Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Adamdc:
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this one up while driving through Ohio back in March. It has a 'best by' date of: 7/28/09
A: very nice deep black pour with a nicely formed 1 inch tan head with moderate lacing
A: chocolate, roast, molasses and hops---very nice aroma!
T: same as aroma but the hops kick in quickly and dominate the finish. Not getting any alcohol despite it's 9.00 ABV
M: I'd call it medium, not quite as thick as I think it should be but not bad
D: very drinkable! Very smooth. Goes down a little too well.
This is not in the same class as the 'big boys' but it's a very solid brew by an oustanding brewery (one of my favorites)!
UPDATE---I'm drinking a bottle that I've been cellaring from the above batch and it has all come together very nicely with almost a year on it. The lingering hop bitterness has mellowed and the chocolate comes through so much more on the aroma. This is fantastic. Silky smooth. I'm going to up the mouthfeel and the taste a half point! I wish I had some more of these!!
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2009 03:24:04 | More by Adamdc
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4.34/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle with the date 3/14/14 into a Lickinghole Creek snifter
A - Pours pitch black and appearing a tad thin on the pour. I'm not expecting a thick stout as I had hoped for. Almost no head is present, but it does leave a khaki ring around the edge. Slippery, yet splotchy lacing, is a result of whirling the glass around, but none stays hanging to the sides.
S - There is a huge coffee component to this beer. It's very forward as if this is a coffee stout. Other than that, I'm getting dark cocoa, roasted malts, a tad bit of smokiness, and a subtle hop presence. Sugar is very present and assume this is going to be on the sweet side.
T - The initial flavor is bitter dark chocolate with booze accompanying roasted dark coffee. I'm not picking up a lot of hops, but they tend to come and go as you try to depict the flavors. I'm also tasting a light smokiness. Very tasty!
M - I have to retract my statement from above as this is a lot thicker than it appears. It's mouth coating if anything. The smokiness leaves a subtle sting and spiciness on my cheeks, while there is a acidic feel once it settles. This is a solid full-bodied stout!
O - I really like this beer! If I can get my hands on the BA version, I would be ecstatic. We get GL beers in NoVA, but none in my area. I hope that this ventures down to my local shop sooner than later. This is something that I would drink on a regular basis if available.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:18:58 | More by Cubatobaco
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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