Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -16.4%
A: Pours a dark brown with some light peeking through at the edges. Dark in the center, minimal tan head.
S: Lots of coffee bean , dark roasted malts, some sweetness and a light vegetal aroma.
T: For a Russian Imperial Stout, this isnt my cup of tea. There is a lot of coffee flavor up front. Espresso roast and dark black patent flavors, mixing with a vegetal like flavor. Rotten cabbage and some green beans. Seems that something was slightly off on this bottle. No sweetness, mostly dry and anise and bitter chocolate flavors coming through. The bitterness doesnt do it here for me. Seems to be too much licorice flavors for my liking.
M: Light mouthfeel for a RIS. Light carbonation which is right for the style.
O: I didn't really like this for the style it is in. I would seek out others. Brooklyn Chocolate stout beats this by miles in my opinion.
12-12-2011 03:18:32 | More by alpinebryant
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Deep black, abundant tan-ish head. Nose holds dark, roasty malts with surprising lactose notes. Not a standard aroma profile, but i like it.
Plenty of roasted malts and coffee. Sweetness in the middle, hops show up too. Mild lactose. Finishes with hoppy bitterness.
Body is too thin and weak, but well carbonated. Another above average off-the-shelf imperial stout from the midwest!
12-12-2011 01:53:52 | More by brystmar
4.05/5 rDev -4%
2009 vintage on-tap at Haute Dish.
Dark black with a little tan head of foam. Pretty nice retention and decent lacing.
A nice creamy sweetness with a little bit of roast and some smokiness.
The taste is a nice array of chocolate, smoke and light roasted malt. Moderately sweet and quite tasty overall.
Medium-full bodied, creamy carbonation and quite smooth.
Really tasty and enjoyable beer. The aging on this has mellowed any harshness and brought the flavor together quite well. A very well crafted and highly drinkable imperial stout.
12-12-2011 01:45:07 | More by jera1350
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Enjoyed a bottle at Rugan's in Antioch IL with friends and tapas and live entertainment...
Appearance - Poured into a Great Lakes snifter, very little head, left a thin brown cap & then ring around the glass perimiter. Color was an opaque black, slight lacing.
Smell - Rich molasses, ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted grains n coffee.
Taste - OMG! Follows the nose - starts sweet ripe dark fruits (cherry, plum, raisin) with dark molasses, then rich dark coffee n chocolate with roasted grains n pumpernickel, touch of sweet black licorice n earthy hops. These flavors linger with a little alcohol heat between sips.
Mouthfeel - Starts with rich pleasant sweetness and creaminess, then just enough carb to cleans the palate at the end of the sip, still leaving pockets of flavor in corners of the mouth.
Overall - I really enjoyed this! Really nice complex flavors and balance, prefer this in the 50-ish temp range, booziness begins to assert as it warms, highly recommend.
12-10-2011 15:45:39 | More by blackcompg
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
A - deep black with brown edges. Pours a one finger mocha colored head which recedes fairly quickly with very little retention.
S - Tons of deeply roasted malt, milk chocolate, tootsie roll, honey, bread yeast, slight metal, slight coffee grounds.
T - A great pairing of roast and super sweet milk chocolate. The roast maintains throughout the entire taste, though it starts on the sweeter side where some of the honey found in the aroma and finishes with some burnt roast and coffee. Milk chocolate and faint tootsie flavors weave their way in, which supplies some much welcomed sweetness and balance to the serious roastiness. My only criticism is a metallic tinge towards the end of the taste that is somewhat hidden by the bitterness, but still there.
M - rich, full bodied, carbonation is perfect; I didn't even have to think about it.
O - All in all, this is a solid beer. A solid roast forward, mostly balanced, milk chocolate-goodness stout. And not a hint of booze at 9%, well done.
12-10-2011 02:19:19 | More by drewba
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Served in a 16 oz. snifter.
A- Pours black with 2 finger light tan head. Lacing covers glass but resides almost immediately.
S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate.
T- Nice amount of coffee and roasted malts right out of the gate. There is sweet notes there, maybe molasses? Nice bitter chocolate and pine bitterness at finish.
M- Medium body. creamy and very drinkable.
O- Very good. First time having this beer and really solid imperial stout. Perfect balance of coffee, roast, sweet, and bitterness.
12-09-2011 03:19:54 | More by kawilliams81
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
A- Very near black. Held to light shows some colored edges. Head is thick and fairly long lasting with a couple branches of lacing sticking to the glass.
S- Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, some rum. A bit more dark fruit and a bit less chocolate than most in style.
T- There is some dark malt with coffee and chocolate up front. Dark fruits and a bit of boozy mollasses in the finish.
M- About standard body for style. Carbonation is just a bit on the prickly side. Fairly rich until the boozy finish feels like it cleans the tongue.
O- It's a 9% beer that has the booziness of an 11 or 12%. If they reeled that in, it would be a great beer.
12-09-2011 01:44:20 | More by jsprain1
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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