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!
wchesser (1339) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Dark, medium body, bit light for the style, low carbonation. Subdued nose until it warms, then light sweet booze, some dark malts. Light but slightly hot booze, sweet and roast malts, with dark chocolate, vanilla and distinct bourbon flavors. One of those thinner BA imperial stouts that kind of make me think of a vanilla coke. Quite enjoyable but not your brooding, complex impy.
Johnsense (920) - - MAR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vicious dark black pour, smaller head. Huge bourbon and dark chocolate aroma. Sweet, with bourbon barrel prominent but not overpowering. Vanilla, dark coffee, dark chocolate, oak. Thick body with an oily mouthfeel. Loved it!
tekstr1der (103) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black, though much lighter than any other of this style I’ve seen. Aroma is multi with notes of chocolate and espresso, but kind of mild. Whisky barrel aging makes itself an obvious taste upfront, and on each sip toward the bottom of the glass. Quickly mellows into semi sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Decent brew overall, but not a great example of an imperial stout. I’m don’t much enjoy whisky, so perhaps I’m not being exactly objective.
Prufrockstar (1353) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Preparing myself for Festival of Dark Arts in a few days. Bottle poured at 54F. Oily black pour with thin, short-lived tan head. Aroma: this is nice. Dark fruit first - my first thought is "wine/port/stout blend." Vanilla. Chocolate-covered grape. Oak. Caramelized sugar, molasses -- in some respects, this reminds me of gingerbread cookie dough, and my mind is filling in the gaps with cinnamon and cloves. Yum. Taste follows. This is a sweet stout for sure, with lightly roasty finish. Some cardboard with lasting alcohol warmth. Palate: full body, slick oily texture, soft carbonation. Overall: yeah, I can get behind this. A larger alcohol presence in the taste / finish than I’d prefer, but the sweet dark fruit component in this is really nice.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at brewery. White head. Served cold. Super boozy and chocolate nose. Body super creamy. Like a lacto stout almost. Flavor is very sweet and alcoholic. Barrel character is more obvious in the aroma. Subtle in flavor. This is as promised.
fitwitchik (387) - USA - JAN 27, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured on tap at 2015 Great Lakes Bottle Release of BA Blackout Stout party. Darkest of black with minimal dark tan head.
Aroma is light roasted sweet cocoa with a tad of bourbon. Coffee but over the top.
Flavor is off the map smooth chocolate. Coffee is more subtle. Bourbon so good but not crazy. The balance of this brew is incredible to the palate. Grateful to have snagged 2 cases at the bottle release.
My favorite of the 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 I have been blessed to consume. Flat out beautifully done by GL considering this is the ONLY barrel aged brew they do in their 25 years of brewing.
Atom (1621) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Busters pours a dark brown/black with a large khaki tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, caramel with a sweet balanced bourbon presence. Smooth palate, very well balanced. Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, mild oak, bourbon, some roasted malts. There is a simple yet complex balance that makes this really nice!
Art (2057) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Free bottle from free beer week. Thanks! Pours a dark blackish brown with a slight brown head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of vanilla, nutty toasted grains, cocoa powder. Taste has all the components. Sweet with a slight bourbon feel and that slightly acrid finish. Really great stuff all around.
charule (1468) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured almost black with thinning beige head. Aroma of choco vanilla chalk. Light carb med bod. Sweet smooth bourbon. Nice
AWISLguy (1594) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle from jsquire, cellar aged a couple of months. Thanks, Jeff! Shared with ck1, Steve and Ken during Spit Cup weekend. Black pour. Nice lace. Aroma from across the room has bourbon vanilla, then on closer inspection, caramel and chocolate with light grape. Taste is caramel with huge whiskey in the back end. Some bakers chocolate. Finish is sweet with a whiskey tail. Smoother than BCBS, for example, but also not as complex. 15.4