Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by irishmoss:
4.83/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
It appears that I've been lucky twice now, surviving the blackout and surviving the Blackout Stout. Label read Best Before May 29/04. So this has had a little time to mellow and blend.
The appearance is a jet black with a small dark mahogany ring around the edge when held up to the light and viewed from the underside of the glass. A nice light brown head that sticks around a while, then gives way to a thick ring around the edge with islands.
The smell is surprisingly very sweet and the roasted malts seem to come through well. Faint chocolate milk flavors that give way to piney hops.
The flavor is roasted chocolate malts with hints of vanilla and caramel. This gives way to hoppy character with a slight vinous tone, then back to a little hop bitterness. Absolutely smooth, well balanced, very drinkable, and even ends a little tannic. I dare anyone to notice a slight trace of alcohol in this...it's just not there, in my opinion. Great job here, I can't believe that I've not picked this up sooner and probably missed my opportunity to stock my cellar. Very impressed...
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2004 06:05:51 | More by irishmoss
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