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 tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ample blackness, but not eclipse black, sturdy tan head. Aroma was earthy chocolate.

Taste, not bad, choco coffee representin'. Pretty bitter and sour which is giving me some concern. Alcohol was existent, but pronounced beyond what I like in a beer. It does have a somewhat unique taste to it, so I can appreciate it on that level. Seems gritty and thin at the same time at points.

Certainly not going to win any gold medals, but the beer is serviceable in a pinch I guess. Just too much bitterness and not enough body.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ste5venla
2/5  rDev -24.2%

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 nickd717
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours black with a decently formed light beige head.

Decent aroma, roasty with only a slight vegetal Indian Wells note to it.

The flavor is worse, rather acrid with roastiness and vegetal flavors.

Astringent and nasty mouthfeel, really bad.

What do you know, another bad beer from the Wells. Have to love these guys for their consistency, but you have to hate them for their consistent crappiness.

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

Photo of Jhcfc
2.24/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pleasant dark, nearly black look. Dark reds round out the edges in light. Frothy off white head, about a finger, sits on top. For an Irish Stout, it's just about there.

S - Slight malts, with a splash of tin, maybe a hint of sweetness. There's an Irish Stout in there, but it's muted by a good deal of nothingness.

T - Same goes for the taste. It's a little roasty, a hint of sweetness shows, and it's a bit bitter in the end. The flavour just doesn't last. It starts out decent, at about a 3, then halfway till end, it's gone. So, split the difference, and it's a 2.

M - It's watery and thin...but that's not far off from may experience of any other Irish Stout. So, yea, it's okay.

D - It's not really flavorful, but It's light, and easy to put back.

Overall, this is yet another bland offering from Indian Wells! 3 strikes and your out, I won't be trying another.

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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 largadeer
1.65/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear mocha color but sits opaque in the glass. A finger of light tan head forms and sticks around for a shockingly long duration for an Indian Wells beer.

Smell: Chocolatey and roasted, not exactly dry, but OK. And what's this? Some kind of sulfuric, even somewhat salty aroma?

Taste & mouthfeel: Weird cardboardy flavors up front with a dash of milk chocolate behind it. Sulfuric, slightly acidic. Thin as an Irish dry should be, but not even remotely clean. What the hell? How do you fuck this style up? This brewery produces nothing but the worst and this one is no exception.

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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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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 abraxel
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 5, sent by sholland119. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black. A bit of tan head that grew with a more vigorous pour. Looks pretty good.

S - A fair amount of booziness, but also sweet plums and raisins. A little too much alcohol, but otherwise pretty nice (it seems like a quad).

T - Surprisingly bland. The tiniest bits of the dark fruits that were so prevalent on the nose. There's a touch of alcohol at the finish and some coffee-like roastiness lingers afterward (but no coffee flavor). Other than that, I taste almost nothing. This is like an existential kill-shot: the complete lack of taste is making me wonder whether reality is contradicting itself... shit, did you just give me the red pill?

M - Not bad. A little thinner than the appearance and smell made me expect, but rather smooth. I get far more sensation from the mouthfeel than from the flavor.

Overall, this is just not good. It's not horribly unpleasant to drink (it's only slightly less tasteless than water), but it's not anything I'd ever choose.

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Photo of zac16125
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown. Poured agressively and still gives almost no head. No lacing whatsoever. Aromas are subdued and no scents particularly stand out. Mild chocolate and coffey flavors are present at first, so there is a slight michalek flavor, but mostly this tastes watered down to say the least. Light Mouthfeel with a light body. It is easy to drink so you could certainly have more than one, although I choose not to. Overall, to weak and watered down, would not drink again.

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

Photo of beerdrinker123
2.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have seen 6 packs of this stuff sitting the the shelf for months and had no idea this was a limited quantity batch when I bought it, had a tough time finding this beer without knowing the brewery name. Now I know why it has a layer of dust on the bottles and why I had never heard of this brewery before.

This beer pours an opaque black with a small amount of off-white head that fades pretty quickly.

This is one of the sweeter smelling stouts that I have had... Its got a milk chocolate backbone along with some other sweet fruity notes. It smells rather sugary and sweet for a stout, but I like that.

Beyond a pour and a couple good whiffs this beer goes downhill fast, this beer is extremely watery, and not rich like the smell would suggest. Tastes watered down and is extremely thin. There is an ever-so-slight hint of roasted coffee, but its almost not even there. Its just bland and unsatisfying.

I was amazed with how thin and watery this stout was. Its watered down characteristics make it totally drinkable, but this it not anything like the 'blackout stout' I was expecting.

This beer is far from getting drained though, its definitely drinkable, but not a good *stout*, not even close.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.04/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A hardy har har to spycow for sharing this one.

A - Dark brown beer with a bit of a tan head that left a little bit of stick on the glass. Okay, so far not a disaster.

S - This smells bad. Stouts should not smell like corn and cheap chocolate. There's some malts also.

T - Lots of corn, some rottenness, and a bit of a harsh finish. Bad chocolate and wow this is just a horrid beer. Manages to be watery as well.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - This is a bad beer. It tastes like crap and I think it made me sick later on in the evening. Don't drink this.

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Photo of charlzm
1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Consumed June 19th, 2010. Bottle obtained directly from brewery on May 30th, 2010. Consumed in "special" Samuel Adams glass.

Controlled pour results in a two finger frothy tan head that sticks a little to the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep brown with little light penetration. What does get through produces mahogany highlights and reveals plenty of rising bubbles.

Aroma is Guinness like, but with a solid mineral water backbone (as with all the Indian Wells beers I have tried). Lacking in roast and chocolate in the nose.

Flavor is a trainwreck. Lightly nutty with grace notes of roasted grain would be a fine description for this beer... IF it didn't have some sourness (to style, perhaps) and a cabbage/mineral water component. In other words, there is an acceptable example of Irish dry stout lurking in there, but as a whole the brew is utterly flawed.

Texture is a bit thick and a touch on the creamy side; they got this part right.

Just awful and undrinkable.

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Photo of bmwats
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles fairly slowly. Pretty much deteriorates completely. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt. A little woody, and a little unsweetened chocolate.

T: Slightly bitter. Slightly malty. Tastes kind of like i'm eating a leaf. Just not much here.

M: Light, watered-down. A bit of an off-putting aftertaste. Reminds me of tapwater.

D: Easy drinkin' in a sense.... there's nothing there.

Atmosphere is pretty average. Appearance is okay, but nothing special; nose pretty much the same description. Flavor is almost nonexistent. There's just not much here. Overall, this is not that great a quaff.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +61%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Brewery. The stout looks like a typical stout from afar. Light and airy head for a stout, though. Once it is within smelling distance, all that goes out the window. A nose full of berries and cherries is what I got anytime the glass came close to my face. Tied in with the aroma, the initial taste on the palate was that of strong fruit, with only the slightest, miniscule hint of coffee at the very end, almost into the aftertaste. No signs of roasted tastes in this stout. The beer itself felt far too light in mouth to even be considered a stout. None of the typical characteristics of a stout that we have all come to know and love over the years. This particular brew may do well in a second life as a brown or a porter, given the proper tweaks and modifications.

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Blackout Stout from Indian Wells Brewing Company
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