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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Ratings: 3,579 |  Reviews: 1,238
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 04/20/12.

The beer is near-black and the finger-plus sized head is dark khaki in color. The foam retains well.

Nose comprises of dark chocolate, musty grain, dulce de leche, berry fruits, and vapors of peat. Smells creamy and full. Alcohol just barely seeping.

Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, roasted grain, char, milk caramel, and blackberry. Almost smokey. There's an interesting fruit element of mostly dark varieties, but it's not entirely far-fetched to say that I pick up the slightest taste of banana flesh. Coffee notes work with the burnt sugars and residual sweetness of the finish. Subdued perceived strength, which makes it dangerous. The bitterness comes from the black malts, as there is a near-absence of hops in the flavor.

The body is swimmingly close to full. Very fine carbonation. Very milky in viscosity. Quite nice.

A fine example of the Russian Imperial Stout. Textbook execution. Flavorful and complex without sacrificing drinkability. Wouldn't be too difficult to enjoy two in one sitting. Recommended.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black pour with a small finger of off white head. Only a thin ring remains around the edge of the beer, and the lacing leaves something to be desired.

S: A very nice balance greats the nostrils. Bakers chocolate, roasted malt, caramel malt, and molasses. Sweet and roasty sums it up pretty well.

T: The taste is very mellow, but pretty much follows up the aroma perfectly. The chocolate is on a different level. Deep and dark, it's like a melted chocolate bar with a little roast and sticky molasses added. Subtle flavors like dark fruits, maybe some coffee, and others present themselves as the beer warms.

MF: Thick and rich body that rests on the palate with a lower than average carbonation. The well-blended flavors make this a very drinkable offering.

O: This beer is great, I can't wait to get my hands on the barrel aged version. I would recommend it to anyone...even though it's from Ohio!

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was given to me by a friend. Bottle dating says for freshest taste drink before 7/29/07. Should be interesting.
Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours an almost pitch black with only small dark brown highlights around the edge. It has a small amount of brown head that quickly dissipated to a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Really boozy. Lots of heavily roasted malts. Some faint chocolate and faint amount of dark roasted coffee.

T- Really hot for a Imperial Stout that has 5 years on it. The flavor is not un-like the aftertaste of eating chocolate covered expresso bean.

M- Low amount of carbonation. It's on the low side of full bodied. Alcohol is warming. Maybe I'm drinking this beer 6 months too early.

O- Good. I do not have a fresh one to compare and see if age had done this one good. I can say that this one was enjoyable, but I would like to get my hands on a fresh one to compare.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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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%

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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%

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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%

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,579 ratings