Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Lake Effect Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #558
Ranked #3,307
4.3 | pDev: 10.23%
Lake Effect Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
Barrel Aged Imperial StoutBarrel Aged Imperial Stout
Notes: Our barrel aged imperial stout is finally here after 8 months of aging in Bourbon Barrels. This is a full bodied, malty sweet, high gravity mess of a beer. Notes of vanilla, ripe fruit, and oak can be enjoyed with each sip. Brewed with the finest roasted malts and lactose for added body and sweetness, this ale is meant for sipping, savoring and contemplation.
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Beanie_541 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: pours jet black, no head, carbonation dissipates quickly.
S: Heavy aroma of oak and bourbon, burns the nostrils. Touch of chocolate and coffee aroma.
T: very spirit forward. Initial flavors are straight up bourbon, vanilla, oak, and caramel. The finish is quite smooth, and has a nice balance of sweetness and roasty bitterness.
M: burns going down, low carb. Really smooth and has a substantial “weight” to it without being decadent or overbearing.

O: excellent. I was initially concerned, as I thought the barrel and spirit would overpower the rest of the beer. However, all flavor notes (bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasty) harmonize perfectly and the mouthfeel hits in that Goldilocks zone.

Feb 22, 2021
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metter98 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with just a thin color of off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose; the smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of bourbon and has associated notes of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink considering its strength, but the drinkability would be improved if there was a little more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 11, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 May 2020 - Beer #84

Corona Day #52

Price: $19.99 on Tavour

Appearance: 4 - not completely opaque black. Some red at the edges. Small off white head. Meh.

Nose: 5 - yeah, good amount of barrel and sweetness with a roasty backbone.

Taste: 4 - actually not much barrel, and much roastier and bitterer than I expected.

Mouth: 4 - I expected thicker from the lactose. Sticky, but not a ton going on.

Overall: 4 - 80 degrees in North Jersey, so obviously we have a barrel aged imperial stout. Pretty cromulent, though.


May 04, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Viscous black body and no head. Smell is more boozy than taste, with bourbon, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla cream, roasted malt and hints of coffee. Taste the barrel isn't felt that much, but I find myself not caring because the sweetness of the lactose and chocolate are very much present, with some roasted malt, anise, and molasses to balance. Drinks smooth, boozier than it tastes, and velvety viscous. Nice work

Apr 23, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with only a few patches of foam and no lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, bourbon, milk chocolate. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, bourbon, molasses, milk chocolate and light toffee and vanilla. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation despite the still pour. Very dark barrel aged stout, the aroma was somewhat simple, dominated by the bourbon, but the flavor is both rich and surprisingly complex. Bourbon is still the dominant flavor, but excellent malt base and nice chocolate and other flavors. Tastes great and a nice introduction to this brewery.

Nov 26, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this back from the mainland and it was definitely worth the smuggling.
Pours a really lovely deep dark amber brown.
Smell is nice without a real punch in the face.
Taste is smooth and gets even smoother as the temp rises.
Feel is terrific.
Overall I’m a big fan

Jul 09, 2018
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thepopester from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light has difficulty in passing through when held up, Creama reflects no "over-sweet" ........ Check

Smell = 1st batch put in barrel when produced. Very adequate and properly brewed. No "alcohol" bearing smell (a common sin)

Mouth - medium carbonation and incredibly full bodied

Taste - Not a "cream", Dark, Malty with shot of whiskey which becomes seriously addicting. Complex taste which might make you look to see if your parents are looking as one greedily takes another sip!

A supremely rich full-bodied imperial stout laced with subtle notes of bourbon from aging over six months in bourbon barrels. Multiple influences upon this robust stout will allow your palate to explore the depths and layers of this very limited release

Dec 26, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, two fingers of deep brown foam. Retention and lacing are minimal. Aroma is deep and rich. Big bourbon, oak, chocolate, anise, slight char. Taste is extremely similar, but reversed. Chocolate and anise first. Bourbon and barrel make themselves known after the swallow. Big, full body, low end of carbonation, and very balanced finish. This is superb.

Dec 23, 2016
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UberNils from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a dark, thick, sweet, heavy aged stout. I think it's Lake Effect's response to the well-known BCBS from another brewery just a couple miles away. Lots of great flavor notes that come through in different combinations - coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and so on. Perfect for a cold night and a warm fire.

Nov 27, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours really dark and opaque, with no head or lacing. Looks like oil and leaves some oily residue on the side of the glass. Kinda like the look. Smell is malts, cocoa, a little whiskey, some vanilla, a little chocolate, light coffee. Taste pretty much follows the nose- roasted malts, more whiskey than the nose, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, some oak, a little coffee. This tastes great. Very smooth for the ABV, full bodied, a little creamy, a real tongue coater.

Wow, this is really good- well blended and bursting with flavor. Had this about two months after bottling and it certainly could have sat longer. This far surpassed expectations and I wish I had bought another.

May 09, 2016
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croush from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 ounce bottle - very little carbonation, which worried me, but was not an issue while drinking. This was really dark in the glass, and the aroma was bitter dark chocolate. The taste was fantastic - this reminded me of a BCBS, but with a bit less body/weight. I really wish I had bought more of these, and will be on the lookout for more in the future.

Jan 21, 2016
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novamat from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Relatively fresh bottle (within 2 months) poured into a 13oz snifter. Pours almost black with a bit of brown at the edges, a medium mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good lacing. Smell is of oak, bourbon and roasted malts with something else I can't quite figure out (the lactose maybe?). Taste is of good blend between the roasted malts, oak and bourbon, but the sweetness throws the balance off a bit. Mouthfeel is on par with the better BA imperial stouts.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer and a good effort from Lake Effect. I found it a bit too sweet for my taste, and I though it hurt the balance a bit, but I would undoubtedly pick this one up again.

Dec 10, 2015
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Lake Effect Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 49 ratings