Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Blackout StoutBlackout Stout
3,515 Ratings
Blackout StoutBlackout Stout

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 4/13 - so 2012 vintage? - into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to metaldog for sending me this as an extra.

A: Black body, brown highlights, 1" tan head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty good.

S: Spice, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and some dark fruit. Very roasty, lightly sweet, and quite nice.

T: A distinct note of incipient sherry oxidation up front, but in a pleasant way. Bolder flavors of chocolate, char, and coffee fill out - particularly after it's had a chance to warm. The finish is bittersweet, with hints of baker's chocolate, licorice, and raisins. Really complex and enjoyable.

M: Medium-to-full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Excellent.

O: This is a really good stout, but I think it would have been a little better fresh. I'm really happy I finally got a chance to try it.


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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub in Ohio City. 12oz poured into a snifter today, 1/3/2014.

Comes well... pitch black, opaque and very mysterious. Head is a 1cm tan head that retains decently well but nothing special; the lacing is very nice however. Looks like a solid big stout.

Smells fantastic. Roast malts, milk chocolate sweetness, straight espresso shots to make things a bit more bitter. Very, very rich nose, one of the best I've had in a non-BA RIS.

Flavour is very similar to the nose in that it's very roasty, with a bit of smokiness, but that is very very subtle. Milk chocolate sweetness comes out quite a bit, and given that I'm a maniac for milk chocolate, that's a true pleasure for me. There is bitter espresso and earthy hops on the backend that balances everything out very nicely. Again, rich RIS with a lot of flavours. Not super complex, but complex enough and quite rich.

Full bodied, a bit chewy and viscous. Good carbonation which is just right. Not flat, not too creamy or custardy. Very rich as above, with the aftertaste being surprisingly bitter earthiness and coffee. Rich beer that is a great sipper. No ABV is apparent despite its 9%.

Very impressive RIS, one of the better ones I've had in the style. It's not as bitter as Plead the 5th, nor is it as hoppy as Obsidian Stout or Storm King, nor is it as rich as Founders' Imperial Stout, nor is it as complex as Darkness or Marshal Zhukov- but it's excellent and incorporates all the characteristics I have really come to enjoy from each of these other Russian Imperial Stouts. I highly recommend getting one four-pack of this beer for every winter.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Oil black - nice shine. Small tan head that dissipates to excellent lacing.

Smell - Coffee, Chocolate, Dark Malts - enticing.

Taste - Tried at about 57 degrees. Balanced and strong. Great for a cold winter night. Starts with coffee and finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel - Exactly what you would expect from an imperial stout. Coats the tongue and finishes with enough flavor to let you savor the beer without being overpowered. Hides the alcohol well. .

Overall - Very good imperial stout and one I will buy again. Would love to age but don't have the willpower. Growler is enough to share between one and one half large men or four small women.

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12 oz in a snifter

A - Pitch black that had a thin tan head for a very short time.

S - Chocolate comes through the strongest with some backnotes of grain.

T - Get the chocolate I smelled. Boozy backkick hits the tongue pretty good. Probably could benefit from some time down in the cellar to smooth it out.

M - Bit thin for what I normally expect from a IS but not bad, probably why I get so much booze in the taste. Carbonated enough to bite a bit.

O - Good beer. Look forward to seeing what some time will do for it.

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,515 ratings
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