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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,516 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,516
Reviews: 1,077
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 402
Gots: 324 | 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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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dense, dark, opaque black. No light escapes this one. Got about a finger of light khaki head that recedes over time to a thin wispy layer.

Smell is of dank, dark coffee and chocolate. some dark fruits - prunes and plus. Very dark and sensuous smelling beer. Taste is similar to smell. Coffee and chocolate. Hops bitterness bridges the gap to a warming, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is thick. Nice level of carbonation for a Russian Imperial Stout. Overall, a strong, solid, delicious RIS. Big, bold flavors. A nice sipper on a cool night.

11-24-2011 01:48:02 | More by pburland23
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz brown bottle with tribute to the blackout of 2003 on the label. Great Lakes always have classy looking labels. Poured one into a snifter and another into a nonic pint glass.

A - pitch black. Nearly opaque. Maybe a touch of ruby into brown painted on the bottom edges when held to light, but none of that light gets through. A tight tan head sits on top that settles to a nice tight ring around the glass. Pretty good lace.

S - impressive stout aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a good whiff of burnt sugar. This stout has a smokey character to it with lots of roasted malts. Somewhat of a charcoal presence.

T - more dark chocolate and burnt sugar. roasted coffee beans. A touch of bitterness. Burnt grain along with dark fruits. Unique note of licorice. Flavor goes well with the aroma. Lots of roasted malts with a woody smokiness. A hint of cool mint deep within near the finish. Flavor really opens up when you allow it to warm up to recommended drinking temperature.

M - full bodied with nice tight carbonation. Very good carbonation. Enjoyable to drink and to hold in the mouth. Solid warming feeling with little alcohol noticed. Which is nice. I'm afraid many will review this RIS as a bit too thin compared to other in the style, but to me the brewer got it perfect.

O - a great RIS. It hits the mark on all fronts. It's bursting full of flavor when you let it warm up a bit. Lots of character with this one. A super stout from a world class brewery. Look forward to this brew each year it's released.

11-23-2011 18:58:51 | More by BradtheGreat7
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours almost black, with very little light shining through. About a fingers worth of light tan head settles upon the surface, with just a trace of lacing.

S: mainly roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, along with some floral hop character in the background.

T: Roasty as all Hell up front. Coffee, burnt grains, and bittersweet chocolate mingle with flavors of dark fruits, brown sugar, and a touch of molasses. Assertively hopped, which lends the brew a slightly floral, herbal finish.

Notes: Full body, complex flavor and incredible balance make this a very drinkable imperial stout. One of the creamiest mouthfeels I have ever experienced in a beer this big. This stuff is awesome!

11-23-2011 03:58:05 | More by WYVYRN527
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-23-2011 01:38:51 | More by BierBliss
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured on tap into tall snifter glass then again enjoyed from 12oz bottle into pint glass. The appearance is true to the style, deep black, tan head. The aroma is bitter chocolate, roasty, molasses. The flavor is chocolate (more than implied by the aroma), brown sugar and molasses, much sweeter than expected. Some roasty notes in there as well. The finish is roasty, and lingering resiny bitterness. The beer has a nice thick body, full, and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent Great Lakes offering and one that I will seek out every season!

11-22-2011 19:42:56 | More by CuriousMonk
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LockeSD

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-22-2011 03:10:42 | More by LockeSD
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from 12 oz glass into pint glass
A - dark black pour, with two finger coffee coloured head, good retention,
S - coffee, and dark fruits,
T - coffee, some fruity sweetness ( i can taste this, but not what fruits they are) finish is all coffee
M very smooth and creamy
O - very delicious beer, but also very filling I could enjoy one quite highly, but I wouldn't want more than that in a night

11-21-2011 23:43:57 | More by vicsju1991
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-21-2011 21:26:10 | More by mjtiernan
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beerhan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 21:18:28 | More by beerhan
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-21-2011 20:58:04 | More by Phillyz
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Gurrett

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 16:07:53 | More by Gurrett
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zc151

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-21-2011 07:36:11 | More by zc151
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tsatem

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz. bottle into a snifter, thanks to ColdPoncho. Best by 4/20/12, which seems rather soon.

A: Pours with a small, very active, dar brown head that dissipates quickly. Very dark (as the name would suggest), but kind of an incredibly deep red - the tiniest bit of light gets through. Not just on the edges, but almost through the whole beer, as if to suggest it could try to break through but the beer just won't let it.

S: Very roasty, kind of oatmeal stout like. Dark chocolate, molasses. There's something I can't quite put my finger on but I think it's viney hops. Coffee and a hint of alcohol as it warms, the espresso/mocha smells eventually take over. Aroma is huge and it smells fantastic.

T: Everything the nose would suggest. I love beers that taste and smell right in line and this one couldn't be any better. All the roasty aromas are still there. Tastes a little bit hot, actually, something that wasn't in the nose at first but came out later. Pretty bitter from the hops, which are still earthy, woody and vinous. A little bit of anise.

M: My only real complaint, this is a little bit too vibrant for the beer. I would have preferred something a little bit more mellow. The overall finish is great, though. Flavors stick around but without being overly thick or sweet.

O: This beer is fantastic. The smell and taste are both incredible and rich and right in line. My only complaint is that it feels overcarbonated, which distracts from everything else a little bit.

11-21-2011 03:58:52 | More by tsatem
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BeerBaron

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2011 00:28:30 | More by BeerBaron
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 19:49:25 | More by Rempo
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 16:41:35 | More by nh2032
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rwilde

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 15:19:17 | More by rwilde
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TheBronze

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2011 04:40:51 | More by TheBronze
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clegolfski

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 03:46:34 | More by clegolfski
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 01:40:05 | More by OneEyedJack
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Stev0supreemo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 01:28:21 | More by Stev0supreemo
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-20-2011 00:45:19 | More by GehenHerzog
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raymo55

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2011 00:30:54 | More by raymo55
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

4pk: $11.99

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a jet black, totally opaque color. A half finger, light tan colored head on the initial pour. A small amount of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A really nice roasted malt aroma mixed with a bit of sweetness. Very inviting.

T - A top-notch imperial stout. A mix of roasted malts on the initial sip followed by a chocolate sweetness. A decent hop bitterness rounds out the flavor profile. The 9% ABV is noticeable as the beer warms up. You won't be pounding this beer down...a nice sipper.

M - Very creamy on the tongue. A slightly bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation.

O - A great stout. This brew ranks right up there as a new favorite. Great Lakes continues to impress me with the number of really fine crafted beers that they produce. Recommended.

Cheers!

11-19-2011 23:36:43 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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athouve1

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-19-2011 16:57:17 | More by athouve1
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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