Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Side by side 2012 and 2013 (ratings for 2013) both served at cellar temperature.
Appearance: black with just a touch of brown on the edges. completely opaque. huge 3 finger creamy head that fades slowly and leaves a full lacing
Smell: strong bitterness but no hop flavor. roasty malts and some sweet chocolate just barely breaking through
Taste: opens up with smooth and sweet chocolate. roasty malts take over quickly and finish of with a bitterness. decently strong alcohol
Mouthfeel: pretty creamy feel. very smooth transitions. strong hoppy bitterness left behind
Overall: a good but very hoppy imperial stout quite tasty and i really like the creamness.
Appearance: same as the 2013 but the head is not as big and creamy and doesn't last as long. 3.75
Smell: strong and decadent chocolate and some roasted malts 4.00
Taste: big chocolate taste, very sweet. strong alcohol and might be a little stronger than the fresh one. 4.25
Mouthfeel: lost a bit of creaminess. pretty heavy body and just a bit of bitterness left over. 4.00
Overall: I like the year old one better. It lost a bit of the hoppiness but it still has quite a bit of complexity and flavor. 4.00
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 23:31:49 | More by SportsandJorts
More User Reviews:
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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