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): 9.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,148
Reviews:
1,247
Ratings:
3,606
pDev:
8.57%
 
 
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Photo of Mrseanworldwide
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MercInc
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Jcarriglio
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tom_m79
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Donbeerlvr
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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

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