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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,350 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2350
Reviews: 1073
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 02-14-2004)
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks Reid!). Best by 3/14/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours cola black with a tight, quarter finger cap of tan head. The misiscule halo of foam that remains leaves wide webs of lace.

Aromas of dark fruits, slight smoke, mild roast malts and cocoa.

Taste follows the nose. Cherry skins, dark chocolate, darkened malts, a little smoke, burnt coffee, earthy bark, hints of licorice and a little molasses. Very little alcohol presence.

Creamy medium body with light carbonation. Bitter, roasty cocoa finish.

A well-crafted, no-frills imperial stout. I'm not clamoring for more but I won't turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:16:14 | More by ThickNStout
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, capped with about one finger of foam. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing behind. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and even vanilla (despite this not being the barrel-aged version). A whiff of fusel alcohol, too, but that's forgivable given the style. Semi-sweet dark chocolate and vanilla notes are most prevalent.

Flavor is rich and roasty, with just a touch of sweetness. Getting mostly dark chocolate as far as flavors go. Oh, and more than a trace of alcohol, which intrudes quite a bit into the flavor. Mouthfeel starts off prickly then suddenly transitions to kind of flat and lifeless.

Great Lakes makes some excellent beers, but this 2013 Blackout Stout did not live up to its ratings. Plenty of better Imperial Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:56:49 | More by gr0g
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint dark cola brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy dark beige head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted, almost charred malts along with some lighter notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits (raisin and plum). The dark fruit aromas fades as the beer comes up to room temperature.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted, almost charred malts with a light note of dark chocolate. There are light notes of freshly ground coffee and moderate notes of dark fruits (plum and raisin). Very light hints of vanilla and moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade slowly.

M: Just shy of full bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and has a great flavor/aroma. Very easy to drink with well hidden alcohol, I would be happy to have a couple of these but alas I was only able to find one when searching the local beer stores this year. Definitely worth grabbing if you come across it and wishing I could find the barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 02:24:27 | More by dbrauneis
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown, and sits in the glass as midnight black. It forms a head of tan colored bubbles atop the beer, but swiftly whittles that away to a scrim. In body, the beer is slightly viscous and nearly perfectly opaque, which just hints of ruby light escaping through the edges of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of medium roast coffee, with baker’s chocolate and dark fruit notes dancing in and out of the nostrils. It smells almost like a blend of hot cocoa and coffee. Touches of creamy milk even show themselves to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes surprisingly sweet and fruity in its beginnings, but dries out perfectly with bitter roast and a touch of herbal hops in the finish. Slightly tart acidity also shows its face at the beginning of the sip, but is bulled away by the rich roasted bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as plum juice, milk chocolate, and a touch of raisins. This moves forward into rich dark roast coffee notes and then char and a light bite of herbal hops on the finish. The dark fruit returns on the finish and aftertaste, and sits nicely on the palate for a while. In the mouth, the beer feels just below full in body, with a smoothness that borders on being thin given the beer’s alcohol percentage and style. The mouth is left coffee-bitter but with a lot of acid-canceling saliva swimming in the cheeks. Overall, this is a nice imperial stout. In terms of the Russian Imperial Stout, it falls a little flat for what I look for in the style, but it has some awesome imperial stout characters that work perfectly. I want more roast and charred malt flavors in this beer in order to see it as an RIS, but its deeply fruity and tart malt character at the beginning was really quite intriguing and made the beer interesting and complex to sip. The mouthfeel was a bit thin overall for what I wanted for the style, but that does make the beer easy to sip. This is a really nice imperial stout with some funky character. Not my favorite in the style, but a nice interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:15:42 | More by Maxwell
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 03/14/2014 printed on the label. A new winter seasonal to me from Great Lakes, always excited to see something new from these guys.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark mahogany colored body; opaque black in the glass with under a finger of creamy fluffy mocha head. Some thin spotty lacking. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of dark malt roast, dark bitter baking chocolate, cocoa, some cream, cherry juice, and maybe some faint herbal hoppiness.

T - Taste is of thick dark fudgey chocolate, powdery cocoa, cream, hints of vanilla, subtle coffee bean roast but not overpowering. 9.00% abv is extremely well hidden. No alcohol noticeable whatsoever. Faint citric / herbal hop presence is noticeable when I look for it.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with just a bit of milk chocolate / coffee bean roast / bitterness lingering on the palate. Medium bodied with great carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful stout from Great Lakes, I would just love to see what the barrel aged version of this is like. Another great beer from what is easily one of my favorite breweries in the US. Recommended.

