Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rangerred:
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours pitch black with a thin dark tan head. The head fades to a fairly thick ring around the edge of the glass with a few spots of thin lacing.
The aroma is loaded with dark fruit and has an overall sweet quality to it. Cherries and pipe tobacco come to mind along with dark chocolate and raspberries. A touch of dark roasted coffee too.
The flavor is very sweet; almost too much. Lots of fruit in the way of raspberries and cherries with the tobacco a little lighter than it was in the flavor. Dark chocolate with coffee and some licorice. The sweetness is present throughout with it limiting the drinkability somewhat. Sticky finish.
Overall, I like the flavors in this beer but the mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired. A bit thin in the middle but too sticky at the end and too much sweetness through it all. Not bad, though.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 02:34:22 | More by rangerred
More User Reviews:
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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