Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by budsboy:
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz, best before Aug. '06, cellared.
Pours absolute black, thick creamy tan head cascades and stick around.
Dark chocolate-espresso scents dominate, but there is a sweeter smell lingering, mixing with wafts of alcohol. You know you have a handful by the smell.
Chocolate, dark and sweet varieties, and coffee at first, with a woody, earthy undertone and warming alcohol. Everything in this works together. You taste this long after it is gone.
Smooth and round, full in the mouth. A little ragged on the edges.
Wonderful take-your-time-and-enjoy-yourself beer. Kick back, think deep, drink well.
I highly recommend aging this brew, if you can wait that long. It is damn good right off the bat, but aging this gives it a smooth blending of the flavors. Awesome.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2006 13:24:19 | More by budsboy
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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