Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,510 Ratings
Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of nataku00
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (there's a 8/22/10 date on the label, assuming bottled on date) poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured pitch black with half a finger of light brown khaki colored head. Head quickly dissipated to a thin collar of foam with minimal lacing. Swirling does leave a little alcohol legs though.

Nose is roasted coffee, bittersweet coffee, roasted malt, and a graham cracker like light toasty spicy biscuit quality.

Taking a sip, a touch of herbal hop bitterness, then roasted coffee and malt, not too dark, but roasty and toasty. Some sweeter dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Finish is medium with some chocolate and roasted malt.

Medium body with some soft carbonation, slick and oily on the tongue. Probably aged bottle is smooth in flavor and drinkable.

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Photo of hopmeister
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally got an older bottle of this from Shaebs99 quite a while back, and recently stole a somewhat newer bottle from SliverX while he wasn't looking. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 14 August 2010

APPEARANCE: Completely transparent pour produces a small, medium-looking tan head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Lousy retention. Dark brown body, transparent, with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains and leaves some lacing dots down the glass. Way too thin and transparent a body, with relatively lousy head retention.

SMELL: Good nose of roasted and smoked malts, some cocoa, licorice, and some light coffee notes. A touch of vanilla in there as well. Very nice, and bold enough.

TASTE: Roasted and smoky beginning again, with some cocoa powder, dark chocolate and bitter coffee notes at the swallow. A little muted at the beginning, but the flavors really come out nicely after the swallow. Lots of cocoa, roasted malts, sweet vanilla cream notes and a touch of bitter coffee linger nicely on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth enough and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: I’ve had an older bottle of this that was best before 2008, which was far more boozy and abrasive than this bottling. The nose on this one was nice and the flavors worked well together. Unfortunately the look is simply far to thin and lack luster and the palate a little too average for top marks. Still, a good beer that I was glad to get another try at. Thanks again gents.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted next to Plead the 5th, think this brew edges out the other slightly.

A: Single fingered, creamy khaki head with little retention settles to a thin film atop the deep dark brown bodied brew.

S: Coffee and vanilla notes are most prominent, hints of fruit, possibly cherry, poke through and was a welcome surprise.

T: Coffee flavors are fairly dominant, but overall I'd have to say this beer is extremely well balanced. A nice sugary backbone really round things out and make you forget you are drinking and Imperial stout.

M: Medium/light for the variety, very well carbonated somehow being crisp and smooth at the same time.

O: Really a quality brew that I will definitely look forward to getting again in the future. Can't wait to get my hands on the BA version.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by seeswo in the Blind Beers BIF, this is a 12-ounce with instructions to pour into a tulip. Done.

In the glass, the brew becomes deep purple-black that seems opaque until a hold to the light reveals cranberry highlights. A half-finger layer of fizzy cola-colored bubbles pops to a ring after about a minute.

Not much aroma here. A light blend of raisins, caramel, coffee beans, toast and very bubblegum.

Same deal here. A little more booze, very soft dark fruits and smooth coffee notes with a heap of spicy English hops. Dry, earthy finish.

Body is a soft, velvety medium. Carbonation is moderate, composed of tiny, fuzzy bubbles. A little throat-warming, with some tongue-numbing heat as well.

It’s growing on me. A subtle, easy-drinking brew. Before I removed the wrapping to find out what brew this was, the subtlety and soft roast made me think some kind of dunkel or very subdued porter? To find out it was Great Lakes Blackout Stout — when I enjoyed the barrel-aged version SO MUCH — was very surprising. I like this enough, but it’s just so subdued it’s hard to believe this one is as popular as it is.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of codsmith
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Sheffields on Clark. Served in tulip.

A: jet black with light tan head. Nice lacing all the way through.

S: sweet chocolate, slight coffee, slight clean hop aroma. There is an odd liquor aroma that I can't place.

T: fairly sweet and coffee like malt taste upfront, with an odd bitteness at the end. I think draft was way over carbonated.

M: over carbonated like crazy, it doesn't match either the style or ABV

O: might be a decent beer with correct carbonation.

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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 8/27/11. Best by date of 8/02/10. (Great Lakes really needs to extend the 'best by' window for this beer as it is has only been in the cellar for a year or so.) 12oz bottle to pint glass. $3.75 for the single.

A: Pours with a small 1 finger, light brown in color, creamy in texture and semi-long lasting. After it recedes, a thin collar remains. Almost no film or lacing. The body is black all the way through.

S: Glorious malt mixture with chocolate syrup and fudge dominating plus the right amount of molasses in the background. The roastiness of the mall bill has lost its prominence through aging, but an earthy, musky character has developed adding a clever amount of subtlety and complexity.

T: Big notes of chocolate in various forms. Gently charred wood, soil and light shoe leather. Leafy tobacco plus the faintest touch of anise on the back end. A super clean alcohol is apparent on both the nose and palate. This beer is ready to drink when fresh, but a year or two really steps up the character and nuance.

M: The carbonation is exactly where it should be. Lightly fizzy on the tongue with just the right amount of 'life.' Drinks like a 9% beer should, with a somewhat alcohol-laden texture.

O: This beer is perfect, or very close to it, on so many levels. Interestingly, I wasn't terribly impressed with the barrel aged version (though it was very good as well). I just think the standard blackout is a better RIS than BA Blackout is a -bbl aged stout. Might have to re-visit that one again soon though.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Head is creamy and dark tan. Drops to a thin cap that lasts forever. Nice retention. Thick and heavy.

Smell: Epic level roasted malts. Chocolate and baker's chocolate. Hints of milk chocolate and cocoa as well. So very chocolatey. Some hints of booze. Day old coffee. Very roasted, Biscuity. Leather and wood with a touch of char and sweetness.

Taste: Booze, chocolate, cocoa, and caramel. Big up front sweetness tempered bu a huge roasted component. Burnt, borders on char at times. Sweet, burnt deliciousness. Meaty. Lots of malt depth. Hints of citrus on the outside.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected, but still holds a nice medium body. Carbonation is low and on point. Touch dry from the ABV.

Overall: A solid take on the style. Nice and drinkable without ever crossing the line in to absurd or over-the-top. Great depth of flavor and the malts really shine.

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Photo of jtmartino
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to chadquest for hooking this one up.

Poured into my Bruery snifter from a bottle at 47F. Single finger of creamy, light tan head. Sweet aroma, reminds me of bbq sauce and chocolate. Yes, BBQ sauce. Taste is sweet up front, with caramel and toffee notes, followed by coffee and chocolate and very mild bitterness from the malt. Very smooth, thick and creamy mouthfeel, with perfect carbonation. Sticky, but in a good way.

As this beer warmed up, the beer became sweeter and smoother. Hides the alcohol well. A very enjoyable experience - probably one of my top 10 RI stouts.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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