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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,552
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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Photo of Fallingonwater10
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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

Snikwad1020, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of areich6
5/5  rDev +18.5%

areich6, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle at Rugan's in Antioch IL with friends and tapas and live entertainment...

Appearance - Poured into a Great Lakes snifter, very little head, left a thin brown cap & then ring around the glass perimiter. Color was an opaque black, slight lacing.

Smell - Rich molasses, ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted grains n coffee.

Taste - OMG! Follows the nose - starts sweet ripe dark fruits (cherry, plum, raisin) with dark molasses, then rich dark coffee n chocolate with roasted grains n pumpernickel, touch of sweet black licorice n earthy hops. These flavors linger with a little alcohol heat between sips.

Mouthfeel - Starts with rich pleasant sweetness and creaminess, then just enough carb to cleans the palate at the end of the sip, still leaving pockets of flavor in corners of the mouth.

Overall - I really enjoyed this! Really nice complex flavors and balance, prefer this in the 50-ish temp range, booziness begins to assert as it warms, highly recommend.

blackcompg, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +18.5%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of brealbg
5/5  rDev +18.5%

brealbg, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ashleylake
5/5  rDev +18.5%

ashleylake, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of drewba
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - deep black with brown edges. Pours a one finger mocha colored head which recedes fairly quickly with very little retention.

S - Tons of deeply roasted malt, milk chocolate, tootsie roll, honey, bread yeast, slight metal, slight coffee grounds.

T - A great pairing of roast and super sweet milk chocolate. The roast maintains throughout the entire taste, though it starts on the sweeter side where some of the honey found in the aroma and finishes with some burnt roast and coffee. Milk chocolate and faint tootsie flavors weave their way in, which supplies some much welcomed sweetness and balance to the serious roastiness. My only criticism is a metallic tinge towards the end of the taste that is somewhat hidden by the bitterness, but still there.

M - rich, full bodied, carbonation is perfect; I didn't even have to think about it.

O - All in all, this is a solid beer. A solid roast forward, mostly balanced, milk chocolate-goodness stout. And not a hint of booze at 9%, well done.

drewba, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -5.2%

thewimperoo, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of DaBubs
4/5  rDev -5.2%

DaBubs, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours black with 2 finger light tan head. Lacing covers glass but resides almost immediately.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate.

T- Nice amount of coffee and roasted malts right out of the gate. There is sweet notes there, maybe molasses? Nice bitter chocolate and pine bitterness at finish.

M- Medium body. creamy and very drinkable.

O- Very good. First time having this beer and really solid imperial stout. Perfect balance of coffee, roast, sweet, and bitterness.

kawilliams81, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Scoot1969
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Scoot1969, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very near black. Held to light shows some colored edges. Head is thick and fairly long lasting with a couple branches of lacing sticking to the glass.
S- Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, some rum. A bit more dark fruit and a bit less chocolate than most in style.
T- There is some dark malt with coffee and chocolate up front. Dark fruits and a bit of boozy mollasses in the finish.
M- About standard body for style. Carbonation is just a bit on the prickly side. Fairly rich until the boozy finish feels like it cleans the tongue.
O- It's a 9% beer that has the booziness of an 11 or 12%. If they reeled that in, it would be a great beer.

jsprain1, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ucis
5/5  rDev +18.5%

ucis, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

tjseveryday, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Shoey87, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SpdKilz, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ChugginOil, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of adamk1978
4/5  rDev -5.2%

adamk1978, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +18.5%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 06, 2011
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
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,552 ratings.