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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,164
Reviews:
1,238
Ratings:
3,579
pDev:
8.57%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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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 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

Photo of Greg_ehr
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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 _Adam_
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Flathead5173
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cstasek
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MeIquiades
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 Bark0707
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefz1
3.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smi69
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of heddar33
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,579 ratings