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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,997 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,997
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 434
Gots: 514 | 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: GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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Photo of NODAK
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma here is of bittersweet, roasted chocolate and a touch of coffee. Although perhaps not quite as powerful as I had expected. Still, pretty true to style.

Taste is a pretty straight forward, with a bunch of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts hitting right away. There's a bit of coffee in there as well. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not distractingly so. Roasted dark chocolate bitterness hits pretty hard during the swallow and sticks around afterwards for a fair amount of time. Very powerful flavors. Despite all of this, mouthfeel feels a tad thin for style.

It's a fairly straightforward beer for style. Thin, but pretty full of flavor.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is from February 2010. First off, I think the label description is great. Poured this into a pint glass, has a black color and nice tan head, just what you'd like to see in a RIS.

* As a side note, I think it helps get a better idea of a beer to have a full glass (8oz up) to get an idea of the beers true character. I find that with many beers, you can have an initial taste and think its ok and then get further through it it gets better and vice versa. This is the former, as it warms like many stouts, it gets better.

A: Very beautiful jet black, with a nice head that is retained for a while, browner color as you get to the rims. Carbonation evident by the bubbles in the beer. Nice.

S: Roast, but a sweeter roasty smell almost like a porter. The aroma isn't very strong to me. Still has a burned, coffee like smell of the RIS you'd hope for.

T: This beer is very smooth and balanced nicely with flavors of dark malt, espresso, a little chocolate, a little vanilla (esp. as it warms), and a subdued sweetness i caught in the aroma. The after taste is burned malt with that nice bitterness at the back of the palate. A flutter of alcohol burn, but overall this is subtle compared to the bigger ABV stouts. Very good.

M: This is medium to full bodied not as big as some of the other RIS's but it's actually really pleasant. Just enough carbonation, very silky and creamy especially at warmer temperatures.

D: This is easy to drink quickly unlike most RIS' that you have to go slowly on. Overall it seems to be focused on balance and smoothness than trying to get a blast of flavor on your palate.

A really solid RIS for being so easy to find. This is one like Rasputin that would be rated higher if released seasonaly or with a smaller distribution.

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

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer many moons ago. Finally got around to opening this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color that can look black if in the right lighting. A small but sturdy tan head.

S: Lots of nice roast and chocolate aromas right off the bat. As I smell this beer a few more times the intense coffee aroma really starts to make itself known.

T: Quite a bit of coffee is present on the palate as well. Underneath, lots of roasted malts and semisweet chocolate which helps to balance out the intense roast of the coffee and malt components.

M: The body is maybe a bit light for an imperial stout, but this beer is very smooth on the tongue so I can't punish it too much.

D: Really pleasant and easy to drink. I really liked this beer quite a lot and found the 9% ABV to be not be present at all.

Photo of mfleischauer
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Champps. Served too cold in a pint glass, so I let it sit for a bit.

a=Black until held up to bright light -- just a hint of deep amber. Thick, cocoa, foamy head that held on while I waited for it to warm up and throughout dinner. Continued head and perfect, delicate lacing right to the end.

s=Fragrant malty charcoal and subtle hops, with some sharp alcohol notes.

t=Again, big alcohol notes at first, blending with complex chocolates, charcoal, and dry raisin flavor; then a big, smooth bitter along the back of the tongue that stands up to the initial alcohol content. Just a great RIS. Let it sit, as too much cold clamps down the flavors and numbs the palate.

m=Rich, deep, lightly carbonated feel, a little astringent, with a clean finish and lingering alcohol/hops aftertaste. Very nice.

d=Though the rich, hoppy complexity is what I would normally want from this style, the alcohol content seemed a bit much, even at only 9% abv. I thoroughly enjoyed sipping a pint, but would not have more than one in an evening and couldn't drink it down fast. A nice one to savor.

Photo of emmasdad
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was born in Cleveland 40 years ago, and haven't been back in years (the last time I was there folks I knew were excited with the recent availability of Coors in the city). However, drinking these Great Lakes beers almost makes me wish I could go back again.

