Great Lakes Berlot (2010 Beer Week Collaboration With Cellar Rats) | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Berlot (2010 Beer Week Collaboration With Cellar Rats)Great Lakes Berlot (2010 Beer Week Collaboration With Cellar Rats)

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jampics2 on 10-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of funhog
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Eastside151
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Heinen's in Pepper Pike, Ohio for 2013 Cleveland Beer Week

Pours a hazy dark auburn with a nice fluffy off-white head. The aromas are very malty with hints of oak and cherry. There's alot of chocolate malts in the mix. The flavors are very deep and rustic. Lots of toffee. The wine barrel aspect isn't overpowering and seems subtle, but in a good way. Lots of caramel and vanilla in the mix as well. More dark cherries. Some raisins are noticeable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied; very creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Very smooth and complex. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a very interesting beer. There's alot going on and I enjoyed it. I feel this beer gets a bad rap. I wouldn't mind seeing it brewed more often than it is.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Skott1123
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of i3ei3s
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of amstelcat
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of SaintJonah
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 10.6% abv. This seems to be a year old or more by now. Even with a careful pour, lots of sediment floats about. Gold color, with no head at all. A few fine bubbles.

Bready malt up front, with some cereal grain feel. Faint wine and oak notes in the distance. Maybe a hint of vinegar.

Big, bready malt up front, which quickly gives way to some interesting notes. Red wine character, with a good amount of oak tannin. A very wine-like and earthy feel at the end.

Body is full, with lower carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol but not a great deal. Some interesting flavors here, all very soft.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, about a year old now. Pours extremely hazy and cloudy golden orange color with 1-2 fingers of a dense off white head with excellent retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some very nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of vinegar, grapes, tart fruits, and some spices. Extremely interesting aromas, but i guess thats what the wine barrels will do. Taste of light vinegar, tart fruits, spices, and grapes. No bitterness, but there is lingering notes of spice and light fruits on the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden with only a small warming on the finish noticed. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Nice balance of all flavors is present as well. Overall an interesting and unique beer, but it was quite nice and enjoyable for what it offers.

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Photo of mikul93
1.97/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A Pours a clear golden with a nice 2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing at all.

S I'm getting some citrus, but not much else is going on here.

T Tastes like watered down orange juice with a bitter after taste. There isn't much else going on here.

M Medium body with nice carbonation.

O Not good. Did not enjoy this beer at all. Drain pour.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with myself and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured yellow with a very minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, wheat, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was not very good at all. This beers only saving grace was that it was tasted the same night as the Claro! (see my previous review). The sugar aspect on this one just made this one too sweet and then mix that with wheat!? Holy crap! I do know that beeruser used this one as a joke, so I can't be mad at him for doing this to me, but phew... This thing was bad. Another practical joke brew for sure.

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Photo of mdvatab
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into bordeaux glass (of course).

Aroma: Extremely tart green apple. Light clove spiciness, and honey sweetness. Was expecting some red wine notes, but didn't catch any.

Appearance: Very hazy orange-amber body. Pretty color, but poor clarity. One finger of off-white head falls to a thin layer. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Goes tart --> bitter --> sweet. The underlying sweetness is easily over-ridden by the hoppy bitterness. Tea leaf and apple cider come through late, but bitterness again hangs around through a long finish. Again, having difficulty finding merlot/red wine flavor. The prime component is apple flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: High, crisp carbonation. Medium body. Slightly drying.

Overall: A very interesting idea, but could have been better executed. More balanced bitterness and more red wine acidity/tartness was anticipated, but not present. The highly bitter finish was also out of place.

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Photo of beergod1
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Hazy Copper color, small head, and not much lacing. Smell of wine and maybe a touch of Oak. You can Taste the wine notes mixed in nicely with the sweet malt, not a bad combo. Somewhat of a lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting, but the alcohol presence was there. My 4th fav. of the Collaboration sampler.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a treat. Something completely different. A beer with three tastes. Or more. It definitely takes on the barrel thing - merlot barrel, supposedly - and it also has a strong ale yeast, malt and hops taste. That's four. And they are all clearly there.

It's interesting and worth trying for fun. But it also has issues. It's pretty hard to take. It hits you with all that flavor like a ton of bricks. And they are somewhat incongruous.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I originally heard about this Collaboration pack this was the beer I was most interested in. As time went on and my tastes have changed over the last six months this became #2 on my list.

Poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a hazy dark gold, almost amber body. There was a very small head that went away quickly with almost no lacing.

The aroma is interesting with a few things going on. You notice the grape / red wine hints, alcohol and yeast. The flavor was not what I was expecting. I really thought the merlot and oak flavors were going to hit you first but they are really more subtle. You really notice the ale first and then it mellows into the grape flavor.

The beer was on the moderate side to drink. It was a tad on the heavy and sticky side and I don't think I would want to drink more than one in a single sitting.

Overall I thought the beer was good but I really thought there was going to be more of a merlot and oak presence. Honestly I would like to get one more bottle and sit on it for a year and see how the flavors change over time.

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Photo of jampics2
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine. Served in a snifter. This beer was was a collaboration with Cellar Rats for the 2010 Cleveland Beer Week Collaboration 12 pack.

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with white head that sticks around for a while. A touch of brown and yellow are noted in the stew of colors - it just looks a touch muddy. No noticeable lace, and this is nowhere near as dark as what I envision any of the 4 styles of American Strong Ale to resemble.

The smell is interesting. It's composed of some strong red wine notes, not really a lush red wine but you certainly get some grape from the barrel. A bit of booze and rather bland malt and hops lurk underneath. No real oak qualities are observed shining through in the nose, just wine. A touch of yeast as well, giving this an earthy note. It's by no means unpleasant but is certainly lacking depth from the beer and barrel.

The taste is composed of some sweet malt that gives a decent backbone for the merlot to express itself. Wet barrel tastes come across strongly as red wine and black Langon grapes. There is some oak showing up in the finish, with hints of vanilla and some clean yeast. Low tannins and relatively well hidden alcohol compose the taste at first. I'm thrown a bit aback as I guess I expected this to be a bit ballsier but it's actually quite dainty which probably made it harder to hide the booze. Some mild booze and more berries and wine are present in the finish and emerge more and more as it warms. Mild bitterness surfaces as well. This never really comes together for me.

The beer has a medium body with some creamy carbonation. The finish is sweet then boozy with hints of wood and wine. This is not a terribly drinkable beer but it is a unique American Strong ale. I personally think an old ale would have paired better with the wine barrel. This is good but nothing exceptional at all, sorry guys, this was the collaboration I was most looking forward to and it fell a bit flat for me. Maybe a more devout wine drinker would love it.

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Great Lakes Berlot (2010 Beer Week Collaboration With Cellar Rats) from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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