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Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

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2,927 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 422
Gots: 496 | 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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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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4.34/5  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.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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)

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Bottled On September 16th, 2013
Reviewed on December 17th, 2013
Served in a Snifter

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.

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

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

Very nice Imperial Stout. Interested to see how these age.

*Bottled on September 16th, 2013*
*Reviewed on November 1st, 2014*
(411 days in the cellar)

Dark brown. Coffee-like appearance. Not much of a head. Sparse amounts of tan, creamy lace stuck to the sides of the glass.

Notes of cocoa and toffee dominated the nose. Traces of toasted almonds. Still a bit of smokiness in the background.

Incredibly creamy. Smooth notes of dark chocolate hit the tongue first. Sweeter notes of mocha broke through. Based on my notes and memory, this brew had a surprising amount of bitterness when it was fresh. A little over a year in the cellar contained most of the bitterness. Very mild hit of bitterness broke through, similar to the bitterness found in espresso or dark chocolate. Definitely creamier and sweeter.

Top notch brew fresh, even better with a year on it.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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