jampics (2) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I guess this is my first rating here but anything but my first Great Lakes beer! I took the day off to stop down at trhe brewery and pick up my daily allotment of the BABOS - I only hope there’s more left tomorrow (they said they expect a bit left, but everything should be gone by 12:00 noon 10/17). I could use an extra 6 bottles - even at $14 a piece. I got my bottles then stopped in the pub. Had a 10oz snifter of $6. That’s what I’m reviewing here:
Smells great - nice interplay between the bourbon, oak and stout itself. I don’t smell any cookie dough, but I smell a nice blend of hearty vapors.
Looks amazing - perhaps a little lighter than the normal Blackout, especialy where the beer meets the glass - almost like there’s a sweet ring of burbon around the beer.
Tastes like heaven. Some vanilla, bourbon, oak, sugarcane, then hearty stout flavors - coffee, tobacco, chocolate.
This is the best Great Lakes beer and I’m happy to review the best beer ever made in Cleveland for my first on Ratebeer. Love it - seek this out if you’re a fan of big stouts! I’m setting aside a bottle for a future vertical tasting! Cheers!
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black colour, small golden head. Thick and full bodied, slightly slick, but not too much. Aroma is lots of bourbon barrel, boozy, rich dark chocolate, some sweetness. Dominated by the bourbon. Taste is nice. bourbon is more subtle but still there. Slight bitterness, quite chocolatey, bourbon at the finish. Porter like fruitiness and a bit of roast, but bourbon really dominates. I like it though.
merc7186 (1470) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Vanilla, Chocolate Malts
T: Vanilla, Woody, Mild Toasted Chocolate Malts
M: Average Carbonation, Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, a really solid sweet barrel aged imperial stout...always solid.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím a huge fan of Blackout and I am happy to have this one in my hands. Itís been a want of mine for quite some time that a gracious local BA put into my hands.
Itís black as itís namesake and has a central pillow and flanking ring of mocha foam. Smells of graham, oak, toasted malts, residually melted sugars, a hint of craft caramel, some vanilla, alcohol and raw oats. Flavor follows suit: malts, oak, vanilla, oak, leathery, a bit of fig, a solid molasses undertone (nothing too overpowering, just a complement), and some nougat. Nearly full bodied with slightly hi carb and a semi dry finish. This a really tasty beer. Iím glad to have had it, and I would drink it again for certain.
BlowOffTube (251) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good. Pours black, thin tan head. Aroma of barrel, chocolate, coffee. Taste is cheap bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Medium body thin to medium carbonation. Not as good as others in the style. Needs a bigger body and smoother barrel taste.
eelbasher (189) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz 2013 vintage served into a snifter. Pours jet black with a mocha colored head, leaving just a ring of lace. Aromas of brownie, oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. The flavor follows! Huge fudge, coffee, smooth bourbon/wood, plum, and lingering roasted goodness. What a fuckin treat!
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep red, no head.
Smell is strong oak and bourbon vanilla
Taste is ashy, roast, coco. Barrel doesnít come through as much as I was expecting.
Fuller bodied, rich.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Vintage via trade with audiovivid. Drank on evening of Trent Richardson trade. Seems appropriate. The appearance is a deep brown black hue not too much head, a bit a a micro with tan head. Nose is rich with full oak bourbon laced barrel staves with a cereal grain backing.Flavors are a bit thin on entry leading to a more malty middle with bourbon and oak to close it out. A very long alcohol finish. Vanilla starts to build nicely as does a truer bourbon. A bit rough around the edges but grows on you quickly. Perhaps a touch more time would of been good but a very enjoyable brew.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, khaki head. Wood, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Great palate, boozy, wood, leather, coffee, chocolate, great.
Advocate_Ames (316) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let this warm. Pours pitch black with a fine ring in my glass. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, booze, roasty malts, coffee, and oak notes. In tasting I picked up on bittering chocolate malts, sweet bourbon, and booze. Its very malty and filled with a few varieties of dark malts. The finish is of roasted and bitter malts with a nice dry booze finish. Overall it?s nicely put together and enjoyable to unwind with.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at tasting. smell coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Pours black with tan head. Taste vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and some hops. Fun stout if you can try it.