Great Lakes Blackout Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:11:48 | More by mfnmbvp
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Blackout Stout is another solid offering from Great Lakes. The beer pours a solid opaque black with off white head that is leaving a lacing. The scent carries a roast and slight helpings of coffee, anise and chocolate. The taste has a nice balance of roast, coffee, toffee and peat. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid stout and perfect for those winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:59:25 | More by WoodBrew
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola color with ruby hues on the edges. Medium sized, light, bubbly off-white/light cafe colored head. Decent retention but little lace is left behind.

S - Chocolate and cocoa nibs provide a slight bitterness and provide a large part of the aroma. Some slightly burnt molasses. Fair amount of cigar tobacco and smoke, not overpowering but fairly strong. I'm getting undertones of dark fruit, particularly raisin. Complex aroma.

T - Starts out with a strong roasted malt flavor. Some more of the cigar smoke/tobacco along with a hint of smoked meat. This gives way to some dark/bittersweet chocolate and some cocoa. Subtle dark coffee grounds flavor undertones. Subtle sweetness on the finish with a touch of raisin. Interesting flavor combinations that are nice, but at some points I thought it got a little cluttered.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

D - Alcohol is well hidden and the complex flavors have me coming back for more to puzzle through the flavors. Solid stout.

Notes: Complex flavors that at times were a little too much. The whole smokey/ashy flavors worked well. A nice change of pace from other Imperial Stouts from the US. Solid choice although I don't know if I'd ever crave it or be excited to have it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:30:12 | More by FreshHawk
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 4/13 - so 2012 vintage? - into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to metaldog for sending me this as an extra.

A: Black body, brown highlights, 1" tan head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty good.

S: Spice, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and some dark fruit. Very roasty, lightly sweet, and quite nice.

T: A distinct note of incipient sherry oxidation up front, but in a pleasant way. Bolder flavors of chocolate, char, and coffee fill out - particularly after it's had a chance to warm. The finish is bittersweet, with hints of baker's chocolate, licorice, and raisins. Really complex and enjoyable.

M: Medium-to-full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Excellent.

O: This is a really good stout, but I think it would have been a little better fresh. I'm really happy I finally got a chance to try it.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:34:37 | More by woosterbill
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub in Ohio City. 12oz poured into a snifter today, 1/3/2014.

Comes well... pitch black, opaque and very mysterious. Head is a 1cm tan head that retains decently well but nothing special; the lacing is very nice however. Looks like a solid big stout.

Smells fantastic. Roast malts, milk chocolate sweetness, straight espresso shots to make things a bit more bitter. Very, very rich nose, one of the best I've had in a non-BA RIS.

Flavour is very similar to the nose in that it's very roasty, with a bit of smokiness, but that is very very subtle. Milk chocolate sweetness comes out quite a bit, and given that I'm a maniac for milk chocolate, that's a true pleasure for me. There is bitter espresso and earthy hops on the backend that balances everything out very nicely. Again, rich RIS with a lot of flavours. Not super complex, but complex enough and quite rich.

Full bodied, a bit chewy and viscous. Good carbonation which is just right. Not flat, not too creamy or custardy. Very rich as above, with the aftertaste being surprisingly bitter earthiness and coffee. Rich beer that is a great sipper. No ABV is apparent despite its 9%.

Very impressive RIS, one of the better ones I've had in the style. It's not as bitter as Plead the 5th, nor is it as hoppy as Obsidian Stout or Storm King, nor is it as rich as Founders' Imperial Stout, nor is it as complex as Darkness or Marshal Zhukov- but it's excellent and incorporates all the characteristics I have really come to enjoy from each of these other Russian Imperial Stouts. Recommend getting one four-pack of this beer for every winter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 23:22:28 | More by Stevedore
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Realbeer1542

New York

4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Oil black - nice shine. Small tan head that dissipates to excellent lacing.

Smell - Coffee, Chocolate, Dark Malts - enticing.

Taste - Tried at about 57 degrees. Balanced and strong. Great for a cold winter night. Starts with coffee and finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel - Exactly what you would expect from an imperial stout. Coats the tongue and finishes with enough flavor to let you savor the beer without being overpowered. Hides the alcohol well. .

Overall - Very good imperial stout and one I will buy again. Would love to age but don't have the willpower. Growler is enough to share between one and one half large men or four small women.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2014 23:09:57 | More by Realbeer1542
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KaiMundwiler

Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz in a snifter

A - Pitch black that had a thin tan head for a very short time.

S - Chocolate comes through the strongest with some backnotes of grain.

T - Get the chocolate I smelled. Boozy backkick hits the tongue pretty good. Probably could benefit from some time down in the cellar to smooth it out.

M - Bit thin for what I normally expect from a IS but not bad, probably why I get so much booze in the taste. Carbonated enough to bite a bit.

