Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep cola black with a light mocha colored head with nice tight bubbles and good lacing. The aroma has a lot of coffee and roasted malt notes, and some chocolate as well. The taste has the same notes as the aroma, with the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate standing out. The mouthfeel is suprisingly thin for a 9% ABV, tasted like a thin 5% outmeal stout. I suppose this makes it highly drinkable and somewhat sessionable, however.

A solid stout from Great Lakes, just disappointed in the feel, felt it was too thin and prickly for a 9% RIS.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tvv375ia
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark sienna colored with a little ruby tint at the edges with about a 2 finger head that fades to a small cap with some good lacing

S-some dark fruit sweetness at first the slight chocolate with a smoky finish

T-not quite as big as the smell but a little chocloate, dark fruit, coffee and a bit of alcohol heat but still good

M-medium to light bodied good carbonation

O-good with definite potential to be great, taste just doesn't quite come through as strong as it could be to make it great

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Cellared for three months.

A: Pours a dark black with a thin off white head. Hints of deep red on the edges when held up to light. When swirling the glass an 1/8" head forms/

S: Chocolate hints with dark fruits. Slight alcohol smell. Roasted malts. Mainly chocolate comes through on this one. Some hops pull through at the end.

T: Initial taste of coffee and chocolate. Some hop bitterness gets through. Hints of vanilla. Has a nice sweetness and roasty malty interlude.

M: Very creamy drink. Mild carbonation, full bodied. Hops dont stick too much on the palette.

Overall one of my favorite beers from the brewery. An amped up Edmund Fitzgerald. Very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle John!

Pours nearly pitch black, with a tan finger of head. Aroma is big and rich with coffee, roasted notes and chocolate. Taste echo's the aroma nicely, though not quite as robustly. The feel is average and medium bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, great stout!

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter best by bottle date 4/20/12
review is from notes 1/29/12

A- Blackout is a good name for this beer. A rich black color as dark as a blackout with a finger of khaki head leaving nice lacing and alochol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, slight coffee, roasted malt, typical smell for a stout.

T- Nice bitterness at the front of the tongue. More of a roasted malt taste then I was expecting. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee in the flavor. Lighter in body then what I was expecting as well. Also picking up some alcohol.

M- Lighter bodied then most Imperials, and higher carbonation as well.

O- This beer is descent but isnt one of my favorites by any means. I like the bitterness and the nose is nice but the taste is lacking in flavor. It was somewhat watery for me, I like big bold stouts and this isnt one of them.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Typical Imperial Stout; Nice brown to off-white 1 inch head. Served in a 12 oz. Snifter.

S - Notable malt and dark coffee. Alcohol apparent but not overbearing.

T - Big Malt and Chocolate flavors turn to coffee grounds and smokiness. Somewhat hop character in the middle.

M - Light-to-medium carbonation.

O - Easily one of my favorite Imperials. All the expected flavors from a strong stout came through without having to be a coffee or chocolate stout. One to try for sure!!!

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,555 ratings
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