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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,528 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 404
Gots: 327 | FT: 24
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 02-14-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

A great start, with a bottle picture and description that reminds those of us who survived the Great Grid Blackout. Then a beautiful black pour. A stout with great American hops and some malt taste. Thanks to Chuck's Fine Wines for breaking up a six pack for me.
Second bottle 26 months later, great and substantial coffee and roast aroma. Beautiful mocha ring on head. bMedium mouthfeel,n warming alcohol, satisfying coffee aftertaste.

Sammy, May 09, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a deep black with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Initial nose is plenty of roasted malt followed up by dark chocolate, caramel/toffee, and hints of molasses. Taste is nice. Some sweetness is added in, which dilutes some of the nuances of the nose. Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and chewy. Very drinkable. A very solid stout for how widely available it is.

Thorpe429, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: It poured very dark amber (near black) in color with a thin layer of mocha-colored bubbles on the surface.
S: The nose mostly has aromas of dark, roasted malts along with some notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of flavors of dark, roasted malts along with chocolate and coffee. There is also some bitterness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat creamy on the palate. There is a little dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink. I would definitely try another one of these.

metter98, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Best by 10/1/06; reviewed 1/5/09

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a creamy tan head that pancakes the liquid and leaves bubbles of lace behind

Smell: Dark chocolate, plenty of roast; almost cigar-like from the oxidation, I suspect

Taste: A mouthful of dark chocolate is joined, by mid-palate, with a tobacco and dark fruit (prunes and dates) combination, that gets surprisingly bitter; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers and is joined by the cigar flavors from the aroma

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Over 2 years beyond its best by date and still drinking superbly; a fine beer; I have tasted it fresh and it has quite a hop kick; I like it both fresh as well as cellared

brentk56, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Glossy anthracite with a faint glimmer of light at the margins, capped by a firmsticky, resolute head of cocoa brown. Thick, chunky gobs of lace affix themselves to the glass and will, no doubt, have to be removed with hot water. Great Lakes brews lace monsters and this one is no exception.

Blackout smells of chocolate syrup-laced black coffee with supporting roles being played by hops and smoke. There are faint echoes of dark brown sugar, but no molasses spiciness that I could appreciate. It's a wonderful aroma, I just hope the coffee is scaled back on the palate.

Wow, this is powerful stuff! My first sip exploded over my tongue, coated my mouth and sent a frisson of pleasure straight into my brain. First of all, although I didn't doubt it for a second, this beer has the most substantial mouthfeel of any Great Lakes offering in existence, and GL is a brewery known and celebrated for that characteristic. Blackout Stout is easily as full and as rich as Victory Storm King Stout. It doesn't quite top the pure, heavy silkiness of Perkuno's Hammer, but it's damn close.

As Imperial stouts go, it isn't overly complex. It's just a hugely delicious, coffee/chocolate flavor bomb that is pure poetry in the mouth. Hops, smoke and anise give it character and added personality, but don't really detract from the mission at hand. If possible, the flavor knob hits '11' with warming and the beer becomes more spicy as well. It's hard to imagine a more robust, more flavorful, yet more drinkable beer in this category. 9% ABV? You'd never know it.

Blackout Stout is great beer from one of the truly great breweries in North America. It has instantly become one of my favorites and it is my fervent hope that Great Lakes will decide to brew it year-round. I'd also like to see it distributed to this state, but I'm not holding my breath. I'll be stocking up on my trips back to Ohio, though, that much is certain. Highly recommended. A huge 'thank you' to Dogbrick for the opportunity.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin : Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee malt is well balance with a medium hoppy finish. Taste is really well balance between chocolate malt, some dry roasted malt and a medium bitter finish. Body was quite full with some adequate carbonation. Overall, I thought this was well done and alcohol was not perceptible. I might have lack some complexity but it was still quite enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, May 09, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +5%

Extremely solid stout. Huge roasted malt character and malt sweetness. Lots of complexity with unusual balcance. Light lactose additions help to mellow the rough 'stout-like' edges without contributing sourness. Oatmeal like smoothness does the same. Higher than normal carbonation combined with lightly fusal alcohols causes a scrubbing of the throat on the way down. This the only flaw. Finishes with a roasty-sweet sensation and lightly charcoal-like. Other contributing posatives: french roast, milk chocolate, and marshmellows in the nose, flavor, and feel. Quite nice.

BEERchitect, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Poured a thick black, almost oil like. Extremely opaque with no light penetration what so ever. Huge tan head, gave was very reluctantly leaving a nice web of lace all down the glass for the duration.

