonated with hint of gas taking away the brews better tastes on the palate.

Overall pretty dam solid. As it warms even mild licorice and molasses creep in making for one classic enjoyable drink. I would certainly partake of this beverage any day!

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2012 bottling date.

Pours a black ooze, but looks soft. Nice creamy slightly soapy white foam. Great lacing.

Aroma is sweet raisin, plum, blackstrap leather, some tobacco, chocolate and roasted coffee. Smells rich, soft and 'lish

yeah, tastes good, too. A bit too sweet for me. The roastiness is subdued and the chocolate loses its punch. Raisin and black plum come forward. Hints of caramel. No wood I could detect. Coffee strengthens.

Feels a bit slick and flat. Gotta get this sticky sweet off my teeth, bubbles would work. Actually didn't finish it because the feel just didn't grow on me in a good way. Other than that, it was easy drinking. ABV is well hidden

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to unclejedi for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
2009 Vintage

Poured into a chalice a black color, some carbonation, not much of a head at all, a couple of tiny islands appear. The nose is malty, with some oak notes, chocolate, toffee, some spice. The taste is malty, nice oak note, chocolate/toffe, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, but not what it's hyped up to be.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Generously provided by Brad (ygtbsm94) at the BA gathering at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a brownish black color with an impressive creamy head. Head retention is very, very good, with lots of sticky lacing all around. Surprisingly, the nose is a bit muted, though I do get some light coffee and chocolate. What there is smells pretty good. Flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, except there is nothing shy about the amount of flavor I get. I get a huge, rich, creamy presense of milk chocolate, cherry and coffee, with a hint of licorice. The mouthfeel is really impressive in this beer, and comes across as long, smooth and very creamy. Drinkability is very, very good for such a big beer, and I could see myself getting into trouble drinking this one.

The regular blackout stout isn't bad, but this is truly exceptional. Very well done.

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained in trade with unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes promptly, with leggy dwindling lace. Aroma is dark grains, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is roasty sweetness upfront, barrel character in the middle, and alcohol warmth at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, almost seems to evaporate off the tongue, and drinkability is very nice for the style. Could stand for a bit more body, but all in all a great offering.

Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of billab914
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a very thin tan head barely forming around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has some great bourbon flavors to it. I get brown sugar and vanilla mixing with dark chocolate and roasty coffee flavors. The bourbon is a little bold and slightly hot, but it also really compliments the beer well. It's not a perfect aroma, but it's pretty damn good.

The taste shows the dark chocolate and bourbon right off the bat. In the finish more of the vanilla and oak barrel flavors mix with a roasty, coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate flavor. Again, the bourbon is a little hot in the finish but otherwise it's a pretty perfect compliment to the beer.

The mouthfeel is heavy and thick with carbonation being low. It's a really great mouthfeel for the style. Overall it was a great beer. The bourbon was really bold and flavorful in it, but the base beer also got to shine through. All the flavors really came together very well in it. I can't wait to see how this one develops with some age on it. Great beer overall.

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.