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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
Ranking:
#365
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
1,820
pDev:
8.74%
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Ratings: 1,820 |  Reviews: 423
Photo of tpd975
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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 wagenvolks
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the good fortune of coming across this beer at the Great Lakes brewpub in Cleveland, OH. Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout is certainly not retired, unless the version I had was a further aged release of a previous year. I'd assume not, however, as it was listed at 10% ABV. Served in a snifter.

Pours a seal brown body with a decent head of light khaki foam that retreats to a ring of large bubbles. Not quite as dark as most in its category, as I could see through the brew halfway through the snifter. The aroma was heavy on the bourbon, with a backbone of dark, sweet chocolate. A solvent-like alcohol note lurked below the upper notes.

The flavor, as the 5.0 rating suggests, was exceptional. Rich, dark chocolate notes covered the palate with a background of earthy hops and vanilla undertones. Bourbon whiskey and oak are saved for the finale, as a spicy, wooden booziness rides out for an enjoyable finish. The body isn't overly thick or viscous, drinking more like a porter. It also wasn't as hot as the normal Blackout Stout, although I would love to see how this stuff tastes after a year or more in the cellar. Overall, a fantastic brew from the solid beer-makers from Ohio. The two glasses I had of this stuff went down dangerously easily, and I can only hope I cross paths with this beer again.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hallsey3
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DNICE555
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 22oz bomber poured into a Bell's tulip. Split with RMoeNay on our couples double date with Maura and Jlynn.

A - Almost black body with a khaki head. Moderate lacing.

S - Bbourbon, oak, vanilla, malts, fruit. Bourbon plays a nice role but doesn't overwhelm. Very inviting.

T - Bourbon barrel aging does so much for this beer. Love the vanilla and oak. The chocolate really works well with the vanilla in the finish. Bottle says serve at 55 degrees. This beer really comes alive as it warms.

M - Very smooth and creamy with an excellent finish that lingers

D - So glad I got to try this one. An amazing stout.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. 22 oz bottle.

A - Clear, very dark brown colored, nearly black. Small, tightly formed, long lasting ring of tannish head. Little lacing. Nice and thicke looking (like Alan Thicke).

S - Big cocoa, chocolate, burnt roasty aromas. Nice sweet vanilla-like oaky smell with a very pleasant sweet bourbon presence. Very well balanced and quite inviting.

F/M - Again, big chocolate up front. Followed by loads of sweet dark malts, roasty flavors and lots of vanilla and bourbon. The flavors meld seemlessly from rich to smooth, with a nice lingering chocolaty finish. The alcohol gets slightly noticeable as it warms, but it is very enjoyable. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've had in a while. Smooth, rich, tasty, and with noticeable barrel character. World class.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage served in a Teku.

Pours a very dark brown with minimal head. Chocolate, oak, sweet dark fruit, and bourbon on the nose. Taste is similar to the aroma and it's a bit sweet. In addition to flavors in the aroma I'm getting a little roasted coffee and nice charred flavor that I absolutely love. Mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy like BCBS. Overall, this is a fantastic BA stout that stands out to me with the charred finish that it has. I really like the base beer as well, and the added barrel aging makes it even better!

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Photo of chefnash51
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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 jbdpsu82
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emalc
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gaddabble
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OlieIPA
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Kramerbarthomer
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of phattysbox
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a trade with clockworkorange - thanks for the brew!!

Shared among friends and poured into DFH snifter glass. With an aggressive pour, this brew comes out jet black and viscous. Hardly any head, and what head there was dissapears into a thin ring of lace.

The smell was the best thing about this brew. Bourbon, vanilla and nice oak undertones, followed by a sweet malty base. The nose gets better as the brew warms but the alcohol does get noticably hotter. Initial taste is all vanilla! Sweet malts pervade from front to back with a clear bourbon undertow. Hop profile is minimal and could barely detect any. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and velvety smooth.

For me drinkability was a bit down since I did not find the alcohol hidden to well. This is evident as the brew warms. Overall however, this brew is fantastic and is a great contender among barrel-aged RIMPs. Another BA that shared this with me suggested that this brew is far superior to the un-barreled version.

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Photo of RebornStussy
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shawnadams330
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NorthsideFred
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a 2009 bottle thanks to Kels. I've been holding onto this for almost two years. Thought this would a be great gift to myself for fathers day.

A: Looks good. Almost black with very little carbonation and minimal lacing.

S: Excellent. Bourbon and damp oak are the predominant smells.

T: Very nice. The bourbon grabs you first, but I also get chocolate and a hint of smokiness.

M: Full bodied, silky smooth.

