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84 86 80 4 20 16
Barrel Aged Blackout Stout by Great Lakes Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
9.00 % ABV

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Review by younger35 on 02/12/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 2012
Generously received this wonderful beer from silverx for winning this year’s Beer Advocate Bowl Pick’em. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

2012 vintage

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a small half finger dark tan head that fizzles away fairly quickly. A decent lily pad cap is left along with a thin collar.
Smell- Maybe not the most potent barrel aged Imperial Stout but it sure is nice. Lightly sweet smelling with a touch of char and loads of chocolate. Mostly chocolate of the milk variety but there is a light sort of bitter dark chocolate hiding in there. Plenty of caramel and coconut, especially as the beer warms. I get quite a bit of the woodiness of the barrel as it adds some vanilla and booze. Definitely a solid nose for still being fairly young.
Taste- Whew! This beer smells older than it tastes as the booze is biting right from the get go. Liquid Tootsie Roll is the first thing that comes to mind as the beer is very chocolaty and somewhat rich. Not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe either. Some French roast peeks its head in but is quickly ushered out by a bit of barrel and booze. Light vanilla and caramel in the finish but honestly the beer is so boozy at this point that it’s hard to get much else.
Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth and very rich the light carbonation and full body are awesome.
Drinkability- So as of right now this beer isn’t the beer I know it is. I’ve never had one this young and the booziness is surprisingly overwhelming. I’ve had this beer many times before with anywhere from 1-3 years of age on it and those were much tamer. Either way, still enjoyable. Thanks much!

Served In: Snifter

Review by Sean9689 on 11/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 12 17 4 8 2008
2008 vintage, 22oz bomber, into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black (hence, Blackout) with a tannish colored head that builds up to about a fingers-worth of head and then disipiates down to a thin cap and a tan ring around the edge and some lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, bourbon, gingerbread, vanilla, cinnamon, expresso, and caramel. I'm mostly picking up the sweetness of this one, and really not much of the bourbon or oak. Each swirl of the glass refreshes the sweetness, but no alcohol hotness in sight. Amongst the best-smelling RIS's I've ever had.

T - Not near as sweet as the nose. Bitter dark chocolate and expresso are most prevalent and once the initial bitter notes back off, there's a slight sweetness on the finish. The oak and bourbon is there, but it adds to the beer and melds well with the bitter chocolate and coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied, perhaps a bit too thin for me, but still a rich beer nonetheless. The finish is dry, and leaves you wanting to refresh your palate with more Blackout goodness.

D - The 2008 vintage is drinking nicely at the moment. The alcohol is hidden pretty well and once detected, adds to the overall flavor. I'm going to wait a while to open a 2009, but I'll add my notes here when I do so.

Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2007
Thanks to mcallister for the trade, I got this one back in Nov 07 so I think it’s a good guess that this is from the 07 release. 2516 Series on the label.

Almost completely dark with only the slightest hints of ruby on the sides. A soft inch of mocha colored foam rose to the top of the glass and receded very slowly back into the beer. Good retention, a bit of lacing, and a swirl brings back some more foam which is quite impressive for a BA beer.

Bourbon on the nose as I first started pouring but once it’s in the glass I can pick up some dry oak, vanilla, wet grains, sugar cookies, dark roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Not as complex as I thought it would be but still quite good. A little more brown sugar and some lactic sweetness. Lots of dry oak, tannins, and cocoa. Vanilla seems to intensify a bit more as the beer warms up. Some buttery aromas as well.

More chocolate on the flavor than the aroma…wow, very smooth. The barrel seems to have faded to the background but it is so darn tasty. Hints of vanilla, crème, oak, an toasted malts. A little alcohol heat in the finish and somewhat tingly on the tongue too. As the beer warms up it’s all chocolate in the finish with hints of oak.

Very smooth and rich upfront but a tad thin in the middle and finish, low carbonation. Thinner body as it warms up but it’s expected from a BA beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 0
Bottle #541 of 900. 2006 Vintage.

A - It's black alright. Pitch black body, not quick as thick looking on the pour as expected, but still formidable. Head is light cocoa colored and about a half inch tall. Impressive for a barrel aged beer. Made up of mostly small bubbles. Decent retention. Nice webby lacing.

S - Lots of roasty dark malt on this one, bringing forth espresso and dark chocolate. Barrel aging is super present here. There's lots of boozy bourbon and a bit of vanilla in the nose. Vapors even burn the nose a bit.

T - Lots more than the barrel aging going on here. Right off the bat you are greeted by lots of big bold dark chocolate flavor. That lingers a bit while the soft espresso moves in. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as some bourbon washes over the tongue. Light anise. Vanilla is rich and finishes this beer off nicely. Warms the belly a bit when it hits.

M - Rich and thick. Smooth and almost velvety. Slides through my mouth and down my throat.

Overall - Really nice brew here. I think the year that it sat in the cellar might have mellowed out the bourbon just right, as I have heard others say the bourbon was too big in this one.

Served In: Pint Glass

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