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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, with a tan head that has decent retention and lacing.

S/T - Taste surpasses what I get from the nose. Depths of malt flavor ranging from dark fruits and roasted malt at first, turning into more of a rich dark chocolate as it warms up. Enough hops to taste some pine, finishes mostly dry with a little warmth.

M - Full body, fairly smooth, carb level was perhaps a touch too high, but still remained mostly smooth.

O - Splendid beer, drank easy. I enjoyed the transformation of this beer as it warmed up. Seek this one out.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque ebony with a mound of mocha froth that sits there like it's its job (on tap served in a snifter). Almost had to dig through it to get to the actual brew. Exceptional. Lacing provides ample coverage of the glass for nearly the duration. Aroma is of boozy dark fruit, which is an apt descriptor of the flavor as well. More dark fruit on the front end with some oak and bourbon, and a silky alcoholic heat that massages the throat on the back end. An excellent warming effect, but not excessively so. A touch of dark chocolate is present as well. Just the right amount of mild carbonation for the style. This is a highly drinkable stout in spite of the evident alcohol. I had this from the bottle once upon a time and don't recall it tasting quite as good as it does on tap. Normally I like to diversify when there's a range of quality beers available, but this was good enough to keep me coming back for more. Recommended with extreme prejudice.

Note: The menu listed this as "Great Lakes Blackout Stout", but I have the sneaking suspicion that it may have actually been the barrel-aged variety based on the flavor and the other descriptions I've read. Guess I'll never really know for sure...

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/20/12 stamped on bottle. Date to enjoy by for freshest taste

A: Half-inch dark tan head, black color, decent carbonation

S: Roastiness, chocolate, earthy, caramel, molasses

T: Chocolate, molasses, hop bitterness, dry finish, alcohol nicely hidden

M: Smooth, medium bodied, light carbonation

O: Good stuff, I wish Great Lakes' good stuff made it north of southern WI

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