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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

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2,996 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,996
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 433
Gots: 515 | FT: 33
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:
Beer added by: GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into New Belgium Globe Glass
A- Black in color with dark brown highlights on edges, thin tannish head, little retention, minimal spotty lacing
S- Mostly roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, good but not very big or complex
T- Big roasted flavor, a lot of bitterness for a RIS, chocolate becomes more present as it warms and is very good
M- Very smooth and creamy works great with chocolate, a little chewy, medium body, pretty drinakble
O- Roasty, Chocolatey and Bitter, Not a huge Imperial Stout but very good and will be looking for it next release.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- Black in color but some light passes through the edges. Almost a 1 finger tan head that basically completely dissipates and peaves no real lacing.

Smell- Big roasty, chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste- Woah, a big roast bomb! The chocolate and coffee sweetness offset for a beautiful marriage of flavor. No real hops is detected.

Mouthfeel- The lighter side of full body which I like as it is more drinkable. Also, good carbonation offsets the creamyness. A very very nice warming sensation hits the back of the tounge and chest.

Overall- This is a true stout with no gimmicks! Roast, chocolate and coffee malts that perfectly balance and create a wonderful sensation.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with mohagany edges. There's very little head.

The nose has loads of sweet chocolate cake and coffee, tiramisu, and carmalized sugar. There's a hint if blackberry.

The taste has coffee and chocolate with a light smoky roast and bitter hoppy bite in the finish. The alcohol leaves a burn.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A damn fine RIS with pronounced flavors and aroma. Highly recommended.

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Photo of devilben02
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a deep brown, nearly black color, and is topped by a creamy, cream-colored head. The aroma is largely a dark, sweet combination of caramel and molasses sweetness, with some bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is a bit more complex, with characteristics of roasted, almost smoky malts, brown sugar, and some peppery, herbal hops, but there is also some lingering bitterness that seems almost metallic, and a noticeable hit of alcohol. The fine carbonation does a nice job of not masking this varied flavor profile, and the body isn't too heavy. Overall, this beer has a lot of what you'd expect from a solid imperial stout, but it doesn't have anything extra to make it exceptional.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet-black pour with a light tan head, decent retention without much lacing being left along the glass. Aroma is full of creamy roastiness; a nice campfire sweetness with burnt, roasted barley, sweet chocolates, some char, and woody tones. The nose is heavy and robust, sure to please any big time stout fan. Blackout stout is no joke - the beer is very silky and smooth on the tongue, roasted barley hits first in large quantities, followed by some dirty and earthy flavors, again, reminiscent of a campfire smoke-out. Hints of smoke lay in the background; halfway through, more malty sweetness comes out in the form of black licorice, dates, grape skins, coffee loaded with cream and sugar, molasses, and syrup. The sweetness is apparent but never sickening or cloying thanks to the alcohol and hop profile. The alcohol is warm but not hot, and the hops are a bit flowery and dry, providing a bit of bitterness to combat the sweetness. Aftertaste lays heavily on the roasted side with some fading char and light ashy bitterness. Body is on the thicker side, silky, smooth, creamy, medium carbonation.

Hot damn, Great Lakes Brewing Company knows what they're doing. Nearly every brew I try by them, I am utterly impressed. They continue to deliver, brew after brew, style after style, and Blackout Stout is no exception. I wish this beer were a little easier to find.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick, creamy khaki head, there were laces of brown through the thickness. There was no other tone other than jet black! This is a real stout though less syrupy than some.

The scent is of a chalky cocoa. Very little else.

The taste is far more complex, far more balanced than the scent. I get charred malts, smoky grains and even a bit of maple. There's undertones of chocolate but the burnt maltiness shines through. This is very well constructed though perhaps a touch thin in the mouthfeel.

I hope to try the barrel aged because this sets well for that sort of product.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,996 ratings.