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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,515 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,515
Reviews: 1,077
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 402
Gots: 324 | 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 ucis


5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-08-2011 23:25:09 | More by ucis
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-08-2011 22:10:46 | More by tjseveryday
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-08-2011 05:06:52 | More by Shoey87
Photo of SpdKilz


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked this up at my local Whole Food’s today. 2011 version.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark viscosity. Held up to the light nothing penetrates the glass. About half a finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates rather quickly coating the glass with lace.

Smell – Nice cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, slight booze, coffee, dark fruits such as plums and raisins, and molasses.

Taste – Heavy roasted malts mixed with the aforementioned cocoa and chocolate (though it is a bit of milky chocolate here). Not much dark fruits but heavy on the chocolate (and slight coffee).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, quite creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – A quite good Russian Imperial Stout. Rather similar to a milk stout if I do say so myself. The alcohol is hidden quite well and is very quaffable.

12-08-2011 02:46:09 | More by SpdKilz
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured from bottle into an small snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color that is almost black but is translucent around the edges. There is less than a fingers worth of light tan head. Small amounts of lacing.

The nose is a bit bland up front when cold but as it warms it has big boozy notes and a bit of roasted malts. There is a bit of a cocoa scent hidden behind the heat.

The taste has more to it fortunately. There is some sweetness wrapped around a nice amount of roasted malt. The alcohol seems more muddled here than it did in the nose but there is still some noticeable heat. There is a bit of cocoa noticed within the malts but not too noticeable.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a creamy texture that sticks the flavors to my palate. Nice feel.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout but i wish there was more to it. It was pretty hot but tasty nonetheless. I bet that a year or two would bring out some more qualities out of this brew.

12-07-2011 23:36:41 | More by ChugginOil
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2011 21:06:54 | More by adamk1978
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 17:41:07 | More by laymansbeerfan
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-07-2011 02:17:46 | More by GennyCreamAle
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-06-2011 18:47:20 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of BrewtifulMind


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass

Big thanks to InebriatedJoker for the extra!

It has a dark black appearance to it, about a fingers worth of mocha-colored head that holds retention nicely, and leaves sticky lacing down the glass. A real looker. Smell is where I was let down. It was really lacking a particular scent. It almost reminds me of a belgian dark ale yeast scent. There are also minimal traces of smoke. The taste is what redeemed the lack of scent for me. I'm getting nice toasted flavors, smoked malt, roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate. It's a really nice combo. There is a medium mouthfeel not too viscous or thick. Overall I really enjoyed this.

12-06-2011 07:16:45 | More by BrewtifulMind
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Cigar City snifter; freshness date of April 20, 2012 (“8342DE 4/20/12”) printed in white near the bottom of the label.

Appearance (3.5): One finger head settling down to a thin, almost-opaque, dark tan skim, which eventually gives way to the body complemented by a ring on the edge of the glass. Body is black black black but with reddish brown highlights at the edges, ultimately showing a clear body. Very little lacing to speak of.

Smell (3.5): Straight up molasses. Slightly bitter herbal character underneath, reminding you this is a beer with roasty malts and probably Old World hops.

Taste (4.0): Dark stone fruit mixed with a moderate, black coffee note and a pretty strong underlying sweetness—like prunes stewed in molasses, if that were a thing. Some grassy, herbal hops mix with blackened barley to make that coffee-like flavor. The hops come out more in the long, slightly grassy finish that leaves an airiness in your mouth like you’re eating dark, dark chocolate cake—that might be the alcohol, which is noticeable but not unpleasant. A little sweet and a little fruity for my preferences, but the taste is very nice.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Starts off seeming plain, with relatively low carb, but then you let it cascade over your tongue and it becomes airy heavy cream mixed with little pinpoints of prickly carbonation—unreal. Medium-heavy body, and oily. What a great mouthfeel.

Overall (4.0): This is a really enjoyable RIS; it’s not perfect in some ways, but ultimately it’s very tasty and worth picking up in the season. I could see the barrel-aged versions of this being rather nice, I’d love to see this in rye barrels to had some spice or a peaty scotch to add some other dimension of depth. Quite good but not excellent, I’d recommend it but it’s not going into my list of most memorable beers.

12-06-2011 05:22:07 | More by fmccormi
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Black pour with a big frothy milk chocolate brown head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Boatloads (approximately) of roasted malt. Some bitter coffee and chocolate. A little bit of sweet fruit - cherries maybe? Alcohol is quite noticeable in the nose. Very pleasant.

T: Tons of bitter roasted malt up front with some coffee. Turns very creamy with some chocolate in the middle and into the aftertaste. Bitter coffee carries in the aftertaste and sticks around for a while afterward. A touch of cherries in there too. Alcohol pretty well hidden but there is just a bit of pleasant heat in the aftermath.

M: Thick and creamy. Tingling bitterness from the roast and coffee lasts forever between sips.

O: Excellent RIS especially given the price point and availability. Too bad they don't distribute out here!

12-06-2011 04:21:39 | More by Dope
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-06-2011 04:16:51 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-06-2011 03:10:28 | More by AJacob81
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-06-2011 00:37:27 | More by Oboogie
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-05-2011 18:28:59 | More by kjkinsey
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Present from my son after being out of town for a week on business.

Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a very dark but dark brown not black color. Head has dark brown color but does not linger.

Smell is of chocolate with dark roasty smell as well.

Taste is chocolate with a slightly hoppy finish. Finish is smooth with little bitterness.

A really good stout, another one that I am going to wish was more available.

12-05-2011 04:03:26 | More by jsulko
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-04-2011 23:37:57 | More by Brown120
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-04-2011 22:21:13 | More by TATURBO
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-04-2011 14:56:40 | More by djrn2
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3.23/5  rDev -23.5%

A - Sexy silk black

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts

T - Bitter, twangy

O - Although Great Lakes is one of the best, I was surprisingly turned off by this offering. Perhaps it was due to the Belgian xms brews I had prior to this one but still... I even stopped drinking after this one. Sorry :/ I wanted to like it...

12-04-2011 03:01:23 | More by WuKAZUKI
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-04-2011 02:20:34 | More by bigred89
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-04-2011 02:19:27 | More by pavpav12
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-04-2011 00:35:04 | More by RWACKO
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into my bruery tulip.

A: Dark brown in color. The pour created a two finger tannish head that faded to a thin rim and left nice lace.

A: Roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of smokiness, and some earthy hop notes.

T: Chocolate and roast dominate. A sticky molasses sweetness presents itself in the middle, and a coffee like bitterness finishes it off. No hint of the ABV.

M: A bit lighter then what I was expecting given the name. But still a full body.

O: Although a very good offering, I was expecting a stout with more body. But the flavors were there, and I would absolutely have again. Skal.

12-03-2011 22:55:38 | More by Gtreid
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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