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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Photo of garuda
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MaximalC
4.41/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of jameseaster
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%

Photo of derkfromwi
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Bottled in late 2009, best by "08/02/10"
Poured into a tulip glass

Even with about two and one-half years of age on the bottle, Great Lakes' blackout stout still has tons of aroma and flavor, with a mellowed ethanol presence. The beer hits all the right notes in terms of roast, coffee, chocolate, and a few miscellaneous flavors, everything in very good combination with each other. I didn't really want to stop drinking this beer, and that says something about its quality.

Pours a 3cm head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, creating a very soft, cloudlike appearance. Head descends in about a minute-and-a-half to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the edges of the glass. Leaves some decent lacing with each swirl, mostly large splotches. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, with amber orange-highlights. Carbonation is visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of burnt bread/roasted malt is probably dominant, alongside mild caramel malt sweetness, coffee with cream, dark chocolate, and molasses.

Tasting begins with roasted malt alongside coffee-with-cream and vanilla. Mid-palate picks up continued roasted flavors, but further complicates things with molasses, dark chocolate, and slight acridity like that from roasted malt and/or roasted cacao pieces. Light ethanol from back half of mid-palate onward, never oppressive or showing. Beer winds down with a small bit of bitterness, a return of vanilla, and roasted malt flavors. Aftertaste of roasted malt, molasses, and some mild coffee grounds and toasted nuts.

Beer is medium-heavy bodied with carbonation that foams this up slightly on the palate, creating at first a creamy, then smooth mouthfeel after the carbonation has faded. Finish is dry and satisfying. Slight ethanol burn in the post-sip, but acceptable and desirable in a beer this style.

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Photo of atone315
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, enjoy by date of 06/15/16. Poured vigorously into DFH glass (not the butt plug). I see where this beer gets it's name from, it pours jet black with very little head. Nice start!!! Smells of toffee, burnt malt, slight coffee, and even a hint of black licorice/anise. Taste follows the smell, I pick up black licorice right away. Slight coffee and chocolate flavors follow. The taste lingers for quite a while, changing on my tongue as time passes with malty chocolate becoming the predominant flavor. Also worth mentioning, this beer changes quite a bit as it warms. Definitely a beer that you would like to spend a hour or so enjoying to experience the changes. Overall, I love this beer. Always worth picking up a few 4 pks every year.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Appearance. Pours a deep deep brown, almost black with half a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Molasses, black licorice, some roasty malt and sweet chocolate with a little caramel and a slight fruityness.

Taste. Roasty malts, some bitter chocolate and tobacco, booze and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium, smooth carbonation. Just a little booze warmth.

Overall. Solid RIS. A little age on this would probably be nice.

Thanks, Yeahnatenelson!

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

Notes from 3/28/12. Bottle indicates this one's best to enjoy before 4/20/12.

Dark as night with a cola-beige head. What else can one say? Head sticks around with lacing stuck to the nonic glass.

Thick, malty aroma. Milk chocolate. Strawberry notes. Faint coffee.

Warm up front with a taste like hot cocoa cooled hops! Booze is present, with enough malty body to make it an element to savor and enjoy. Spicy hops flavor throws in.

Feels warm, smooth and balanced. Not overhopped, at least when imbibed 3 weeks prior to its "best before" date. This one's been sitting in my fridge for about 2 months. Finally yanked it out with no regrets.

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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 RoamingGnome
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) This pours out black, with not much head. A khaki dusting remains on the surface. Looks rich and rather appealing.

S) Nice dark roast and pleasant sweetness. There is some coffee and some dark chocolate. There is just a hint of the alcohol.

T) Follows the nose nicely. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. I enjoyed the hops on the backend. The alcohol comes through lightly as well. Really enjoyable flavors.

M) Perhaps not as rich and full as I anticipated. Despite more of a medium body, the carbonation was perfect from my standpoint, creating a nice coating. This was very smooth, and a pleasure to sip on.

O) Glad I snatched up a 4 pack of this delicious RIS. Stuck 2 in the cellar, but it will be difficult to resist the temptation to drink those. This is a fantastic brew that I highly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Treebs
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. For freshest taste date of 04/20/12.

A: Pours a jet black with a thick khaki head that has some very nice retention. It slowly recedes to a bubbly film and a thick collar. The collar stays throughout and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Dry roasted malts, subtle coffee bean, creamy unsweetened chocolate. Very balanced.

T: Roasted coffee bean is up front with a slightly hoppy and bitter baker's chocolate middle. Some dark fruity notes pop ever so slightly, but the finish is dry and slightly dull which is was surprising given the nice layers of flavor up front.

M: Medium bodied with a roasted dry finish, but it is lacking flavor. The carbonation is medium as well.

O: Even as the beer warmed up and released more mid-palate flavor the finish was rather uneventful. This is a very solid stout and I would definitely like to try the BA version as I feel it would pack the finishing flavors I was lacking in this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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