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

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,684
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 1,341
Gots: 347 | FT: 39
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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 maximum12
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't like stories with your reviews? Take your grumpy butt elsewhere!

This is a bottle of 2008 BA Blackout. I'd set up three trades for this white whale - & all three fell through, with the other end vanishing & ceasing to respond to bmails. I was bummed. ISOs, bmails, almost deals, no BA Blackout. Then two fine BA members teamed up behind my back.

My wife, nursingbeer, decided to do something extra nice for our 10th anniversary. She sought out a saint among saints, sholland119, asking if he could put together a nice box for me. Well, on our anniversary she gave me a box of beer - 2 bombers of Unfiltered Double Simcoe (one of my all-time favorites), a 2009 Darklord (really???) & a 2008 BA Blackout Stout. No shit!! The two sneaks got me one of the beers I've wanted most for the past two years.

On to the beer which, for her trouble, I split with my rather marvelous wife. Poured black, with a hissing dark cap on it that fell quickly. Dark black. Smells great. Barrel, along w/roasted malt & hints of coffee come out of the goblet.

After all this trouble, wouldn't it suck if I didn't like it? Ha! Not much chance of that, since the base beer is great. And this is...sublime. The bourbon on this sucker is dead on, subtle, but with a bite to it, where it doesn't start to warm my chest cavity until about halfway down. The base beer is there underneath, & it supports the barrel-aged aspect wonderfully, although there's more vanilla & a touch of chocolate that I don't recall in the standard Blackout. Silky smooth going down. As it warms, the aroma improves even more, & it takes on a more oily feel to it. Damn. I could drink this until the cows woke up.

Perfect. Only my second pure five. Scott & Molly, thank you!!

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers caramel, bourbon sweetness, cacao bitterness, a bitter dark chocolate, a medium mouthfeel. A robust BA stout that definitely is different from the base. An interesting vanilla, sweetness, and smoothing out of the bee from the barrel.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown almost black like oil with just a little thinner viscosity and khaki colored head. Bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bourbon warmth and chocolatey depth.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


bottled in 2012 had alongside the non-barrel aged variety bottled 4/20/2012 both in oversized batch 2 TB snifters.

a - both brews are dark as night with a thin off cream colored head that fizzes away almost immediately leaving tiny bubble islands and a congregation of bubbles clinging to the glass on the surface. swirling the glass brings things back to life and the head is creamy...lacing is spotty at best. nice shine to both.

s - nose is uber complex. takes the regular and just mushes it through booze soaked wood. the wood has a nice presence and smells fantastic with the beer. really wonderful and unique smelling BA stout. takes the chocolate from the original and douses it in nuttiness.

t - takes the original and just douses it with bourbon. it really works even though bourbon heavy. the chocolate comes out more and is really rich and decadent. the nuttiness that was suggested in the nose is there, but not nearly as pronounced as suggested. but boy oh boy, this is a yummy brew

m - upon the first sip the thing that jumped out at me is that silky lush feel. i had just been sipping the non BA and this is the most pronounced difference. really fantastic, decadent, lush silky feel. way heavier than the non BA

o - overall, wow...really a wonderful BA stout. have had this a few times before, but gotta say it is certainly top tier for BA stouts. worth checking out.

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Photo of Pencible
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. After waiting many years to try this legendary brew, it totally lived up to the hype. Wow. Tons of coffee, some chocolate and bourbon. So smooth and delicious.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, 2008 vintage, poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and is completely opaque black in the glass with a small, short-lived tan head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing on the sides.

The aroma is nice - dark and roasty with the bourbon barrel only complimenting things. There are dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee mainly with the vanilla from the oak and a little bourbon coming through in the background.

The bourbon steps forward a little in the taste with the vanilla coming in up front as well. The backbone is still mainly chocolate sweetness and dark roasted malts but the finish brings back the barrel presence with a definite burn going down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly dry oaky finish.

