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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,481 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 400
Gots: 318 | FT: 25
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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imperialbigswig

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- nice and dark, very nice head retention for the style.
N- Big chocolates, coffee accents, and some sort of cream?
T- Love this, chocolates and coffee, but mostly chocolates, big malts, litle hop tones, very well put together.
M- Now this is a little off, the body is a little flabby, and even slightly watery. Not that dry chewiness I'm looking for.
D-even though I typically think this style should not be overly drinkable, the lighter body coupled with the warm chocolately creaminess makes this beer extremely hard to put down.

This is a great beer. If you're looking for a great RIS that you could drink all night and still love, then this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 14:36:49 | More by imperialbigswig
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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.

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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.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,481 ratings.