This one pours a deep, rich black color, with a light to medium brown cap on top. Huge aromas leap from the glass--cocoa powder, freshly brewed coffee, roasted malt and a little cream. The nose on this one is perfect. On the palate, I get more of the same, along with some hops, which I did not expect. A very good beer, one which I wish I could get more often.

Photo of KAP1356
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz.bottle with a best by date of August 2, 2010 into a Leute Bok glass...

A - Pours a dark rich black color that is almost borderline dark dark brown. A nice light espresso colored head forms and recedes to a lacing of the same color.

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate (both bittersweet and syrup) are the main components coming through on the nose. Some strong hop presence is also noticeable along with a slight alcohol note.

T - Dry roasted coffee and dark roasted malts are definitely up front. Some chocolate notes also come through although more syrup like than what the nose lead me to believe. Some slight molasses notes come through as well. The hops still make a strong showing here and come out quite a bit. A slightly burnt taste to it and some ever so slight alcohol sting.

M - Smooth and creamy medium to heavy bodied. Little cvarbonation. Not super thick, but not too thin either.

D - The alcohol really comes out in this one, but I'm not quite sure why. The bitterness is also a bit much to make it a super drinkable beer, but still a solid brew nonetheless.

Photo of bobhits
3.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pitch black, with a nice tan head. Pretty much what you'd expect. The Pour wasn't completely black so it could be darker if you're interested.

S. At first it almost had a macro smell (alcohol and something) but a big wiff shows that burnt stout smell with a hint of hops and a bit of something sweet I can't pull out.

T. HOPS. Wow...I've head stouts with hops in there but that's the first thing that hit me. It starts off sweet, moves to a nice burnt flavor and finishes with hop bitterness. I don't like calling all stouts chocolate flavored but clearly that's in there. It has a bit of a fruity flavor as well.

M. It starts out smooth, but there is a lot of alcohol bite in this beer. It doesn't really scream for large sips and at only 9% alcohol I'd expect it to be a bit more inviting.

As imperial stouts go this just isn't my cup of tea. I love a hoppy bitter beer, but not with a stout. I think this would be a lot better with some age, could very possibly be GREAT with age, but fresh it's just not working for me. This is the only Great lakes beer I haven't felt strongly about and I'll more than likely age the ones I have left to see if this mixes into something better.

Changes from 8/26/10

Two year old bottle and a bit more trained pallet. I feel in a lot of ways i got this beer right the first time. The only real change is that it's actually very drinkable and the mouthfeel while a touch "off" is a bit better. First tim earound I gave this beer 2's for mouth feel and drinkability, I'm bumping those scores up a touch.

I think I appreciate the hoppy stouts more today, but still I can't say this is an above average representation of this style. I like this beer a good bit now, but I'm a fan of RIS's so as with many styles I enjoy, average is a good thing!

Photo of buschbeer
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured into a pint glass to a thin brown head. This brew is pretty much black in color. The smell is some wonderful chocolate and coffee aromas from the roasted malt. My initial taste is some rich coffee flavors. There is also chocolate and other roasty goodness in there. This beer has a nice creamy texture to it. The drinkability is amazing. Call me a homer, but I love this beer and Siberian Night, both made in Ohio.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 8/22/10

Freshest taste by 8/2/10

Slightly darker than cola brown. Though opaque once settled this is hardly the darkest imperial stout I've seen. Toasted brown foam just shy of two fingers dissipates slowly leaving patches of bubbles on top, decent lace & wine-esque legs. Retention & lace remain as such until the end.

Roasted coffee is the focal point of the aroma. Swaths of semi-sweet chocolate & Hershey's syrup are notable as well, though nestled behind the roasted notes. However, the coffee & chocolate become balanced as the beer warms. Overtones of alcohol hit the back of my nostrils but aren't all that harsh.

It isn't surprising that Blackout Stout tastes of dry, roasted coffee. I am surprised, albeit pleasantly, that there are still hop flavors hanging on, offering nips here & there. Once again the chocolate fills a supportive role. Said chocolate actually seems a tad less sweet than the nose suggested. On second thought it's more along the lines of dark chocolate or cocoa. Nice integration of flavors. It comes just shy of burnt at times.