This is a very good bourbon barrel stout with the barrel character coming out aggressively in the taste. Overall, it's a big sweet and smooth imperial stout that's got a bit more chocolate than the typical RIS.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super jet onyx black with a teeny tiny head of espresso foam that dies qucikly. Aromas of big booze, bourbon, adn wood with some nutty chocolate and coffee undertones. Taset is full up hot bourbon as well as deeply roasted malts and imperial stout notes. Dark fruit also makes an entrance. Mouthfeel is thick but not cloying. Drinkability remains high especially for bourbon lovers such as I. Great!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 12oz. bottle...

A: Pours a deep black with brown edges. There is one full finger of dark khaki colored head that fades pretty quickly. A think soft foam ring hugs the glass. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. I get slight coffee and toffee, but it's basically bourbon and chocolate. Smells amazing.

T: The fist hit is sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. It amazing. As it moves to the middle get some sweet bourbon heat and some dark chocolate bitters. The finish is a beautiful balance between the chocolate and the barrel ageing. I get hot bourbon alcohol, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and coating to start with robust flavors. It's mellow in the middle, and a bit harsher towards the back end. The hot alcohol burn shines in the back end as the chocolate fades. But it's smooth as it leaves the palate. So good.

O: Love this beer. Some vintages are better than others (2009 comes to mind as one of the best) but this 2013 vintage is outstanding. One of my favorite beers of all time. It's just incredibly drinkable for a 9.5% barrel aged stout. Love it.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for breaking this out at our little tasting. Review from notes on 4/3/10. 2009 vintage.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black (but not quite) with a light tan bubbly head. Looks actively carbonated. Decent retention. Mahogany hues in the light. 4.0

S - Wow, bourbon overpowers everything. Bourbon all over the place. A bit of ash, dark fruit, and roast somewhere in there but somewhat lost. Could use a bit more balance I think. But still, a pleasing aroma. 3.5

T - Actually, this is a bit different from the aroma. The balance is there and actually very nicely executed. You can tell this beer has been aging in bourbon barrels for a while; highly assertive vanilla, charred oak, and deep blackberry tones. However, there is a characteristic ashy flavor of Blackout Stout that I don't appreciate as much and it is noticeable in the BA Blackout. 4.0

M - Decently big body, but I would put it more in the scale of medium bodied. Very smooth carbonation and a slight prickle on the palate. 4.0

D - Very nicely drinkable. Again, that distinct ash is hindering me a touch but overall, a nice beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bomber into a Birra del Borgo tulip, shared at a tasting. I got bottles of this in trades from both sliverX and Lazerlobe, and don't know which specific bottle this one is. Thanks to both you guys!

A: Dark brown with clear red glints when held up to light. Half a finger of light brown foam that dissipates into a ring and promptly reappears with each swirl. Nice, if a little light-colored for something called Blackout...

S: Boozy bourbon, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, and dark chocolate. Big, sweet, and straightforward. Excellent.

T: Smooth sugary sweetness at first, with whiskey asserting dominance midway through and roasted malts bringing coffee and dark chocolate notes to the long finish. Tasty.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate, soft carbonation. Excellent.

D: A touch hot for its ABV, but delicious.

Notes: While not the most memorable BA stout I've had, it's definitely one of the better ones - eminently balanced, complex without being confused, and both sweet and roasty. Wonderful beer, and one that I'm looking forward to trying with some age one it.


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from jbwimer. Huge thanks for this big want of mine. Bottle pours pitch black into my tulip with a small half finger khaki brown head. Aroma of loads of rich chocolate fudgy goodness, some roasty grains, bourbon, oak, coconut. Flavor is big sweet chocolate up feont with plenty of bourbon and roast, it finishes with huge vanilla from the barrel, some light coconut and chocolate and oh my lord so smooth. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation, heavy body. This is fantastic. The finish is one of the best and it is so velvety smooth. Right up there with the best BA stouts and yet much more drinkable. Great Lakes is just such an incredible brewery.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into Portsmoth snifter. Thanks a ton for both, SneezyAchew!

