Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lurpy1:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Having been shut out at home on scoring a bottle, back at work in Michigan, when I saw that it was on-tap at Crunchy's East Lansing, I was so excited I braved a crippling snowstorm to get my hands on a pint. 4 miles and 45 harrowing minutes later, me and my judgement impaired brain are bellying up to the bar.
Blackout Stout made it worth the while. Wholly opaque black pour, with not much head. No head make Mongo sad. But it is so dark it is like looking into the pit of eternal sorrow. The smell brings a lot of roast, cocoa, malt. Great-ass stuff. The taste is stout through and through, with a fantastic sweet note that carries throughout. And Blackout Stout goes down like castrol. I mean that as a compliment.
I count on Great Lakes for rock solid beers and not necessarily more, but this one is way above rock solid and in rarified are. Love the sweet. I might not necessarily recommend you risk your life to get this one. But you should definitely risk the integrity of your crappy rental car.
Serving type: on-tap
12-23-2011 01:18:16 | More by lurpy1
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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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