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
Ratings:
1,814
Reviews:
423
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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339
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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rob_o_rob
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm . . . This one is a strange ba stout in my opinion. Nothing is necessarily out of place and it doesn't even come across as disjointed per se. However, as a whole nothing stands out as world class or even above average for me. I suspect that this beer has been better in seasons past and may be better in seasons future. Meaning that this years version of ba Blackout is possibly a product of quality issues I believe has plagued many of GLBC brews this year. Then again as an after thought, this was probably brewed and barreled in 2014 and coincidently bottled in 2015. Anywho . . . even from the pour it almost doesn't resemble a deep and richly black imperial stout. This appears to be more of a very dark brown. Very little head and some lacing lingers as I search for words to overly describe this beer. Aroma is overall good with plenty of roastiness and some bourbon. Taste is fine overall but the flavors come off as rather mute and watered down in a sense. Even the bourbon is pretty subtle. Which I can usually appreciate world class subtleties in world class beers but like I mentioned above . . . Nothing is coming off as above average. The number one thing that makes or breaks a beer for me other than taste is mouthfeel. This beer has an average feel in my book. Just too thin with no substance. So, in closing I will seek this out again. Maybe next year or Lord willing the year after that as I believe GLBC has had some quality issues in 2015 for whatever reason . . . Nosferatu, Dortmunder, Oktoberfest, etc. Until then some think this is tje best. Some will argue that Jackie O's has a better ba stout. But in my book, Thirsty Dogs ba Siberian Night still sits atop the throne as Ohio's best ba stout.

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Photo of robc3366
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TPiwaron
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lanciloti
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shafaegalo
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josh012012
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure if this was ba or not. Was on tap and advertised as "aged" but had little if any barrel character.

But an awesome beer drank like what I would imagine a triple oatmeal stout would.. very roasts and some other all the overwhelming sweetness that I remember from regular was gone.. awesome!

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tedgelee
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregaroo
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at GLBC event at City Taphouse in Philly. I had just downed a SN Narwhal, so this IRS was next up. Served in a short snifter for some reason. Nice, but I was not taken by the bourbon barrel overtones. Great bbl aged stout that I'll go back to again when I find it. So glad you guys were at the City Taphouse.

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Photo of booga73
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blaze5445
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RPM3334
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tshanahan
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nnoollaannn
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,814 ratings.
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