Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.
A - Pours a tepid, ominous color that isn't quite black but not too far off either. About a finger and a half's worth of khaki-colored head, with a few minutes of nice retention. Some nice lacing on this as well that coats a decent portion of the glass.
S - The nose on this is robust, sweet, and roasty. Definitely not in the typical 'dry' style of a stout, this one brings in a bit of smoke, rich chocolate, and a touch of anise, dark fruit, and alcohol.
T - There is a lot going on in the flavor and each sip brings or accentuates something new. You first get the sweet malts and dark chocolate, which both linger throughout drinking. But then some more unique tastes pop up from the licorice, plums, raisins, and wisps of smokey charcoal. Definitely hearty and flavorful.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a full feel. Long-lasting finish with a sweet remembrance of what came before.
D/O - Drinkability is high. Definitely well worth the wait, and I can argue that a beer of this magnitude is better suited to be released during the winter months anyway. There is no lack of flavor here and the finish is long enough to warrant this being a sipper, even if I can't help myself from drinking.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 02:59:51 | More by nhindian
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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 2,483 ratings.