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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,346 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2346
Reviews: 1073
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%


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
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Reviews by GimpyCane:
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GimpyCane

Florida

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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4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch dark brown, slight tan head on top.
Smell is adjunct, crummy stuff…. Roasted barley….
Taste is sweet and malty. Decent, but very commercial. Very “corn” ish kind of taste.
Kind of chalky, but decent flavor. Not so “corn” ish in the taste, but very general in the stout taste. Overall, just decent.

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12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Minimal, rapidly dissipating slightly mocha head with an ok collar.

S: A nice roasted malt and that is about it.

T: Lots of roasted malt which dominates the flavor. It gets a bit sweeter as it warms. Good tasting but not terribly complex. which is not a bad thing and I feel can be a good thing for stouts, because it is usually a good sign that they are versatile (great for Barrel Aging, which this one is and for additions, like fruit). Malt Mondays all the way.

M: Prickly with nice even carbonation.

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Appearance: Big Black and Beautiful. Thicker pour with the perfect head formation. Good lacing on the glass. About a one finger head after a steady pour.

Smell: Literally brought tears to my eyes when I first caught a wiff. A malty bomb mixed with coffee aromas and a little bit of coco to keep it interesting. Perfect amounts of each nothing was over-powerful or out of place.

Taste: An amazing beer, this certainly is. I have never tasted such rich malts before in my life. This beer is perfect for what I have always wanted. Super-rich malt flavors give this brew an impeccable sweetness. A little bit of bitter from the roasted malts add a good balance to the overall taste. The specialty malts definitely do there job in making this fantastic.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,346 ratings.