Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mashedpotatoes:
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Wow. This really is a great beer. Better than I could have imagined. Pitch black and light does not penetrate; Blackout Stout is properly named. Head rises nice and even like a low rumbling freight train as with all stouts, levels off about 1/2 inch then dissipates leaving a nice creamy top layer. The coffee and toffee taste hits first then immediately followed by bitter dark chocolate, it's truly delicious! Although the high Abv is readily present, it's not overwhelming. The texture is perfect, silky smooth just like a real Stout should be. Drinkability is not extremely high due to the high Abv, I would say enjoy just a couple and call it a night.
Serving type: bottle
08-22-2008 02:39:23 | More by mashedpotatoes
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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.
94 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.