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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,531 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,531
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 405
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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Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BrewtifulMind, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

fmccormi, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Dope, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -5.2%

yeahnatenelson, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of AJacob81
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

AJacob81, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Oboogie
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Oboogie, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +18.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jsulko, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Brown120, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of TATURBO
5/5  rDev +18.5%

TATURBO, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of WuKAZUKI
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...

WuKAZUKI, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev -5.2%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of RWACKO
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RWACKO, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gtreid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite black but dark brown in color. Less than one finger of head forms but hangs around for a little while. The head settles to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

A bit of an unusual aroma for an imperial stout. It has a sweet and slightly fruity smell. Some alcohol fumes also hit the nose.

Enjoyable flavor with the flavors I have become accustomed to in imperial stouts. On the sweeter side of the stout spectrum, but very moderate. Highlights include hints of chocolate and coffee. Light flavors of roasted malt comes in near the finish. Alcohol is detected and is warming.

Not the biggest bodied stout but has enough heft to be satisfying. Really enjoyed the carbonation as it gives this beer a very nice texture.

I see this as more of a traditional RIS. Is not over hopped, overwhelmingly sweet, or overly boozey. But it also fails to really excite me in this "bigger is better" competitive style. But that is what BA Blackout Stout is for.

morimech, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Mscarpen
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Mscarpen, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bsuedekum, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -5.2%

cadaugherty, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +18.5%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of broodog
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

broodog, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -5.2%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of dlello2
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

T -

dlello2, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vierenner, Dec 02, 2011
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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