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

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained in trade with unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes promptly, with leggy dwindling lace. Aroma is dark grains, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is roasty sweetness upfront, barrel character in the middle, and alcohol warmth at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, almost seems to evaporate off the tongue, and drinkability is very nice for the style. Could stand for a bit more body, but all in all a great offering.

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Photo of tpd975
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge Thanks to BeerTruth for the share! You Rock Adam!

A: Pours a nice flat black hue with tones of amber showing through. The head was nice solid and creamy. Retention was only ok with light lace noted.

S: Huge aroma from this one. Tons of rich chocolate, gooey toffee, macroons, and all the goodness that comes from barrel ageing.

T: Rather oaky, but not overthetop. Rich Belgian chocolate, coconut, with hits of vanilla. The roast was wonderful and the beer soo complex with numerous layers.

M: Full in body, thick enough to cling to the mouth and throat providing lasting enjoyment.

D: Very, glad I shared it, but is one I could have sipped on for an hour.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep brown that appears black without light, leaving a nice creamy tan head and good lacing.

Smell is fantastic. Bourbon is present but not overwhelming over the already fantastic Blackout smell, chocolate, coffee, cream.

Taste is really great as well, pretty much an accurate mirror of the smell and just the right amount of bourbon flavor.

Mouth is a little more thin that I would have liked and it doesn't quite coat the mouth, but the carbonation is low and right.

Drinkability is good, I can't wait to get back out to Ohio to pick up some more when it hits. Blackout is one of if not my one favorite "easy" to get imperial stout, this is a damn good version of it.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt., 6 fl. oz. bottle courtesy of unclejedi - many, many thanks! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a not-too-thick looking but pretty near black body, topped by a fuzzy, fizzy, fast-fading tan head, the swirling dusting of lace and the thin, bubbly collar the only reminder of what once was. There's really not too much to say about the appearance - hence the relatively low score - except that it's probably not too inappropriate for the style.

On second thought, the lacing is absolutely fantastic - huge swaths of sticky, bubbly, smooth lacing, like nets cast alongside the snifter curvature. Spotty and speckly in certain places, streaming and runny in others, it's very attractive.

Aroma: Strong, woody bourbon is the most prominent note here, and it becomes even more prominent and overpowering as it warms. Equal parts vanilla and chocolate, toast and roast. A well-balanced brew, though definitely not one to treat lightly.

Taste: A near-perfect balance. The wood here comes through more than in most if not all of the barrel-aged brews I've ever had the pleasure of. What I mean by that is that this one tastes overwhelmingly of stray vanilla and oaky notes, well-integrated with the relatively subtle-to-begin with backing beer. Though I've only had the pleasure of the GL Blackout Stout once, one of my first impressions of it was that it would be a very good "foundation" beer for something else - it was subtle, well-made, well-balanced, and one of the most purely drinkable RISs I'd ever had.

Waves upon waves of flavor. The aforementioned vanilla. Wood. Slightly warming, slightly spicy, slightly earthy bourbon. The traditional RIS notes - milky sweet cocoa, coffee, toast, a faint, underlying hop bitterness. A few hints of dark fruit appear in the background, but they're well-blended. Though the bourbon is strong and definitely a primary player, it never becomes overdominant; that is, once this beer warms, the bourbon always manages to stay balanced with the other constituent part of this brew.

Mouthfeel: One of the softest, most perfectly carbonated beers I've ever had. This one's near perfect - medium-bubbled, medium-bodied (as was the original GL Blackout Stout, a very fine-bodied brew to begin with), cut perfectly by whatever bourbon is present here, with no cloy or stick or unnecessary thickness. Just a damn fine feeling brew.

Drinkability: This is a damn fine brew. It's not over the top in any way, but balanced in every way conceivable - that is to say, very drinkable. The 9% abv is eminently reasonable, and perfectly acceptable for an RIS - I definitely approve. There's really not too much to be said about this one. Enjoy it, enjoy it with friends, enjoy it to its fullest extent. It's a big winner of an RIS, alone or with company.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcallister for the trade, I got this one back in Nov 07 so I think it's a good guess that this is from the 07 release. 2516 Series on the label.

Almost completely dark with only the slightest hints of ruby on the sides. A soft inch of mocha colored foam rose to the top of the glass and receded very slowly back into the beer. Good retention, a bit of lacing, and a swirl brings back some more foam which is quite impressive for a BA beer.

Bourbon on the nose as I first started pouring but once it's in the glass I can pick up some dry oak, vanilla, wet grains, sugar cookies, dark roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Not as complex as I thought it would be but still quite good. A little more brown sugar and some lactic sweetness. Lots of dry oak, tannins, and cocoa. Vanilla seems to intensify a bit more as the beer warms up.

