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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,553 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,553
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 fx20736
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

fx20736, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of bjadams688
5/5  rDev +18.5%

bjadams688, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of FMPLover24
5/5  rDev +18.5%

FMPLover24, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Kaydogg, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.


bitterbeerguy, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of i3ei3s
5/5  rDev +18.5%

i3ei3s, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warnerry, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Trancelogix
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Trancelogix, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

monitorpop, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Franz4
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Franz4, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ChadlyG, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of mindspin315
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!


mindspin315, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of notdriving
5/5  rDev +18.5%

notdriving, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black with minimal light penetration. A tan head graces the top and leaves a film in its path.

S- dried dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee

T- roasted malts, cocoa, some licorice, a hint of coffee and raisins

M- on the thinner side of an imperial stout. Low carbonation level.

O- a tasty stout, but it does not compare to other Great Lakes offerings in relation to other beers from their respective styles. Even with that being said, it is still a solid beer that I would buy again.

Ungertaker, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

anyhoodle, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bear World in Watertown.

A - Pours black, a little carbonation. One finger of light brown head fades fast to a film. Good chunks of lace and a film of retention.

S - Booze and roasted malts. Molasses too.

T - Quite roasty, not alot of booze, molasses, roasty, and a great amount of chocolate. Sweet. Nice though. The elements all seem to blend well and the hops come through well to balance.

M - Really dry finish. Nice carbonation, good full body.

O/D - Quality stout. Seems to be a bit of a mishmash, but tasty and really drinkable.

tbeckett, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

sweatervest27, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

andrewj17, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing this, NoSignsOfPain!

Black throughout with very little visible carbonation. There isn't much of a head and this leaves the glass almost clean, leaving it a bit oily is all.

Sweet aroma initially, with lots of rich chocolate character, then more and more roasted malt and coffee character emerges as the beer warms. It gets better and better.

A sweet and rich stout, without feeling at all too thick, decadent, or tough to drink. There's lot of chocolate and coffee flavors playing nice with each other, and as it warms, the sweetness turns somewhat earthy and vanilla like.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with low carbonation though wonderfully drinkable. The alcohol is hidden remarkably well.

A sweet dessert stout. Quite lovely.

ehammond1, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/12/11
*From notes

A: Dark cocoa brown in color. Not as dark as I'd expected. A standard pour yields a loose and unimpressive one finger head. Minimal lacing and lackluster retention.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Seeing as I just picked up the four-pack hours earlier, I easily notice the fresh hops and crisp edges of the brew's bouquet.

T: Absolutely on point. Again, more baker's chocolate and hints of medium roast coffee. Unlike many in style, there's a really forceful hop kick to the mid-palate. In fact I'd say it's agressively hoppy from the mid 'til the finish, which showcases the charry burnt ends and a dallop of heavy cream.

M: I'd prefer if they'd tone down the carbonation a bit. It's a bit rough, though swirling it in my glass and allowing it to sit for a while certainly helped.

O: There are parts of this beer that could use a bit of touching up. But where it really counts is in the flavor profile, and this beer has it in spades. One of the better non-BA RIS's I've had of recent. Well worth seeking out. I'm stoked I've got more in the cellar.

Rhettroactive, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Lives up to it's name as it pours an oily black with no color coming through. Decent two fingers of tan head that settles into a thin patchy cream layer. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted caramel malts with lots of dark chocolate. Hints of molasses, coffee, and toffee. Has a noticeable presence of dark fruits with dark cherries, prunes, and raisins. Also some hints of smoke and earthy hops in the background. A little bit of alcohol in the scent.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a big taste of dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a big kick of dark chocolate. Hints of coffee, molasses, and smoke. Also a pretty noticeable taste of dark fruit with notes of raisins, plums, and dark cherries. Finishes with some hints of earthy, grassy hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not quite as thick as other imperial stouts I've had. Moderate level of carbonation. Silky, creamy, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is pretty low here.

Overall: Another great brew from Great Lakes. Very nice flavors of chocolate and dark fruits.

MattyG85, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 25, 2011
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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