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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. After waiting many years to try this legendary brew, it totally lived up to the hype. Wow. Tons of coffee, some chocolate and bourbon. So smooth and delicious.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jparkanzky for this bottle! 2012 release.

Pours black with a half inch head and tons of lacing. Almost over carbonated.

Smells like vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate.

Taste opens with a sweet chocolate and caramel flavor which moves into a bit of roast, chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavors. Moves into a vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and oak flavors on the finish. The bourbon barrel treatment really enhances the stout and I'm really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel is moderate, probably due to over carbonation.

Overall, this is a great stout...very underrated...glad I had 2, but I will be drinking the other soon.

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Photo of billab914
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured pitch black in color with a very thin tan head barely forming around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has some great bourbon flavors to it. I get brown sugar and vanilla mixing with dark chocolate and roasty coffee flavors. The bourbon is a little bold and slightly hot, but it also really compliments the beer well. It's not a perfect aroma, but it's pretty damn good.

The taste shows the dark chocolate and bourbon right off the bat. In the finish more of the vanilla and oak barrel flavors mix with a roasty, coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate flavor. Again, the bourbon is a little hot in the finish but otherwise it's a pretty perfect compliment to the beer.

The mouthfeel is heavy and thick with carbonation being low. It's a really great mouthfeel for the style. Overall it was a great beer. The bourbon was really bold and flavorful in it, but the base beer also got to shine through. All the flavors really came together very well in it. I can't wait to see how this one develops with some age on it. Great beer overall.

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

Im drinking this thanks to the GL rep for NC! Thanks! 2012 Vintage.

Initial pour had fizzy carbonation. I can see small bubbles coming to the surface, but only on tap. pitch black body. Caramel colored head.

Dark chocolate aroma fills the air upon pour and through the end. Small hints of booze and bourbon. Maybe coffee, but dominated by the chocolate. Ah Blackout, how I love you so.

Hm the taste. Its exactly what I expected from the nose. Blackout is there, and it did not lose its presence whatsoever. The carbonation feels prickly, but its surprisingly smooth. Almost scary smooth. There isnt as much bitterness as I expected, but the barre. added some nice vanilla. That vanilla really goes well with the powdered milk and dark chocolate. Very slight hints of oak, but I cant get over how the bourbon notes, oak, and chocolate mesh together sooo well.

Every BA Stout should aim for this mouthfeel. It almost feels like its on Nitro-tap. Very creamy and smooth with tiny bubbles. Body is somewhere in the middle.

The finish is somewhat bitter, and the roasted malts come through. But then the bourbon notes of vanilla and oak come through to balance out the chewy malt. As it warms, the oak really comes out. It adds this level of woody just adds to complexity.

I know I gave a perfect to Siberian Night, but this is a totally different monster. I prefer both Blackout and BA Blackout to Siberian Night. Im scared of this beer for good reason, its scary good.

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

2012 Vintage. 12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter.

pours out pretty much opaque black, some rubiness evident on the edges in the light. a nice creamy light mocha colored head with good retention. some thin lacing and just a bit of legs left on the glass after a swirl.

nice, warming bourbon in the aroma, turns into some solvent like booze as it warms. behind the bourbon is some vanilla and a bit of some cocoa and roasted, burnt malts.

very nice taste, the bourbon is very strong and right at the forefront. some nice mellow vanilla and oaky barrel qualitites go with the bourbon nicely. also some very nice dark chocolate flavors. rich and boozey, very nice taste.

just a bit too thin for the style IMO, but it has a nice rich feel to it. a nice low amount of carbonation.

a very good barrel aged impy stout, but the bourbon is very strong with it being so fresh which might be a turn off to some and it does come off a bit thin. i think age will greatly improve this beer as it didnt really seem to live up to some of the older vintages ive had in the past.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, from 2012 bottling. 2516 Series is denoted on the side. Purchased this for $9/btl at Pinocchio's in Media, PA
Boulevard snifter

A: Pours a really deep dark brown color. Almost black but not quite. There is some light and reddish hues getting through the top of the glass at the edges. Light tan head that only forms around the edges. Swirl shows the tight tan mocha head of about a quarter finger. Definitely some alcohol feet.

