Great Lakes Rackhouse Ale
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Strong ale aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2284) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Howler from Ray’s Growler Gallery, shared with bananabi11 for my 100th American Strong ale. Orange brown pour with no head. Big vanilla. Fruits. Stone fruits. Well blended. Some alcohol. Finished sweet. The flavor is sweet, but fruity and it grew on me. 14.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (273) - - OCT 9, 2015
10/8/15. Draft at Criterion. Pours dark copper w min head and nice lacing. Sour fruit and bourbon nose. I'm thinking this is a very different recipe from past years based on the review. Maybe it's a strong ale but it is the most sour strong I've ever had. Sour dominates with bourbon in the background. Solid and very drinkable. Out there for Great Lakes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says nice bourbon flavoring. Very nice all u taste is bourbon she gives a 3.4 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at Winter Warmer Fest 2014
This was a noble experiment that just did not work out. Maybe it was a bad batch or the end of the keg. Whatever the reason I would give it a second chance at the brewpub. It does prove that not all beers are improved by barrel aging.

Aroma / Appearance - A warm coppery body with crisp eggshell head provide a nice container for caramel, malt balls, and vanilla. The bourbon sticks out but does so without the intensity of a bourbon bomb.

Flavor / Palate - A sweet mix of honey, bourbon, and caramel is nice at first. Very boozy after a while it does turn cloying by the last sip. A potent winter warmer was worth a pour. However given the choice I’d rather drink Lake Erie Monster, Blackout Stout, or one of their other beers that stand out from the crowd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (558) - - FEB 22, 2014
On tap at Great Lakes brewery. Notes of bourbon on the nose. Pours a beautiful dark burgundy. Really smooth and sweet. Good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pour is hazy copper amber with a tan head. Nose is fairy sweet with a good amount of wood and notes of bourbon. Notes of berries, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is quite sweet. Wood is a bit more moderate with a nice bourbon interplay. There are layers of toffee, vanilla, caramel and cherry in the back. Stronger carbonation with a relatively drinkable body and fairly soft palate. Pretty good stuff, taste is a bit more deep and integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at the bourbon barrel blackout stout party: pours dark, hazy reddish brown, thin tan ring. Nose is caramel malts, bourbon, mild hop earth. A fair amount of bourbon, esters and old ale musty characteristics. Pretty darn good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2012
On draught at Winking Lizard. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a thin light beige head that disappears quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malts and bourbon. Full-bodied with a bourbon forward flavor and notes of ripe fruit, caramel malt and vanilla. The finish is boozy with a lingering oaky vanilla aftertaste. Could use more balance but still a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1964) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2012
on tap at black out party. pour clear amber with small white head. aroma of the bourbon for sure and some nuts and berries. tatse is biggg bourbon and sugar/honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
This poured a darker red color with a small beiege head. Aroma was lots and lots of bourbon, not much else int he way of malt or hops. Flavor was much the same, some hot bourbon, light caramel and toffee and some dark fruits, but mainly booze. Meh.

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