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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,783
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 423
Gots: 421 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 02-14-2004)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled in late 2009, best by "08/02/10"
Poured into a tulip glass

Even with about two and one-half years of age on the bottle, Great Lakes' blackout stout still has tons of aroma and flavor, with a mellowed ethanol presence. The beer hits all the right notes in terms of roast, coffee, chocolate, and a few miscellaneous flavors, everything in very good combination with each other. I didn't really want to stop drinking this beer, and that says something about its quality.

Pours a 3cm head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, creating a very soft, cloudlike appearance. Head descends in about a minute-and-a-half to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the edges of the glass. Leaves some decent lacing with each swirl, mostly large splotches. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, with amber orange-highlights. Carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of burnt bread/roasted malt is probably dominant, alongside mild caramel malt sweetness, coffee with cream, dark chocolate, and molasses.

Tasting begins with roasted malt alongside coffee-with-cream and vanilla. Mid-palate picks up continued roasted flavors, but further complicates things with molasses, dark chocolate, and slight acridity like that from roasted malt and/or roasted cacao pieces. Light ethanol from back half of mid-palate onward, never oppressive or showing. Beer winds down with a small bit of bitterness, a return of vanilla, and roasted malt flavors. Aftertaste of roasted malt, molasses, and some mild coffee grounds and toasted nuts.

Beer is medium-heavy bodied with carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate, creating at first a creamy, then smooth mouthfeel after the carbonation has faded. Finish is dry and satisfying. Slight ethanol burn in the post-sip, but acceptable and desirable in a beer this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep deep brown, almost black with half a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Molasses, black licorice, some roasty malt and sweet chocolate with a little caramel and a slight fruityness.

Taste. Roasty malts, some bitter chocolate and tobacco, booze and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium, smooth carbonation. Just a little booze warmth.

Overall. Solid RIS. A little age on this would probably be nice.

Thanks, Yeahnatenelson!

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 3/28/12. Bottle indicates this one's best to enjoy before 4/20/12.

Dark as night with a cola-beige head. What else can one say? Head sticks around with lacing stuck to the nonic glass.

Thick, malty aroma. Milk chocolate. Strawberry notes. Faint coffee.

Warm up front with a taste like hot cocoa cooled off...plus hops! Booze is present, with enough malty body to make it an element to savor and enjoy. Spicy hops flavor throws in.

Feels warm, smooth and balanced. Not overhopped, at least when imbibed 3 weeks prior to its "best before" date. This one's been sitting in my fridge for about 2 months. Finally yanked it out with no regrets.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) This pours out black, with not much head. A khaki dusting remains on the surface. Looks rich and rather appealing.

S) Nice dark roast and pleasant sweetness. There is some coffee and some dark chocolate. There is just a hint of the alcohol.

T) Follows the nose nicely. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. I enjoyed the hops on the backend. The alcohol comes through lightly as well. Really enjoyable flavors.

M) Perhaps not as rich and full as I anticipated. Despite more of a medium body, the carbonation was perfect from my standpoint, creating a nice coating. This was very smooth, and a pleasure to sip on.

O) Glad I snatched up a 4 pack of this delicious RIS. Stuck 2 in the cellar, but it will be difficult to resist the temptation to drink those. This is a fantastic brew that I highly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. For freshest taste date of 04/20/12.

A: Pours a jet black with a thick khaki head that has some very nice retention. It slowly recedes to a bubbly film and a thick collar. The collar stays throughout and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Dry roasted malts, subtle coffee bean, creamy unsweetened chocolate. Very balanced.

T: Roasted coffee bean is up front with a slightly hoppy and bitter baker's chocolate middle. Some dark fruity notes pop ever so slightly, but the finish is dry and slightly dull which is was surprising given the nice layers of flavor up front.

M: Medium bodied with a roasted dry finish, but it is lacking flavor. The carbonation is medium as well.

O: Even as the beer warmed up and released more mid-palate flavor the finish was rather uneventful. This is a very solid stout and I would definitely like to try the BA version as I feel it would pack the finishing flavors I was lacking in this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of 12 oz bottle intO snifter.
Appearance- dark black almost purple small head that lingers light on the carbonation.
Smell- dark chocolate burnt expressing.
Mouthfeel- heavy but pleasant
Taste- notes of burnt expresso and dark chocolate. Lcohol comes through a bit at the end.
Overall- great stout

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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-03-22 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly opaque darkish-brown with some ruby highlights. 1-finger tan head that fades quickly leaving mild lacing.

S - Dark fruit like dried cherries, chocolate, some coffee, medium roasted grain.

T - Cherry skin and prunes, Wilbur Buds milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, herbal spice, burnt grain, smokey, hop bitterness. Initially sweet but dries out leaving a burnt grain, fruity and an off-putting somewhat-sour aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Thickish.

O - A stolid RIS but there are a dozen others I'd go to first.

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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark brown with slight ruby hues and a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet roasted malts with notes of sweet chocolate and molasses. There are some sweet floral notes as well.

T: similar to the aroma, there are a lot of sweet roasted malt flavors. Sweet cocoa, molasses, and some roasted coffee flavors bring up the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly lively on the tongue.

O: a good imperial stout, overall, and a good bargain as well. On the sweeter side, but not too much so. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, best by May 2012, so no time like the present before it gets too warm outside for stouts.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black with a full, frothed, khaki-colored head. Nice soapy, sticky looking lacing is left behind as well.

Aromas begin with a lot of nice mild roast and chocolate right off the bat. As I smell this beer a few more times the intense coffee aroma really starts to make itself known. As it warms some darker caramel malty sweetness emerges as well.

The tastes begin exactly where the nose did, lightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate followed by complementary semi- sweet baker's cocoa and dark toffee flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but it is only 9% ABV so that is forgivable. Medium amount of carbonation as well. Slightly creamy and smooth in the finish. Roasty coffee bitterness emerges more and more as it warms.

Over this was really pleasant and easy to drink. I really liked this beer quite a lot and found the 9% ABV to be not be present at all. Considering how off of stouts I have been recently I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this which speaks volume for the quality of this brew. You can tell the recipe was crafted and tweaked numerous times to make the perfect balance which they have definitely achieved here. Looking forward to the 2010 BA version I have been saving after sampling this.

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,783 ratings.