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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 400
Gots: 320 | FT: 25
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 Auracom


3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll be damned if I can recall the exact date on this one, but sometime within the past few weeks. 12 oz. bottle into snifter.

A - A bit thin. Dark brown coloring with a single finger's worth of light brown bubbles. Carbonation fades quickly but lacing is pretty good.

S - Relaxed is a good descriptor. Candied sugar, espresso, roasted malt grain, toffee, and cinnamon.

T - Tad more pronounced. Initial dark chocolate. Middle of the tongue is espresso and hop bitterness. Backend blends roasted noted, sugar, raisins, and an anise-like character.

M - Medium body, fine carbonation. Medium-length finish of roast and slight smoke. Bitter aftertaste.

D - It's fine. Nothing out of the ordinary, and I'm not very sure that this would hold up well with age. I do commend the absence of alcohol anywhere in the nose or drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:02:00 | More by Auracom
Photo of mrebeka


4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-25-2011 00:46:49 | More by mrebeka
Photo of StoutFest


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-24-2011 17:01:58 | More by StoutFest
Photo of 2BDChicago


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is very dark brown with a slight glimmer of ruby. It has an OK tan, foam head but impression during the pour into the snifter is that it may be a tad thin for the style.

Nose is uber unique, with a mix of charred-high quality malts, and a musky grape-fruity aroma follows. The background is complex, but I'd say that ripe tree fruits emerge the most.

Taste matches everything described in the aroma. Plus added into the taste is caramel malt sweetness, with hop fruitiness and citrusy bite. All of this finishes with a very bright and sharp alcohol flame, and I mean in the best way. The mouthfeel and carbonation are not too low, just the proper levels.

I really like this more than I thought I would. The mix of smokey malts, a muted sweetness, and the hops, that are more citrus than bite is balanced perfectly. If you're a fan of grapefruity notes in darker brew, this rates with the tops of the segment. I wish it weren't so hard to get. I'd drink it all winter. Plus, I can only guess how good this year's class of the BBA aged version will be. Shit, another hard ass beer to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:20:23 | More by 2BDChicago
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-23-2011 20:53:40 | More by bezakjon
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I missed the bottles of this when it was at my local shop, so I was excited to see them put it on tap a couple weeks later. Came out in a Duvel chalice.

The nose is very rich and roasty with lots of smoke, burnt toast, cardboard. Dark black pour. Thick tan head. The lace coats the glass beautifully. Where the smoke took top tier in the aroma, it simmers down in the flavor, thankfully. Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, ghost-like smoke on the finish. Woodsy character in this one as well. Can't place it. Very rich beer. I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 19:57:23 | More by Onenote81
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-23-2011 07:35:37 | More by GRG1313
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a frothy tan head with good retention
S-coffee, chocolate, and raisins
T-Raisins and more sweetness up front than I expected that is followed by the roasted coffee and then leaves a bittersweet chocolate flavor on the flavor. Very delicate transition between the flavors. Apparent alcohol at the end.
M-full bodied and rich
O-a nice layered flavor beer that is rich and creamy and has fantastic flavor. Highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:32:02 | More by atr2605
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having been shut out at home on scoring a bottle, back at work in Michigan, when I saw that it was on-tap at Crunchy's East Lansing, I was so excited I braved a crippling snowstorm to get my hands on a pint. 4 miles and 45 harrowing minutes later, me and my judgement impaired brain are bellying up to the bar.

Blackout Stout made it worth the while. Wholly opaque black pour, with not much head. No head make Mongo sad. But it is so dark it is like looking into the pit of eternal sorrow. The smell brings a lot of roast, cocoa, malt. Great-ass stuff. The taste is stout through and through, with a fantastic sweet note that carries throughout. And Blackout Stout goes down like castrol. I mean that as a compliment.

I count on Great Lakes for rock solid beers and not necessarily more, but this one is way above rock solid and in rarified are. Love the sweet. I might not necessarily recommend you risk your life to get this one. But you should definitely risk the integrity of your crappy rental car.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 01:18:16 | More by lurpy1
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-23-2011 00:10:34 | More by Jparkanzky
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

A - Thinner in appearance than most RIS, with a finger of light brown head. Light can be seen around the edges, with a ruby-brown hue. Head dissipates rather quickly

S - Coffee in droves. Dark chocolate plays a role, but this is mostly a coffee show. Some dark fruit aroma included as well. - an alcoholic raisin aroma. More fruity sweetness as it warms.

