Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout 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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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The following notes are from a side-by-side tasting of the 2013 edition from a growler and the 2012 edition in a bottle. Scores are from the 2013.

Poured from a growler into a nonic pint glass
A: Pitch black, 1/2-finger head
S: Full of molasses, burnt espresso beans, roasted malt and a hint of cocoa
T: Matches the nose but with such intensity & complexity adding some bitterness. Honestly the finish may be the best part of this beer as it all crescendos into a rich, full mocha flavor that lingers forever
M: Full-bodied, a hint of carbonation, very well balanced
O: Wonderful beer, love drinking this each fall

2012 edition, best by date of 3/19/13 but aged until today, poured into a nonic pint glass
A: Pitch black, one-finger head (4)
S: Somewhat muted initially with burnt coffee and grain, adds fig as it warms up (4)
T: Like the 2013 but a bit sweeter... a bit less cocoa but adds fig, otherwise same dark coffee/grains. Still nice complexity/bitterness/balance (4.5+)
M: Ditto 2013 but a touch sweeter (4.5)
O: I doubt the 2013 will evolve to add the sweetness but interesting to compare the two as they are both excellent yet different beers (4.5)

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Bottled On September 16th, 2013
Reviewed on December 17th, 2013
Served in a Snifter

A great light brown head sat on top of a rich dark brown body - small glow broke through the edges but it was hard to find any light breaking through.

Rich, burnt grains. Semi-sweet layer with a smokey background.

Great notes of dark chocolate. Creamy upfront with a slight kick of bitterness from the hops. There is a subtle presence of mocha in the aftertaste.

Very nice Imperial Stout. Interested to see how these age.

*Bottled on September 16th, 2013*
*Reviewed on November 1st, 2014*
(411 days in the cellar)

Dark brown. Coffee-like appearance. Not much of a head. Sparse amounts of tan, creamy lace stuck to the sides of the glass.

Notes of cocoa and toffee dominated the nose. Traces of toasted almonds. Still a bit of smokiness in the background.

Incredibly creamy. Smooth notes of dark chocolate hit the tongue first. Sweeter notes of mocha broke through. Based on my notes and memory, this brew had a surprising amount of bitterness when it was fresh. A little over a year in the cellar contained most of the bitterness. Very mild hit of bitterness broke through, similar to the bitterness found in espresso or dark chocolate. Definitely creamier and sweeter.

Top notch brew fresh, even better with a year on it.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour pitch black with a khacki foamy head. Nice spotty lace on the glass.

S - Coffee, chocolate, whiskey, wood, cherries.

T - Smooth and creamy mouth feel, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, hops present in the bitter aftertaste.

O - I love that the 2003 black out came to inspire a great brew - A day that will live in my personal hell, so I'm glad that something good came from it. All and all this is one smooth and really nice RIS.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can obtained at Whole Foods on P St., NW, D.C. area, 2013 vintage, poured into my *** snifter glass, drank 12/4/13 over an hour

A: 2/3 - pitch black, no clarity, poured with a creamy mahogany head that settled into a subtle glass lacing with some mild froth on top. low-to-moderate carbonation

S: 9/12 - dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol notes predominate, which become more prominent as the beer warms

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a soft bitterness supplied by the chocolate and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, it's mostly creamy malt complexity with some caramel and residual alcohol; moderate aftertaste yet invites subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - creamy, big mouthfeel, moderate alcohol, subtle aftertaste

O: 8/10 - very good RIS from an excellent brewery, and, to be honest, I wouldn't have expected less from GLBCO there are no gross flaws, but, for me, it fails to wow like some of the best American imperial stouts; definitely worth a shot though

TOTAL = 41/50

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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