While it isn't the most dense of imperial stouts, Blackout Stout is still full bodied, though maybe a step toward medium. Nice grittiness. Carbonation is a bit higher than I generally like for the style; however, I find it gives the grittiness more depth of character. In this case, the carbonation gets a full pass, as I do love some grit. Roasted coffee notes linger on the finish. No alcohol heat.

What an even-keeled, solid representation of the style. I love that about Great Lakes; they make steadfast examples of the style without a tendency toward flashiness. This beer is no different. I've been drinking this off & on since this batch was released. I still find drinkability to be great (with the exception of one particular night at the Thirsty Ear). Easily recommended.

Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to gingermanstv for trading this at the CdC release. Pitch black fluffy sand colored head poured room temperature into a mikasa widemouth beer glass great head retention with some nice bits of amorphous lacing as the beer goes away. It smells of coffee and raisins predominantly with bittersweet chocolate and cinnamon undertones. the mouthfeel is smooth but a bit too watery. the taste is huge, big notes of dark chocolate with some roasted malt in the back some light coffee present as well. Its a bit too heavy to be that drinkable however, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of Chaney
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap a Pizza Paradiso in DC a couple of months ago and remember really liking this one, but couldn't remember all the specific details from my session. So, here is my bottle version review:

A: Pitch black with about a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S: Like a combination of licorice, figs, dark chocolate. Outstanding!

T: Not a "coffee" imperial stout, but more of a dark fruit one. That works like a charm with this one! Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. It has a slight bitterness on the finish (probably because of the added Simcoe).

M: Some of that same sort of creamy quality found in their EF Porter. Thick, but not too - sugar doesn't linger or coat the mouth.

D: Despite the high ABV, it is delicious, unique, and very smooth.

Overall: One of the best RISs available in the DC area!

Photo of earthboundagain
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok broke out a 2010 bottle today, lets see how she holds up.

I love RIS and have been looking forwards to seeing how this beer ages, I was not really all that enamored with the fresh bottle I tried.

Ok the beer is almost black with a small mocha head and it leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of roast malt and chocolate, not much going on in the aroma section. Hmm we have coffee, bitter chocolate, and some burnt malt, the flavor is all over the place, and does not meld well. The body is medium and is quite thin for the style.

Ok this beer still needs to age some more, I will revisit around the release of next years batch to see what a year has done for this puppy.

Update 2/8/2011

Ok down to my last bottle of 2010, it's been almost a year and time for an update. Sorry to say that the original scores stands.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Initial nose is plenty of roasted malt followed up by dark chocolate, caramel/toffee, and hints of molasses. Taste is nice. Some sweetness is added in, which dilutes some of the nuances of the nose. Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and chewy. Very drinkable. A very solid stout for how widely available it is.

Photo of bobsy
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip, where I'm greeted by a pitch black body and a cocoa head that showed decent retention and lace as it dropped to a film. Big chocolate nose, with cookie dough in behind, leafy hops and rich creamy coffee. Awesome start!

The flavour screams balance with its excellent play off of big roasted malt flavours against bitter leafy hops. The chocolate comes through smooth and tempers the flavour, while the feel of coffee and cream is also present. What isn't noticeable is the alcohol, allowing this to drink lighter than it is. Medium bodied and lighter than expected for the style and the brewery, but it works well here and adds to the impression that this is a highly drinkable imperial stout.

Unbelievably easy to drink, as it lacks the evident alcohol and the lack of balance that can be common with the style. A beautiful piece of work from a great brewery.

Photo of Spider889
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery over the weekend.

Poured into a snifter, black as oil. Small cocoa colored head that recedes quickly and left little lacing.

Smells fantastic. Everything a RIS ought to be. Heavy chocolate malts mixed with tons of hops and plenty of other bready, earthy notes. Fairly sweet and you also can detect the 9% abv.

The taste is very bitter due to loads of hops as well as the roasted malts. Sweet and robust. The alcohol is not hidden here, but it forces you to sip the beer, which in turn allows you more time to savor all the subtle complexity this beer has to offer.

This is medium bodied; more thin than I'd like but thicker than many stouts I've had. Little carbonation.

The drinkability suffers from all the alcohol, and some might find the bitterness too much as well. I'd gladly drink two glasses, but that's probably my limit.

