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Great Lakes Rackhouse Ale
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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong ale aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Thanx to Crizay for sharing this growler.This beer smelt like a desert more than beer.Nose was of cheesecake, sweet with graham crackers and butter.Flavor was sweet with shaved almonds.This finished off sweet like an almond liquor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Sampled from growler @ OTTD 3, courtesy crizay. Poured a clear amber with bits of light white head. Candied plums, sweet malts, and a light herbal background scent. Taste has a jumbled character - mild start yields to a lot of spicy oak, bourbon and alcohol on the finish. The bourbon and alcohol muscle everything else around, but there was more to this than the typical all-bourbon showing. Hard to figure out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Thanks to miketd for the growler of Rackhouse!! Plum color with almost no head. Aroma has a nice dose of bourbon with some vinous fruit. Flavor has a nice bourbon/wood flavor with hints of vinous fruits, alcohol (a bit too hot), and a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel should be better - heat and too much bourbon slightly detract from this. This is a decent base beer with a bit too much Barrel aging, although it is nice for when you’re in a bourbon mood. Nice to try, might be better if it aged a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Growler. I love strange concoctions and this definitely fits the bill, but it in no way fits into any preconceived mold. A thick cloud descends on a murky rust brown body, a bold glow stuck inside the muddy blanket. A near-white head is thin and slowly recedes. The remaining foam looks like soap swirls in a mudbath. The nose is filled with spicy wood and a glassful of bourbon - so much bourbon in fact, I’d be somewhat surprised if any non-Bourbon-drinker moved past this stage thinking this was a treat in the making. This is whiskey accentuated by beer, not the other way around. Alcohol is formidable, but is counterbalanced by mild smoke and spice and waves of wood. A touch of yeast is noted. The flavor raises the issue of possible overproduction or careless aging to a minor degree. Vanilla is extracted in great detail from the woodiness. Bourbon still reigns supreme and smashes everything that nears it. Sweetness is high, as is the warming afterglow of retronasals and speedy sipping. The finish is bold and spicy, all previous whiskey elements accounted for. The body is full, sharp and prickly, lightly tannic. Very good, for the Bourbon enthusiast anyhow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Date: 11/17/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3

muddy brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace, sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma with a nice touch of bourbon, rich chocolate and caramel flavor, lots of balancing bourbon character, sweet vanilla brings out the chocolate and caramel,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Dark brown, no head. Aroma was mildly sweet with a hint of vegetable. Flavor was astringent, alcohol and that hint of vegetable again. Astringency lingered unpleasantly. While not a bad beer, I found it a little odd.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Courtesy crizay. Pours caramel brown, with pretty much no head. I get some peanut butter, bourbon, dark caramel malts, and some dark fruits. i liked the nose alot. The taste has alot of that bourbon going on, along with the maltiness and light fruits. The bourbon really made the alcohol seem bigger than it actually is. I got some heat from this on the palate. I liked this alot actually. Maybe not greatly balanced, but it worked in this case.

3.4
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - 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.


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