OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 22oz bottle #322 of 400. I was at the brewpub last night and wanted to try this on tap but after trying the pumpkin ale and the oatmeal stout I didn’t think it was wise to try this one too before driving onto Sandusky, so I picked up the bottled version. Pours Black as coal and thick like a milkshake. A nice mocha brown head graces it first then fades back to a film that laces on the way down the glass. Aroma is big of bourbon. Some notes of vanilla and oak can also be found and a bit of chocolate sneaks through as well. Flavor is a great blend of bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Palate is smooth and chewy. Amazingly drinkable for a beer this large. The barrels did this beer some justice for sure and I’m glad I got the chance to try it! Great Lakes never fails to impress!
Rerate - Got the chance to try this on draught at the release party in 07 and I’ve got to bump this one up to a 5.. The head is better on draught and even more of the chocolate flavor comes through. It is even smoother and creamier than I remembered it. I think this is what I want to drink in heaven but well if it is all out I’ll have BA Dark Lord.. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
pitch black pour with an orange head. cork, whiskey and fudge strike me first in the aroma. the flavor is complimentary with cherry and whiskey that mixes with the perfect roasted chocolate flavor. i may be going out on a limb, but this is the best beer ever. smooth strawberry flavor. rootbeer float notes. oh damn, i see the heavens, nirvana, and all that. vanilla perfection. the regular blackout is so rich only the barrel can get through it, and it does. it hurt me to finish this because i knew i would likely never taste it again. TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
This is an amazing stout. Very gorgeous appearance, color, head, etc. With a thick palate covering body. and alot of aroma and flavor. Hints of Jim Beam, berries, malt, and vanilla in the aroma and flavor. A very complex taste, for a very complex beer. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2015
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. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
2005 bomber courtesy of OhioDad via Duane. Enjoyed on the evening of Edward’s (brooklynboy) surprise tasting alongside 25 other highly rated stouts. Sampled after Central Waters Bourbon Barrel and immediately before Goose Island’s Bourbon County. Bottle #7 of 400. Onto the beer: This epitomizes all that a barrel aged stout should be, an exemplar of this style. Perhaps the most vicous and lucious beer I have ever sampled. So thick and rich with vanilla extract, prune, chocolate truffles, and an amazing finish. An intense and sensous experience.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Thanks Phil (Philip). #7/400 vintage 2005. This beer offers the nose a fragrance that is scented with heavy bourbon notes, molasses, anise, and hops. It is a black solution with thick colored caramel head. This heavy beer is both sweet and rich. It is creamy beer that has the flavors of molasses, coffee, toffee, and malt as its signature. It has a smooth finish to it that leaves a nice taste infused with all the above flavors lingering. railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Got this for my birthday from a friend in ohio. i loved the original and this is a great oak aged beer. i have not found too many oak aged beers i really liked but this aged fine CHEERS imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
I love it, i can’t say enough good about this beer. Coffee, chocolate, deliciousness... you name it. its all there. incredible. EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2011
It sure doesn’t get much better than this, folks. Gorgeous black color with an off-white head, smells of chocolate and coffee come wafting up with hints of vanilla. Its mostly chocolate and vanilla in the taste, with the coffee taking a backseat, nice and full-bodied and the sweetness at the front turns nicely to a moderate bitterness on the back end. Absolutely extraordinary brew, Great Lakes outdid themselves with this one. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Bottle #397/400. The blackest beer that I have ever seen. this beer has such density that it draws other beers into it and they are never seen again. This beer is not just roasted, it is though the malt is Joan of Arc herself. The aroma is precious of carmalized sugars and pyrrolized glucose. There’s such a thick mouthfeel here- amazing. This beer pounds your tongue and takes your esophagus hostage. Residually, during the afterglow, I am awash with a suggestion of licorice. Wow, I need a cigarette.