Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by codewarrior:
4.05/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz Poured into a tulip pint. Bottle has a best by date of 08/30/10 (I'm not sure if that's the best by or the bottling date ... but it's drinking really well)
I enjoyed a bottle of this with my grandfather a few days before Christmas. When I told him I had brought some Cleveland beer, he had to have some, and loved it. For my part I got to sip on one of the best bang-for-buck RIS I've had while listening to tales of Cleveland of years past. Is everyone's grandfather from Cleveland? It seems like they are. And also, Cleveland seems ... pretty damn spectacular (maybe they weren't joking on 30 Rock?).
L: Black as night with ample head. Pretty standard in the look department, which for a RIS means that I'm about to enjoy this.
S: Deep roast with lots of hoppy bite to it, great depth of booze as well. This thing is a hot mess ... in a good way.
D: Wall of malt, with a bitter, roasted hop kick. Booze kicks in behind that. Just nice all around.
F: Thick, oily and wonderful. 'nuff said.
D: Awesome. Well done Cleveland.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2010 21:48:10 | More by codewarrior
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4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best by date of 03/16/2014. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.
A: Pours a finger of sudsy tan head with an ink black body. Thin webs of lacing stick to the sides with a thin dollop of head remaining in the middle of the glass and a thin ring.
S: Smells like a good RIS ought to. Brief roasted barley leading into maple syrup, caramel, coffee beans, dark chocolate, cream and sweet malts. Brings to mind rustic pancakes doused in syrup. Some green hops to peak out at the end. Though the focus is all on the grain bill here.
T: Much the same as the nose. Lots of roasted barley and chocolate malts bringing to mind all kinds of chocolate, cream, and honey. Smooth fresh roasted coffee finish with a bit of bitterness and alcohol presence.
Mf: Medium feel with low and creamy carbonation. Silky smooth. Only a small amount of alcohol peeks out to remind you of the high abv.
O: One of the better examples I've had of a RIS; and adjunct free too! Most of the hops have faded at this point so it's all gooey brownies and coffee at this point. Would kill with breakfast type foods. One to keep in the your fridge.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 02:55:55 | More by CowsandBeer
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.