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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,928 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 423
Gots: 497 | FT: 35
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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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Photo of spartan30
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours very dark, living up to it's namesake perfectly, holding it up to the light the color reminds me of Jager (not a bad thing). A 1/4 inch hot cocoa colored head quickly dissipates. Light lacing low carbonation looks very smooth. Over all a good presentation.

S: Light aroma, not to strong, lacks presence but you'll get it if your persistent. A roasty , light/sweet maltiness, nice vanilla notes as well.

T: The taste comes at you fast, a malty, slightly chocolate and licorice flavor finishing with a little hoppiness.

M: Mouth feel is medium heavy, not much carbonation, it goes down easy. Its a solid stout. You could have a couple of these no prob, but like most imperials I find them more of a desert or night-cap, not to be quickly imbibed, just savored.

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

This is going to be my last Blackout Stout until next year. Here is my review:

A: Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head. Lacing is present. Light does penetrate around the edges. Not as thick as some stouts.

S: Lots of roasted malts on the nose. A hint of coffee and chocolate. Pretty typical stout smell.

T: Typical aroma leads to an excellent taste. Lots of roasted malts right off the bat. Lots of smoke character as well. Coffee and chocolate add to the nice smoke and roast character. Taste actually reminds me of burnt toast. On par with Old Raputin, if not a little better.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Not nearly as thick as a lot of Imperial Stouts, but still very nice. Coats the mouth somewhat.

D: The slightly lighter body makes this Imperial Stout a bit easier to session. Not a session beer by any means, but could drink 2-3 of these at a time. Excellent taste adds to the drinkability. Very good overall.

One of Great Lakes best beers. Lots of nice complex flavors with an easy drinkability. This is not a super thick 'in your face' Imperial Stout, it is more of a refined and classic interpretation. Can't wait till next spring so I can have more of this gem.

Photo of mjl21
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mike! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by date of 7/28/09. Comes in at 9%.

A-Pours black with a 3/4 dark tan head that has fairly minimal retention. It forms a filmy layer that sticks around.

S-When the bottle is first cracked, I get chocolate and some roasted notes. When it is poured into the glass I also pick up on vanilla, lots of molasses, and some nutty notes. There is also some stone fruit that is noticeable. The roasted notes become stronger as it warms.

T-The initial taste is chocolate and molasses. The molasses is fairly strong. In the middle some vanilla and the stone fruit flavors come out. It has a nice roasty aftertaste. There is some hop bitterness that also lingers.

M-It is thick, but not super sludgy. It has good carbonation. Leaves a sticky feeling on the lips.

D-Just an awesome beer. Would buy this often if it was available in my area. The booze is very well hidden.

This was another great Midwest RIS. I really want to try the BA version. Really good stuff.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been meaning to review this one, a local favorite of mine.
Grabbed one of the few 4 packs left on the shelves, as this was released back in February.

12 oz. bottle poured in to Stone 12th Anniv. stout glass.

A: Pours deep black. No light will pass through this one. Very light lacing left on the glass. Nice tan head with adequate retention.

S: Instantly hit with deeply roasted malt, smells like cold coffee.

T: Strong coffee flavor immediately. Deep roasted/burnt malt with a definite hop presence at 85 IBU. The malt leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste that'll keep you coming back. Unsweetened dark chocolate is thrown in the mix as well. A slight ethanol burn shows up in the finish, especially as the beer warms up.

M/D: Great. Low carbonation and very thick mouthfeel.

Overall, a top-tier RIS. Very excited to try this Barrel-Aged version of this to say the least.

Photo of hike20
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rich brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a hint of raisins. Chocolate flavor is quickly followed by malt, caramel, licorice, then a light smokiness. Alcohol provides a finishing burn. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, though now as nice as some impy's I've tried. Overall very complex and quite good.

Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. poured into a snifter. Best by 7/28/09, though I am sure this can age more even longer than that.

(A)- Pours opaque black. Big head formed and dissipated down to a light layer of dense light brown suds. Some sticky lacing here and there.