O: Top notch all the way!

I don't know if I'll ever be fortunate enough to land this again. One can only hope.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap on the BA Blackout Release Party Thursday October 28, 2010. Poured into a small 6 oz. serving cup...

A - Poured a dark black with some slight ruby red outlining on the edges of the beer. A nice mocha colored head forms with nice retention until it slowly receded to a nice film on top of the same color.

S - Tremendous. Notes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oakiess, and bourbon all mixing together perfectly. Nothing outshined the other and it all worked so well together.

T - Great barrel aging here. It is obviously not overdone and complements the base beer incredibly well. Roasted malts, chcolate, toffee, and oaky vanilla right up front along with a great warming bourbon presence. Soem slight coffee and almost leathey like qualities poke through as well. Everything works so nicely together.

M - A lot thinner than I expected and was hoping it would be. Still a nice feel on the palate. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is still nice and smooth.

D - Without a doubt one of the easiest drinking Barrel Aged RIS' I have ever had. The ABV is low enough to truly enjoy this great boozy tadting beer without all of the booze. Will certainly enjoy the bombers I brought home with me

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 2007 release. Purchased at the Great Lakes gift shop. Obliterative onyx with a sliver of sepia along the bottom edge. The three finger crown is the exact color of golden brown sugar and has a creamy solidity about it. Bourbon barrel-aged beers tend not to be lace monsters, but this one is pretty impressive in that regard.

Oddly enough, the aroma isn't bursting at the seams with bourbon. I love the fact that the GL brewers see this ale as an RIS that is accented with whiskey, not completely saturated with it. Dark chocolate, espresso and vanilla bean are joined by exactly the right amount of bourbon. Perfection.

The flavor profile is pretty much as expected. In other words, bourbon whiskey is at least as prominent as stout, without overwhelming the base beer. First impression: this offering is roughly as good as Blackout Stout, but not appreciably better.

For whatever reason, the body/mouthfeel seems to take a hit when a beer is barrel-aged. In any case, this special release doesn't taste as chock full of malt as the standard version. The flavor profile includes chocolate liqueur, ground coffee beans, a surprising amount of vanilla, dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses and... America's greatest spirit. If I'm not mistaken, the barrels were acquired from the Jim Beam distillery. Good choice. Jim Beam Black is one of my standbys.

As noted above, the mouthfeel falls short of perfection. That doesn't mean, however, that it's less than pleasureable. Great Lakes is one of the best 'mouthfeel breweries' around and they've done themselves proud yet again. Time and warming add a light creaminess to the festivities.

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout combines my second favorite style with my first or second favorite liquor, and is brewed by one of my favorite breweries. How could it fail to be anything less than amazing? Thanks to my brother for securing a double handful of this exceptional ale last autumn. I can't wait until this October when I can replenish my stock. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dankman38
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep ebony with a very pretty brown/tan head; the nose is as good or better than any I’ve smelled before with sweet carmel, alcohol, and a little bit of carbon (almost the best part of the beer); flavors of chocolate, coffee, csndy sugar and, malt impress upon you a general feeling that you will want more; the body is heavy but not cloying; the finish tells you that it was aged in bourbon barrels and leaves almost the full flavor of the beer in you mouth. This is one fantastic beer, it ties for first in my book.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to silverX for this gem.

A - poured into a sweetH2O tulip black as night with a thin tan head. Very nice lacing remains and the liquid looks quite bold.

S - good amount of fig with dark chocolate and a pitch of booze. Slight sweet caramel comes in with a faint buttery scent that makes my mouth water.

T - dark chocolate, fig and hints of coffee in there but not too heavy a all. No if booze intake which doesn't surprise me since its below 10%. Sight malty character to it as well bu only after a few sips for me.

M - very soothing but not too thick or thin for that matter. Just perfectly in the middle.

O - a great stout. I would love to get more of these.

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Photo of mabermud
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch brown body. Mocha, clingy, and sticky head that drapes and melts from the sides of the glass.
Smell: Easy bourbon, medium roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, and the right amount of sweetness. This smells smooth. Memorable concoction of aromas. Taste: The taste replicates the smell. There is also light nuttiness, and back-seat roast. The bourbon-barreling gracefully melds with the base beer to create an ideal barrel-aged stout. The BAing brings the base up a couple of notches.
Feel: The feel is nothing to complain about, and exceeds my expectations.

Overall - For me the base beer was a superior stout. The barrel-aged stout is much-improved, and makes this barrel-aged stout exceptional. Overall, compared to the original, the taste is polished.

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Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,820 ratings
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