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:
3,508
Reviews:
1,220
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
701
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 3,508 |  Reviews: 1,220
Photo of n2185
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark brown with slight ruby hues and a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet roasted malts with notes of sweet chocolate and molasses. There are some sweet floral notes as well.

T: similar to the aroma, there are a lot of sweet roasted malt flavors. Sweet cocoa, molasses, and some roasted coffee flavors bring up the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly lively on the tongue.

O: a good imperial stout, overall, and a good bargain as well. On the sweeter side, but not too much so. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of xavier390
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, best by May 2012, so no time like the present before it gets too warm outside for stouts.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black with a full, frothed, khaki-colored head. Nice soapy, sticky looking lacing is left behind as well.

Aromas begin with a lot of nice mild roast and chocolate right off the bat. As I smell this beer a few more times the intense coffee aroma really starts to make itself known. As it warms some darker caramel malty sweetness emerges as well.

The tastes begin exactly where the nose did, lightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate followed by complementary semi- sweet baker's cocoa and dark toffee flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but it is only 9% ABV so that is forgivable. Medium amount of carbonation as well. Slightly creamy and smooth in the finish. Roasty coffee bitterness emerges more and more as it warms.

Over this was really pleasant and easy to drink. I really liked this beer quite a lot and found the 9% ABV to be not be present at all. Considering how off of stouts I have been recently I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this which speaks volume for the quality of this brew. You can tell the recipe was crafted and tweaked numerous times to make the perfect balance which they have definitely achieved here. Looking forward to the 2010 BA version I have been saving after sampling this.

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Photo of robieobie1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep cola black with a light mocha colored head with nice tight bubbles and good lacing. The aroma has a lot of coffee and roasted malt notes, and some chocolate as well. The taste has the same notes as the aroma, with the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate standing out. The mouthfeel is suprisingly thin for a 9% ABV, tasted like a thin 5% outmeal stout. I suppose this makes it highly drinkable and somewhat sessionable, however.

A solid stout from Great Lakes, just disappointed in the feel, felt it was too thin and prickly for a 9% RIS.

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Photo of nrombes
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kuhndog
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of tvv375ia
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark sienna colored with a little ruby tint at the edges with about a 2 finger head that fades to a small cap with some good lacing

S-some dark fruit sweetness at first the slight chocolate with a smoky finish

T-not quite as big as the smell but a little chocloate, dark fruit, coffee and a bit of alcohol heat but still good

M-medium to light bodied good carbonation

O-good with definite potential to be great, taste just doesn't quite come through as strong as it could be to make it great

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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bertram
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Grinnerman
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of homebruontap
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TallNerdGuy
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Cellared for three months.

A: Pours a dark black with a thin off white head. Hints of deep red on the edges when held up to light. When swirling the glass an 1/8" head forms/

S: Chocolate hints with dark fruits. Slight alcohol smell. Roasted malts. Mainly chocolate comes through on this one. Some hops pull through at the end.

T: Initial taste of coffee and chocolate. Some hop bitterness gets through. Hints of vanilla. Has a nice sweetness and roasty malty interlude.

M: Very creamy drink. Mild carbonation, full bodied. Hops dont stick too much on the palette.

Overall one of my favorite beers from the brewery. An amped up Edmund Fitzgerald. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Redstar137
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of amart80
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle John!

Pours nearly pitch black, with a tan finger of head. Aroma is big and rich with coffee, roasted notes and chocolate. Taste echo's the aroma nicely, though not quite as robustly. The feel is average and medium bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, great stout!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of pitweasel
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of GORUM
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of docrates
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of partypak
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter best by bottle date 4/20/12
review is from notes 1/29/12

A- Blackout is a good name for this beer. A rich black color as dark as a blackout with a finger of khaki head leaving nice lacing and alochol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, slight coffee, roasted malt, typical smell for a stout.

T- Nice bitterness at the front of the tongue. More of a roasted malt taste then I was expecting. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee in the flavor. Lighter in body then what I was expecting as well. Also picking up some alcohol.

M- Lighter bodied then most Imperials, and higher carbonation as well.

O- This beer is descent but isnt one of my favorites by any means. I like the bitterness and the nose is nice but the taste is lacking in flavor. It was somewhat watery for me, I like big bold stouts and this isnt one of them.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,508 ratings.
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