More chocolate on the flavor than the, very smooth. The barrel seems to have faded to the background but it is so darn tasty. Hints of vanilla, crème, oak, an toasted malts. A little alcohol heat in the finish and somewhat tingly on the tongue too. As the beer warms up it's all chocolate in the finish with hints of oak.

Very smooth and rich upfront but a tad thin in the middle and finish, low carbonation. Thinner body as it warms up but it's expected from a BA beer.

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Photo of chefnash51
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Poured into my Duvel glass. Love the regular Blackout.. expectations are high

Seems like most of my great beer moments are enjoyed while I have the night to myself and I am parked in front of my LCD playing COD4..or COD WAW

anywho.. back to the review.

A - No real surprise.. BLACK. Small head with slight lacing

S - Great Smell.. stands out from other BA Imps. Nice bourbon barrel notes of vanilla and oak.. also picking some nice dark chocolate tones. Maybe some toffee in as it warms. Bitter Cacao.

M/T - This is some Damn Fine tasty brew. All the notes I was smelling seem to stand out and yet blend together so well.

D- This is where this beer shines. I have NEVER had such a drinkable BA Imp Stout. It's actually on the dangerous side of being too drinkable. WOW. I had to slow myself down from finishing in five minutes. So smooth.

bottom line.. love it.

thanks Zapata. true Gem.

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Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks clockworkorange for this one. Large capped bottle. Compared directly to an aged bottle of the regular blackout stout.

Poured into a snifter, it is pitch black, opaque, with a creamy tan head.
Aroma is pleasant and the barrel aging added to the complexity; malts do not feel as charred as the original version, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and bourbon make an appearance.
Full bodied, soother than the original as the bourbon notes are more pleasant than the alcohol bite of the original; it is also less charred, a bit less bitter than the original. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Still bitter, but drinkability is significantly higher than the original.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pwoods shared this one at my place with ftownthrowdown and drewOSU.

A: Pours black with a ¼ inch tan head. Large head for a RIS. Lacing is slight and watery

S: Huge bourbon nose, burns the nostrils. Hints of chocolate but cannot get over the bourbon!

M/T: Medium, oily mouth as it slides down the tongue. The bourbon punches the tongue on initial taste, then it seems to back off for a second after swallow. A rush of roasted coffee comes in the aftertaste.

D: I could feel the bourbon burn my chest after a glass. Very drinkable for some, but I would definitely have to limit myself on this beer.

Awesome BA example. I was very surprised by the way the beer seems to hit hard with the bourbon, back off and then hit again with a coffee after note. It was like drinking two beers in one glass. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of kasper
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Props to bakerslp for hookin me up w/ this one.

A: Pours a few shades from black with a minimal tan-colored creamy head that swooshes its way down to just a ring. Spotted wet lacing forms around the glass when you swirl.

S: Great smell; Huge bourbon aroma followed by vanilla and oak wood with hints of leather and chocolate. Faint acidity in the background, likely also from the barrel.

T: Oh this is delicious. Flavors of chocolate malts and vanilla swirl before bursting with sweet bourbon. You're treated to a comforting finish of dry oak and some of the lingering booze. Everything is in sync here.

M: The feel is exactly what I look for in these kinds of beers. Smooth, mild carbonation, a bit slick, but certainly not overbearing and sludge-like.

D: This is an extremely enjoyable beer. Not too thin, not too thick, just about right. The bourbon is balanced by the malt and vanilla and doesn't overwhelm the palate like some similar brews *$*cough*^$ blackops^#...What? Anyway. World glass. Smooth as hell. Seek this out. Lives up to the hype. I'm going to take down this whole bomber and sleep like a baby.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pwoods shared this one at my place with ftownthrowdown and drewOSU. Thanks, dude!

Appeared light to medium viscosity. Clear, brownish to black color with an impressive ½ CREAMY moderately tan head. Great spotty lacing up the sides of my tulip as I sip. Beautiful thing to look at.

I smell the barrel, vanilla, chocolate and some phenols. Smells amazingly strong and tasty.

Wow, this beer is phenomenal! The big alcohol presence isn't masked in this one. Medium bodied with full flavor. Vanilla, bourbon, oaky woodiness, coffee, fireplace smokiness at times. Finishes with a lovely roasted, caramel, sweet buttery pecan type finish. Alcohol is just right on this one.

