Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased a four pack excitedly from Sams, but its readily available else where now, chilled it and poured into nonic. Off white/ light kaki head developed with shades of gray, decent retention and sticky melted marsh mellow lacing. The body is a highly reflective mahogany color, oily and completely opaque. Smells is robust, slightly salty, smoky, with lovely roasted barley notes. Both toasted and chard malts are apparent in the nose, which round out subtle hints of chocolate and caramel with notes of wonderful dry roast coffee. Hops on this are faint (more so than some other RIS), but provide just enough back up to showcase the malt quite pleasantly. The flavor is excellent big, rich and intense, yet immediately accessible and tasty as hell. Rich and sumptuous, round bitter sweet, smoked dark chocolate with hints of toffee and dry roasted coffee plus a bit of sugar for ballast. Bitterness is minimal, just enough to balance the sweet richness and add color to the bitter-sweet character. The mouthfeel is creamy surrounded by a slightly oily sensation and then a nice dry roasted coffee finish. I have to comment on this brews ability to utilize quite surly RIS characteristics so tactfully, not cloying in the least. This is extremely drinkable; I could have one for every meal and then some especially breakfast. Despite the ABV this is totally a seasonable beer, just be careful. I am so happy to have had this and will be buying in bulk in the future.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2007 20:20:31 | More by mmcave
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