S: I get those typical bourbon notes: vanilla, oak, booze, etc. I get some chocolate and dark fruits as well.

T: I get a little dark chocolate bitterness up front. Right on the tip of the tongue. Then in the middle of the sip you get all the delicious bourbon goodness. I took away lots of vanilla and caramel. There is a little charred oak, but not a ton. Lots of chocolate mocha flavors in this one. The finish is long and you get a touch of warming down the back of the throat. The carbonation on this one is really nice to clear the palate.

M: It's definitely full but not of crazy thick as others in recent memory. Again the carbonation helps to wick the palate.

O: I am rating this very high. This is a solid A for me. So drinkable. Love it. I just wish I had another!

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Photo of camil1mj
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 12 oz bottle received from Misterhops in a trade. Served at cellar temprature into my Founders snifter.

A: Deep black. 2 finger foamy head that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing.

S: Bitter dark chocolate with hints of whiskey.

T: Like the smell: immediate punch of bitter dark chocolate. I get more of a whiskey flavor, instead of the bourbon flavors I get out of some of my favorite -bals.

M: The barrel aging thins this out in comparison to the non barrel aged version. Well carbonated.

O: Average barrel aged stout. Not my favorite by any means as it missing the heavy, sweet flavors I love in this style.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got bottles of this one from TJBurgess and Masterski in trades a while back. Thanks a lot guys!

From a bomber into snifter.
Vintage: 2009
Note: Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Same as the base beer. Completely transparent pour produces a small, medium-looking tan head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Lousy retention. Dark brown body, transparent, with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains and leaves some lacing dots down the glass. Way too thin and transparent a body, with relatively lousy head retention.

SMELL: A mellow nose on this one. Some oak and bourbon with notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Very little of the base beer at all, and the barrel aromas have mellowed quite a bit. A little boring at this point.

TASTE: This is more like it. Very nice stuff. Some roasted malts make their way through from the get go, then a wave of bourbon barrel takes center stage. Lots of nice bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate from the barrels through the mid palate into the finish. A bolder and lingering aftertaste of barrel notes, some roasted malts and dark chocolate from the base beer, and a touch of bitterness. Milder flavors overall, but much bolder and more impressive than the nose had advertised, and it’s very well balanced, with the base beer and the barrels blending well together.

PALATE: Same feel as the base beer for the most part. Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth enough and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slightly sticker finish than the base, but the same average body.

OVERALL: I’ve never had this beer fresh, but at this point, the ’09 vintage has probably mellowed out as much as anyone would want. The nose has probably started to tail off, but the flavors are still bold enough to showcase how well everything has blended and come together. If you’ve got a bottle this old, do something with it, as it’s probably not going to get any better. A very nice balance between barrel and base beer on this one, which we can’t say about every bourbon barrel stout. This one still suffers from a thin body and average feel, but otherwise, it is an enjoyable beer for sure. Thanks again for the trades guys!

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. I've had this in the past. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black, mocha head which fades and not overwhelming lacing or retention. Smells like a chocolate chip cookie. Lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, expresso, bourbon, oak/wood. Wow, this is alot boozier than I recall from the past. I always got very subtle bourbon notes, but it's very noticeable in this vintage. Dark chocolate dominates the flavors along with more oak and bourbon. Bittersweet. Mouthfeel is nice and on the lighter side; not heavy and well carbonated. Although the alcohol is noticeable and it finishes hot, it's very tasty and enjoyable. This makes a great sipper.

Great stout which will benefit from time. 2012 vintage is boozier than previous vintages I've had. Age this one!

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

Poured into a GL snifter from a 2012 bottle.

P- poured a black color with about 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Promising so far...

A - like above, black as night with micro bubbles. Just how I like em'.

S - Jesus, probably the best smelling beer I've ever had, literally. So much vanilla, like sweet bourbon smell. Caramel smell is also present.

