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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

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3,031 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,031
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 434
Gots: 531 | FT: 34
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:
Beer added by: GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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Ratings: 3,031 | Reviews: 1,147
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- exactly as the title suggests, black. Dark and creamy tan head that reduces to a skimming layer with awesome thick lace that surrounds the glass.

S- bittersweet chocolate with a bit if coffee and just a hunt of hop, some smoky malt notes as well.

T- sweet dark chocolate, notes of coffee and toffee, slightly smoky with some warming alcohol on the back end, finishes sweet and malty. After it warms up a bit, it develops a bit more heat in the finish

M- heavy bodied with low carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel and warming finish

O- so rich and complex, this is deniably a sipper. Luckily I've sample this on tap and in the bottle. I think I prefer the on tap version just a bit more.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of rlee1390
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger tan head

S-Lots of roasty notes, some coffee and chocolate. Molasses is present as well. And a tad bit of vanilla.

T- Starts extremely roasted, but not burnt, malt heavy. Coffee and Chocolate are there for some balance.

M-Medium to heavy, not much carbonation, a tad creamy.

O-A wonderful all around stout, the roasted malt is prominent and spot on.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And yes, I did let the beer warm as so stated on the label.
The beer looks thin when poured into my glass. The color is dark with glinting high lites of ruby chestnut. A tall deep beige head sits on top.
Aroma is dominated by roasted malts, deep almost burnt. I like that. One can also pick up very sutle hints of cocoa and coffee.
Taste seems a bit one dimensional in that really the only thing I can taste is a rich roasted malt flavor.
Feels basically smooth on the palette but thin. The body has some ashen graininess but thats normal and have no problem with. Warming alcohol in the aftertaste.
All in all a good beer with good flavor but think it lacks depth as compared to others in this style.

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

2012 vintage:

Not quite "blackout" judging by appearance alone - dark brown/near black body produces a healthy finger of light beige head, which laces and retains very well.

Smooth chocolate character, nutty, roasted malts, pretty tame as far as the style goes... nice though.

Roasted almonds, milk chocolate, honey, maple syrup, nothing sharp and overpowering at all... well-rounded, reminiscent of Old Rasputin in this regard.

Good stuff.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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