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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,925 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,925
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 421
Gots: 494 | FT: 35
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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Photo of fitz284
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/13/15. Pours black as a starless night. Above normal head volume, excellent lacing and retention. Nice complex nose of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, roast notes, hints of vanilla and dark fruit (plum, date) in the background. Almost full bodied with a nice creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense, very complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a wave of flavor that slowly separates into sweet dark chocolate over molasses, then flows into the subtle vanilla and dark fruit notes. The middle is a strong roast flavor over a roast and hop bitterness that puckers the tongue a bit over a caramel sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of caramel/molasses sweetness over a lingering bitterness with just a hint of alcohol. This one is an excellent example of a roast forward stout that is masterfully complex and reasonably balanced with sweetness.

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

Photo of MykeJ
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black, with brown hints around the edges as you move it under light. A light tan head caps it, lasting a good way into the beer and leaving nice soapy lacing. The aroma is a blend of deep roasted malts and dark fruits, (raisins, figs) and the taste follows closely along. It is much sweeter than I would have expected, but that is not a bad thing. The body is a little lighter in weight (not as slick or heavy) but still quite good.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 04/23/15 Poured into a tulip glass.

L- Pitch black, small light white-brown head that dissipates quickly.

S- Sweet, licorice, light roasty acidic smell, little bit of dark fruits.

T- Sweet milk chocolate, plum, light coffee, finishes with some bitter chocolate and hops.

F- Medium, a bit on the lighter side for an imperial stout.

O- Kinda find this one to be a bit too much sweetness forward and lacking in a big flavor to match that sweetness. In my opinion it's pretty forgettable, a bit hard to find, at least in my area, and on the pricey side compared to others in its league that I prefer far more.

Photo of dbl_delta
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best by" date on bottle was 05/08/15.

Aggressive pour into pint glass resulted in less than one finger head, which dissipated rapidly. It's dark - not the blackest porter I've ever seen, put pretty darned dark.

Malty up front, with coffee, cream, chocolate...followed by a rather sneaky alcohol glow and finishing with smoke, caramel, and a hint of hops. A whole lotta stuff going on here.

Mouthfeel is slick and maybe a little thin for my taste, but it's certainly not off-putting. A very easy beer to drink. Reminds me of their Edmund F. in some ways, with chocolate.

Overall, this is another solid offering from Great Lakes. Wish I'd bought another bottle.

Photo of EuellGophar
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots going in here. Love it.

Photo of mabermud
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The body appears brown, looks a little shabby, and it also appears thin. The head looks unkempt. The aroma is of malt, milk chocolate, and wafts of faint alcohol. Everything is getting better. Now, the taste does not disappoint. Sweetness, lactose, milk chocolate, some faded licorice, and char at the end. There is nothing about the feel that jumps out, but it compliments the overall experience well. I think it could use some body and some carb action, it is shallow.

Overall, I dig it. This stout vaguely reminds me of Narwhal, but I like this a tad better. It is sweeter and smoother.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Grodd87
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marley2112
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of humuloner22
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never tried any of the Great Lakes stouts before. This is a good start!

Appearance: Dark but not as dark as some, head is virtually nonexistent. When the beer settles there is not even a spec of lacing.

Smell: Kind of boozy but not too bad, dark malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. A little like a chocolate covered raisin in that respect.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, not too boozy, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, and some minor chocolate notes, but not very prominent. Mouthfeel is pretty clean which I can appreciate. Its not a cloying beer at all, which for a stout this was a a good thing. It also avoided the dreaded licorice that some maintain.

Overall: This is the best Great Lakes beer I have had. I need to try more of the special releases. They are beginning t surprise me! Still not my favorite brewery but they definitely do darker beers better than the ales, in my opinion.

Photo of aker1221
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated BB 04/22/15 at 50 degrees into tulip
Aroma faint roasted malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing initially complete coverage of tiny bubbles, then small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – bitter chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dcbobcat
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bcsbeer
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,925 ratings.