Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
American Strong Ale
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 27, 2005
Notes: Sweet ale aged in oak bourbon barrels.
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Rated: 4.34 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio

Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Dec 04, 2019
Rated: 3.55 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 10/5/18.

Pours a clear medium amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some slippery, foamy lacing. Aromas of figs, dates, malt, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, light apples and cherries, faint bourbon. The flavor shows more bourbon, then figs, dates, malt, plums, raisins, caramel, some brown sugar, light vanilla, a hint of cherries. It’s a bit sweet. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated.

Great aroma and flavor, has a big feel for a lighter body. Well made and enjoyable. Also had on tap, which I thought was slightly better, and that’s factored into the overall rating. Worth a purchase.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 22, 2019
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle from 2018 release into the test glass
A - Mahogany colored, clear as a bell, with meandering carbonation strolling top side. A thin cap of white is quick to recede.
S - Notes of vanilla, some barrel tannin, toasted oak, earthy grains. light brown sugar, caramel also
T - Well that follows the aromatics well. add toffee, and more earthy grains and you have a treat here for sure.
M - A bit slick to start, quick shift to semi sweet, then drying out with a sweet bourbon linger.
O - A very rich offering, with excellent feel. The flavors run a field through the base ale and barrel treatment. Excellent offering
Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by cp45 from New Jersey

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Sep 19, 2018
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On draught at the Stirling Hotel. 12 oz. pour served in a tulip glass. It pours a pretty light ruby-cola color with orange hues and a half finger of long-lasting, creamy, ecru-colored head and a thin sheen of creamy lacing. It has a pleasing smell of sweet malt, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, and light but noticeable bourbon. As expected, it's quite sweet and opens with caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. At mid-sip I'm tasting black cherry and bourbon that is subtle enough not to distract from the other flavors. Each taste stands out but they blend seamlessly. This ale is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation, and you can feel the 9.5% ABV. It's a sipper and it paired really nicely with a brisket sandwich.
Jun 30, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight bourbon hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a bourbon flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good balanced American Strong Ale
Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by monorailred from Texas

Jun 18, 2018
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
If you are at the Great Lakes pub you have a couple good alternatives beyond the usual brews from this oldest of craft brewers in the region. This is one of them.

It's a monster dark ale, a little deeper than red, with beautiful color and fizz. The aroma is a boozy blend, enhanced by the aging process. The taste is a well balanced strong ale (not too deep, dark and foreboding, but enough to know it is serious) and pretty smooth drinking for a big boy..

Highly recommended, This is the one you want to get rather than something you can also get bottled.
Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 29, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Eychung from New York

May 17, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Jan 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A great strong ale
Looks thick with auburn nutty hue
Smell is a caramel and bourbon mix
Tastes like wood with bourbon drenched booziness
Overall a bit strong in taste yet lots of bourbon makes for a warming sipper...Mouthfeel is easier on the palate as it finishes
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by kell50 from North Carolina

Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by WesMantooth from Ohio

Oct 23, 2017
Rated: 4 by BamfBacon from Ohio

Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Imperialjake from North Carolina

Jun 06, 2017
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by midlifec from Michigan

May 20, 2017
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on December 9, 2016.
Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by jaydoc from Kansas

Sep 16, 2016
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Translucent amber with a head that disappears as quickly as it forms
S: Molasses, cherry, a bit of Belgian yeast and just a bit of bourbon/vanilla
T: Brown sugar, quite sweet, a hint of cherry, little if any barrel/bourbon notes
M: Full-bodied, quite sweet
O: The bottle notes this beer gets better with age and I sure hope so. It's already been a couple of months since its release but it's currently only okay and I'm not getting my hopes up
Sep 07, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2016
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Rated by BeerMeColorado from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bourbon Malt Bomb...thick, sweet and boozy.
Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 30, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by robroc from New York

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 4.74 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Nyrangersgrrl from New York

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jun 02, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Booner818 from California

May 25, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by jds16 from Ohio

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by Ohiovania from Ohio

May 15, 2016
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