A: Pours damn near pitch black with two fingers of creamy very dark brown head that slowly faded into a faint film. A few spots of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Oh man this smells exactly how I hoped! I nose is full of complex layers of dark chocolate, toasted oats, vanilla, bourbon and coffee. I get a hint of oak to round things out. This smells great!
T: Big notes of chocolate and bourbon stand out. This is a very rich and decadent beer! All the flavors of the nose are there, especially toasted oats, vanilla, and coffee. I get a bit of roasted marshmallow in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly sweet with the perfect amount of bourbon. I’m loving this beer!
M: Thick body, very full, soft, and creamy mouthfeel, with low yet creamy carbonation. Extremely smooth and easy to drink.
O: I don’t want to say I was surprised by this beer, but I was overly impressed. I remember the original being pretty good, but not great. Barrel ageing the original is definitely an improvement. Thank you so much for the pack, Michael!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the 2013 vintage, put out in room temperature from my beer fridge for about 15 minutes then poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 5/30/2013. Thanks to BarrytheBear for providing me with this excellent beer in a trade.

Aroma: Sickly sweet and roasty maltiness, kind of like a milk stout but with a humongous vanilla nose. A little bit of oak, but mostly vanilla and bourbon. Strong, strong nose that definitely foretells whats in store for me.

Colour: Pitch black, though it illuminates a very subtle dark brown in the light. Pours with a 1cm thick brown head that dissipates quickly into a very thin collar. Not much lacing besides a little bit of condensation on the glass. Actually fairly normal looking barrel-aged stout.

Flavour: Hot damn. This is strong on the vanilla and bourbon for sure. Gets a little roast malt in there but it is quite boozy in a bourbon manner, for sure. I get that nice oakiness combined with a bit of vanilla in the end as well. Very heavy on the bourbon, and as it warms up I get more chocolate and nuts, presumably from the malt combination. Near the end of each sip, I get a good hoppy bitterness as well, like espresso. Very sweet but hoppy beer in general with lots of bourbon heat. In other words, this is a pretty complex barrel-aged stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, chewy, viscous. Decent carbonation, nothing special- if anything, a bit undercarbonated. The aftertaste is very dry and sticky; a combination of vanilla, oak and coffee that gets on my palate like white on rice. Along with the heat that's present even from the very beginning, it makes this beer a sipper, which is the way it should be.

Overall: Excellent bourbon barrel-aged stout, not too over the top but brings plenty of flavour. Sounds like GLBC's modus operandi to me here. It's sweet, dry, hot, bourbon-ey, and bitter all at once. Very complex but not too over the top with any one thing. A true pleasure to sip on. Hopefully I don't black out tonight; that would be ironic. Anyway, this is a bit pricey at $30/4pk and I think I would rather pick up BCBS and hang onto it for a year. That being said, I don't think I would mind buying a 4-pack ever year if I lived close to Cleveland. So that's my 2 cents here- great beer for sure.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

741st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Not sure vintage
Not sure BA who brought this

App- A very dark brown with a ton of dark reds on the edges as to be expected with some brown highlights. A pretty thin looking one finger head to it. Some retention was seen with a little bit of lacing on it.

Smell- Bitter dark chocolate with some small hops and a little bit of roasted malt. At the same time a little vanilla and oak as well.

Taste- It follows the nose a little bit with a nice dark chocolate with a the roasted malt but changes itself into something more than the base with addition of barrel flavors. Just that much better.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low/medium carb level. A little creamy chocolate/walnut roast

Drink- I loved the bottle I had of the base beer. The pour I had at CF7 really was that much better.

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Photo of Holland
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown to black pour with a small tan head that clings to the edge of the glass but doesn't touch the middle.

S: bourbon sweetness, toffee, burnt sugar, and dark sweet malt.

T: great balance of sweetness of toffee and bourbon with the earthy bitterness of hops and dark chocolate.

M: great carbonation, but could use just a tad more body to it. Still a fantastic feel to this beer.

O: Excellent beer, quite different from the sweet barrel aged stouts that I like (BCBS, Black Note) and much better bourbon flavor than the hoppier and drier stouts like Abyss and BA Blackbeerd. Maybe it's the time I'm drinking it (5 months after release), but it's delicious.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the hookup John!

