Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhooker:
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle (3 months left, according to the drink-by date) into a DFH pint glass. DARK. Hauntingly dark. Opaque dark. Enough said. Mountain of head; great retention through about half the glass (half a finger or so). Lacing nicely.
The nose is all fireside roastiness. Contra my expectations, little chocolate or coffee. Well, maybe more coffee than originally thought. But just a little more. Overall it's pretty big and smoky. The aroma matches the appearance in intensity.
This is a surprisingly hoppy brew. Much more so than Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald porter, which I think is comparable. But this guy/gal is much more bouncy on the back of the tongue, a hop-driven frenzy, I am guessing. Just think big roasted black malt taste, with a tinge of sweetness, and a nice bitter finish.
This all makes it pretty explosive in your mouth. I wouldn't call it smooth, but it is exciting. There seems to be some extra carbonation going on here too, really pushing the flavor all up in every part of your grill. The hop finish characteristically roughs up the back of your tongue a little.
I'd have two or three of these before I needed a change of pace. It would probably be the either the big roasted flavors or the hops that I would tire of. The sweetness is well balanced, so no complaints there. This is a good stout, but nothing is pushing it into the range of excellence.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2010 01:17:46 | More by zhooker
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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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