Great Lakes Rackhouse Ale
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Strong ale aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Courtesy Crizay. Pours a dark chestnut. Aroma is oddly intriguing. There is an herbal note, dill primarily, that dominates the front notes. There are slight notes of wood and vanilla. Interesting. The flavor is amost identical to the aroma. A touch of sweetness finished this one up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Had this on tap at the BA Blackout release and just now found my rating. Murky golden brown in color with very little head. Tons of bourbon in the aroma and heat. Flavor is dominated by oak and a very tangy bourbon flavor. I really didn’t enjoy this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2007
on tap, pours hazy amber with little head. nose has lots of bourbon and carmel. flavor has carmel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. a creamy mouthfeel. flavor seems unbalanced and not complex. alcohol isn’t well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep red with a thin white head that the fades quickly. Aromas of bourbon and more bourbon. Nice alcohol warmth that marries cleanly with the smooth maltiness of the beer. Very good, but I doubt I could take more than one snifter full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
GABF 2006: Clear amber color with not much of a head. Bourbon and vanilla aroma with some malt trying to peak through. Huge flavor of bourbon. Then some bourbon and finishes with bourbon. That’s about all there was in the flavor, actually overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
On tap at the GLBC BA Blackout party. I wasnt all that impressed with this one. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I took 5 or 6 shots of bourbon before I tried it but none the less it really wasnt anything special...actually it was far from special. It had some nice malt flavors, but then it was just a total clash of bourbon and overpowering sweetness. I had enough of this brew about half way through my sample of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
On tap @ GLBC Bourbon Barrel Tasting: Hazy amber colored pour with a white head. Aroma was sweet, vanilla, oak, caramel. Very malty. Flavor, very sweet, vanilla, oak, bourbon, I picked up a little apple somewhere, caramel, and a nice bit of warming from the alcohol. But that might have been left over from the last bourbon we had. I thought this was really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
On tap @ GLBC Bourbon Barrel Tasting: pours a hazy amber with a head that disappears very quickly. Aromas are bourbon (maybe that has to do with all of the bourbon in the room) carmel, malty, sweet. The flavor follows very malty, carmel, oaky, vanilla, and toasted with a medium to thick creamy mouthfeel. The taste clings to the inside of my mouth before fading to an unbalanced amount of light molasses and bourbon. After a couple sips this 5 oz sample no longer becomes enjoyable. This might be tasty after cellaring for a year, but here it’s just too fresh and thus unbalanced for a barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2006
On tap at the GLBC Bourbon Barrel Tasting - Pours hazy dark amber wtih a very short offwhite head. Aroma is big of caramel, some vanilla, and a good amount of bourbon. Flavor is rich caramel. Quite malty and sweet with notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.. Some raisin there and maybe a touch of brown sugar.. Smooth creamy palate that seemed very mellow for a 10% beer. Alcohol hidden very well and this just fit together well. A most excellent brew in my opinion..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (933) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2006
On tap at the GLBC bourbon tasting. Nice amber color with an off-white head. Nice full bready aroma...caramel malt, vanilla and a touch of smoke rounds it out. The flavor was malty and sweet with a fruity-hop profile to edge it all out so it wasn’t too sweet...some hot bourbon characteristics. Smooth and rich over the tounge with a mellow carbonation that seemed to work very well with everything else that was going on in this brew. I only wish they would’ve bottled this one too.

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