(S)- Lots of roasted dark chocolate on the nose. Its like a rich mocha only more chocolate in the ratio compared to espresso. Some raisin aromas mixed into it as well.

(T)- Really strong in the roasted malt which oozes dark chocolate. The raisins are in there too.

(M)- Thick, but not super thick. Full-bodied. Sweet and bitter at the same time with a good carbonation level.

(D)- This RIS is simple, straightforward, yet decadent. Chocolate lovers unite! Super sweet and super roasted. A for sure sipper that could replace any dessert involving chocolate. The few extra months this had in the bottle since it was put in there over this past winter did wonders for it! If you have any of this, its really good right now in my opinion! However brace yourselves, this is not for the weak minded.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm, opaque sable that is just a red tomcat whisker above black. Head is thick and dark tan, but disappears quickly - half a point off there. Aroma is rich and fills the nose with smoke, fine coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses. Flavor does not disappoint - rich and lip-smacking, it is like fine roast coffee mixed with unsweet chocolate, a hint of charcoal and a touch of molasses. Texture is thick, oily, smooth and lively so it doesn't just slide down the pipes but fairly dances its way to the tummy. A must for all stouties!

Photo of scruffwhor
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle aged for about 2 and a half years.

Pours an almost jet black motor oil hue, but has some noticeable and eye pleasing brownie highlights. A filmy, light brown head slow disintegrates into nothing. The aroma is super complex. Notes of peet, deep roastd coffee, sensual chocolate, and some single malt whisley aromas. This beer isn't even aged in oak barrels! The hopping definetly mellowed with age. But the hops still impart an overall earthy falvor to thsi very dark and complex malt bomb. The coffee and chocolate are smooth and roasty bitter to almost brunt. Then theres this vanilla wood, peet, whiskey barrel flavor and soothing alcoholic heat to the finish. This beer is awesome. I remeber it tasting great fresh, but aged... holy smokes!!!!

Photo of generallee
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown/black color that is nearly opaque. On top there is a Light tan head of modest size (about one finger) that fades down to just a small ring of bubbles that makes some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has lots of roasted malty grain and a heavy vodka like alcohol presence.

Taste/Mouth: It has a big sweet malt flavor up front with lots of roasted grain, roasted malt and roasted coffee notes. This is surrounded by a heavy boozy alcohol presence and tempered by solid hop bitterness. Also there is some mild odd fruitiness in there as well. The finish really hits you with sweet boozy alcohol that hangs on the tongue and warms the palate. The texture is full, smooth and slick with mild carbonation.

Notes: This is a big full bodied slow sipper.

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

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a short beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malts along with some coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is typically RIS malty up front with a strong flavor of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, however, this beer isn't quite as thick or heavy as many big stouts. There's a very mild hops presence which is to be expected given the style and the fact that this beer is over 2 years-old. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a really good big stout to drink for a long time especially with some age on it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i've lost track of who to thank for this particular bottle, given as an extra earlier on in... i think march 09. vwcraig?

12oz bottle with best by date of 08/03/09. tasted in early may 2009. poured into tulip.

dark black, though not quite opaque, with reddish brown tint under direct light. 1-finger tan head, fades to wisps and ring. thin but relatively consistent lacing.

aroma: surprisingly fruity plum tones alongside the malty caramel. roast coffee and cocoa notes. earthy tones (from hops?)

taste: less fruity than the aroma, with caramel, but the roast and hops, along with possible fusel/phenol note can have moments of harshness in the bitterness and overall flavor. not horrible - it's still ok, but just isn't balanced, nor "robust". mild acidity and faint coffee tones in finish.

medium body, smooth enough, but some astringent character overall, which sort of also thins it out. mild to moderate carbonation helps with the body a little.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra courtesy of RoyMunson.

A: Pitch black, reflecting a well-chosen name. The head is a moderate-lived cocoa-colored affair that recedes into a floating patch of film on top of the brew. A few rings here and there, but generally no lacing.

S: Roasted grains, dark chocolate, some earthiness and a little dark berry note.

