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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,936 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 425
Gots: 500 | 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 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

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

Fantastic imperial stout, served on draft into snifter at Harding Tavern. Light on the nose, with no big roasted notes apparent until you take the first sip here. More complexity opens up as this warms. Great smooth, thick body and mouthfeel which falls short of oily. Retains minimal head, appearance similar to a cola. Excellent chocolate and hint of hop notes come through here. For the high ABV this is devastatingly drinkable, much like the other beers in GLBC’s stable. Outstanding.

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

Photo of tkruseic
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jctetter
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Pours really thick and dark, with a medium creamy head. Smells of grains, molasses and burnt coffee. Very full taste of raisins, burnt coffee and a dark cherry taste. Creamy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall a very good Imperial Stout that is multi-dimensional.

Photo of taters21
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cmookrun
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tanksfoles
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RocketCityVol
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zookerman182
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.