T - Holy crap, this isn't a joke. I've had the regular plenty but the barrel aging is just rediculous. So smooth upfront, mellowing into a nice EXTREMELY smooth bourbon mixed with a vanilla bean. I mean wow. Minimal expresso presence but a nice suddle milk chocolate taste. So complex, it's hard to put this class of beer into words.

M - actually not as heavy as I would have thought, which is not a bad thing. Carbonation is on point and is really appreciated.

O - So glad I have this beer. Best BA stout I've had to date. Can't wait until next year to buy more!

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Photo of mwill7287
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz. bottle (thank God this wasn’t a bomber!) into an 11oz. GLBC snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown to black with a half-finger’s worth of creamy tan head. The foam is thick and solid. A multitude of fizzy bubbles dance up the side of the glass. A smattering of fluffy lacing sticks to the glass throughout the drink. The head reduces to a lacing and then completely disappears about halfway through the drink. 4.25

Smell: Mellow bourbon and vanilla notes sit atop a robust Russian Imperial Stout base. I like the meld of bourbon and the BOS original. A great blend. 4

Taste: Cool, mild bourbon, savory vanilla, and a woody tone comprise the initial impression. Sweet chocolate and faint coffee of the original Blackout Stout are a best friend to the bourbon aging. Excellent combination. A bite of bourbon builds up with the aftertaste, while remaining generally mild, though near the end of the drink the bourbon opens up almost too much. This beer has a full taste without overpowering the senses as a BA beer often can. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, even for a BBA stout. It’s higher in carbonation than I expected it would be. The bourbon aging is just right on the palate – very present but not at all overpowering. Sticky reside is left behind on the lips. 5

Overall: Certainly this is a delicious and excellent feeling BBA stout. I appreciate the mellow bourbon notes in both the nose and the taste. So many BBA stouts are overpowering in all respects. This is just right. FYI I find this bottled version superior to the draft version for whatever reason. Obviously as a BBA stout, this is a sipper, and the high ABV would limit me to one or two of these in one sitting. 4.5

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BARREL

bottled in 2012 had alongside the non-barrel aged variety bottled 4/20/2012 both in oversized batch 2 TB snifters.

a - both brews are dark as night with a thin off cream colored head that fizzes away almost immediately leaving tiny bubble islands and a congregation of bubbles clinging to the glass on the surface. swirling the glass brings things back to life and the head is creamy...lacing is spotty at best. nice shine to both.

s - nose is uber complex. takes the regular and just mushes it through booze soaked wood. the wood has a nice presence and smells fantastic with the beer. really wonderful and unique smelling BA stout. takes the chocolate from the original and douses it in nuttiness.

t - takes the original and just douses it with bourbon. it really works even though bourbon heavy. the chocolate comes out more and is really rich and decadent. the nuttiness that was suggested in the nose is there, but not nearly as pronounced as suggested. but boy oh boy, this is a yummy brew

m - upon the first sip the thing that jumped out at me is that silky lush feel. i had just been sipping the non BA and this is the most pronounced difference. really fantastic, decadent, lush silky feel. way heavier than the non BA

o - overall, wow...really a wonderful BA stout. have had this a few times before, but gotta say it is certainly top tier for BA stouts. worth checking out.

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Photo of output01x
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled In 2012) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha colored head of dense, creamy bubbles. After a few minutes, the head slowly recedes to a thin, even dusting and thick foam ring. The body is as black as the label on the bottle with absolutely no traces of color or light. Great lacing clings to almost every area of available glass.

Dark gourmet chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The nose is a great combination of these aromas with bourbon definitely being the dominant part.

Creamy milk chocolate, caramel, and plum start each sip. Upon swallowing, vanilla and dulce de leche come out but are quickly accompanied by a sweet bourbon flavor. As the bourbon flavor grows in intensity, a nice alcohol warmth takes hold in the back of the throat that persists between sips. A slight dry coffee aftertaste can also be noticed poking through the alcohol warmth as an aftertaste.

