Blackout Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #186
Ranked #2,937
4.2 | pDev: 8.57%
Mar 10, 2023
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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Rated: 4.17 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.77 by O-Meg from New York

Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 3.66 by Arg914 from New York

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 10-7-23 for $4.25. Best by 7-15-23; consumed 2-26-23.

Beer poured blackout black with a nice light tan white head.

Nose has notes of heavy roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is a heavy roasted malt base that gives a nice dose of dark chocolate and coffee in my aspirations. Finishes with a nice roasty and hoppy bitterness but it is not astringent.

Mouthfeel is very nice, medium to heavy bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very enjoyable RIS. Glad to have finally tried this classic!
Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by axxe from New York

Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by lsudduth from Ohio

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a completely dark, black color with a strong tan head. SRM of 24. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dark chocolate, rich chocolate, coffee, cream, and roast. Rich and chocolate. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of rich chocolate some Cany sugar gives a sweet Belgian chocolate and tongue tickle in the middle, before a rich and smooth chocolate finish. Malty and sweet, but then an uprising roasted bitterness ends up lingering. (4.00)

Feel: Heavier-bodied, average to stronger carbonation. Sweet, but then also an uprising of roasted bitterness that lingers. (4.00)

Compared to Bells Expedition Stout 2/2023: Pours similar, lighter head. Similar aromas. More bittersweet chocolate and coffee roast. Less thick and heavy chocolate with complex malt flavors of bread pudding and caramel. More bitter, roasted, and dry.

Overall: A fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. As usual Great Lakes fashion this one packs together a great array of rich chocolate flavors with a rising roasted bitterness. Balance is the name of the game here, and it does it very nicely. 9.9% makes it feel like it's lighter, but make no mistake it's still 10% and incredibly and dangerously drinkable. (Rating: 4.05)
Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2023
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle in a fine snifter.

Toasted dark brown color with a nice 1f dark tan cap. Semitransparent. Various light lacing.

Dry barley out front. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee aromas, anise and liquor soaked dark fruit.

Belgian dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The dry barley comes along.

Palate friendly smooth medium body. Dark roast and a touch of hop bitterness blend together.

A good Xmas Eve stout pick that ends the evening nicely. All around good Imperial stout that I’ll have again.
Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle
Date: 06/11/2019
Consumed on: 17 Nov, 2022
Glass: Snifter
ABV: 9.9%
Serving Temp: 54.8 F

Deep and opaque black with a thin tan head. The head dissipates to a ring and a thin film over most of the beer. Lacing is good.

Very rich dark bittersweet chocolate with some notes of dark fruits in the background. Some char (which blends into the chocolate aromas) and faint notes of espresso and black licorice. Some earthy notes are in there as well.

Dark malts and chocolate start things off and then the dark fruits and some molasses (like blackstrap) take over for a short time. The sip really sweetens up with perhaps some brown sugar coming thru. Then the earthy notes and the somewhat bitter char take over, which help bring back some chocolate and also some dark roasted coffee. Things finish bittersweet and roasty and somewhat dry (for an Imperial Stout). The alcohol is fairly well hidden, though not completely.

Smooth and creamy with some warmth from the alcohol. The body is medium. With a slight lean towards medium-full.

A very good (Russian) Imperial Stout. Not overly bitter for the style, this tends towards the sweeter side but not overly much. Very drinkable, and perhaps dangerously so.

This beer has aged well over the 4 years that I have had it. I think that things have smoothed out over that time and blended quite nicely. What does seem to have suffered is the head/carbonation and the body (which is a tad light for my preferences for an RIS). But that's OK. I never found this beer to be overly hoppy/bitter when fresh, so I wasn't sure how it would handle this many years. I can say that it handled that time just fine.
Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is black coffee and roasted malts. Finish is hoppy bitterness.
Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by osuffan from Ohio

1.79/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
Horrible stout. Smells contain malt and barley. Very little coffee or chocolate. Unless the bitterness is supposed to be the coffee and chocolate. Very unbalanced in terms of sweetness. Extremely bitter. Much better stout beers out there.
Oct 21, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Oct 21, 2022
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nicely balanced classic RIS. Not as bitter and hop heavy as some others made during the past decades. Very much enjoyed and found this easy to drink.
Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a transparent dark brown, small khali head hangs around for a bit leaving some spotty lacing. Nose gets lotsa roasted malt, taste buds say dark fruit, bitter cocoa, and a slightly hoppy finish. Look forward to this every year, surprised I've never rated it before.
Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by thin_mint from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark color, near black, with a creamy, tan head that reduced to about half a finger for the duration of the drink.

Smells of cherries, with the faintest hint of chocolate.

Tastes of cherries with a dark chocolate and coffee finish. Absolutely amazing. Alcohol very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is crisp, yet very smooth, almost creamy, but also almost thin - a nice, balanced in-between. Incredibly enjoyable.

Overall a great imperial stout. That 9.9% makes this a one-and-done at most at a time in my book, but it is worth it. Definitely my favorite seasonal from GLBC.
Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Osprey2900 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I love this beer period, from the dark rich color to its smooth mouth feel, It's one of my seasonal favorites. I went so far as to buy a sixtel and Put it on tap in my bar. It was then I found the fatal flaw. While me and all my friends were enjoying this if it became apparent that there was a 4 drink maximum, as anything beyond that seem to have everyone ready for a nap. That 9% is a bit heavy for more than light drinking. So while I still love it I'll enjoy it in smaller quantities.
May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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.

Unfortunately the bottles I've gotten this year absolutely no where near as good
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 24, 2022
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Rated by Mar02x from Netherlands

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 22, 2021
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by micada from New York

Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Hokie95PSU from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 22, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jul 31, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Pchop18 from Kentucky

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

May 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

May 13, 2020
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Rated by ChilliHeights from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Rated by cwm51662 from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Jet black, small head. Smell is straight strong coffee, taste a slight bitter chocolate in the coffee. I loved this!
Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by DiggerDahl from North Dakota

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by IJustlikebeer04

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
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