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

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Dogbrick on 11-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,810
Reviews:
421
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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340
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Photo of Jryan2004
1/5  rDev -76.9%

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2/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of Crosling
2.19/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark ruby brown color with a small, light tan head. Needs to be much darker. Timid nose, with only a light hint of the barrel element. Thin mouth feel, low complexity and fairly depthless character overall. Some hints of caramel and corn whiskey, but there is hardly much of a beer underneath. This is a rerate of the newer bottling, but its a lot like the first: bland, poorly concentrated, lacking texture and just dull overall.

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Photo of Desp59
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Generally don't like stouts that much. This one was just ok. Nothing all that special about it I thought.

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Photo of djmichaelk
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of tewaris
2.94/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared generously by Andrew, thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Thin and brown as opposed to viscous black: not-so-stout-y looking. Aroma is bourbon, coal/smoke/roast, and some, umm... tartness? Taste has strong presence of roast and coffee, and the associated acidity. Not as big on bourbon in taste as in the aroma. Some chocolate notes. Very thin body with low carbonation. Seems like something is wrong with this beer/bottle.

Overall pretty pedestrian for a sought after barrel aged stout.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of jhillwastaken
3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Sabtos
3.04/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Black with a minimal tan head dying to a thin ring.

Lots of woody, dry oak on the nose, almost a smoked applewood, like bacon, with soy sauce, and roasted almond.

Very heavily roasted, tangy malt flavor, with roasted almond, soy sauce, and a smoked hammy-ness.

Thin, fizzy and a little hot.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.12/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Ryan011235, poured into an oversized snifter at cellar temperature. Borrowing comments from my review of the regular Blackout for comparison.

Blackout: A modest head and even more modest lacing. Body is a deepish brown; porter would have been my style guess just based on looks.
BA Blackout: No change here.

Blackout: The nose is full of rich roasted malts and milk chocolate, with hints of mixed berries.
BA Blackout: This version is certainly boozier, with plenty of oak and whiskey in the mix. The roast seems to have disappeared; only the chocolate and berry aromas remain from the base beer. Different, but not necessarily better.

Blackout: The berry flavor becomes quite pronounced as it warms up, and some molasses joins in with the chocolate to make for a rather sweet and tangy stout. It's just roasted enough to keep all that stuff under control. Some leafy bitterness and fresh coffee midswallow.
BA Blackout: Roast and coffee are mere afterthoughts in this version. Berry, chocolate and molasses remain. Paired up with the sweet oak and whiskey, this makes for a veeeery slow sipper. It's not over-the-top sweet, but it becomes a bit of a chore after a certain point. (Important distinction: not a make-your-fillings ache drainpour a la the unholy trinity of Dark Lord, WWS and Creme Brulee.)

Blackout: The lingering warming alcohol is not at all out of place. Lack of fullness is a minor quibble. Some additional dark malts and upping the viscosity a notch would really take it to the next level.
BA Blackout: Pretty much the same story. It's certainly boozier, but appropriately so.

Overall impression, Blackout: Pretty good stuff here. I'm looking forward to the barrel-aged version I've got queued up in the beer fridge.
Overall impression, BA Blackout: Doesn't measure up to the regular version. It seems to me that drier, roastier stouts are the ones that respond best to barrel aging. Perhaps this one will age gracefully, but I won't seek it out again. Fans of sweeter stouts should definitely check it out, though.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got in a trade.

Poured into my tulip.

The beer is pour black with a very small head.
The nose is a mix of alcohol caramel coconut general bourbon barrel aroma dominate. As it warms the overwhelming alcohol smell subsides.

The taste is mainly bourbon wiht hints of sweetness and a tad vanilla.

The mouth is a bit thin with a overwhelming level of carbonation, given the style. The alcohol warms and leaves a little numbing on the lips and tongue.

I don't want to be one of those people but given the "hype" around this beer it is lackluster. Good flavors but no the flavors are good.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Steimie
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Jones153
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of danh53
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed is cola which dominates the nose and the taste. There is some milk chocolate creaminess with some coffee. The mouth feel is smooth but very thin for the style. Bourbon is prominent and oak character is well integrated, but too much cola for me. I won't be seeking more of this.

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Photo of mentor
3.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fresh 2008 Batch (well, 2 months old). Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells coffee roasty, flat oak, tannic, mild vanilla, some chocolate. Smells very dry and dominated by oak.

Tastes wet to start with alcohol and cherry-like tang biting in a way that cooperates with the drying edgy bourbon oak. Baker's chocolate, fig newton, iron, and onion underneath the dominant alcohol and oak. Leaves the tongue dry and a lingering rough alochol bite with chocolate edge. Meraganue aftertaste. Alcohol curts the mouthfeel to thin, but some dextrine plays on the tongue when swirled. Moderate carbonation. Bourbon County Stout Light. Very similar barrel and alcohol profile, but not the malt sweet and thick mouthfeel found in one of my favorites. Needs *alot* of time in the cellar for this one to pull together.

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