Full bodied with good carbonation, this beer is a creamy delight. The body is rather sticky and very coating but is not syrupy in the least. The carbonation never really presents itself as fizzy but can definitely be noticed in the creaminess of the mouthfeel. This is definitely one easy-drinking RIS.

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

12oz bottle with 2012 stamped on the side of the label.

Pours pitch black in color. The smallest amount of light penetrates near the top of the beer showing some dark brown hues. The head itself is light brown in color and stood almost two fingers tall initially. It has since reduced to a thin layer with some nice lacing on the glass.

Nice nose consisting of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of wood.

Taste: A good amount of bourbon up front followed by the classic smooth chocolate taste of the original Blackout Stout. Suggestions of vanilla and oak near the middle. Very little hops in this IS which is always a good thing when it comes to barrel aged beers. I find that a strong hop presence and a strong barrel presence sometimes clash. A touch of sweetness and alcohol heat in the finish.

Medium bodied (which would normally be a bit thin for the style) but the base beer has a creamy mouthfeel which is also present in the BA version. Carbonation is on the low side.

A super enjoyable BA IS without a doubt.

Morey's Bottom Line: Well, I drove 2hrs to get this, and then waited in line for about and hour and a half. In short, it was worth it. I really like this beer a whole lot, and you can bet I'll be at the release next year.

*This beer pairs extremely well with chocolate. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i believe this is the 2012 batch.

poured into a snifter, just a shade lighter than black, negligible though. thin tan head. nothin crazy, looks like an imperial stout.

nose:slightly overdone oatmeal raisin cookies soaked in bourbon, touch of coffee.

dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon is present but doesn't really over whelm. could use a touch more roasted character, still a solid beer.

mouthfeel is a touch lacking. still a solid beer.

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Photo of travMI13
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 1/21/11, with fellow BA'a AngryNucleus and BeRanger. Beer #7 of the night.

2012 vintage. 6 oz. pour into a Founders snifter. Thanks to BeRanger for scoring this one.

A: Black with deep red edges and a half of a finger of off-white head. Very significant lacing.

S: Espresso beans with a touch of dark fruit. Does not smell boozy at all. I honestly couldn't smell the bourbon here.

T: Blackberries, espresso, and oak. The after taste is vanilla. I love the flavor of this. I only got a touch of bourbon, and I was surprised by that. So smooth. The flavors blend together nicely.

M: Very dry mouthfeel, yet with a fruity sweetness. Interesting. This beer is incredibly smooth.

O: A fantastic bourbon barrel imperial stout with very unique flavors. I really enjoyed how mellow the bourbon was. It allowed the other flavors to really come through significantly. This was a very unique bourbon barrel stout experience. Great Lakes did a great job with this. I'm glad I have a couple more bottles of this to enjoy.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, #7 from our outstanding stout tasting party.

A: Ports black with a rim of off-white head, mild lacing.

S: Chocolate, Vanilla, Roasted Malts, Bourbon, Dark Fruits. A wonderful mix.

T: All the flavors come through that were smelled - it seemed everything was complimentary. There isnt a harsh after-taste which is nice.

M: Medium body, lifght carbonation.

O: This is outstanding. I love how the flavors came through and everything melded together very well. It isn't a huge ABV but the alchol was masked very well. Great BA stout.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 thanks to silverX

A- Totally opaque black pour with a three finger large bubbled soapy light tan head that quickly deflates. Leaves a finger width cap and soapy lacing.

S- Chocolate and brown sugar with huge vanilla and bourbon/ oak. Slight licorice with molasses. Much more rounded than regular blackout.

T- Chocolate sauce, brown sugar, massive vanilla notes. Sweet and roasty. Smooth and chewey. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Creamy and smooth with slight alcohol warmth.

O- Excellent beer, very well crafted and awesome seeing how balanced this base beer can be with extra love.

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Photo of sitarist
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It appears opaque in my dimly lit room. Crema-like head, falls quickly.

Earthy, peat, vanilla, and burbon aromas. Not overly bold, but a little unbalanced.

Lots of vanilla, and burbon; hints if chicory, coco, and coffee. Its flavor too is a bit unbalanced, but great flavors none the less.

