Blackout Stout | Indian Wells Brewing Company

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Indian Wells Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our rich, dark stout is made from three types of select malts and two types of hops. We add heavy, flavorful barley flakes to our stout to give it a thick body and full, intensely rich taste. Like a taste of Ireland, brewed with our pure spring water, stout yeast and finished to perfection.

Added by GClarkage on 01-01-2009

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.29/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Keeling
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yeah man, that looks dark and black, good 3/4" tan head on it. Looks like a hearty beer. Aroma gave some chocolate malt and English yeast.

Taste, for Indian Wells, its not all that bad. Has a weird bitter tartness like soured coffee or whatnot. I wish it were more dry and less bitter. Alcohol seems way higher than it is. Aggressive instead of sessionable. What started as decent devolved into a harsher beer that I was happy to be done drinking.

Funny to think this is better than most of their beers.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of peachy-tay
2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Pegasus
2.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a small tan head, which soon collapses to a mere dusting of foam on the surface, scattered thin lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: The aroma is quite modest, with understated semi-sweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Opens with slight cold coffee and roasted malt, as the taste progresses, the coffee fades, leaving only the slight roasted malt. This taste carries to the close, where there is a faint herbal hop presence, and a dry finish.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery, with slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fairly poor example, does not represent the style particularly well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of RyanK252
2.37/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottle poured into an Indian Wells Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark ruby brown with a frothy light brown head

S: Dark roasted malt, some coffee and faint dark chocolate notes.

T: Strange sourness that dominates, with light coffee, and maybe some faint chocolate notes buried in there. This can't be right...

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I really hope this is just a bad bottle. I've had some less than stellar stuff from this brewery, but I can't imagine them letting something like this occur on a regular basis. Looks like I need to retry this one.

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3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kmanjohnson
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.24/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Pens1967
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +51.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is mild overall, a little roasted malt. Not sure there.
The taste is sweet milk start with a sweeter candy finish.
The texture is fizzy with moderate carbonation.
It's fairly sweet without let up and on the fizzy side.

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Photo of gritz147
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Jordan444
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of utopiajane
2.31/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a mess. It pours lovely enough. Has a 2 finger head of burnt caramel color foam that dwindels slowly and leaves a layer on top. It smells like a little roast, some chocolate and malt sweetness. Not terribly complex but OK. The taste is horrendous.The mouthfeel is thin and watery, the flavors disappear amidst some plastic. It has a sour on it like vinegar. The roasted flavors are weak and flat. There is not finish and no aftertaste. The rotten sour bite it greets you with is in complete contrast to the nose which is not unpleasant. As it warms what I thought was light sweet caramel is actually corn. This is really terrible.

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2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of kennbosco
4.25/5  rDev +61%

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Blackout Stout from Indian Wells Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 60 ratings