Blackout Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Blackout StoutBlackout Stout
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #90
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,540
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 8.57%
Reviews:
1,257
Ratings:
3,635
From:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Winter
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Blackout StoutBlackout Stout
Notes: Turn off the lights and turn on the flavor, because Blackout Stout is back and as dark as ever. Inspired by the infamous 2003 blackout that briefly left some 55 million people without power, the bold flavors of our Imperial Stout will light up even the darkest nights. Black malt and roasted barley cast notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee, while earthy hops put the lights out on this shadowy brew with a pleasantly bitter finish.
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Reviews: 1,257 | Ratings: 3,635
Photo of Runningtherace
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite Stout on the planet. Only wish it weren't a seasonal brew! Rich, complex flavor, not too bitter. Full bodied but not too thick. Deep, dark color. Simply the best!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackout stout pours black, with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and smokey. Flavor, sweet smokey, hints of black licorice. Good body and feel. Overall, very tasty, a little sweeter, with a little smoke.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium snifter.

Black as night with a creamy cappuccino beige head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of bitter roasted dark chocolate and cocoa, with slight fudge icing, Columbian coffee and faint black licorice.

Flavor brings a dark bitter malty roastiness, followed by silky dark chocolate, acidic & fruity coffee, and chocolate covered blueberries. It's utterly delicious.

Feel is creamy and smooth and roasty. Moderate warming alcohol which is entirely appropriate and completely pleasing.

Overall, one of my new favorite Imperial stouts of all time. This beer blew my mind. I had no idea what to expect, and I was blown away. At the price point? It may be the best Imperial Stout money can buy.

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

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a pure black color with a thin cap of ram foamy head. This head seemed to sustain for a little bit. Nice looking lace.
The aroma had some roasty and toasty chocolate malts, dark and milk. Some parts of black licorice underneath.
The flavor leaned towards a robust blend of roast and toast. Some coffee and nuts came in for a great balance. Some slick toasty to smooth ashy sweetness to roll into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. ABV felt on par. Carbonation felt good. Some roasty to toasty ash/char dryness is in the finish.
Overall, pretty nice RIS I would have again.

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Photo of izraelc
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark. Almost no aroma. Starts sweet and earthy. Has a heavy bitter roasted finish. Has a strong bite to it but not overwhelming. This one will definitely keep you warm during the winter.

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

12 oz

Pours opaque black, tan film for a head.

Smells of cocoa, licorice, molasses, mesquite and coffee.

Flavor is licorice, brown sugar, cocoa, coffee, pecan, walnut and toast.

Fuller body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very rich and delicious, drinks dangerously smooth. Definitely worth trying and something I will have again.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Unsure of vintage but consumed in 2017. Smells like an RIS - roasty and malty. Tastes thick and licorace-y (not a fan) and plan to revisit in the future where I may change my rating.

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Photo of Curt2969
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite stout I've ever had, but my favorite locally available and reasonably priced stout. All around fantastic offering from GLBC. If you're lucky enough to have the opportunity to try the barrel aged version, don't pass on it. Phenomenal beer!

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

Had on tap in a snifter. Oily dark brown body topped with a small tan head. As usual this RIS was served too cold and I think it kept the aroma from popping out other than a nice base of roasty malt with a hint of chocolate. Taste is more complex with the chocolate more forward. Mouthfeel is perfectly appropriate. This is a good big Stout on a bitterly cold night.

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

Dark brown pour with a minimal tan head (perhaps I was a bit too light in my pour). A bit of bubbly lacing shows as I tilt my glass to sip. Aroma has hints of cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee. Nice dark and roasty flavor. Roasted malts balancing out the hop kick at the end. Those hops really coat the tongue on the way down. Really nice RIS, the 9.9% ABV is well-hidden.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: silky dark jet black color with s thin tan head that fades quickly

S: dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts. Oak, milk chocolate, and a hint of something like lactose sweetness

T: rich dark chocolate, cola, oak, nice smooth roasted malts, and some earthy hops. More chocolate and some sticky sweet malts as well

M: heavy mouth with medium carbonation

O: awesome stout. Rich, yet easy to drink. Definitely give it a try. It’s smooth and has all the great dark qualities of a stout

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Photo of thatfellow
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Enjoy by date of 6/11/2019.

Good head, a nice tan color that persists. Recarbonates well. First thing that I always notice with Blackout Stout is the aromatic effect. It smells roasty in a way that is distinctly unique to Great Lakes Brewing. The flavor is of roasted malts, is well balanced on the tongue, and is appropriately carbonated. Not too boozy but reminds you that it's an imperial stout. Beautiful opaque black color. Bottle artwork is enjoyable and thought provoking. A terrific seasonal winter stout that gets me excited for the cold every year.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by 07/09/19".
Black colored body, with a good portion presenting in a garnet color when backlit. Partial finger of light tan head, with a surface that is active from rising bubbles. Lacing quickly slides back down into body.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with dark coffee and chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit and molasses.
Taste of dark coffee and chocolate from the dark roasted malts, joined in by raisins. Some fruity hops towards the end. Quite bitter as the taste trails away.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Aroma and taste are very good, while the body is rather thin. Odd that there is no clinging lacing. Has a touch of dark fruit sour, and the bitter ending.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, chocolate, hint of roasted malt, hint of berries, hint of piney hops, alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of strong alcohol, strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight chocolate, hint of wood, hint of mustiness, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, good feel, aroma, and blend, but body is lacking complexity.

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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 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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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 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 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 stakem
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with best if enjoyed by 8/10/10 date putting this at least 8-10 years old. Poured into a tulip appears black with khaki cap that fades slow leaving a wall of spotty lace.

Aroma is milk chocolate and roasty earthen grain with almost a raisony hint of fruit aswell.

Tastes of milk chocolate, raison and slight oxidation with dusty grain and alcohol warmth.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Solid stuff, very enjoyable.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into 12oz snifter glass. 9% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep charcoal black with a light tan head, dissipating to a ring around the glass. Opaque.

Smell- Molasses, cocoa, expresso, toffee.

Taste- Barely malt quickly turns into a velvety layer of chocolate. Sweet dark chocolate flavors persist. Becomes more coffee like towards the finish. The cold brewed coffee flavors of this beer give it a bitter finish, still holding in cocoa notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- Deep and dark, Blackout Stout is appropriately named. Very smooth and layered. Drinks just like a big stout should. Surely this would be a good candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a quarter inch of brown head resting on top. The aroma is of bitter, dark roasted barley and chocolate. I'm tasting lots of dark chocolate and bitter, dark roasted barley. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and viscous. I would swear that this is 11 or 12% based on the taste and texture.

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Photo of VABA
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 12/15/18

A -Pours a very dark opaque color ver little head and slight lacing.
S -Aroma has hints of malt and chocolate.
T -The taste follows the nose with malt, chocolate and coffee.
M -A medium bodied unique tasting beer.
O - A very well done beer. A good beer from a consistent brewery.

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3635 ratings