Note: this beer used to have a higher level of IBUs than Commodore Perry (their IPA). This year it seems to have been dialed down, it's now less than CP. This was a bad move in my book, while the bitterness is no longer extreme, it in turn allowed the alcohol more room to play than the older versions in my book.

**EDIT**
Did a four year vertical of Blackout at the BA Blackout Release Party at GLBC in 2010. The vertical was '07-'10.

The most recent vintages were the most bitter. And the beers got increasingly sweet as they got older (as expected). The 2007 is drinking well right now, but is slightly past its prime. Certainly Blackout can cellar even longer, but I wouldn't sit on it for more than three years max. the 2007 also had the most head by far with amazing retention. Lots of vanilla, and really sweet (sweeter than BBA Blackout).

The 2008 was very balanced and likely the best aged version. Still really sweet but not as sticky or overpoweringly sweet as the '07.

Overall I still prefer this beer fresh, but it does age well, depending on what you're looking for in a big stout such as this.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a light tan head. Smell is very nutty with some dark fruits and hints of cocoa. It also has a very earthy and roasty tone. Upon first sip I get a pretty big hit of bitter hops followed by bitter coffee. Chocolate does not come through very hard. Great if you like a very hoppy and bitter RIS. Packed with a chewy mouthfeel with a twinge of alcohol burn. Not really what I look for in a stout but it is good stuff.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Dark brown to black...nowhere near coal-black but rather opaque nonetheless. Tan head was short-lived, but a nice layer stayed put on top throughout.

Great bitter bakers chocolate and coffee aroma. A touch of some bitter hops though subdued, and also some earthy yeast notes. Roasty coffee and malt flavors, alcohol appears warm but pleasant. Some bitter hops in the flavor as well. The overall effect is a fairly mild flavor for an RIS. Like it though.

Very drinkable, not huge in body and not at all filling. You almost don't want a 9% RIS to be this drinkable.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Black pour with a finger worth of tan head that resides fairly quickly, leaves a small residue down the sides

S: Nice chocolate aroma along with some malt
and also a pleasent wiff of hops as well

T:Nice mix of Chocolate and malt that is very drinkable for such a higher ABV. Smooth with a nice coat of cocoa on the palate

M:Full bodied with good carbonation

D:Very drinkable Imp. Russian Stout. Nice flavor, nice aroma, all around good brew

Could Definitely Take Down A Few of These, Easy

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7/19/10.

A: Pretty black with a 1 finger mocha head. The head recedes and leaves a hazy film with tightly cropped darker bubbles here and there that look like bunches of grapes. The lacing is sparkly and decently sticky.

S: Big, roasted malts make themselves known immediately. Aromas of bitter chocolate, molasses, and toffee creep in behind the roastyness. Some dark toast, a touch of weathered leather, and unsalted peanuts almost come out in the bouquet. Mostly, the smell is that big, roasty, toasty malt aroma with the sweeter flavor peeking out like a little brother hiding behind his older sibling. The molasses smell really jumps out as the beer warms.

T: An opposite of the smell, the sweeter flavors really dominate the taste with dark chocolate and molasses leading the charge, while the roastyness tucks away into the sides of my mouth. Then, at the end of each sip, the bittering hops activate on my tongue and re-accentuate the bitterness of the roasted malted barley. The yeast adds a hearty, pumpernickel-like taste to the collage of flavors.

M: Good for a RIS, but not great. I keep waiting for a heavy, coating sensation to wash over my palate, but the sip is mainly medium bodies with a puckering bitterness at the end.

D: Extraordinarily drinkable. The combination of the sweet choco-molasses and the roasted malt and bittering hops make this a smooth drinker that I will seek out again in the future.

Photo of dpcoz
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Originally Reviewed on 02/26/2010)

Great Lakes Blackout Stout
12 fl oz - standard bottle
Pinocchio's Beer Garden - $4.00 per bottle

Appearance - Black, Motor Oil-like consistency, just what you like to see in a good imperial stout. Carmel Head Color, maybe a finger deep. Dissapated quickly.

Smell - Strong Coffee, hops, malts, carmel.

