Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by FreshHawk:
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
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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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