Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Blackout StoutBlackout Stout
3,516 Ratings
Blackout StoutBlackout Stout

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8342DL best by: 4/20/12

A: Black Sea. Almost purple with an opal like shine. Dirty off white head.

S: Resinous rich chocolate concentrate with some dates and candied sugar. Wonderful aroma but a little mild. Hops choked with caramel and rolled into a tootsie roll.

T: Smooth, well accented body that stays longer than almost any other stout (which does distract from the flavor, but is nice), toffee, figs, dates

M: Fairly dry on the finish despite being very (uniquely) smooth. Carbonation is a bit downsy, but lingers so low.

O: High five for pretty solid availability. I feel like I should try this fresh and aged yet even more.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Jet black color. Aggressive pour leads to a monster 3 finger tan head that fizzles down to a half finger lingering head. Lacing coats the glass so much it makes it hard to see through the glass. Beautiful beer.

S: Not a ton going on in the nose. Subtle notes of raisins, obvious toasted chocolate malts, some other dark fruits but maybe the skins, rather than the meat of it. ABV is completely buried.

T: Big time flavor here. Malts, hops and a tons of fruits fill up the taste buds here. What a wonderfully complex RIS.

M: Huge body, perfectly carbonated, not too little, not too much, excellent feel. Creamy, lingering aftertaste leaves me reaching for the glass over and over.

O: It's like woah. This is a supremely drinkable 9% big boy stout. This is easily one of my favorite stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nataku00
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -16%
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 +7.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,516 ratings
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