Not quite full-bodied, it's still warming, and bold.

Overall it's a great stout, but it doesn't wow me this year.

4 pk. = $27

2013 update: The color is not as dark as I remember. It has a stronger bourbon aroma as well. Previous years had a "peat" aroma; I do not detect any in this batch. Coco, whiskey, coffee, some vanilla. There seems to be more bourbon on my tongue, and down the hatch as well. Still a great beer, but much different than previous years.

4 pk. = $32

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got into Cleveland for the release yesterday nice and early. I have heard so many good things about this beer, and finally I was able to pick up a 4 of my own. I got a little aggressive while pouring this one into my snifter, and ended up with half a finger of mocha colored head. This dissipated in about a minute or so to leave a faint bubbly ring around the top of a black body. There seems to be absolutely no light passing through this sexy, delicious beast.

The nose is a delicious mix of dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, a bit of wood and some bourbon to top it off.

Upon taking a sip of this beer and exclaiming on how good it is, my fiancee proceeded to tell me that she wished I looked at her like that. Delicious dark roasted malt and dark chocolate are the beginning of the taste journey. Vanilla, a hint of something dark and raisin-esque and wood form the transition, then the ending is a bit of dark chocolate, a whisper of coffee and some bourbon.

This beer is full bodied and VERY amazingly creamy. Carbonation is just right. Even though bourbon is a strong characteristic of this beer, the alcohol burn associated with it is very mild and very pleasant. Warming. Perfect for a cold evening.

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Photo of keller2343
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Batch on release date 1/17/12

A - pours a weak tan head which dissipates quickly. Appearance is opaque dark brown.
S - Strong Bourbon Flavors, hints chocolate
T - Overwhelming bourbon, which I appreciate. Getting some chocolate and hints of coffee.
M - A little lighter than I expect from an RIS.
D - Loved it, excited to see how some aging smooths out the bourbon flavor.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of the notes from the Southsound gathering.

A Pours a dark brown with a tanish head.

S Some bourbon, dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla.

T Pretty much the same as the nose with bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of wood.

M Seemed a bit thin but alright I guess.

Overall an excellent stout just nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured deep brown with a light tan cap

S: Faded bourbon, light cocoa, roasted malt and booze

T: Immediate faded bourbon, hints of vanilla, minute cocoa with tobacco and old wood. Booze was noticable but faded

M: Big body overall but I felt it was a bit thin on the way down

O: Good overall, nice drinking RIS but was looking for a bit more taste, heartiness and complexity.

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

Taken from notes on 12.20.2011

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. This followed the none BA version.

A - Pours a dark brown with a very thin dark tan head that is gone almost instantly.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and oak.

T - Again nice vanilla and chocolate, with a bourbon-oak finish.

D - Still smooth and nice. Lower carbonation and again a thinner body like the standard Blackout.

O - I was very impressed. A great tasting beer, but again a bit thin.

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

Got a bottle of the 2010 release in a trade from tburkhart!

Appearance:
Jet black with a thin tan head. This is what I've come to expect a good stout looks like, but there isn't the brown oily resin that I see in the exceptional ones.

Smell:
Strong bourbon at first with a little roastiness. This a really strong scented stout.

Taste:
This is an incredibly strong stout with tons of barrel flavors (vanilla and bourbon) as well as a strange woody aftertaste. I've tried the non-barrel aged beer and it was outstanding, but this is a completely changed beer. In my opinion it's one of the best beers to spend time in a barrel because it's already outstanding and this just makes it even better.

Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel was full bodied stout meets aging and bourbon flavors. The beer has very little carbonation and a strong chocolate/woody aftertaste that lingers. I honestly would have preferred a little more carbonation to make this creamier with all of its inherently heavy caramel and chocolate flavors.

Overall:
Strong flavored beer with generous attributes given by the barrel. It was technically an extra I didn't pay for, but I'm almost certain it's worth the price. There's so much flavor and it definitely rivals an aged BCBS (which is way too alcoholic when fresh). I would have liked a little more body, but it's not worth complaining about.

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