O - Good beer. Look forward to seeing what some time will do for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:09:14 | More by KaiMundwiler
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champ103

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A bit of ruby/brown highlights around the edges. At first a small bubbly tan head forms, but continues to rise, which eventually builds to about two fingers. Excellent retention, and lace.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, and big dark chocolate aromas. A liquorish aroma in the nose as well.
T: Typical roasted malt and coffee that are in most stouts. Some liquorish, and that big dark bakers chocolate is excellent.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. A bit on the resinous side, but overall so smooth. A perfect warming and enjoyable stout. Incredibly easy to drink for the size.

Like everything else from Great Lakes, this is top shelf stuff. One of my favorite breweries, and a typically excellent offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:11:37 | More by champ103
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gabedivision

New York

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz to a snifter

A- pitch black thin mocha head and lace

S- Musty chocolate notes, cereal grains, roasted barley, a touch of sweetness some vanilla

T- Some chocolate, more cereal grains, tingly brown sugar, some black licorice little vanilla and some booze to round it up

M- Feels a tad thin for the style, but still a heavy robust beer, tingly carbonation

O- Not a bad IS, good solid drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:03:14 | More by gabedivision
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deeznuts420

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a snifter this beer poured a pitch black color with a finger and a half worth of head. not much of a smell besides some faint dark chocolate and coffee. very faint though. the taste was the star here with plenty of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. at first you can taste some hops immediately followed by dark malts, coffee, bitter chocolate,and some type of dark fruit. Overall this was a very good stout for the price and is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 11:24:24 | More by deeznuts420
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excited to finally try this one...

At first glance, I was underwhelmed as it poured kind of thin and watery and the initial color was not one that would remind me of a "blackout". As it sat in the glass though, it seemed to get a little darker as it settled. The smell was of chocolate, roasted malts and some hops.

The taste was fantastic. It was very similar to the smell but everything was incredibly balanced and smooth. I am curious to age this one to see if the roastiness fades a bit and lets the great chocolate taste come forward a little bit. In the category of "easy drinking imperial stouts", this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 04:45:06 | More by mjpolzin
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black with some foamy tan aggregations along the glass. Sipping pattern leads the way for layers of lacing.

Big grainy roasted aroma. Loads of roasted barley, earthy piney hops, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some hot alcohol.

Sweet malty flavors lead into heavier roasted flavors. Milk chocolate upfront, roasted barley, quick flash of resinous hops then big roasted bitterness.

Smooth feel and a substantial body.

World class beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:26:35 | More by TheMultiYeast
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out dark as night with a two finger light brown head with great reatention. Really pours out nice. Smells is quite malty with definitely some dark malts, dark fruits, just really some nice dark goodies. Really can't even smell any hops. Tastes just like the nose except there is a little coffee in there with a tiny bit of booze. Really tastes quite like the nose with way more coffee, Everything is amazing as it REALLY is stout forward. No chance of tasting hops here. Over all this is a hella great stout for the ABV. Hard to do anything better for the ABV. Just a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:09:01 | More by NeedBeerHere
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side by side 2012 and 2013 (ratings for 2013) both served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: black with just a touch of brown on the edges. completely opaque. huge 3 finger creamy head that fades slowly and leaves a full lacing

Smell: strong bitterness but no hop flavor. roasty malts and some sweet chocolate just barely breaking through

Taste: opens up with smooth and sweet chocolate. roasty malts take over quickly and finish of with a bitterness. decently strong alcohol

Mouthfeel: pretty creamy feel. very smooth transitions. strong hoppy bitterness left behind

Overall: a good but very hoppy imperial stout quite tasty and i really like the creamness.

2012:
Appearance: same as the 2013 but the head is not as big and creamy and doesn't last as long. 3.75

Smell: strong and decadent chocolate and some roasted malts 4.00

Taste: big chocolate taste, very sweet. strong alcohol and might be a little stronger than the fresh one. 4.25

Mouthfeel: lost a bit of creaminess. pretty heavy body and just a bit of bitterness left over. 4.00

Overall: I like the year old one better. It lost a bit of the hoppiness but it still has quite a bit of complexity and flavor. 4.00

4.1/5

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 23:31:49 | More by SportsandJorts
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before 03/16/14.

A: pours a dark brown. definitely not black and really not that dark of a brown. head isn't that dark and retention isn't that great. no lacing in my glass.

S: a minor coffee and a lot of bitter roast. coffee grounds actually. chocolate. smooth and inviting aroma.

T: chewy and rich. not cloying in the least as the finish rounds out with some roast. not acrid. super smooth with absolutely no heat. chocolate and roast. milk chocolate even. enough hops to provide great balance.

M: pretty decadent mouthfeel. rich and full bodied.

