Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,507
Reviews:
1,220
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
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482
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702
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of guityler83
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A moderatley aggressive pour into a tulip glass produced a modest half finger of dark tan / mocha colored head made of tiny bubbles. Th foam quickly fell into the black opaque liquid leaving behind a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. When swirled the beer kicked up some good alcohol legs, living up to the over 9% rating.

S: Strong roasted malt character, low/moderate dark fruit aroma (plums/raisins) and an underlying sweetness. Mild earthy, herbal hop aroma kicks up as its swirled. faint amounts of englishy yeast esters.

T: Firm roasty, ashy, dark cocoa flavors on the first sip. a moderate earthy bitterness on par with the hop aroma keeps the malt character from becoming overpowering but the balance is on the malt side. Sweeter dark fruit flavors (again similar to the aroma) are more aparent as the beer warms up.

M: Big body on this beer with mild carbonation. alcohol warmth is present with almost no astringancy (surprising from how dark the beer is).

O: A big roasty, english hop flavored, imperial stout that is good to sip whilst watching a B-movie or horror flick. The sweetness wasn't my thing but I did like the hop presence in this beer. I think with a little age this one could be up there with the best of them.

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Photo of MilkMan126
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black appearance. Nearly opaque with a small medium-dense head.

Smells like dark malt, licorice, and caramel.

Tasty - a lot of flavor. Dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some caramel sweetness followed by a nice structured kick from the hops. I can taste a smokiness and dark fruit flavors that provide a nice complexity! The dark malt and smoky flavor have an extra push in the end with a reminder that it's 9%.

A full body and long aftertaste. It isn't that thick though... and it has a lot of carbonation that seems to cut in impolitely.

Overall, another solid GL beer. There is an intentional complexity through the use of dark malts, fresh hops, and a hint of smokiness - well done!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BEEER
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color with a small light brown head that diminishes to just a ring while leaving a light oily lacing. Aroma has nice rich maltyness and cocoa notes. Flavor is smooth and rich with strong roasted cocoa, creamy chocolates, coffee notes, and a light bitterness. So delicious, complex and balanced all around.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet, poured into a snifter glass.

Near black with caramel edges, about a half inch of head from a vigorous pour. Great lacing, nice ring of foam.

Nose is caramel, chocolate, coffee, big of fruit. Very nice, but mild.

Tasty stout. Nice roasted flavor, chocolate and coffee, mild smoke and licorice.

Milder bodied, slightly higher than usual carbonation. Alcohol well masked.

As usual, another very well-crafted brew from Great Lakes.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,507 ratings.
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