Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GimpyCane:
4.72/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had it on tap at Great Lakes and what an outstanding brew. Poured black, opaque with a mocha tan head. Nice head retention and left a excellent amount of sticky lacing. Upon smelling you get a robust scent of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla ending with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is amazing. Very complex with a slightly sweet bitter dark chocolate, expresso coffee and a small undertone of vanilla to begin. Somewhere in the middle I got a little of molasses and licorice. The light hoppy flavor shine through the end that is complimented with a slight bit of alcohol to balance out the brew. The beer is very smooth, full body, oily and creamy and softly carbonated to make it a very enjoyable session. You can drink this all night, but watch out it packs 9% abv and it will creep up on you. One of the best RIS I've had. Enjoy.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2007 04:46:50 | More by GimpyCane
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4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours pitch black with a one-finger foamy tan head.
S - Mostly roasted malts with a light amount of dark chocolate.
T - Starts off sweet with ripe dark fruits upfront. Big flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee come next. Finish has a nice earthy hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky dry finish.
O - This is a delicious beer. Nicely balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. A definite winner.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 01:33:27 | More by TreyIsWilson
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.
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