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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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2,994 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 433
Gots: 517 | FT: 33
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: Wildman on 02-14-2004

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a deep dark black color with an impressively long-lived two finger tan colored foam head with decent amounts of lacing on the glass.

Smells of musty dark charred malts with an earthy emphasis, some light amounts of fruity esters as well appear around the edges as the glass warms up.

Tastes of all of these things and also has a bit of ABV hotness around the edges, some more emphasis is placed on the charred malt over the coffee bitterness in the mouth, finishes reasonably dry. Overall this brew presents a very big and bold flavor profile that uses a garnish of fruit esters to keep things interesting.

Body is the heavier side of medium thickness, but the carbonation is adequate enough to keep things flowing in the mouth despite being heavy. Smooth and rich texture.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A snap of colder weather has me reaching for that stout that's been sitting in the back of my fridge all summer. Best by 5 May 2012 (but it's an imperial stout?). Enjoyed 9 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black, though there are some rays of brown emanating from it. Two-finger light latte head, fades fairly quickly, but some good lacing.

Smell is lovely. Big on the chocolate, backed by coffee - so much of those two, that it's hard to believe they aren't added. A thick layer of sweetness allows everything else to ride a juicy wave of it along.

Taste is rich and dark. Again, it's full of chocolate, but there are lots of other things dancing around behind that. My main complaint is something that I liked about the smell: the sweetness. It's so strong that it tastes artificial (in much the same way that Southern Tier's big stouts do).

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, just as it should be. Medium-low carbonation.

A good stout, but overly sweet for my tastes, with an odd chemical sweetness that feels fake to me. I get a similar impression from it as I do from adulterated stouts like Southern Tier's Mokah and Jahva.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Best by 04/20/12.

The beer is near-black and the finger-plus sized head is dark khaki in color. The foam retains well.

Nose comprises of dark chocolate, musty grain, dulce de leche, berry fruits, and vapors of peat. Smells creamy and full. Alcohol just barely seeping.

Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, roasted grain, char, milk caramel, and blackberry. Almost smokey. There's an interesting fruit element of mostly dark varieties, but it's not entirely far-fetched to say that I pick up the slightest taste of banana flesh. Coffee notes work with the burnt sugars and residual sweetness of the finish. Subdued perceived strength, which makes it dangerous. The bitterness comes from the black malts, as there is a near-absence of hops in the flavor.

The body is swimmingly close to full. Very fine carbonation. Very milky in viscosity. Quite nice.

A fine example of the Russian Imperial Stout. Textbook execution. Flavorful and complex without sacrificing drinkability. Wouldn't be too difficult to enjoy two in one sitting. Recommended.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black pour with a small finger of off white head. Only a thin ring remains around the edge of the beer, and the lacing leaves something to be desired.

S: A very nice balance greats the nostrils. Bakers chocolate, roasted malt, caramel malt, and molasses. Sweet and roasty sums it up pretty well.

T: The taste is very mellow, but pretty much follows up the aroma perfectly. The chocolate is on a different level. Deep and dark, it's like a melted chocolate bar with a little roast and sticky molasses added. Subtle flavors like dark fruits, maybe some coffee, and others present themselves as the beer warms.

MF: Thick and rich body that rests on the palate with a lower than average carbonation. The well-blended flavors make this a very drinkable offering.

O: This beer is great, I can't wait to get my hands on the barrel aged version. I would recommend it to anyone...even though it's from Ohio!

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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was given to me by a friend. Bottle dating says for freshest taste drink before 7/29/07. Should be interesting.
Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours an almost pitch black with only small dark brown highlights around the edge. It has a small amount of brown head that quickly dissipated to a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Really boozy. Lots of heavily roasted malts. Some faint chocolate and faint amount of dark roasted coffee.

T- Really hot for a Imperial Stout that has 5 years on it. The flavor is not un-like the aftertaste of eating chocolate covered expresso bean.

M- Low amount of carbonation. It's on the low side of full bodied. Alcohol is warming. Maybe I'm drinking this beer 6 months too early.

O- Good. I do not have a fresh one to compare and see if age had done this one good. I can say that this one was enjoyable, but I would like to get my hands on a fresh one to compare.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark as night body with a 1"tan head that lays down quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and some cocoa and dark fruit notes. The taste is of roasted malt that leads into a nice coffee and chocolate taste. Then a little hop bitterness come through also. I think it is well balanced. The mouth feel is very smooth and well carbonated. I"m not a big fan or RIS but this one is defently one of the best i have had. Great job Great Lakes

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,994 ratings.