I really can't think of a better barrel-aged Russian Imperial stout. Top notch, amazing - this should be in the top ten. Don't think for a second this is "just" a barrel aged version of Blackout - it is, but MUCH more with the addition of the aging. Recommended...

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Photo of hoplover82
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! My goodness, this is one of those EPIC beers.

It pours a thick black with a thin tan head with lots of dotty and thin lines of lacing.

The aroma is strong and complex with roasty barley and slight bitter dark chocolate and licorice. As it warms, the toffee realy comes out.

The taste is just as complex and strong with roasted coffee as the dominant character with licorice, bitter dark chocolate and toffee in the background. The coffee lingers forever.

Full bodied and very thick and creamy, like drinking a beer smoothy.

Very drinkable, I could have another one of these!

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange. Thanks!
Very dark with faint chestnut edges. Carbonation looked low on the pour, since a very thin light brown cap appeared and I wasn't all that careful. Fine bubbles formed a solid collar. Spotty lacing. Caramel and whiskey aromas, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, malt, light roast. Very nice aroma, lots of character without any single trait overpowering the rest. Roast was more prominent in the flavour and bitterness was solid, yet fairly soft, throughout. Faint hop flavour towards the end. Whiskey and booze gave the palate a tingle from start to finish. Bittersweet and milk chocolate notes, vanilla, drying oak, caramel, dry cocoa in the finish. Fine carbonation, a little on the low side. The body was between medium and full, a little on the light side for a RIS, but this aided drinkability. Plenty of warmth without being hot. Overall, a well crafted and balanced barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sent in trade from my oh so sweet bitch Egledhill. This one's to you princess! I'm not greedy enough to down this all by my lonesome so I shared in a multiple bottle tasting with Mauerhan, OlieIPA, and Aimstatus. Who all enjoyed it by the way.

Decent head after a big pour. Light tan and creamy. Pitch black fluid.

Really nice coffee scent. Big chocolate, espresso.

Huge flavor. I mean a whole damn mouthful. Bourbon. Stout. Chocolate. Coffee. Coffee. Bourbon. Very pronounced.

Super smooth. Little burn at the end, yet great.

Sure coulda drank the whole damn bottle instead of sharing! Didn't have quite the ABV kick I usually enjoy in a big beer.

Sending this to me was the coolest thing Eric has ever done in his entire life. Especially since everything else he's ever done has been pretty stupid.

Overall: really good

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FIRST off HUGE thanks to patronwizard for cracking this gem. i am pretty excited for this. lets be honest here people... im flying at full mast at this point.

pours a dark black with a rich ruby red highlight. thick mocha head sits about 1 finger tall. nice lacing

smells rich. malt. woody. coffee. sexy.

taste is fucking awesome. enough said. coffee. chocolate woods. god this thing is good

mouth is smooth and creamy. fucking awesome.

i love this beer. and would probably give up a night with olie for another bottle. any takers?

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

PatronWizard...for the crap you give me, I still have to thank you for this incredible beer.

A: Dark and black liquid that displayed a nice tan looking head. Lacing was good as well.

S: Wow! An incredible and robust coffee aroma along with a good amount a oak presence.

T: Again...Wow! Flavor profile is dominated by a espresso/coffee character along with hints of chocolate and caramel. This beer is also bourbony (bad spelling...I know), but not overwhelming like the KBS; blends in very well with the rest of the flavors.

M: Full-body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: At 9% ABV, this beer hides the alcohol very well. The flavor and aroma profile is also very awesome as well.

Overall: One of those beers that you have to say "Wow!" to. The aroma made me excited, as did the taste. A must try...seriously. Cheers!!!!

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Photo of waltonc
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle acquired in a trade thanks to pabobcat.

A: Pours nearly black with small, but not insignificant tan head. The head eventually disappears completely without a shred of lacing.

S: Bourbon, boozy, chocolaty dark malts.

T: Exceptional flavor - really nice bourbon, not hot at all (perhaps because of the 2 years of aging), chocolate, vanilla. Not really any soy or molasses compared to, say, Dark Lord. A little sweetness, but not anywhere close to being cloying.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation that starts out feeling a tad light but finishes perfectly. Definitely not a crazy thick stout like Dark Lord or Darkness.

D: This is extraordinarily drinkable for a 9% stout. In fact, I am taking occasional double gulps, like Harry Carey drinking a cool Budweiser after eating barbecued spareribs.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black. No real head that I saw. At least it surely didn't last too long. Typical BA imperial stout aromas. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, some roast. Typical BA flavors. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some roast. Medium body. Silky. Light carbonation. There really isn't much here to set it apart for the rest of this sort. It really reminds me a lot of Schlafly BA Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice 1/2 finger head with nice retention and a very dark color.