T: Follows the nose quite well, but leans toward a dark rum flavor with roasted grains, chocolate, and dark fruits rounding it out. There is some earthiness on the finish that I assume is a hop contribution, but it's not very pronounced. And that's just fine. This is on the sweeter side of the RIS spectrum, but it's not sugary or cloying. Just... rummy, as I mentioned earlier.

M: I refuse to believe this is 9%. No wonder I felt a little slow after drinking it. It goes down very smoothly, assisted by a heavy body. Carbonation is a tad too high to be silky.

D: This didn't blow my mind, but it was good enough that I'd want to get more. Well done.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an trade extra from Auslander, thanks again man!

Consumed 7/4/09-from notes. Bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date 8/03/09

A- As black as the name suggests with a thin cocoa head that lasted the whole glass. Pretty good lacing.

S- A little chocolate, a little roasty, very rich over-all.

T- Much like the smell with hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Something else very faintly like dark fruit.

M- Very smooth but more watery than it looked. Medium body.

D- Very easy to drink but I wouldnt have more than one in a sitting before moving on to something else.

Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a fine tan head that displays good retention. Aromas of burnt sugar, dark fruity yeast, slight spiciness. Taste is similar to the aroma, along with rum soaked raisins. Dry roasty finish with some alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full with a medium-high carbonation. Exceptionally fruity fruity and yeasty, and not in a good way for me.

Photo of shanecb
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark, black color. Looks a lot like coffee if you tilt the glass. There was a little bit of a dark tan-colored head at the beginning, but that quickly went away.

S - Rich smell! Hints of chocolate and toasty grains. Almost has a sweet malty aroma to it as well.

T - Very much the same as the smell. The sweet maltiness definitely comes through, as do notes of chocolate. There's a definite hop flavor in the aftertaste. Can't particularly sense the alcohol either.

M - Only average to me. Seems a little thin in the mouth, not what I was expecting. The carbonation is incredibly mild. Nothing substantial to the mouthfeel.

D - Pretty good drinkability! It goes down very smooth, and the taste isn't overpowering in any way, so this is a pretty drinkable beer.

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

Picked this one up while driving through Ohio back in March. It has a 'best by' date of: 7/28/09

A: very nice deep black pour with a nicely formed 1 inch tan head with moderate lacing

A: chocolate, roast, molasses and hops---very nice aroma!

T: same as aroma but the hops kick in quickly and dominate the finish. Not getting any alcohol despite it's 9.00 ABV

M: I'd call it medium, not quite as thick as I think it should be but not bad

D: very drinkable! Very smooth. Goes down a little too well.

This is not in the same class as the 'big boys' but it's a very solid brew by an oustanding brewery (one of my favorites)!

UPDATE---I'm drinking a bottle that I've been cellaring from the above batch and it has all come together very nicely with almost a year on it. The lingering hop bitterness has mellowed and the chocolate comes through so much more on the aroma. This is fantastic. Silky smooth. I'm going to up the mouthfeel and the taste a half point! I wish I had some more of these!!

Photo of minterro
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black color beer with a brown head. bubbles stay ontop of the surface.

S: toasty and hoppy

T: its like how it smells, toasty grains. hint of chocolate. after finishing the sip if you take a breath of air, you can profoundly notice the 9.00 abv (damn did i just drink hard alcohol ahah).

M: smooth, mid-thick body good carbonation for this kind of beer (i like beer with less carbonation anyways).

D: for having a pretty thick body it was easy to drink becuase it tastes good.

Notes: a well made beer, would recommend it to anyone. let it warm, drink it slow, enjoy this beer... cause its 10$ for a 4-pack! if there is another major black out, i hope i have a 4-pack of this beer with me. when i finshed this beer i didn't want it to end.

Photo of jjanega08
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a pretty thin looking black color with some brown highlights. The head is thin and has a little retention and no lacing. Like I mentioned thin for the style.
S= lots of coffee and roasted malts in it. Small chocolate smell but mostly coffee.
T= a lot of sweet carmely malt. Some toffee. Lots of coffee to it. Very nice. A little smokey in the finish.
M= thin and sort of unimpressive. Coats pretty well though.
D= decent. Not the best RIS I have ever had. I imagine the BA version being fabulous. Pretty good though

Photo of ltjska04
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this over a year ago but wasn't very impressed. I thought it might be a bad bottle or maybe my palate just wasn't ready, so I've been looking forward to trying this again.

