Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,832 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 423
Gots: 434 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Wildman on 02-14-2004)
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2.85/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A pleasantly sweet coffee aroma is the first thing that catches your nose. It is followed up by a fairly strong smell of alcohol.

Appearance: Black as black can be, this is a very dark beer, which allows no light to pass through. It pours with a nice, half-inch deep head. Unfortunately, the head dissipates quickly, leaving a few islands of bubbles and a crown of bubbles around the top.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee flavors start this beer off, though they are quickly replaced by the strong taste of alcohol with a faint metallic edge to it. It fades into a pleasant hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth the whole way down, though with the failing of being a bit too thin.

Overall, a nice example of the style, though I'm not a fan of Imperial Stouts, as the alcohol taste is usually too strong for my liking. It is, however, a beautiful beer to look at, and reminisce about the power outage this beer commemorates.

Photo of kscaldef
2.9/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Loose one finger head which recedes to a dense layer of foam over a very dark brown body.

S: Noticeable coffee and chocolate.

T: Chocolate, with raisin undertones.

M: Nice, creamy body with medium carbonation. Unfortunately, that's followed by a rubbing alcohol finish.

O: This goes beyond hot, to where it's finishing like low-grade vodka. This could be enjoyable, but I'm cringing on every swallow. Not worth forcing myself to finish the bottle.

Photo of Yesac
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Thin brown bubbly head, bubbly lacing. Pours solid black.

S - Strong alcohol smell, Dark nuts/chocolate/coffee beans. Smell's great.

T - Nose is 9% stating it's presence. Pow. A scotch type taste with hints of coffee. Overbearing alcohol.

M - That 9% sticks on the palate, this brew is pretty heavily carbonated.

D - Not the smoothest imperial stout, the alcohol presence makes it hard to have more than one.

I paired this with dark chocolate which went well and helped me finish this bottle.

Thanks to dschuster03 for trading me this brew to taste.

Photo of xpdrinker
2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz extra thrown in by ChadlyG - Thanks! Best by 4/20/12.

A - Pours lighter than their Edmund Fitzgerald porter - very dark, but reddish brown under the light. Same khaki 1-finger head with same short-lived retention.

S - Not very much at all. Some dark malt and a hint of coffee, but not much else.

T - Molasses, dark caramelized sugar, very little coffee.

M - Medium carbonation, a little bit creamy but not ultimately washes out and doesn't stick. 9% ABV barely pops out at the finish, but it's there. 

O - With all the activity I see on the trade threads for BA Blackout, I'm surprised this wasn't a very big base stout. It has a nice 9% ABV but isn't very noticeable, and it's not entirely complex. Frail body with not a lot going on flavor-wise and almost nothing on the nose. Still worth a try and I'm actually more intrigued about the barrel-aged version.

Photo of Mavajo
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Buckeyenation for the bottle.

Pours nearly black, but allows quite a bit of light through. You can pretty much see right through it as it pours, and the edges have quite a bit of transparency. Head is surprisingly white - probably weighs in as "off-white" overall. About two fingers thick, with decent retention. Almost no lacing. Just a bit too "light" looking for a big stout.

Nose is great. Cocoa/coffee and roasted malts. Very nice nose, which indicates that a great taste should follow. Unfortunately, it doesn't. Taste is quite a bit watered down, with some coffee/cocoa notes and a slight smokiness. It's a bit bland overall. Almost like someone took a very good stout, and then diluted it with water. Disappointing.

If I was bummed by the taste, the mouthfeel was worse. Thin body. Not what I want from a big stout. Carbonation was okay. Again, the watery character of this beer weighs in again here.

This brew is just boring. Mediocre taste, weak mouthfeel. I expected much better. It's not offensive or awful - it's just bland and boring. Possibly the most uninspired RIS/Double Stout I've ever had.

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into a snifter.

Deep, dark brown with red highlights and head that doesn't stick around. The body is a bit transparent for the style, allowing light to move through the edges of the beer. Looks flat, some legging when swirled.

Caramel syrup and cocoa at first on the nose, with a bit of rum like boozeyness. A hint at roast and vanilla extract upon further inspection.

Sweet cocoa powder and caramel syrup greet your palate with a nice vanilla extract and coconut like sweetness, then moves into a hint at medium roast coffee. A tiny hint of alcohol and earthy hops on the finish.

Definitely thin for the style, I'd say medium body. Almost no carbonation whatsoever and a touch of stickyness.

Odd sweetness for the style with minimal roast, but it isn't terrible. A not very authentic take on the style but an okay offering none the less, worth trying. And cheap.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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