Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 2,513 | Reviews: 1,077 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/28/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, raisin, pine, floral, light anise, dark bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, dark bread, toffee, light char, light smoke, pine, floral, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, light char, light smoke, dark bread, floral, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor robustness, balance, and complexity; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout. Great balance and complexity of flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
02-06-2013 05:21:35 | More by superspak
3.99/5 rDev -5.5%
My first time trying this: thanks to two awesome BA's for the bottles! Poured into my Rock Island snifter...
A: Pours dark brown, but somewhat lighter that I expected. Still, nearly opaque black in the glass.
S: Semi-sweet malty profile with underlying impressions of roast; dark caramel, chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Definite RIS profile; agreeable, but lacking in muscle IMO.
T: More coffee is found here, interwoven with a lot of the same flavors from the nose; darker chocolate, caramel and molasses (I really get a lot of this in this particular beer), possibly anise? on the finish.
MF: Creamy medium/full mouthfeel with lighter carbonation and just a hint of alcohol.
O: Not as roast-prominent as I thought it'd be...moderate sweetness. Even with the two strikes against it (look and lack of roast) this thing is still mighty tasty and deserved of a spot in the BoF Top 100.
02-04-2013 15:48:33 | More by Scotchboy
3.38/5 rDev -19.9%
Great dark black appearance with a caramel head reminiscent of espresso crema. Roasted chocolaty aroma. Dark roasted chocolate and nutty taste with a creamy aftertaste and that 9% ABV comes through. Great smooth mouthfeel. Finishes true but a bit drier.
02-03-2013 06:51:53 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,513 ratings.