Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Blackout StoutBlackout Stout

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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Photo of kscaldef
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Loose one finger head which recedes to a dense layer of foam over a very dark brown body.

S: Noticeable coffee and chocolate.

T: Chocolate, with raisin undertones.

M: Nice, creamy body with medium carbonation. Unfortunately, that's followed by a rubbing alcohol finish.

O: This goes beyond hot, to where it's finishing like low-grade vodka. This could be enjoyable, but I'm cringing on every swallow. Not worth forcing myself to finish the bottle.

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Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaymesbawned
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade from JM03, thanks man!

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip

Beautiful dark body, thick tan head that lasts for a while

Deep malty smell, a little chocolate

Amazing taste on this beer, I just want to hold on to it.

Solid mouthfeel

Overall a great beer. Wish I had more of this, one of my favorite stouts now.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of donzilake
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oldwhaler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jacobalindsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of baconman91
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of gpblackgt
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CADMixes
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of resistdefy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Best by 5/5/12.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a sizable khaki head. Not much by way of retention, but there's a touch of lacing on the sides. The body is a bit translucent for a stout.

Smell - Coffee all over. Touch of hops, but it's all coffee roast. Pleasant, if monotonic.

Taste - Whoah, it's good. Coffee roast again, but coupled with a nice chocolate depth. Delicious roasted flavors. A touch of sweetness coupled with a slight hop bitterness that makes it feel creamy without being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. The flavors don't last on the tongue. It makes me want to drink it faster, but I shouldn't at 9%. No hint of alcohol.

Overall - Its flavor is just that good. Really nice. I can't wait to try the BA version. Yum.

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Photo of TruaxMJ
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went down to the cellar to find a solid stout, came out with this one. Can't believe I have never had this! BB date is 5/15/12, good thing I am drinking it now! I am sure that in two weeks it would have been nasty ;)

A: Pours a deep dark brown, letting light in around the edges but pretty dark. Head is minimal and soda-like. Nice lacing.

S: Smells of anise, black licorice, sweet brown sugar, dark molasses.

T: "RIS-light", in that it has all of the characteristics of the big baller RIS, but just toned down about a notch. Molasses, licorice, dark fruit esters, roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Even close to the drink by date, this still has noticeable bitter hops as well.

M: Carbonation is quite high. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming or terribly distracting. Some bittering hops provide a somewhat dry finish. Less body than some other RIS, about middle of the pack.

O: A very nice RIS with solid drinkability. Very tasty and well-rounded, but certainly an everyday type big stout rather than a special occasion. Nothing terribly special or complex, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of BearsDitkaBears
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,563 ratings
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