T - Mirrors the nose, but with a lot more chocolate, especially in the finish. Initial roasted coffee paired with the hotly alcoholic raisin. Then comes coffee bitterness that melts into a dark cacao finish.

M - A lot thicker than it looks when you pour it. A full body, no doubt, with too much carbonation and a bit too much booze.

O - Overall a very very good beer. A lot of flavors going together well, with an aroma to match. That said, the booze is a bit too pronounced. Good thing I got a four-pack, this'll be awesome in a year!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:37:10 | More by greenmonstah
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-22-2011 03:27:32 | More by Ish1
Photo of mattbk

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: super black, with an off white head. Poured pretty thick. A good start. The head fades fairly quickly.
S: Deep roast/burnt barley, with dark fruit and maybe a hint of coffee.
T: Wow. Real sweetness hits you in the front, with roasted bitterness in the back. The roasted flavor really balanced by the malt. The dark fruit comes on at the end. There's definitely some alcohol in the taste, but not at all overwhelming.
M: This is certainly full bodied, but not overly thick or filling. I could drink a few of these for sho'.
O: I'd say this is one of the best examples of this style I've had, sweet, nice roast, not overly burnt or boozy. Another GL triumph....

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:34:41 | More by mattbk
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North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks @afatty! the 09 bottle was what he procured in a trade for a 2011 GL Christmas Ale!

Pours like a black-out. No light passes through at all. The head is somewhere between white and caramel.

The smell is barrel-aged. I know its not barrel-aged, but still. I get smooth whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, and hints of more bourbon. It was kind of hard to figure it all out; its all just thrown in together. Also, it smells grainy, like a Great Lakes brew should smell. Lacing is amazing especially for the ABV; I cant see through the coating/lacing on the side of the glass.

The maint hing I notice is that I get hints of dark fruits. It tastes like a good IRS, but I cant help but notice how subtly complex it is. Maybe 2 years has done it well, but I love this. I love the dry grain feeling, and the dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits. That bourbon/whiskey feeling isnt present as much as in the nose, but the dry grains have subdued that. Heavy, chewy body. I like how dry it feels. even though the malt leaves a slick feeling. It makes a nice balance that is often lost in IRSs.

2011 bottle update:

Pour is the same. Smell is totally different. Powdered milk and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Hints of roasted malt and coffee can be found. Slightly sweet. Very full body, very creamy and smooth. Mouthfeel is amazing and perfect. Hints of toffee, caramel, and candied sugars. Odd for an RIS. Hops are non-existent. The grains are buried under layers of complexity. All the above flavors. God bless Great Lakes, I love you.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:12:47 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of stealth


3/5  rDev -28.9%

12-20-2011 09:01:11 | More by stealth
Photo of Holland


4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown at first, but no light passes through as more hits the glass. Thin head dissipates quickly, leaving a very small lacing.

S: the dominant smell is roasted grains, giving it coffee, chocolate, and sweet grain smells.

T: taste is much the same as the smell, with barely a hint of booze in there.

M: this is fantastic mouthfeel, medium-light carbonation and a smooth feel with the heavy body.

O: very solid beer, this one. I waited a long time to find one of these, and today I finally got a single for $2.50 or so. Worth the price - imagine Great Lakes selling a bomber for only $5. Very drinkable - I want another.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:20:51 | More by Holland
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-20-2011 01:50:25 | More by NoProblem
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:It pours black in color topped with an inch of dark tan head that appears thick and fluffy. Nice belgian lacing down the glass.
Smell: It smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and very little alcohol.
Taste: It starts off with roasted malt followed by chocolatey notes. It finishes with a bitterness and almost a slight burnt flavor.
Mouthfeel: It is thick and heavy just like a stout should be but it is very easy to drink which makes for a delicious beer that can be enjoyed by a couple glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 00:20:01 | More by raznug
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-19-2011 15:23:43 | More by otrejo
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:37:27 | More by auroracrisis
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-19-2011 04:28:43 | More by Brian103
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Datk black, no opacity at all. Thick and creamy dark brown head.

Nose: Coffee, anise, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a good hop presence.

Taste: Bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, a good hop hit and then a lingering dark chocolate taste...no hints of alcohol and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and velvety.

Overall: A fantastic RIS. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:23:55 | More by waltersrj
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

12-18-2011 23:59:51 | More by leinie13
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-18-2011 23:33:33 | More by KingBiscuit
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-18-2011 19:49:40 | More by schoun
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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