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

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1,809
Reviews:
420
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

2009 vintage. Served alongside Great Lakes Blackout Stout.

A: Dark black with about an inch of beige head atop the beer.

S: Bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla.

T: Well-balanced and tasty. This beer has a lot of flavor. Everything is integrated into the overall taste very nicely. There were a few other world class barrel-aged beers sampled this night. While this is a really well-crafted brew, it is not quite in the upper echelon of barrel-aged imperial stouts, in my opinion.

M: A decent feel. For 9%, the alcohol comes through a bit to strongly. I would be somewhat more at ease with this if the beer was in the 11+% abv range.

D: A solid beer and good example of the style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - The body is black, but the pour belies transparency. Deep brown it would seem. Just-shy-of-mocha head. A hefty collar remains.

Smell - Bourbon smacks you around a bit. After my nostrils regain their balance, vanilla is the strongest flavor. Roasted malts all about, mostly coffee. Nice.

Taste - At first, I was a little let down. It's a ton of bourbon compared to the stout. After a few sips, though, it really shines with its depth of flavors. The bourbon is strong at first, surely, but vanilla is the persisting flavor that continues into a coffee roast. Midrange yields and chocolatey flavor that lingers into a dark fruit and touch of earthiness. I was tempted to give it a 5 for flavor.

Mouthfeel - And here is it's downfall from greatness. It's still a pretty thin stout. Well, not thin, but definitely not chewy enough for the barrel intensity. It's hot from the barrel and nearly drowned out.

Overall - Only on close inspection is this a really great beer. I would be hard pressed to admit this is better than the original, as the barrel masks a great deal of the beer's qualities. Nonetheless, I am a sucker for bourbon and its barrels. Well done.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Fellow BA and friend dtx00 traded this, appearance was pitch black nearly opaque with a big foaming tan head. I must say this is awesome stuff, just like the regular version. Aromatics big oak barrel whiskey aging effects hints of vanilla/toffee and oak going strong, a touch of anise and dark chocolate/coffee roasted malts with a hint of cherry fruitiness going on. Flavor is layered with a balanced whiskey barrel aging and rock solid big stout flavors, probably the most drinkable version out there beside fresh KBS. Again big alcohol but not overly boozey, just some whiskey barrel aged vanilla/charred oak/and hints of cherry to go with a big ol' stout from Cleveland. Dark roasted malts bring out some dark chocolate notes but not much in the way of strong coffee tones. Mouthfeel is full bodied defnitely warming and even carbonation some versions are almost flat this one had enough bubbles flowing to make each sip easy going on the palate. Overall excellent version above and beyond qauality and definitely highly sought out amongst our little online community, for a reason!!!

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Prototypic, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a very dark brown with only the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish mocha head dissipates quickly. Smells of Vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is bourbon, followed by roast and chocolate, then some alcohol, faint dark dried fruits, leaving a lingering bitter roast and bourbon on the tongue. Yum! Body is medium, mouthfeel is oily/creamy, carbonation is low but appropriate. Great smelling and tasting brew. The only thing I would change is maybe a bit of a thicker body.

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Photo of stakem
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle care of ClockworkOrange at a tasting on 11/13/10. Thanks for sharing this Jason!

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a deep color of brown with decent clarity and some lighter brown and reddish hues around the edges. There is little to no signs of a head except for a thin collection of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Swirls barely aggitate more bubbles but create a thin leggy amount of lacing.

The aroma of this brew is exactly what I love about barrel aged beers. It smells of sweet vanilla and oak that is completely bourbon filled that accents the boozy smell to this brew. There is a minor amount of dark grain which imparts some chocolate character to round out the nose.

The taste is again boubon filled like the nose suggested that warms the back of the throat. There are some citrusy tangy hops present along with a long drawn out flavor of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This is a smooth offering that has a light touch of oxidation.

Medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Very well balanced and a great example. It leaves a lasting bourbon flavor which might be distracting for some, but I loved it. I would certainly seek this one out to have again. For being 2 years old at this point, it could have aged even longer but if I had bottles of this it would be very difficult to not open them up and enjoy now.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC, into a snifter glass. Thanks also to Bernie from Great Lakes for the extra sip.

Giant truly jet black midnight body, with a small collar of tan caramel appearance. Some minor scattered lacing while drinking.

Nose has a traditional bourbon barrel aged beer sense, super caramel and paralines but not much more varied than that. Small hints of brown sugar giving to a coca cola sweetness.

Taste matches nose. A typical bourbon aged stout, with a matching malt density. Texture brings a prickly caramel but slightly too carbonated with hint of gas taking away the brews better tastes on the palate.

Overall pretty dam solid. As it warms even mild licorice and molasses creep in making for one classic enjoyable drink. I would certainly partake of this beverage any day!

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small snifter.

Solid black color, with minimal head.

Aroma, sweet, rich, bourbony, decadent. Molasses, anise, a bit of charcoal, but mostly sweet whiskey.

There's the same in the taste, only more intensely. Thick and rich, the imperial stout qualities that were hiding behind the bourbon in the aroma are coming forward in the flavor.
Big and roasty, loads of dark malt, gets drier, more of a dry roast, coating the throat, very satisfying. Almost refreshing!
Wait, did I say that about a thick, dark richly roasting RIS, aged in bourbon? Maybe I did...
It's -10 outside. In this weather, that's refreshment!

I'm a sucker for bourbon, and love an RIS. This one is quite a nice accomplishment. Doesn't quite do enough for me with each sip, something in it lacks complexity, but a little more comes out in the swallow, it rushes further flavor back along the throat. And then there's the heat that follows, and the fullness of flavor, and the warmth...damn, I'm glad my heat is working, and I'm glad I cracked this open tonight of all nights. Hey, I just heard it may get to 2 above later tomorrow...right on!

A wonderful drink, and many praises to BuckeyeNation for getting this out to me!

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Photo of BeerOps
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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