Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,514 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Blackout Stout into Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as coal with no light getting through. One half finger of mocha head.

S - Roasted malts, and bitter coffee on first sniff. A touch of Baker's chocolate in there as well.

T - Getting dark chocolates, bitter coffee. Mid palate getting roasted malts. A little of alcohol on the aftertaste. Not bad.

M - It has a medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Just wish it was a bit fuller for a RIS.

O - A bit disappointed with this offering from Great Lakes. I know they can do better!

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A thick, heavy, motor oil-viscous black beer, there's no question of this beer's intent. The almost medium brown head stands up, not especially tall but not at all short, and it's thick, hefty and creamy. It's certainly got some strength to it, and it proves it not only by staying the whole session through, but by depositing itself in thick patching with lots of interlacing webbing to nearly the bottom of the glass.
It's not as big in the nose as the flavor, but it's got a great backbone of big roasted malts and the typical bittersweet cocoa and coffee notes with a bit of creamy smoothness and a faint hint of vanilla-like sweetness.
The notes in the aroma come out in the flavor but bigger, with a stronger char to it, a light touch of charcoal and wood, and little fusel alcohol. A bit more of the creamy sweetness is well integrated.
It's got the body, nice and rich with a good thickness to it. It's almost milky. It's not huge but it doesn't disappoint by any means, and it does stand up to the bigger ones. It's nicve and smooth with just a little char into the finish before going smooth again.

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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  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,514 ratings.
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