S - Smell was very thick, robust and full. Sweet tones were the dominant choice here. Lots of milk sugar was evident and welcomed, with the slight hints of coffee and vanilla, perhaps a cookie dough coming through, Just what I would expect.

M & T - Ahh nothing like a good stout. Felt very thick, full, smooth and creamy. This was definatly a dessert and fitting for my nightcap. The taste was very very sweet, and had alot of vanilla in the flavor. Almost tasted like a vanilla ice cream shake! Hints of coffee and roasted dark chocolate were hiding in there. One of the sweetest full flavored stouts I have had, very nice.

D - Overall this was awesome. A very classic big stout that made me smile. I really enjoyed this and must say it definatly lived up to expectations. I have to give much props to this, full in every sense of the word.

mikesgroove, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +18.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer many moons ago. Finally got around to opening this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color that can look black if in the right lighting. A small but sturdy tan head.

S: Lots of nice roast and chocolate aromas right off the bat. As I smell this beer a few more times the intense coffee aroma really starts to make itself known.

T: Quite a bit of coffee is present on the palate as well. Underneath, lots of roasted malts and semisweet chocolate which helps to balance out the intense roast of the coffee and malt components.

M: The body is maybe a bit light for an imperial stout, but this beer is very smooth on the tongue so I can't punish it too much.

D: Really pleasant and easy to drink. I really liked this beer quite a lot and found the 9% ABV to be not be present at all.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GRG1313, Dec 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a full, frothed, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Roasty, creamy, chocolatey aroma with an underlying spiciness and a scent of vanilla powder.

Taste: Creamy dark chocolate and smooth, sweet caramel. Light fruitiness. A touch of wood, roast, and light spice. Sprinkled vanilla-flavored sugar. A bit warming in the chalky, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I could use a bit more fullness to the body, it's still a very good stout. Good one, Great Lakes.

ChainGangGuy, May 21, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%

This brew poured out as a black rich looking liquid. The head was creamy and brown in color. The lacing looked good on the glass. The smell of the beer was roasted with some coffee and chocolate on the nose. I slight amount of dark fruit in there too with some booze. The taste of the beer had a good strength to it, lots of chocolate upfront and bad a burnt toast flavor in the back end. The flavor wasn't as strong as some of the Russian Imperials out there. The mouthfeel was thick and full bodied. Overall I found this beer to be damn good and would enjoy having it again one day.

Knapp85, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to AKsmokedPorter for this big gem of a beer,pours a deep black with a few ruby highlights showing thru with a mocha colored head,aroma ofrum and nuts with some bitter chocolate thrown in just incredibley appetizing with its wide variety.A big rich stout very chewey mouthfeel big and buttery with that rum note again with some nuttiness as well.A big complex awesome beer, man I miss getting GLB beers on a regular basis cuzz this one would be in my fridge all the time.

oberon, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to Wedge421 for hooking me up with this bottle!

...I'm out of catchy tunes here, so...yeah... This guy pours a straight obsidian, luster and all, with a small layer of hussy-white bubbly head. The nose is of deep chocolate, molasses, vodka (the hell?), dark malts, a hint of coffee, and some black cherries waaaay in the back. The taste is somewhat similar, with notes of dark oats, figs, raisins, bitter chocolate, and an alcholic burn thrown in for good pyromaniacal measure. The body is a heavy medium, with low carbonation and a surprisingly watery feel. In fact, it's this thinness that knocks it down a peg for me. Just too much water, y'know? Ask the gilled Kevin Costner...he'll set ya straight. Overall, a pretty solid stout, but I just don't feel it's all that excellent, nor does it live up to its hype. Now I've gotta track down a barrel-aged version to keep that one honest...

TMoney2591, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Cellared 2005 bottle.

Super midnight black body, topped with a tan cappucino tinged head of foam. Spindly spots of lacing ring the glass. Looking good for a two-year old brew.

Slight sweetness to the aroma, banana esters, almond, caramel malt are all present.

Hops are still there, but way in the back. Subdued bitterness results, meshing well with the charred malts in the middle. Earthiness lingers well into the finish, with a mild coffee bean presence. Dark baker's chocolate runs through the whole experience, very tasty and satisfying. Nutty and dry in the finish, which lasts for a good while. Any notion of alcohol heat has been subdued, but it still packs some strength. Creamy feel to it...easy to get lost with this one.

emerge077, Nov 01, 2007
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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.