Blackout Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Blackout StoutBlackout Stout
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #188
Ranked #2,902
4.2 | pDev: 8.57%
Mar 17, 2022
Nov 30, 2003
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

I loved the grape flavor at the beginning and how finishes into more or a cherry flavor inside the chocolate malt. I loved this beer and will probably get it any time I visit the tap room

Mar 17, 2022
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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

On tap at airport for my breakfast. Absolutely tasty stuff, and unable to get any Great Lakes at home in NH. Would love to try again cellared. A tad on the bitter side with more hopping than I normally enjoy in this style, perhaps that mellows well with age.

Mar 13, 2022
4 by dan_amdg from Illinois on Feb 24, 2022
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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Mar02x from Netherlands

I quite liked it. I remeber I exchanged a bottle with Jeffrey for a Dark Lord at Alvinne. Would do it again.

Jan 22, 2022
5 by doctorgary from New York on Nov 20, 2021
4.1 by Danzifer from Ohio on Apr 22, 2021
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
4.17 by micada from New York on Mar 18, 2021
4.25 by Hokie95PSU from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2020
4.28 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 22, 2020
4.16 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Jul 31, 2020
4.25 by Pchop18 from Kentucky on Jul 27, 2020
4.21 by SAUbrewcrew from Michigan on Jul 08, 2020
4.05 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina on May 28, 2020
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on May 13, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ChilliHeights from Ohio

Just had one of these last weekend, aged over 2 years. Very smooth and a very mellow alcohol taste. Love the dark color.

May 08, 2020
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by cwm51662 from Indiana

Jet black, small head. Smell is straight strong coffee, taste a slight bitter chocolate in the coffee. I loved this!

Apr 04, 2020
4.24 by DiggerDahl from North Dakota on Apr 04, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5
by IJustlikebeer04

First poured into a sniffer than pint glass. This stout presents itself with a rich dark brown color and aged golden head.

Tastes of toasted malt and dark chocolate with a touch of sweetness. Smell gives off hints of black coffee but not too much else.

While I enjoyed the taste. The mouth feel wasent as velvety as I was hoping. But overall, a fine RIS indeed!

Mar 22, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz bottle dated 5/13/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat thin opaque black with about a half finger of light brown head. Retention and lacing aren't much to speak of.

Smells of coffee and alcohol and a hint of sweetness.

Taste is coffee and dark chocolate. for 9.9% abv, the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Very pleasant tasting.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would like for the style but the taste more than makes up for it. Generally easy drinking.

Overall, this is a pretty decent RIS. A little thin, but taste is rocking and price point is great. More, please! :)

Mar 19, 2020
4.08 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 17, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by twage04 from North Carolina

Pours a jet black with normal carbonation. head fades pretty quickly, aroma is of roast, coffee, malt. Taste is much the same, but everything is very balanced. A nice bitterness but no flavor stands out too much.

Feb 24, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Rating from notes. Consumed Summer 2012. "Rich & velvety"

Jan 25, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dcotom from Iowa

Poured on a cold night from a 12-ounce bottle into a snifter. Deep blackish-brown color, with ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Big aromas and flavors of dark roasted malt, with notes of molasses and dark fruit, a hint of espresso bean, and lots of char and roasty bitterness lingering on the palate. Silky smooth in body, sweet but not overly so. The alcohol is very well hidden. Enjoy-by date on this sample was 5/29/19, but still fabulous eight months later. This is the perfect complement for a wintry night. Prosit!

Jan 19, 2020
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3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Brook82 from Ohio

Dark color with some light reddish hue on edges. Smooth smell and taste with a coffeeish presence. Light feel compared with other stouts. Finish was pleasant. Overall, tasted a bit too "alcoholly" for my liking, $10.99 + tax for a four pack.

Jan 12, 2020
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jan 07, 2020
4.25 by gardner254 from Ohio on Jan 01, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

this is a serious stout. deep black on the pour with a smallish head. aroma is a mix of char and sweetness. flavor is more of the same with a bit of coffee, chocolate, fruit and bitterness. just delicious. the mouthfeel is very smooth and luxorious. the taste of the alcohol is there but overall this is just terrific.

Dec 29, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Pours out lighter than I maybe have ever seen for a stout of this nature. Highlights all the way throughout. I had low hopes because of this, but as I put my nose in and tasted it, it’s actually a pretty solid stout.

Beautiful roast mixing with unsweetened cocoa while remaining clean throughout the entirety. A little on the thin side for what it is, but not too thin by any means.

Dec 29, 2019
4.17 by evanschaaf from Minnesota on Dec 14, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Light carbonation with a slick,thick,creamy feel.
Aroma is roasted charred malt,wood,earthy, sweet malt, sweet black licorice
Taste is bitter charred malt on the finish and lingers. Licorice isnt as sweet as aroma suggests but very noticeable. Smokey,earthy,wood
Excellent complex,full flavored. Not usually a fan of licorice but was great here and the other flavors are so strong and bold that the licorice doesnt dominate

Dec 02, 2019
4.08 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Nov 24, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Procured Trader Joe’s in Cleveland.
Pours black and slightly oily with finger of creamy mocha head.
Aroma of coffee grounds, chocolate, molasses, and hint of booziness.
Taste of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, notes of licorice, and roasty coffee- slightly bittersweet boozy at the finish.
Medium full mouthfeel- smooth, creamy, a bit roasty and warming booziness. Bitterness lingers briefly.
Very nice.

Nov 05, 2019
4.34 by themayorkoch from Ohio on Oct 16, 2019
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4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Runningtherace from Ohio

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!

Sep 11, 2019
3.84 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2019
4.45 by Dandy44 from West Virginia on Jun 28, 2019
4.47 by Jussei from Ohio on Jun 22, 2019
3.75 by Lare453 from Florida on Jun 14, 2019
Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3669 ratings