1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,487 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,487
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 399
Gots: 320 | FT: 25
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,487 | Reviews: 1,076 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by FreshHawk:
Photo of FreshHawk
FreshHawk

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola color with ruby hues on the edges. Medium sized, light, bubbly off-white/light cafe colored head. Decent retention but little lace is left behind.

S - Chocolate and cocoa nibs provide a slight bitterness and provide a large part of the aroma. Some slightly burnt molasses. Fair amount of cigar tobacco and smoke, not overpowering but fairly strong. I'm getting undertones of dark fruit, particularly raisin. Complex aroma.

T - Starts out with a strong roasted malt flavor. Some more of the cigar smoke/tobacco along with a hint of smoked meat. This gives way to some dark/bittersweet chocolate and some cocoa. Subtle dark coffee grounds flavor undertones. Subtle sweetness on the finish with a touch of raisin. Interesting flavor combinations that are nice, but at some points I thought it got a little cluttered.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

D - Alcohol is well hidden and the complex flavors have me coming back for more to puzzle through the flavors. Solid stout.

Notes: Complex flavors that at times were a little too much. The whole smokey/ashy flavors worked well. A nice change of pace from other Imperial Stouts from the US. Solid choice although I don't know if I'd ever crave it or be excited to have it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:30:12 | More by FreshHawk
More User Reviews:
Photo of glass_house
glass_house

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-01-2014 18:03:27 | More by glass_house
Photo of Arch578
Arch578

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-01-2014 01:32:47 | More by Arch578
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-31-2014 00:20:26 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
Photo of DougT
DougT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-30-2014 04:13:52 | More by DougT
Photo of nepguerra
nepguerra

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-29-2014 02:45:02 | More by nepguerra
Photo of hambone
hambone

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

07-28-2014 15:46:34 | More by hambone
Photo of Kinger2425
Kinger2425


4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-28-2014 07:19:58 | More by Kinger2425
Photo of tvljr
tvljr

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-28-2014 04:10:37 | More by tvljr
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-27-2014 14:08:56 | More by wrightst
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-27-2014 01:37:19 | More by DrBier
Photo of mltobin
mltobin

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-26-2014 16:57:12 | More by mltobin
Photo of Jaybirdbrew
Jaybirdbrew

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-26-2014 12:30:20 | More by Jaybirdbrew
Photo of NHbeerguy
NHbeerguy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-26-2014 10:38:46 | More by NHbeerguy
Photo of papat444
papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-24-2014 14:41:23 | More by papat444
Photo of Prager62
Prager62

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-24-2014 06:05:58 | More by Prager62
Photo of Narthax
Narthax

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-23-2014 19:03:11 | More by Narthax
Photo of raleigh_blue
raleigh_blue

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-23-2014 13:58:59 | More by raleigh_blue
Photo of John_Beeryman
John_Beeryman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-22-2014 18:12:44 | More by John_Beeryman
Photo of Bobbydigi
Bobbydigi

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-22-2014 01:29:44 | More by Bobbydigi
Photo of reedmn
reedmn

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-21-2014 15:07:53 | More by reedmn
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-20-2014 21:52:26 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-20-2014 05:46:32 | More by Howlader
Photo of Cubatobaco
Cubatobaco

Virginia

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
Photo of NickyDee21
NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-19-2014 18:45:10 | More by NickyDee21
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,487 ratings.