D: my favorite thing about this stout is its undeniable drinkability and balance. just a really good drink, not necessarily a sipper, which makes this big brew that much more dangerous. to my celler-folks out there, my recommendation is to drink this fresh. drinks great right now, no heat, good complexity. I actually see time hurting this a bit more than benefiting. that and anytime a big brew has a enjoy by date on it that appears to be only about 6 months from its bottled on date, I would say drink it. they know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:35:45 | More by Jimmys
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mdhobbs

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to admit that I was surprised by this stout. The beer pour almost black with a nice head that eventually disappears. The smell immediately got my attention which was rich with depth. The taste had the attributes of a well crafted stout beer that left me wanting more. It is too bad this is a seasonal beer. This would make a good everyday beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:01:37 | More by mdhobbs
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Blackout Stout last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I've missed out on this beer for the past couple years so I made sure to grab a bottle for this years release, so lets see how it goes. Best by 3/14/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of dark tan head that was bordering on being mocha colored and it died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking RIS, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by tons of dark roasted malts that impart a roasted, slightly charred, coffee and dark chocolate like aromas with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable dark fruit aroma with some plum aromas seeming to stick out the most followed by a noticeable alcohol aroma that seems to be on the lighter side. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was full of dark roasted malt aromas and it was very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of dark roasted malts that impart all those nice roasted aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate seeming to stick out just a little more then the other flavors. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most and there's a light amount of noticeable alcohol that isn't warming. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a very roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, it wasn't too boozy and I thought it was very true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, rich, a little sticky, creamy, full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a very good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought it was pretty easy drinking for a 9% RIS. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, rich, creamy, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these without getting bored with it and I think it's very drinkable for the style. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything wrong or out of place with this beer. I would buy this beer again, I'm pretty sure I'll pick up another bottle and I might get one to put in the cellar, but I'm not sure this one will benefit much from aging since it's pretty smooth and tasty right now. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Russian Imperial Stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was a straight up good RIS and it's up there as one of the better beers I've had from Great Lakes Brewing Company, it was smooth and it did a good job at holding my attention. Good job guys, this beer didn't disappoint, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:48:04 | More by StoutHunter
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is black, nice tan head, good bubbles and presence, some lacing.

Aroma is sweeter chocolate and roasted malts, hints of plums, booze, no particular hop aroma.

Taste is on the sweeter side at first, slightly resinous, then dries out some on the tongue, flavors present as chocolate at first, quick to roast, coffee, light toffee; hop bitterness is noted, earthy and lighter pine flavors, but lighter than some RISs.

Mouthfeel has a very strong sweeter lasting flavor on the tongue, some resinous, sticky qualities, not quite cloying.

Overall, great presentation, aroma and taste, sweeter mouthfeel is slightly off putting to my personal taste for stronger RISs

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:10:09 | More by mvanaskie13
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice black color, little tan head, minimal lacing

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some earthiness and spice

Taste: Some really nice malts up front, roasty and delicious. Some coffee and chocolate flavors in there. Some spicy, earthy hops, with a nice accompanying bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, low carbonation

Overall: Excellent beer, good example of the style. I'm happy to see the whole state of NJ get GLBC distribution, I really enjoy their brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:24:05 | More by MadCat
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The following notes are from a side-by-side tasting of the 2013 edition from a growler and the 2012 edition in a bottle. Scores are from the 2013.

Poured from a growler into a nonic pint glass
A: Pitch black, 1/2-finger head
S: Full of molasses, burnt espresso beans, roasted malt and a hint of cocoa
T: Matches the nose but with such intensity & complexity adding some bitterness. Honestly the finish may be the best part of this beer as it all crescendos into a rich, full mocha flavor that lingers forever
M: Full-bodied, a hint of carbonation, very well balanced
O: Wonderful beer, love drinking this each fall

2012 edition, best by date of 3/19/13 but aged until today, poured into a nonic pint glass
A: Pitch black, one-finger head (4)
S: Somewhat muted initially with burnt coffee and grain, adds fig as it warms up (4)
T: Like the 2013 but a bit sweeter... a bit less cocoa but adds fig, otherwise same dark coffee/grains. Still nice complexity/bitterness/balance (4.5+)
M: Ditto 2013 but a touch sweeter (4.5)
O: I doubt the 2013 will evolve to add the sweetness but interesting to compare the two as they are both excellent yet different beers (4.5)

Serving type: growler

12-08-2013 20:09:13 | More by ONUMello
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl. ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A great light brown head sat on top of a rich dark brown body - small glow broke through the edges but it was hard to find any light breaking through.

Smell: Rich, burnt grains. Semi-sweet layer with a smokey background.

Taste: Great notes of dark chocolate. Creamy upfront with a slight kick of bitterness from the hops. There is a subtle presence of mocha notes in the aftertaste.

Overall: Very nice Imperial Stout. I am sticking two of these in the cellar to age, should be an even creamier experience then.

Serving type: bottle

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,350 ratings.