Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
a: pours a respectably thick opaque black. 1 finger dark brown head
s: roasted malt, coffee. dances off the olfactory bulb
t: roasted malt, dark coffee, a touch of booze mixed in
m: thick, swishy, tasty
o: Love this stout, not trying to be Dark Lord or Abyss, falls into a wonderful category of it's own. Enjoy!
12-03-2011 04:50:28 | More by broodog
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
A - Medium-bodied black pour. Half a finger of head leaves a thin sheen of nut colored foam at the top, darker bubbles ring the glass. Some red light makes its way through the bottom of the glass.
S - Yum. Boozy chocolate sweetness with a hint of coffee hits me first. A little funk on this one when I give the glass a whirl. Some bready caramel aromas are coming through as well.
T - Oh wow. That's excellent. Much more flavor than the smell would have suggested, and much more body than the appearance would have! I get a bittersweet chocolate first. Then a light roast but creamy coffee taste mingling with malts in the middle. Roasted cocoa, espresso beans, and a touch of alcohol in the end are balanced out gorgeously with a hit from the hops!
O - This stout was awesome. From the second it hits my tongue I'm enjoying it immensely. Very drinkable, likely ages quite well (could be the tiniest of bits smoother), one of my new favorites I think.
12-03-2011 01:42:22 | More by dlello2
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
After being in the right place at the right time last night to try the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, I found a local merchant with a small supply of this beer available and picked up a 4-pack.
It tastes and smells significantly different to me. Still good but not nearly as smooth and rich feeling as the barrel aged cousin.
There is a nice sweetness in the background but the roasted flavors dominate and there seems to be bite not present in the barrel aged version.
A top-notch stout. Just wish the barrel-aged version was more readily available ... I'd pay the premium without hesitation.
12-02-2011 23:38:45 | More by Vierenner
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
big thanks to beerhan for hooking me up with a four pack of this awesome brew! poured this into a tulip and it looks amazing. three finger mocha colored head sits atop a pitch black body. the head slowly recedes to just a sea foam cap, but loads of sticky lacing decorate the sides of the glass. smells of smoke at first, then the chocolate bitterness comes thru with a roasted malt presence. the taste is opposite of how it smelled. with the chocolate up front and a slight smoke finish to it. mouthfeel is a little thinner than what i expected while i watched this get poured. still a good feel to it with great carbonation and a slight alochol burn on the finish. overall i would say this is one of the best non-barrel aged stouts out there. if great lakes makes a bad beer i haven't found it yet. seek it out!
12-02-2011 01:10:24 | More by match1112
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Engine oil black with a deep mocha brown head and just nominal lacing.
Aroma of espresso beans, dark chocolate and some alcohol esters.
Mouthfeel: viscous, full and not very carbonated.
Taste: There's an inimitable sweetness here, while not overpowering is part of the symphony of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and smoke, This is a BIG, heavy Winter Evening Sipper with deep, rich powerful flavors. I have had the Barrel aged version of this on tap and that is an uber powerful beer. This version from the bottle is plenty all on it's own, a substantial heavyweight and unlike some American made Imperial Stouts that I have had, the sweetness is held back and not allowed to romp over the flavor profile. This is really good stuff.
12-02-2011 00:43:37 | More by fx20736
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: Black as night! Beautiful beer. Small, off white bubbles coming to the top slowly throughout.
Smell: toasty caramel meets coffee. I could smell this brew all day. There are also notes of nuts, bourbon, and toffee. Even for someone who is not a big fan of stouts, this beer should still smell great.
Taste: where to begin. First flavors that I tasted were espresso coffee and dark chocolate. Then came a butterscotch/toffee flavor. The final note is a smooth toasted malt flavor. Impressively absent alcohol flavor. Carbonation is well balanced- not too much, not too little
This is a beer that every stout drinker needs to have. Plus, it comes in a 12oz bottle, so I get to enjoy this one a couple times.
11-30-2011 03:11:22 | More by bitterbeerguy
4.22/5 rDev 0%
2011 release; best by 5/5/12
A - Pours very dark brown wit two fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves rings of lacing.
S - Dark chocolate, a bit of sugar, some dark dried fruits and a mil coffee presence. Very nice. Smells a bit on the sweet side, but not over the top.
T - Some hops up front that I did not notice in the aroma, followed by massive bittersweet chocolate. Some deep roasted malts with coffee and a faint amount of char, and some dark fruits on the finish. Similar to the smell, there is a touch of sweetness, but the roasted/bitter elements are much more prominent.
M - Medium mouthfeel, actually slightly oily. Finishes on the dry side.
O - Really solid RIS. I wouldn't buy it by the case, but I look forward to a 4-pack each year.
11-30-2011 00:40:50 | More by warnerry
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours out a black body with a good size milk chocolate looking head. Alcohol legs are very noticable, but virtually no lacing on the glass.
Lots of roasted notes coming through. Chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, espresso beans. Also a mild touch of burnt candied sugar.
This is one smooth RIS. Very creamy texture with a faint touch of alcohol heat that comes out in the finish. Flavors of chocolate cake, roasted malts, and chocolate covered cherries.
Such an incredible smooth velvety RIS. The alcohol is masked on this beer. You get hints of it but it never over powers the beer...it acts as a counter balance to the sweet roasted qualities. One fine crafted stout!
11-28-2011 08:08:46 | More by mindspin315
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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