Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Blackout StoutBlackout Stout

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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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Photo of pschul4
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Schlafly snifter courtesy of FTowne, thanks Mike!

A- Pours a dark brown and sits damn near black in the glass. Small amount of head that falls back to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- Sweet malts and some lactose in there. Coffee and chocolate round this beer out beautifully

T- Holy cow! Way sweeter than I was imagining. Definitely like an imperial milk stout. Lots of cream to go with the coffee on this one.

M- Could be a little thicker but no complaints

O- Very very enjoyable. Highly recommend to anyone who has access to this beer

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Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ckobes
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JoshuaWagy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chubby2u
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mattizmyname
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of justintcoons
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Milk, milk chocolate, coffee and creamer. Really, really milky.

Tons of milk. Milk chocolate and Coffee & cream. Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme. Some French vanilla and caramel. Towards the finish it gets a little more bitter with cocoa nibs and notes of espresso.

Medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth.

This is incredibly sweet and milky. Tastes much like an Imperial-ized Milk Stout. This is an awesome Imperial Stout and it really sets itself apart from the rest of the bunch.

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Photo of raly03
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of boot11222
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sudssuds
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rappmann
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler the day after purchase into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark black, no light is getting through, one finger of dark tan/mocha head, that doesn't stay long.

S - Dark chocolate, smokiness, maltiness. A hint of coffee in there somewhere too.

T - Bitter chocolate, nicely balanced, but it's a bit hot in the finish, good on a cold winter night.

M - Heavy and thick, this beer is a sipper, and thankfully I had a friend to split the growler with.

O - a good beer, but not an outstanding beer. Glad I got to try it, but for me it didn't quite live up to the hype.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with light, fluffy khaki head. Not a lot of lacing.

Smell sweet malt and a faint chocolate. Not the most complex nose by any means.

Taste is sweet milky chocolate. Some caramel sweetness. I think the tastes is quite enjoyable although it lacks the character to push it into a top tier stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth but not as silky as I want for the style.

A nice stout here but in the competitive Imperial stout field there are better options.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Great Lakes Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a very dark motor oil brown capped with a one finger beige fluffy head. Moderate to little retention, no evident lacing. Bakers chocolate, espresso, hints of smoke and roasted malt. Dark chocolate initially, joined by hints of plum and roasted grain. Finishes dry with espresso notes, anise, some smoky, roastiness, very evident hop bitterness and phenol alcohol. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, slick and oily. A solid Russian imperial stout that will please most. Unique as the hop presence is more dominant in this brew than most others in the style, however it works. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Pat316
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of movemanythings
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of herman77
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours near black with a light mocha colored head. Fairly bubbly. Decent lacing.

S: Smells more like a porter. Lots of roasty-chocolaty notes. Some coffee and sweet cream. Some smokiness lurking as well.

T: Fairly smokey. Lots of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, bittersweet chocolate. A hint of sweetness, dark fruits. A bit of hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of alcohol presence.

M: Very light body for a RIS. Feels a little thin. Somewhat higher carbonation too. A tad creamy.

O: Decent drinkability. ABV is noticeable. Not one of my favorites for this style. A bummer since I like almost everything else this brewery does and thought I was really gonna like this. Can't judge a book by it's cover I guess and sometimes that goes in a negative way.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Enjoy by date of 4/20/2012. I think this beer is perfectly accpetable to enjoy a few months past its freshness date.

A-Pours jet black. A decent head upon pouring. Head fades to a wispy patch in the center.

S-Soy sauce upon first whiff, an excellent Dark roasted black coffee smell.

T&MF-Nice Roasted flavors with a strong bitterness and a bit of sweetness to balance it out. Perfect carbonation for the style. Feels about as thick as whole milk.

O-Let this beer warm up to 55 f. as the label suggests. Delicious. I really like the mild sweetness they gave this beer. I find a lot of these imperial stouts are are a bit too bitter for my liking. Not to say that this wasnt bitter, but the sweetness made it all the more better by balancing things out. Nice work.

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Photo of atoulouk
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a snifter

A- Pours black with a quarter finger of a khaki head. Light alcohol legs.

S- Very roasty smelling. A fairly sweet smelling beer. Slightly bitter and some chocolate.

T- A somewhat bitter stout. A plethora of roasted malts and dry roasty flavors. There is a bit of a hop flavor in this beer that probably wont last long. It's quite sweet. A lot of bakers chocolate. A very well made stout. Simple is better.

M- A thick and hardy beer. What you would expect from it.

O- This is up ther with STONE IRS and Narwhal in my opinion. A solid and very well done stout.

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Photo of brianplatt
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chilly bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is an opaque dark brown liquid. On top there is a finger thick layer of brown foam. Patchy brown lace is left behind.

The beer has a big roasted alt aroma. There isn't much sweetness here, just a few hints of chocolate. There is a good amount of coffee bitterness.

The beer is quite tasty. It has a lot of bitterness; some of it reminds me of coffee beans, but there is also a hop oil component. The malts impart flavors of licorice, coffee, and maybe a touch of toffee as soon as the beer hits my tongue.

The beer is a little sticky, but it's hard to avoid that when you brew a RIS. A decent blend of bitterness and malty flavors remain in the coating. My lips are a bit stickier than I like.

This is a very good Imperial stout. It looks like this is a seasonal beer available in four packs, which isn't as good as year-round, but enjoying this beer during the winter months is something I can see myself doing. Too bad it's not distributed around here. If you find some near you, I recommend you pick some up.

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Photo of Simko1209
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of vandemonian
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Blackout Stout is a deliciously subdued Russian Imperial Stout. Yum Yum.

A: Black colour and a 4 mm head that faded to lacing. 4

S: Sweet malt and smokiness. 4.5

T: Malty with some subtle roasted fruit some subdued smoke. Everything is subdued and very well combined. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,568 ratings