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
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.
94 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.