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Rackhouse Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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4.13/5
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,632
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
104
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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15
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 47
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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.

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Photo of BB1313
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mhammo129
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MichaelJones
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Mikexw
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wellsnb
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gobuccos
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rasheedw30
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LloydDobler
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dtm426
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imperialjake
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of CharlesK
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of LaGuarns
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 limited release, only 2000 bottles total released. Taste was very sweet and smooth, hides the ABV% well. Barrel aging was strong but not overpowering. Well Done!

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robroc
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eychung
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - while enjoying the bread pudding, my server gave me a shot of this. In the tiny glass it looked fairly golden but now, in the 10-ounce goblet, it has a decidely reddish burgundy cast to it. Just a thin collar of light tan foam.

Aroma - loads of whiskey notes with a sweet fruity bend. Not much else but I ain't complaining!

Taste - the strong ale presents itself as sweet and grainy, malt liquor-ish. The fruitiness from the nose is here as well. While that is pretty good by itself, the oak barrels add a good complementary dimension. Smoky, charred flavor from the depths of the oak, peaty and a bit hot. If they would bottle this, what could *this* develop into after a few years of cellaring? The finish is warm and whiskey.

Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average. Restrained carbonation, let's the flavor come through unhindered.

Drinkability - takes a little adjusting, but smooth (and potent) sailing after that.

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Rackhouse Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 104 ratings