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

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#365
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
1,820
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,361
Gots:
339
Trade:
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a decent jet black color with a quickly dissipating less than a finger’s worth of white head into the body. There was barely any lacing. The smell was a super strong alcohol. It was so strong that I had to let it warm up a good half hour just to let it warm up to my senses. Once that happened there were some light vanilla and chocolate characteristics. The taste was mainly sweet and alcoholic hot. The aftertaste was hot, sweet and sticky leading into the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one was a sipper, there’s no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. This was meant to be sipped. The carbonation was pretty smooth as well. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Imperial Stout well worthy of having again. Age this beer, don't drink this fresh, trust me.

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 snifter pour

L - pretty lackluster. Very light for a stout. Medium brown with medium frothed khaki head.

S - faint everything. Faint bourbon, faint lactose, sour dark fruit. Base beer smells better.

T - sweet roast. Sweet char. Vanilla, lactose, cream. Mild bourbon and vanilla.

F - creamy, spicy, absurd alcohol for 9.5%. It's not hot, but I've had 15% stouts that had less detectable alcohol. This is okay that because I like alcohol to be present in a big beer.

Overall. Far from a world class ba beer. It's maybe not even as impressive as blackout stout. It's not bad, it's just not above status quo. The biggest selling point it has I'd being a solid sub double digit ba stout. If this were in a 12oz bottle and not brewery only release it'd have much merit. But as a limited bomber - it's one and done.

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Overkill on the oaky flavor.

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Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,820 ratings
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