Smell is of licorice, roasted and chocolate malts with a slight undertone of mint that seems to happen in several stouts. There is s smell that is bourbonesque.

Roasted and chocolate malts come through and provide undersones of licorice and malt. Toffee comes through to add some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and fully bodied, there is a bit of alcohol but I think it will die down as the beer ages.

This is a very smooth and drinkable beer. Thanks to Deuane for the sample, this is a top notch RIS.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chris graciously shared this beer on the 2nd night of drinking so epic, I'm surprised Turisas haven't sung a song about it. Or maybe Tankard? 2008 vintage

A: Pitch black with dark brown highlights and a disappointingly light (in color) brown head that lasts

S: Mellow with the balance leaning heavily towards chocolate and cream. Coffee gets more pronounced as it warms up but in many ways, it makes me think of a simpler Abyss - great balance between the barrel and RIS character without the deep complexity. Mild vanilla and not much oak. Excellent.

T: Wow. Incredible balance between the barrel and RIS characteristics. Barrel character is mild, warming and is noticed towards the finish, appearing only as the beer warms up, lending a hint of vanilla and bourbon. For the most part, this is a graceful Blackout with chocolate, cream and coffee beautifully balanced. Not very tannic, nor is it very woody. Finishes with a hint of coffee bitterness and bourbon, pretty awesome.

M: The carbonation and finish are fantastic and work beautifully - soft and gentle. The body, though, is a little thin for my liking

D: The balance between flavors makes this one easy drinker

**Edit 11 Feb 2012**
I got a 2009 vintage from goryshkewych a long time ago. Thank you, George! largadeer and Arbitrator raved about this particular vintage, but I think it's dropped off since its peak. The nose really does evolve. Initially reminiscent of the 09 Elijah Craig Eclipse with a nice blend of coconut, caramel and vanilla, as it warms up, chocolate, bourbon, oak and milk chocolate (milk duds) appear. In particular, it has a Cheerios-like character that I don't particularly care for. Smooth and boozy, both on the nose and palate, this is quite enjoyable. 4/4/4

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Photo of aforbes10
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a "career beer" for me, meaning that i've wanted to try it for most of my drinking "career." Now, thanks to a generous package from kkulacki, I have my chance (thanks, Konrad). Pours black but not overly viscous with a thin light brown head. Lacing is watery and quick. Smells extremely good...lots of chocolate and vanilla, with a rum/bourbon note, forcasting an alcohol filled deliciousness. Deep chocolate malt odor too, I can almost smell the crushed grain. Flavor is equally rewarding...big and chocolaty, with obvious oak and vanilla undertones. Barrel aging has not overwhelmed this beer, but actually improved it (and considerably, in my estimation) No extreme bitterness, just a hint of espresso. Alcohol obvious, but not distracting, on the finish, blending in well with the vanilla and malt. Delicious. Velvety mouthfeel, if a bit thin on the finish. Very, very good. It was worth the wait. Happy New Year!!!

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came from bakerslp in a recent trade. Thanks! 2008 vintage.

A: Dark brown, not entirely opaque, some hints of transparency around the edges. Doesn't look terribly viscous. The head doesn't rise very high - a finger or so, and settles to a ring fairly fast.

S: Chocolatey sweetness, vanilla, hints of butterscotch and bourbon. Light alcohol presence, nothing jarring. Pretty pleasant.

T & M: Very similar to the aroma. Chocolatey with nice woody tannins to back it up. Slightly earthy. Bourbon flavors are balanced nicely, never overwhelming the base beer. Medium-light in body, moderate carbonation. Middleweight stuff, I'd say - balanced, not too heavy or rich, and very drinkable for the style.

Edit: Recently tried the '09 batch and it's exceptional. Bumping scores accordingly.

3/15/2011: Tried the 2010 batch and found it less impressive than '06 through '09, though it's still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for his generosity in sending this for Secret Halloween.

We enjoyed this one after a trip to the ER with what turned out to be (thankfully) a sprained rather than broken ankle. Boy was this a welcome treat.

A-Pours black as coal with little head and no lacing. My favorite color in beer.

S- Vanilla notes with bitter dark chocolate and caramel.

T-Lives up to the expectations. Sweet caramel and vanilla dominate the front with roasted coffee and bitter hops taking over in the finish. A bit of alcohol as it warms but not too much.

M-Rich and viscous and full bodied.

D-Is this really only 9% ABV? Insanely full flavored and drinkable at that alcohol level.

