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

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4.36/5
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1,820 Ratings
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:
#336
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
1,820
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,820 |  Reviews: 423
Photo of KFrank729
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Vierenner
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing! On my want list for nearly a year and find it on tap at South Park Tavern!! Great Lakes selected SPT for 2 kegs tonight. First one tapped at 4p, gone by 6. It is everything I had hoped for. Smooth, sweet, little/no hop bite, bourbon flavors. A refreshing, sipping beer ... world-class. A halo beer.

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Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jampics2
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dear God,

When I die, please have this on tap at the Pearly Gates Bar and Grill - It wouldn't be heaven without it!

Cheers, Jampics2

(Seriously - this is the best beer I have ever had. More bourbon than the Founders KBS, smoother than Abyss, and rarer and "more special" than Darklord or just about anything else.) On to the good stuff:

A - Pours with little head. Blacker than Dick Cheney's soul.

S - Smells like luscious cocoa and a bit of bourbon spiceyness. You can tell this is going to be boozy, but alluring nonetheless.

T - Tastes like heaven - chocolate and bitter into vanilla bourbon bliss. The way this holds together is amazing. It's extreme in every fashion, but somehow everything balances out. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns has every malady known to mankind and that's what's keeping him alive.

M - A little on the stingey side, but hearty and everything I'd want an RIS to be.

D - I had 4 the night it went on tap at GL. Not my shining moment, but it's so good I could just keep drinking it. If it wasn't so limited in bottles, I could see opening 2 in a night.

Overall, this is A++. This is the perfect beer IMO.

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Photo of rob_o_rob
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RichH55
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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Photo of VncentLIFE
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, boozy and badass.... Amazing beer... Blackout on steroids for sure.. Base beer is terrific but this is.... Badass..... The aromas, the flavors, the booze... Absolutely amazing.... Desert island beer right here.., descriptions are pointless... This beer is incredible

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of thehappybelgian
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of tshanahan
4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,820 ratings
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