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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,452 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 393
Gots: 319 | FT: 26
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)
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 08/02/10) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Black in the glass - dark ruby red held up to the sunlight. Persistent tan foam around the edge of the glass with some thick lacing as I drink it down. The foam upon pouring was about 1/8" thick, but it died down rather rapidly.

Smell: Cocoa is strongest to my nose, with something sweet at the end...maybe a raisin? Deep inhale I get some sweet coffee liquor smells. Regardless it's nice.

Taste: Cocoa up front, followed immediately with a nice malty sweetness, then bitterness, then a just right sweet coffee finish. It is like drinking down a really good chocolate/coffee liquor, but not nearly as cloying or as hot in alcohol. The alcohol is perfectly hidden - I know it's helping bring out the flavors, but it doesn't make the beer too hot or powerful. Overall it's just right.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation/spiciness on the tongue, quickly replaced with a thick and slick mouthfeel. Goes down real nice but reminds me it was there.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipping or end-of-meal beer. Very relaxing and tasty as a desert, but I can't have too much of just desert. So not a more than one beer, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 22:30:17 | More by damndirtyape
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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.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.