Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 3,575 |  Reviews: 1,236
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with a big fluffy tan head - a much bigger head than your average imperial stout. Smell is fairly subdued, but has a combination of roast and caramel malts, chocolate, oats and a little sweet. The roast doesn't overwhelm in the nose and instead plays a complementary role with the other things going on here. The flavor here is REALLY nice. It's not your average hit-you-over-the-head big roasty stout and instead does something a little different. It's a little bit sweet, smooth and chocolate-y up front, but brings a nice amount of roast in the finish to balance it out. It's incredibly easy-drinking for such a big stout. Mouthfeel isn't super thick for a big stout, instead it's more medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of my favorite non-BA imperial stouts because it's not the same as all of the other big ones out there. It actually reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead Everett, a porter, more than any other big stout I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,575 ratings