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: 3,572 |  Reviews: 1,236
Photo of Stinger80OH
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark as night body with a 1"tan head that lays down quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and some cocoa and dark fruit notes. The taste is of roasted malt that leads into a nice coffee and chocolate taste. Then a little hop bitterness come through also. I think it is well balanced. The mouth feel is very smooth and well carbonated. I"m not a big fan or RIS but this one is defently one of the best i have had. Great job Great Lakes

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a really good stout! Great flavors all around here! Really, really nice! When I poured this beer, I was thinking that the consistency and bit of a transparent blackish look would have it being a shitty beer...That was absolutely NOT the case. everything from the smell and especially the taste and mouhfeel was spot on. This a a very very drinkable, smooth, smooth stout. It ranks right up there with some of the bigger named stouts today, in addition, this stout is not massively heavy so you can drink numerous bottles!!! Wish I had more!!!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice imperial from Great Lakes that has a lot of complexity. Pours an inky black and looks just a little thick, which bodes well. Smallish khaki head that settles down to a thin band fairly quickly; nice lacing on the glass.

Roasty aroma with ample bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, some subtle fruitiness, molasses, chocolate malt, caramel. In the flavor the roastiness and chocolate predominant as well, with a hint of raisin and a pleasant sweetness that lingers in the mouth. Molasses and caramel, burnt sugar, and a quick hit of alcohol round things out. Booze is present but far from overbearing and compliments rather than detracts from the flavor. Very mild notes of vanilla and anise.

Medium bodied for the style, pretty much right down the center in terms of heft. Medium carbonation. I’m not sure why exactly but I was thinking this might be on the thinner side and thus a little disappointing in that regard but thankfully I was wrong and the mouthfeel is pretty nice after all. Very nice, I’d certainly buy this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,572 ratings