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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 423
Gots: 497 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Wildman on 02-14-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Pours black. Nice, dense white head. Clear lacings to the finish.

Big roasty aroma.

Roasted coffee up front. Relaxes a bit to let through some nice dark fruit flavours. Finish is pleasantly bittersweet.

Above-average carbonation for the style, but didn't take away from the brew at all. Overall a tasty offering.

Photo of BigB415
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mabma67 for this!

A: pours pitch black into my Bruery snifter. No head and no retention.

S: not much of an aroma when I smell. Only a faint, very faint, coffee smell. So far my hopes aren't very high for this beer.

T: here's what I was hoping for. Very high carbonation so every time I take a sip the bubbles tickle my tongue. The coffee flavor is more pronounced. It's another smooth RIS.

MF: very thick mouthfeel as the aftertaste of coffee sticks around forcing me to lick more of the flavor off of my lips.

O: I wasn't too intrigued after the below par appearance and smell but the rest brought me back on board and I really enjoyed it. The 4 pack carrier I received with the trade tells me for freshest taste enjoy by this date so I'm curious to see how the other 3 will hold up in my cellar.

Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: huge roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a hint of cofee, and alcohol create a great aroma for the nose.

Taste: big malt profile. Loads of roasted flavors, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but fits into the flavor profile nicely.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Some dryness arrives late. Aftertaste is very long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Overall: a well balanced RIS that is slow sipping but extremely satisfying. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not every day that I can say an Imperial Stout has a full, balanced taste AND is easy to drink. Well, that sums up Great Lakes' Blackout Stout perfectly.

There is the nice dark coffee, roasted taste with hints of toffee, the 9% which you can't tell is in there and the easy drinkability. One of my new favorites from Great Lakes.

Photo of spinrsx
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from the Wegman's in Syracuse

Appearance - Black colour with a small size fizzy dark beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and caramel. There is also some nice notes of dark fruit.. raisins, cherries, plums and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with chocolatey sweet aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one. The alcohol is well hidden and that flavours are well balanced and smooth. The dark fruit flavour and low bitterness make this one of the better RIS's I've had to date.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8342DL best by: 4/20/12

A: Black Sea. Almost purple with an opal like shine. Dirty off white head.

S: Resinous rich chocolate concentrate with some dates and candied sugar. Wonderful aroma but a little mild. Hops choked with caramel and rolled into a tootsie roll.

T: Smooth, well accented body that stays longer than almost any other stout (which does distract from the flavor, but is nice), toffee, figs, dates

M: Fairly dry on the finish despite being very (uniquely) smooth. Carbonation is a bit downsy, but lingers so low.

O: High five for pretty solid availability. I feel like I should try this fresh and aged yet even more.

Photo of suspect
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Jet black color. Aggressive pour leads to a monster 3 finger tan head that fizzles down to a half finger lingering head. Lacing coats the glass so much it makes it hard to see through the glass. Beautiful beer.

S: Not a ton going on in the nose. Subtle notes of raisins, obvious toasted chocolate malts, some other dark fruits but maybe the skins, rather than the meat of it. ABV is completely buried.

T: Big time flavor here. Malts, hops and a tons of fruits fill up the taste buds here. What a wonderfully complex RIS.

M: Huge body, perfectly carbonated, not too little, not too much, excellent feel. Creamy, lingering aftertaste leaves me reaching for the glass over and over.

O: It's like woah. This is a supremely drinkable 9% big boy stout. This is easily one of my favorite stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nataku00
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (there's a 8/22/10 date on the label, assuming bottled on date) poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured pitch black with half a finger of light brown khaki colored head. Head quickly dissipated to a thin collar of foam with minimal lacing. Swirling does leave a little alcohol legs though.

Nose is roasted coffee, bittersweet coffee, roasted malt, and a graham cracker like light toasty spicy biscuit quality.

Taking a sip, a touch of herbal hop bitterness, then roasted coffee and malt, not too dark, but roasty and toasty. Some sweeter dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Finish is medium with some chocolate and roasted malt.

Medium body with some soft carbonation, slick and oily on the tongue. Probably aged bottle is smooth in flavor and drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.