Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kels:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I cannot believe I've never reviewed this beer. Pulled out a bottle today and wondered what I wrote only to find that I'd never written a review. Here goes...
Appearance: This beer looks delicious in the glass. It pours the darkest brown, pretty much black, with a 2 finger tan, creamy head that fades and retains at a thick, bubbly skim. A nice amount of sticky lacing hangs around.
Smell: Not too big, but definite notes of creamy chocolate, slight alcohol and darkly roasted malts. There's even the slightest detection of a floral hoppiness.
Taste/Mouthfeel: So delicious and almost even refreshing for a RIS. The chocolate comes across as slightly bitter and sweet, along with the dry roastiness of the dark malts. There is a slight burn from subtle alcohol presence and a little bit of hop bite in the finish. The feel is very bright, well-carbonated and smooth. It's not typical of the style, but it makes it very easy to drink year round. I love this beer!
Drinkability: So high for the style. I definitely look forward to this in bottle and on tap when it comes out every year.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2009 21:50:11 | More by kels
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best by date of 03/16/2014. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.
A: Pours a finger of sudsy tan head with an ink black body. Thin webs of lacing stick to the sides with a thin dollop of head remaining in the middle of the glass and a thin ring.
S: Smells like a good RIS ought to. Brief roasted barley leading into maple syrup, caramel, coffee beans, dark chocolate, cream and sweet malts. Brings to mind rustic pancakes doused in syrup. Some green hops to peak out at the end. Though the focus is all on the grain bill here.
T: Much the same as the nose. Lots of roasted barley and chocolate malts bringing to mind all kinds of chocolate, cream, and honey. Smooth fresh roasted coffee finish with a bit of bitterness and alcohol presence.
Mf: Medium feel with low and creamy carbonation. Silky smooth. Only a small amount of alcohol peeks out to remind you of the high abv.
O: One of the better examples I've had of a RIS; and adjunct free too! Most of the hops have faded at this point so it's all gooey brownies and coffee at this point. Would kill with breakfast type foods. One to keep in the your fridge.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 02:55:55 | More by CowsandBeer
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.