Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Jimmys:
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle into tulip. best before 03/16/14.
A: pours a dark brown. definitely not black and really not that dark of a brown. head isn't that dark and retention isn't that great. no lacing in my glass.
S: a minor coffee and a lot of bitter roast. coffee grounds actually. chocolate. smooth and inviting aroma.
T: chewy and rich. not cloying in the least as the finish rounds out with some roast. not acrid. super smooth with absolutely no heat. chocolate and roast. milk chocolate even. enough hops to provide great balance.
M: pretty decadent mouthfeel. rich and full bodied.
D: my favorite thing about this stout is its undeniable drinkability and balance. just a really good drink, not necessarily a sipper, which makes this big brew that much more dangerous. to my celler-folks out there, my recommendation is to drink this fresh. drinks great right now, no heat, good complexity. I actually see time hurting this a bit more than benefiting. that and anytime a big brew has a enjoy by date on it that appears to be only about 6 months from its bottled on date, I would say drink it. they know what they are doing.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 03:35:45 | More by Jimmys
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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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