Appearance: midnight black, mildly viscus, meager near finger brown head, fast dissipation.

Aroma: toasty oak, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, woodsy char, subtle coffee, light fusel notes, toffee.

Taste: milk chocolate, fainter coffee, slight booze, roasted wood, vanilla, nouget, bourbon-y caramel.

***Great balance, not too daunting, but the 12oz is perfect. The barrel takes away from the great coffee notes in the regular version, but I'd call it a fair trade off. Good drinkability, and a BA stout that can stand up with the best. $7 is a great value for this stout.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

5.0 A: Black color. Two full fingers of ultra creamy light brown head that retains extremely well and leaves plentiful lacing. Outstanding.

5.0 S: The regular BO is one of my favorites and the nose on this one does not disappoint. Semisweet chocolate, indulgent caramel, dark fruits with emphasis on plum, molasses, and hints of smoke and coffee. The barrel adds subtle oak and vanilla. The bourbon plays a complementary role offering leather and earth.

4.5 T: Taste resembles the nose, except that the bourbon is a bit more apparent in the taste. Lots of sweet chocolate, caramel, tons of molasses, hints of brown sugar, plum and prune fruitiness, and light smoke and coffee. Good amount of oak and a decent vanilla contribution. The bourbon is leathery and earthy and adds melon and raisiny fruitiness. A bit of booze from the bourbon, but pleasant in a warming manner.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. I usually prefer heavier bodies on imperials, but this body works for this beer. It probably has something to do with how clean and well crafted GL brews are. Good creaminess and incredibly smooth.

5.0 D: Great Lakes has only disappointed me once. Everything else I've had has been world class and this is no different. This beer epitomizes balance between the beer and barrel and uses a stellar recipe and perfect technique. Excellent beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge Thanks to BeerTruth for the share! You Rock Adam!

A: Pours a nice flat black hue with tones of amber showing through. The head was nice solid and creamy. Retention was only ok with light lace noted.

S: Huge aroma from this one. Tons of rich chocolate, gooey toffee, macroons, and all the goodness that comes from barrel ageing.

T: Rather oaky, but not overthetop. Rich Belgian chocolate, coconut, with hits of vanilla. The roast was wonderful and the beer soo complex with numerous layers.

M: Full in body, thick enough to cling to the mouth and throat providing lasting enjoyment.

D: Very, glad I shared it, but is one I could have sipped on for an hour.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, not much head and doesn't last either. Near the edges it seems like more of a deep brown.

S-Bourbon, vanilla, sweet chocolate malt. Some roasted malt and very little coffee.

T-Bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and molasses a little sweet. Some coffee and roasted malt.

M-Heavy, not much carbonation, thick and sticky.

O-A great BA stout, doesn't rank up there with KBS, BCBS etc but still yummy.

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Photo of Florida9
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, but with just a little bit of light shining through on the side. Forms a thin, light tannish head on the pour. No lacing.

S: Obvious aroma of bourbon and vanilla followed by the sweet smell of dark malt.

T: Okay, there is now no mistaking the barrel-aging on this one. Taste is virtually all bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol, with dark malts, molasses, and brown sugar playing a supporting role. Quite full flavored.

M: On the lighter side of heavy with appropriate carbonation.

D: Too brash and in-your-face on the barrel aging for my tastes. Maybe this beer will improve with age, maybe the bourbon qualities will tone down and reveal a more subdued and complex beer. I don't know, but in it's current state, it was just too much for me to consider overly enjoyable.

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Photo of prototypic
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks go out to BuckeyeNation for his benevolence and generosity in sending me this fine beer.

Bottle labeled "Series 2516"

Appearance: It pours an extremely dark brown, nearly jet black color. The head is a dark, mocha brown color and is roughly two fingers deep. Retention was relatively good though lacing leaned toward the lighter end of the spectrum. In comparison, it's not materially different from Blackout Stout, which is also a very fine looking brew.

