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

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

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 Jspriest
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Fargrow
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to markgugs for this bottle. Series 2516.

a - pours inky black with a one-finger tan head, retention around the edges mainly, decent lacing

s - very strong bourbon notes on the nose mixed with deeply roasted malt and caramel, some dark fruits, plum and hints of black cherry along with some dark chocolate as secondary aromas

t - intense dark maltiness up front with a very prominent dose of bourbon quickly following, when cold, the booziness tastes more like rum, but bourbon is definitely dominant when the beer warms a little, the finish has more strong bourbon notes mixed in with a lot of caramel and lighter plum notes, high cacao % chocolate lingers on the palate along with bourbon booziness and caramel for quite awhile, definitely tastes like it's stronger than 9%, but that's really not a bad thing here

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, the finish is slightly dry, but fairly well balanced between the bitterness and sweetness

d - surprisingly drinkable for a beer where booziness plays such a prominent role in the taste, complexity keeps me taking sips trying to decipher all the flavors, overall though, this is certainly a sipper

Great beer overall...definitely worthy of the high ratings. The booziness is strong, but it doesn't mask the other flavors. I much prefer this to the regular Blackout Stout. I have a feeling that a little more bottle aging would do this beer good.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Floydster
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle acquired from Sephiroth about six months ago and has been in the cellar ever since, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, took me about two hours to get through last night, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Black color with no light going through even though it looked a little thin, 3/4 inch creamy tan head, stuck around for about five minutes, decent retention, great lacing for a barrel-aged beer

S-Aroma was awesome with a big spicy bourbon scent, lots of oak and vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of espresso, somehow a bit of hoppiness, and figs

T-Bourbon did not waste any time in attacking my palate, stung my tongue on the initial sip which made me aware of how much whiskey had actually seaped into this one, some sweet vanilla in the middle, extremely dark chocolate at the end with an obvious oak character, got smoother as it warmed and the bourbon settled down a bit but not enough, the finish became slightly drier with a coffee feel that was barely recognizable, also got a little sweeter with some dark fruit and stronger vanilla flavors, nicely balanced and very enjoyable

M-Very spicy, hot, roasted, and sweet mouthfeel, seriously complex, taste lingered for a long time because of the booze presence, pretty thin body for a stout, perfect level of carbonation

D-I drank this whole bottle by myself but could not have drank much more, packs a punch at nine percent alcohol, incredibly smooth though, bourbon is present in taste but not too strong, light on the stomach for what it is

I was expecting a lot from this being that I gave up my last bottle of Angel's Share for it, worth all the hype and much better than the standard Blackout Stout from Great Lakes in my opinion, think this is brewed once a year and it is definitely worth seeking out, cannot really go wrong with a barrel aged stout, would love to drink again

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Photo of dheldman
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jvillefan
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a quickly dissipating white head.

S: Bourbon is the first thing smelled in this beer. There is deeply roasted malts I the background of this beer.

T: There is one of the best balances between bourbon, dark malts, and chocolate that I've ever had.

M: Very viscous with a decent carbonation.

O: Get this beer at least once. This beer should be the bench mark for elite stouts.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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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Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Poured from '10 bomber into tulip glass. Pours opaque dark brown color with a small off white creamy head. Smells like chocolate liquor, vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. Initial taste is a medium body that coats the mouth with caramel and roasty smokiness. Quite a lot of warming from alcohol. Finishing with chocolate and warming alcohol presence. Flavor hangs around for a while, but doesn't quite match up to the regular blackout stout that I really love. A still good beer nonetheless, but I'd rather get a six pack of the regular one which is much easier.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is one of a few barrel aged beers in which I prefer the regular version better. I just think it drinks way too sweet and the body has a little bit too much carbonation giving it a soapy feel. It also smells a lot like soy sauce. I would guess that this is a Jack Daniels barrel beer. It tastes more like cheap whisky instead of good bourbon. I also notice a lot more black licorice than in the base beer. Still above average, but pretty disappointed.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz bottle from 2009.

Pours opaque black with a thin, quickly dissapating head of tan. A thin bead of foam remains for the duration with zero lacing.

Bourbon, char, bakers chocolate, and coffee start the nose. Hints of vanilla and Kahlua follow through.

Full bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Not as thick and chewy as some of todays big RIS's.

Dark chocolate drizzled with bourbon and coffee dust on the palate. Boozy and rich with hints of smoke and vanilla.

Finishes with a bourbony warmth and charred chocolate.

A nicely balanced BA RIS, but thinner and less instense than the best examples of the style.

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Photo of Magery
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours an opaque black with a light tan head. Carbonation settles down fairly quickly.

Big smelling and tasting beer. Gigantic coffee and chocolate overtones, with a larger than expected licorice and caramel aftertaste. Maybe a hint of vanilla and ... currant? ... rounding it out. Boozy, oaky, and bourbony.

Delicious, but a bit overpowering by the time you get to the bottom of the bottle. I swear there's some hops in here, as well.

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

Black! Creamy mocha head nice and thick rests at the top of the snifter. Beer is served way too cold so while waiting about 10 minutes now for things to warm up a little the head has faded some but still leaves a layer of creamy head with a thick ring around the glass. This is a deep opaque black.

First thing you notice on the nose is the thick layers of toasted oak with a heavy dose of Jim Beam. It's the little nuances that excite the senses. Rich with dark bitter chocolate, strong brewed coffee, roasted burnt malts, black cherry, anise, and caramelized sugars. Toffee mollasses and some floral hops round things out.

This one packs quite the punch. Very warming in the chest. The forefront again is the bourbon flavors as well as toasty vanilla oak. Rich plush mouth with a medium finish of what I'd say is about 40 seconds. The finish mainly consists of strong mocha coffee. A rich creamy middle is consumed with a chocolate covered cherry, black curran, crème brulee, and burnt malts. Entry is a bit thin but it evens itself out. Smooth and viscous overall. The first drink is all the alcohol after that you adapt to this beast. Complex and well balanced. Damn good job by GLBC!

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,810 ratings.
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