Review: Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout (2015) by Great Lakes Brewing Co.

@glbc_cleveland 2015 Barrel Aged Blackout Stout - lots going on here. This is definitely full of flavor.

Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout (2015) by Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Co
Beer Style:  Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV:  9.5%
IBUs: 50

Beer God’s Notes

I felt really lucky to get my hands on this.  I had a friend send me 2 of these and I shared this one with some friends at a bottle share. Everyone really liked it.  At that point, it was probably 9 months old (plus barrel-aging time). And it still had a lot of the oak characteristics from the barrel, along with a little heat too.

Blackout Stout is honestly one of my favorite imperial stouts, and this just took it to another level.  It’s always amazing when a barrel-aged version of a favorite can really take a beer to the next level.

Description

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Need someone to help you paint your bedroom? We know a guy. Change your oil? We know a guy. Loan you some bold, bitter hops and toasty black malt? We definitely know a guy. Named for the infamous Blackout of 2003 that left the Northeastern United States in complete darkness, Blackout Stout is a pretty useful friend to have around. Hearty and resourceful, he knows how to make his own fun. Crack open a bottle and you will too. Aged in bourbon barrels, which impart warm, rich vanilla and cocoa notes.

Flavor

Blackout Stout aged in oak bourbon barrels

Pairs With

Grilled red meats, wild game, caviar, and chocolate desserts

World Beer Championships

Gold Medal winner, 2011

Spotlight Ingredient

Black Malt
Used sparingly, black malt can contribute a robust, smoky, roasted flavors and aromas. Yields a rich black color and balances sweetness in some styles.

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