Smell: Clearly, it's elite in this regard. Very vibrant chocolate and roasted malt aroma is perfectly complemented with a touch of bourbon. The bourbon aroma is easily noticeable, but far from overwhelming. I gravitate more towards that combo as opposed to those where the bourbon is the primary feature. Roasted coffee, faint dark fruit, and light toasted nut aromas add complexity and depth. Alcohol appears to be masked very well. Hops make a slight appearance toward the end. There's no constructive way I could criticize the nose on this one. It truly is exceptional in every way.

Taste: Frankly, it's very similar to the nose. The bourbon flavor is blended very well with chocolate and roasted malts and complements those flavors very well. The bourbon again comes across as a secondary flavor. It's far from overwhelming. To me, the stout element of the beer is the primary attraction. There is a very nice roasted coffee flavor. Plum and toasted nut flavors are noteable, but not overly strong. It's very complex and flavorful. My only complaint is that the light hops that are noticeable in smell disappear in taste. Just a little light hop bitterness would perhaps take it to the next level. Very minor, constructive criticism. It's truly hard to take anything away from it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It definitely leans toward medium bodied. It's still a sipping beer and certainly one to savor. Carbonation is excellent. The mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth, and among the best I've had. Despite its high abv, it's very drinkable. I'm certainly appreciating the one bottle I have very much and am wishing I had more. This is an excellent bourbon barrel stout. It's clearly one of the best I've had the opportunity to try. Kentucky Breakfast Stout is perhaps a slight bit better, but not much. If you have the opportunity to try this one, you certainly should.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head. Leaves tons of soapy spots down the glass.

S: A good amount of bourbon right away, and it smells awesome. Brownie batter, toffee, caramel, some vanilla, barrel and some faint tobacco.

T: Opens on a pretty big roasted note, with some faint dark chocolate and astringent black coffee. Bourbon comes on strong on the finish and leaves a slightly hot, drying finish. A touch of peat and anise on the finish as well. There's a touch of sweetness in here, but it's beaten away pretty quickly by the darker, bolder flavors. A very tasty stout, but a bit much if you don't like them dark and nasty. Luckily, I do.

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Photo of Dope
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 year old bottle.

A: Black pour with a small light brown head despite the aggressive pour. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving decent lacing behind.

S: Lots of bourbon in the nose. Toffee, wonderful strong burnt caramel and molasses. Creamy roasted malt peeks through with some dark chocolate and coffee. Lots of vanilla and some oak. The caramel aroma is great with the vanilla.

T: Smooth bourbon up front. Again, wonderful caramel flavor. A bit of toffee and oak with it. A little bit of burn and then turns into a somewhat bitter chocolate and coffee roasted malt character. As it warms it starts to take on a brownie batter quality with some espresso. Vanilla throughout but especially in the lingering aftertaste. Hints of anise here and there.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth.

O: What a great barrel-aged RIS. The caramel and the vanilla from the bourbon is great on its own, but combined with the blackout stout just makes it stellar. A complex, well-balanced yet smooth and creamy RIS. Not hot like a lot of barrel-aged beers either. One of the nicest and easy-drinking versions around. Second only to something like a KBS, this was a borderline 5 on taste.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got 2 bottles of this beer, one from drgonzo3705 and another from Auslander. Thanks Paul and Thanks Chris!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a small cocoa colored head that thinned to a ring.

S - the aroma of sweet bourbon fills my nostrils.

T - bourbon flavor is blended well with rich, roasted malt and chocolate flavors.

F - full bodied with a silky smooth feel.

D - very good all around.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber into goblet on 12/19/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured an opaque, deep black body with slim tan head that receded into patchy film and left decent lacing around the glass.

S - Subtle nose for a barrel-aged stout with hints of bourbon, chocolate malt, licorice and a bit of alcohol.

T - Initial flavor is a mixture of bourbon, chocolate, mild coffee and woody notes with a definite oak presence. The bourbon rose to the forefront as the liquid approached room temperature.

M - Smooth and creamy texture with soft carbonation and a bit of heat from the alcohol presence.

D - The bourbon character is fairly subtle here, making this one go down quite easily. Good stuff!

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.