Rackhouse Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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89
very good
77 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TurdFurgison on 10-27-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 39
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in University Hts., Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours amber with a subtle haze but still has some clarity to it; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving solid retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are bourbon forward along with some sweet caramel and vanilla. Lots of malts. Some raisins, cherries and dark fruits in the mix. The flavors follow the nose. The bourbon shines without dominating and being overwhelming. Lots of caramel along with some vanilla. More raisin notes. Coconut flavors come through. Strong malt backbone. It's sweet, but it's not cloying or anything crazy at all. Alcohol is well hidden and basically goes unnoticed. Dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly thin, but it's pretty fluffy and very smooth. Once again, this one is dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice barrel-aged brew. "Balance" is the key with this one. The bourbon characteristics shine without dominating and being overwhelming. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Well done. Very enjoyable stuff.

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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon Malt Bomb...thick, sweet and boozy.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robroc
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jds16
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpolzin
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting and enjoyable barrel aged beer. The barrel flavor was strong and familiar when compared to other barrel aged beers I like. The base beer though was what made this unique as the taste was sweet and smooth but with a slight tart aftertaste. Very good.

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Photo of sposter4
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap draft of 2013 rack house. Pours a light Amber. Has a sweet and sour aroma. Flavor is tart, slightly sweet and very smooth. Leaves a nice sour after taste without the bitterness. Overall delicious

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wellsnb
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dtm426
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Rasheedw30
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MichaelJones
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy copper amber with a tan head. Nose is fairy sweet with a good amount of wood and notes of bourbon. Notes of berries, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is quite sweet. Wood is a bit more moderate with a nice bourbon interplay. There are layers of toffee, vanilla, caramel and cherry in the back. Stronger carbonation with a relatively drinkable body and fairly soft palate. Pretty good stuff, taste is a bit more deep and integrated.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SpartyJoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Rackhouse Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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