Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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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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.