Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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Ranking:
#2,101
Reviews:
1,243
Ratings:
3,597
pDev:
8.57%
 
 
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Photo of Categart
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark rich look. Deep bold taste. Fantastic stout!

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz beers awhile back, labeled "... please enjoy by 05/06/17".

Having had the last one (about a year and a half old), I must say I am impressed.

The flavor is a cut above the rest. I don't know if that is because it is now aged, or because it was always this good, but I don't remember it being this good when I first tried it. Great job Great Lakes!

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Photo of I_Like_Beer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 6/11/19 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at slightly warmer than fridge temp 9.9% ABV 50 IBU. The beer pours fairly dense very dark brown bordering on black with light mocha colored head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a fat ring leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is semisweet coffee, dark chocolate and faint ash. The taste is dark chocolate and coffee at first with a touch of malt sweetness rolling into ashy, roast and earthy hop based bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is just enough final gravity to balance the bitterness, not enough to even approach cloying. Overall, very good to excellent. I could handle a slightly fuller body, but this is really top notch non-BA RIS.

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Photo of OhioBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: "Blackout" lives up to its name with a completely opaque dark DARK brown almost black pour. 1 inch of tan head. Some foam retention at first but minimal lacing halfway through. Its "Blacked" out.

S: Dark malt aromas, a bit boozy but to no surprise as its a 9.9% ABV.

T: This is first class in simple stouts. If you want a straight forward stout, this is the beer.

F: It is a pretty thick beer, no watery tastes here. Just a touch of carbonation to keep it lovely but not so much as to make it soda.

O: This is by far the best performing basic stout I have tried. Great flavor, satisfying mouthfeel, and a great value for the alcohol content. Not to say it is okay for the price, I would've paid double for this stuff!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kaitjs7
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good imperial stout, pours black with a head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is cocoa, licorise, roasted malt and not much else. The flavor is outstanding, tons of dark malt richness, lots of dark chocolate and dark fruit. The dark roast stays in the background and even though it is hoppier than many beers in the style it stays in balance. Overall this is a must try beer. It’s not hard to get and is one of the better non BA imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of EMH73
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that settles to a ring very quickly and leaves some blotchy lacing. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malts, black licorice, a hint of vanilla and raisins. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel with a bit of stickiness.

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Photo of Kshind59
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of carlr93
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nackman
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black, with a small beige head. Poor retention, but a ring remains, leaving some streaky lacing.

S: Baking cocoa, bitter chocolate, star anise, black licorice, pumpernickel bread, earth, dark roast coffee, very slight soy sauce.

T: Dark chocolate and bitter cacoa upfront, as well as dark roast coffee. Molasses, black licorice, star anise, and pumpernickel bread follow. Finishes with soy sauce and a hint of vanilla, and then a lingering coffee ground, cocoa powder bitterness.

F: Creamy and fairly thick, yet smooth and well carbonated. The palate is left slightly sticky.

O: A really nice traditional imperial stout. Comparable to Old Rasputin and Narwhal.

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Photo of Richter525
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blevinsaj
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 version, poured into a snifter. Expected opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head. Nice lacing in the glass. Roasted grain and coffee aroma - no soy sauce or chocolate for that matter. Faint floral hop aroma. The taste brought in a nice chocolate note along with roasty flavors, some char, and a classic assertive floral bitterness. Full bodied but not sweet or overly boozy. Outstanding.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CSO
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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