I am a big fan of the regular Blackout Stout. The barrel aging makes it amazing.


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Photo of AltBock
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with the usual Blackout Stout label. Everything was the same except the label is bigger, it's computer generated, the mighty words "Barrel Aged" in front of Blackout Stout, and a hand written number and bottled year on the side. Mine was bottle number #562 out of 900 from the 2006 bottling year. This was my Christmas present to myself. Let's see what 2 years of age did to this beer.

Appearance: I had no other choice then to pour this big beer into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. Ok, who's the funny man who replaced my Stout with motor oil? That's not cool. I really wanted to try this bee....Wait a minute. This thick black liquid is the beer. I'm sorry! It's just that they shard the same density and color is why I first thought it was motor oil. I held this big black beer up to the light to see if light could penetrate this beer and light just bounced off it. It almost looked like this beer was wearing sunscreen the way the light bounced off it. I've never seen anything like it. On top of this pitch black liquid was a small skim of mocha film. It was either mocha color or a dark tan color. It was hard to tell what color it was because it receded away to fast. Even though the head of foam left this world too soon, it did mange to leave behind a tiny string of foamy rings and 2 to 4 spots of lace. I loved the beer's color, but was a little disappointed by the head of foam. It didn't matter all that much.

Smell: I'm not too sure what to think about the aroma. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. The aroma was thick and roasted like it should be, but it wasn't all that potent. It smelled like it was missing that fire up its ass to come busting out of the glass. I swirled it around to see if I could wake it up, but nothing really happened. In the end, the aroma was thick and roasted with dark roasted malts, a speck of roasted espresso beans, a pinch of 90%+ dark chocolate, a few black cherries, charred oak, a gentle touch of alcohol and tobacco, and an bitsy bitsy amount of vanilla beans at the finish line. I really liked the amount of oak and dark roasted aromas that were contained in this aroma and how well it controlled the alcohol, but I just couldn't excited over it. It was just missing that kick that it needed.

Taste: The taste didn't disappoint at all. The taste was thick, chewy, roasted, and all the flavors in here were at the right strength. It had that kick that the aroma was missing. The taste didn't come in waves of flavors. It was just one big chewy dark roasted taste. This Barrel Aged Stout was chewy and heavily roasted with dark roasted malts, roasted espresso beans, lightly bitter dark chocolate, a nice gentle touch of charred oak, a hint of black cherries, a tiny speck of vanilla beans, a drop of bourbon, a subtle pinch of roasted hops, and a mild taste of alcohol. What was so nice about this taste was the fact that each and every dark roasted flavor (there's a lot of them too!) had the same amount of time in the spotlight. Not one flavor had more time than the other flavors. I know it was hard for the oak, bourbon, and alcohol to do that, but Great Lakes did it!

Mouthfeel: It was a thick, chewy roasted full bodied beer that never really exposed it's relatively high 9% ABV. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to hide the 9% ABV behind all of the dark roasted flavors. The aftertaste was almost as complex as the initial taste. The aftertaste was roasted and lightly sweet with roasted malts, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, a hint of bourbon, charred oak, and some lightly roasted hops. This roasted aftertaste will hang on for about 10 seconds and then it's gone.

Drinkability: I would absolutely love another one these. But if there is one big problem with this beer, it would have to be this beer's availability. It's one of those beers that are only available at the brewery one time a year and at a certain time. If you love thick chewy roasted Stouts or you just like Great Lakes, then this is the beer for you. That is if you can get your hands on one. How did I get my hands on one? I knew somebody who knew somebody, that knowes somebody who went to Great Lakes at the right time.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber into goblet on 12/19/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured an opaque, deep black body with slim tan head that receded into patchy film and left decent lacing around the glass.

S - Subtle nose for a barrel-aged stout with hints of bourbon, chocolate malt, licorice and a bit of alcohol.

T - Initial flavor is a mixture of bourbon, chocolate, mild coffee and woody notes with a definite oak presence. The bourbon rose to the forefront as the liquid approached room temperature.

M - Smooth and creamy texture with soft carbonation and a bit of heat from the alcohol presence.

D - The bourbon character is fairly subtle here, making this one go down quite easily. Good stuff!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is almost black and the dark brown head is small. Retention is decent and there is some lacing. Aroma is of chocoloate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and a very little bourbon. BA Blackout tastes like bittersweet chocolate. There is some coffee but a small amount. The alcohol is noticeable. The bourbon that was absent in the aroma is more apparent in the flavor, but still understated. Finish is bitter chocolate and alcohol. Medium - full bodied with medium carbonation.

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,804 ratings.
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