Poured into a snifter from a bottle with a best by date a month from today, this is great looking; very dark and a nice head that recedes to a ring around the glass. The first smells I got were of chocolate and a bit of hops. The hops don't come through as much in the taste, but the rich chocolate and malts do. Damn this is good! It reminds me a bit of Founder's Breakfast Stout but not as powerful. So much better than last time I had it. Great mouthfeel and this goes down almost too smoothly. The alcohol of this barely makes itself known.

Bottom line: this is a great stout and is among my favorites. I'm so glad I gave it a second chance.

Photo of Lothore
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle is dated 4/05. Pours a deep black hue with a small coffee head which dissaptes quickly.

S-Smell is very sweet, caramel, roasted malt, coffee.

T- Tastes is dominated by roasted malt but rounded out by a deep sweetness that sticks around for quite a while.

M- Thick with low carbonation.

D- This has aged extremely well. Flavors are all very mellow and has perhaps gotten a little too sweet but it was tasty none the less.

Photo of everetends
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle sent to my by the greatness that is IBUnit63. I have heard quite a bit about this brew and it was a great suprise to see this bottle in the package. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter. Nothing like a good Russian Imperial Stout on a Friday night.

A: Pours a pretty nice, seemingly viscous stream of inky black in color. Held to the light, at the very top you get some dark red hued brown, but the body is mostly black that is on the most part not letting light through. At the pour, I got about half a finger of mocha colored head. The problem is that there is little to no retention and there is very little lace to speak of. There is a clear and somewhat thick film that coats the glass. Very nice, but it does have some room to grow, especially in the head department.

S: Getting a good amount of milk chocolate coming across here in the nose. Maybe a milk chocolate bar next to a warm cup of dark coffee. Getting a little bit of some hops jumping out at me, maybe of an earthy variety or maybe some citrus presence. Getting a good amount of roast along with some vanilla heaviness. Maybe a touch of cream as well. Getting a touch of tobacco as well. Quite enjoyable.

T: The taste is very much like the nose and that makes me very happy. Getting a really nice high end coffee flavor with some added milk chocolate going on in here. Nice vanilla notes kicking in here with some nice roasty malt and wood flavor. Nice and slight milky goodness coming across here. Pretty decent robust flavor with a somewhat nice and subtle spice flavor (maybe some anise seed). Getting just a touch of hops on the back end. Yet again, a nice tobacco presence that is light but also adds just a nice richness to this brew. Not bad at all, man. Not bad at all.

M: Light side of full bodied. Actually has a touch of thinness to it that is turning me off just a touch. I was expectig a much thicker brew. ABV is up there, but it is pretty mild on the palate and throat. Brings some warmth but it doesn't get too crazy at all. Carbonation is a bit on the light side, but it keep this beer creamy and nice. Has a nice and velvet smoothness to it. Aftertaste is mostly some chocolate and roast.

D: For the 9%, I can't complain at all. Sure it is a bit thin, but that absolutely helps the drinkability. This went down incredibly well and quickly for an RIS. It has a lot going for it in the flavor and aroma categories, but it does have room to grow in the look and feel. The look was truly lacking but the flavor really helps it all out. Very glad to have finally tried this and it works nicely. Another great brew to have enjoyed from Great Lakes. Damn tasty.

Photo of Lepley
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to review this for a while.

A: Pours blackish-brown, like syrup. About one finger of head with little retention, but good lacing.
S: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, roastiness, slightly hoppy.
T: Chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits, caramel, sweet, maltiness, light hint of hops and light bitterness.
M: Thick, smooth, good carbonation.
D: What a great IRS. Probably couldn't have more than one of these, but it's so flavorful and so delicious.

