Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled in late 2009, best by "08/02/10"
Poured into a tulip glass
Even with about two and one-half years of age on the bottle, Great Lakes' blackout stout still has tons of aroma and flavor, with a mellowed ethanol presence. The beer hits all the right notes in terms of roast, coffee, chocolate, and a few miscellaneous flavors, everything in very good combination with each other. I didn't really want to stop drinking this beer, and that says something about its quality.
Pours a 3cm head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, creating a very soft, cloudlike appearance. Head descends in about a minute-and-a-half to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the edges of the glass. Leaves some decent lacing with each swirl, mostly large splotches. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, with amber orange-highlights. Carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass.
Aroma of burnt bread/roasted malt is probably dominant, alongside mild caramel malt sweetness, coffee with cream, dark chocolate, and molasses.
Tasting begins with roasted malt alongside coffee-with-cream and vanilla. Mid-palate picks up continued roasted flavors, but further complicates things with molasses, dark chocolate, and slight acridity like that from roasted malt and/or roasted cacao pieces. Light ethanol from back half of mid-palate onward, never oppressive or showing. Beer winds down with a small bit of bitterness, a return of vanilla, and roasted malt flavors. Aftertaste of roasted malt, molasses, and some mild coffee grounds and toasted nuts.
Beer is medium-heavy bodied with carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate, creating at first a creamy, then smooth mouthfeel after the carbonation has faded. Finish is dry and satisfying. Slight ethanol burn in the post-sip, but acceptable and desirable in a beer this style.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2012 17:48:48 | More by falloutsnow
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 2,486 ratings.