Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Black in color, capped with about one finger of foam. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing behind. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and even vanilla (despite this not being the barrel-aged version). A whiff of fusel alcohol, too, but that's forgivable given the style. Semi-sweet dark chocolate and vanilla notes are most prevalent.
Flavor is rich and roasty, with just a touch of sweetness. Getting mostly dark chocolate as far as flavors go. Oh, and more than a trace of alcohol, which intrudes quite a bit into the flavor. Mouthfeel starts off prickly then suddenly transitions to kind of flat and lifeless.
Great Lakes makes some excellent beers, but this 2013 Blackout Stout did not live up to its ratings. Plenty of better Imperial Stouts out there.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 02:56:49 | More by gr0g
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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.
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