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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,550 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 407
Gots: 328 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

tclapper, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Brewmeist
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint.

A- opaque blackened ale. Medium bodied head with a little bit of lacing. Typical stout apperance

S- smokey, oakey, chocolatey. Not overwhelming of booze but more of the flavor of the beer itself. Inviting.

T- heavy, coats and burns the throat. Light chocolatey start with malty burn finish. Perfect for washing the holiday sorrows away. Very nice taste

M- thick, heavy, full bodied. Presence is there in full effect. Hits a variety of pallette areas.

D- yes. Buy this beer. If you like a nice think drinkable potient stout it is worth your bottom dollar.

Brewmeist, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of katan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz on tap at the GL outpost at CLE airport

A- Pours deep, dark, black, thick. The absence of light. Head formation is light, mocha, small amount of film.

S - A combination of roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate. A bit of a spicy yeast note in the background. Hops are not as present as the marketing would suggest.

T - Starts off malty, roasted barley. At times even coming off a little but burnt. Mid-stream brings in some chocolate, a bit of a bready flavor. Finishes with a hefty bitterness on the tongue, with lots of sticky burnt log flavors.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. The most notable is the burnt flavors really like to stick to the tongue.

O - For a 9%, this beer is pretty easy drinking. A little bit filling. Distinguishes itself as more of a dark, burnt roast RIS. I don't feel like hopping was cleanly brought through. I want to find it in the middle, but it just seems like it gets eaten by the roast.

katan, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After all the beer madness lately I thought about passing this one up. I was glad I pulled the trigger right when I opened this bottled deliciousness.

A- It's a stout and it has nice 1 finger head. That means it's a good looking stout. Right?

S- Hops, yes hops and I like it a lot. As it warms the chocolate and then coffee comes to the front. Great aroma.

T- Great balance. I love the coffee forward flavor, nice hop backing and that chocolate tongue flavor the is residual. Great drinker.

M- A little bit of sticky bitterness, sort of an IPA tonguefeel. I like the carbonation.

O- This beer is damn good. Borderline great to be honest, I might need to go buy more.

Nachojon, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very dark but somewhat translucent brown almost black hue. Pours with a minimal head but leaves a thick collar.

S- Molasses, dark chocolate, anise, raisin, and a hint of booze.

T- More roasted malt in the flavor initially than that comes through in the whole nose. Finish is a bit sweeter with molasses, dark chocolate and a hint of anise coming through. A big alcohol heat and slight astringency linger through what is an otherwise dry finish.

M- Medium carbonation and a moderately thick creamy body.

D- Overall this is a solid well done RIS and what I have come to expect in the style. Well done and classic example.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 14, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2011.

poured into oversized snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small tan colored head that drops down to a ring around the glass. minimal lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts and milk chocolates.

Taste: Huge roasty burnt malt. Slight sweetness is in the middle. The flavors are bigger than the nose leads on, which is surprising because the nose is robust. Meaty smoke note in the finish that lingers on for a substantial amount of time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Another easy drinking and flavorful dark beer by Great Lakes. Creamy mouthfeel. No hint of 9% abv of this beer.

Overall: Solid offering; nothing fancy. Nice drinkable and flavorful Russian Imperial Stout. This is mt favorite dark beer from great lakes. I think its better than Eddy Fitz porter.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

danielnovak3, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

deadmule, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

KC9LDB, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

BrianTheBrewer30, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

coachbob, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

alpinebryant, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jds16, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

thanmad, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

brystmar, Dec 12, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

jera1350, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Fallingonwater10, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Snikwad1020, Dec 11, 2011
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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