Taste - Strong Coffee, Carmel, Cedar. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Thick but smooth, low carbonation, low on hops but a slight 'pinging' on the tongue

Drinkability - Drinks really easy, hard to notice the alcohol, I think I could go through a six pack before realizing the strength and the cost of said pack. Good complex flavors make this a top three Imperial Stout for me. Based on this Imperial, I need to make a trip to Great Lakes Brewery!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black motor oil with tan foam and nice lacing. Not amazing, but good.

Smell: Coffee malts and strong fruit, especially figs.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More burnt coffee malts with lots of chocolate. I can definitely taste the figs here as well. Smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that I like but don't love.

Drinkability: Neither great to sip nor great as a session beer, but good for either.

Overall: I don't know much what to make of this beer. It looks and tastes good, and smells great. But the sum of the good parts do not equate into an amazing beer. That said, I really like this overall and would drink it again. Thumbs up!

Photo of Clydesdale
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nearly opaque black, with some ruddy/dark brown highlights when held up to light. The tall, densely foamy head has an attractive, medium brown color and strong retention. Plenty of solid lacing clings to the glass as it slowly recedes.

S: Big, roasty malt aromas, with firm notes of caramel and brown sugar. Substantial notes of semisweet chocolate, and a bit of a leathery scent as well. Lesser notes of coffee, dark fruit, and some leafy/earthy hops.

T: Similar to the nose. Roasted dark malts. Less sweet than the nose suggested, although there are still some brown sugar flavors. A one-two punch of semisweet chocolate and bittering hops adds a nice bite to the roastiness. Light notes of coffee, dark fruit, leather, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied for the style. Quite smooth, with mild, lightly creamy carbonation. A bit sticky and chewy, but not overly so. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

D: The blackout was an interesting time back in 2003, and Blackout Stout is an interesting beer in 2010. A tasty, accessible, drinkable RIS. Complexity is strong, and the alcohol adds a nice touch without being green or hot in the slightest. I would have preferred a heftier body, but it's a minor quibble. Very nice - another excellent seasonal from Great Lakes.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Founders snifter. Both were picked up on my last trip to Michigan.

A - A body dark as the middle of night with no power and a nice almost dark tan head.

S - Wow. Roast roast roast, lots of roasted flavor in this one, probably the most I've picked up before in the nose of a beer.. Reminds me of a nice dark roast coffee. The dark malts dominate this one.

T - Follows the nose with a nice roasted character. Has a nice bitter dark chocolate/coffee ending. The roasted malt flavor sticks around in my mouth after swallowing. This is a solid RIS.

M - a touch lighter than a heavy body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - This beer is fantastic! Just what I want in a bigger stout. Has more roast character than any other stout I've had. Especially considering the price this beer is phenomenal. I will pick this again as soon as I see it. In fact I plan on stocking up on this sucker the next time I drive up to Michigan.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on draft at the Great Lakes Pub. It almost pitch black and served in a 12 ounce snifter. It had about a half inch of head. This beer had a strong flavors of coffee and roasted chocolate. Very faint scents of alcohol and detergent. It was very easy to drink for the higher ABV.

Photo of halo21
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I poured out this black imperial stout into a Duvel snifter. This thick, opaque beer was dense and capped off on top by thick, creamy head, made up of super-fine carbonation.

Smell: Strong smells of dark roasted, whole bean coffee and a little cocoa. It is balanced by sweet roasted malts, and as it warms up, gives off esters and heat.

Taste: Drying roasted coffee and cocoa, with this sweetness of burnt sugar. The middle has a mild hoppiness, and a character similar to soy sauce, which I have noticed in similar, large dark beers. It warms up a bit releasing more flavors such as molasses and sugars, with some heat.

Mouthfeel: This is a lower-full bodied beer, that is drying and very well balanced. I would love to try a sweet stout version of this, whose inclusion of lactose would be interesting to taste.

Drinkability: Medium; this is very easy going down, especially the last third. This is a potent beer though, at 9% ABV it is a heavy beer that fills you up quick.

Notes: A fantastic beer. This is a brewery who continues to amaze me. I look forward to trying more of their lineup this year.

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,997 ratings.