Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DrewV:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A: Pours a dark brown liquid, definitely not an opaque black, with a 1-1/2 finger mocha head.
S: Smell is classic stout: coffee, roasty malts, with some hops poking through, particularly the Northern Brewer (minty). Actually smells a bit more "refreshing" rather than a hearty roasted coffee aroma.
T: Definitely follows the nose, with the minty coffee leading the way. A bit different than other stouts and not quite as robust. I think I prefer a bit more roast and less mint.
M: Creamy, full mouthfeel. Highest marks here. Perfect carbonation. I doubt the mouthfeel of this can be improved upon, as it's virtually perfect as is.
O: A solid stout and the minty creaminess of the brew completely hides the 9% ABV. Drinkability is extremely high; you could easily pound 3 or 4 of these in succession if you were so inclined. The only thing holding this back from a really solid A or A+ is the Northern Brewer hops (which definitely do their job of hiding the ABV, by the way). I just prefer a bit less mint in my stouts, that's all.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2011 01:01:39 | More by DrewV
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3.86/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle dated 3/16/14 for an enjoy by freshest date, hmmm...
A - Pitch black, frothy off white one finger head with great lace retention. Nice looker
S - Not much in terms of aroma unfortunately. Lots of smoke and a little bit of dark chocolate but mainly smoke, strange
T - Thankfully, the total opposite of the aroma. Huge dark chocolate notes, black licorice, ash, chocolate pudding
M - Medium body, mild carbonation, bite on the tongue, slight burn on the palate
Overall, this beer has some ups and downs in my opinion. Looks great as most RIS' do with a muted aroma which was unfortunate. The redeeming and most important quality is it has great, quality flavors that round out very well. This is a good take on the style for sure. I'd like to see how some age mellows it out in the future.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:37:25 | More by rjp217
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.