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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,470 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 399
Gots: 318 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 02-14-2004)
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BrewMaster

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark murky black with no light coming through, sandy brown head with a firm top and excellent retention. Light sediment settles back into the bottle.

Smell: Chocolate, espresso beans, brown sugar, and sweet and sloppy maltiness.

Taste: Sour and sweet with choclate, toast, and a creamy sandy flavor. There's a noticeable hop bitterness from the middle to end. Caramel and some nutty and roasty flavors in the last third of the flavor. The middle is surprisingly thin but still very tasty as the bitterness shows up. I like the balanced and diverse flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied , smooth, sticky, and quite creamy.

Drinkability: Awesomely balanced with more than just your "typical" stout flavors. The rich chocolate flavor is great but I like that there is some hop bitterness to balance out all of the malty and sweet components. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 23:16:50 | More by BrewMaster
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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.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.