Photo of croc
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first experience with this particular seasonal brew came at last years Beerfest, (September 2008) in Rochester NY. Word was that this dark stout was only available for a very short period of time. A friend and fellow beer enthusiast and I, parked ourselves right in front of the Great Lakes podium and began inflating our pourers heads while scoring full glasses of the delicious brew. We found out that Great Lakes at that time was not being distributed in the Rochester market but, by chance, Great Lakes would soon be flooding the shelves of local grocers Wegmans and other local distribution centers. To our dismay, we found that Great Lakes offered a variety of great tasting ales, and stouts but the coveted Blackout stout was actually a seasonal brew saved over from the past spring! We tried to get a lead on where it was hidden finally contacting the brewery itself. Our efforts were in vein. There simply was none to be had. We gave up. I was at a local Bar/Restaurant a couple of weeks ago when in pure amazement saw Blackout Stout on the menu! A few inquires to the manager and I was informed that a small shipment made its way in from Cleveland and that, what was available to the public, was being rationed out at our local "Beers of the World" store. 1 phone call later I was informed by the clerk that 6 cases remained. I immediately finished my drink and headed over to purchase every last bottle. 6 cases and almost $400 dollars later, I had every drop in Rochester in my possession! I made a few calls to a few good friends and parted with a couple of the cases. This is the stuff dreams are made of! Dark,full flavor, slight bitter bite, with hints of chocolate, and nutty. Great served slightly below room temp. and paired well with fruits, chocolates, and sweet desserts. This is a sipping beer meant to be drank from a goblet. At 9% ABV it is nearly perfect. I don't bother to break this stuff out for the general house guests as few have the pallet to appreciate the quality and character of this fine, fine brew.

Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A glossy black iron that is surprisingly embracing of light; brush strokes of dark crimson accent the beer in numerous places. It of course remains opaque even despite the highlighting. There isn't much head although a loose crowning and filmy web stay sprawled over the surface. It's nice to have some light to appreciate this fine looking beer!

The aroma is an equal blend of one part chocolate, one part coffee, one part hops but each sniff yields a different emphasis. This bouquet is an exquisite blend of fudge, cocoa, espresso, licorice, hops and dark caramel. If you like the smell of RIS's this one should entertain you; it offers a bunch of both complimenting and contrasting scents.

To provide some point of reference, this tastes something like their Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, only amplified by at least three fold and with correspondingly additional doses of coffee and hops. It is surprisingly quaffable given the richness of the flavour, which by the way tastes like a chocolate sponge cake drizzled in caramel, topped with currants, dipped in coffee and sprinkled with diced hop cones. (Is there anything better?)

As far as quickly disappearing Imperial Stouts go, Blackout must hold the record. Forget this silly notion of 9% (at least until you finish the bottle, then treat it seriously.) The beer drinks like it's a stout of 6 or 7% but has the richness, maltiness, hoppiness and decadence of those that dawn the 'Imperial' moniker. Not to mention, I've found the beer ages exceedingly well too.

As a friend once said of it: "it doesn't matter how highly this is rated, it should be rated higher." I couldn't agree more. It's hard to go wrong with anything Great Lakes brews but it simply is wrong to not have a bottle or two of their Blackout Stout on hand in the cellar at all times. You never know when a blackout will hit and believe you me, you'll be happy to have a stockpile on hand just in case!

Photo of endincolorado
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours fairly thick and syrupy. Opaque black, with a tiny bit of chestnut showing through at the bottom of the glass. Nice, thick tan head with a mix of tiny and medium bubbles that recede slowly. Good sheets of tan lace cling to the glass.

Smell- Black coffee, cocoa, and light alcohol aromas hit first, followed by some ripe fruit, and a faint hop-bitterness.

Taste- Dark, rich malt that reminds me of slightly burnt toast, with more ripe fruit, and cocoa. Some hops and a dry smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, with an almost velvety texture that helps these flavors wander all over the palate slowly, but efficiently. Perfect carbonation, and a definite alcohol-warming sensation.

Drinkability- High ABV makes this a beer to be wary of. Though the alcohol is evident, it doesn't take away from drinkability too much.

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,928 ratings.