Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Blackout StoutBlackout 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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4.25/5  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%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of HopNelius
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of 12 oz bottle intO snifter.
Appearance- dark black almost purple small head that lingers light on the carbonation.
Smell- dark chocolate burnt expressing.
Mouthfeel- heavy but pleasant
Taste- notes of burnt expresso and dark chocolate. Lcohol comes through a bit at the end.
Overall- great stout

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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-03-22 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly opaque darkish-brown with some ruby highlights. 1-finger tan head that fades quickly leaving mild lacing.

S - Dark fruit like dried cherries, chocolate, some coffee, medium roasted grain.

T - Cherry skin and prunes, Wilbur Buds milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, herbal spice, burnt grain, smokey, hop bitterness. Initially sweet but dries out leaving a burnt grain, fruity and an off-putting somewhat-sour aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Thickish.

O - A stolid RIS but there are a dozen others I'd go to first.

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3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark brown with slight ruby hues and a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet roasted malts with notes of sweet chocolate and molasses. There are some sweet floral notes as well.

T: similar to the aroma, there are a lot of sweet roasted malt flavors. Sweet cocoa, molasses, and some roasted coffee flavors bring up the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly lively on the tongue.

O: a good imperial stout, overall, and a good bargain as well. On the sweeter side, but not too much so. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, best by May 2012, so no time like the present before it gets too warm outside for stouts.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black with a full, frothed, khaki-colored head. Nice soapy, sticky looking lacing is left behind as well.

Aromas begin with a lot of nice mild roast and chocolate right off the bat. As I smell this beer a few more times the intense coffee aroma really starts to make itself known. As it warms some darker caramel malty sweetness emerges as well.

The tastes begin exactly where the nose did, lightly bitter coffee and dark chocolate followed by complementary semi- sweet baker's cocoa and dark toffee flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but it is only 9% ABV so that is forgivable. Medium amount of carbonation as well. Slightly creamy and smooth in the finish. Roasty coffee bitterness emerges more and more as it warms.

Over this was really pleasant and easy to drink. I really liked this beer quite a lot and found the 9% ABV to be not be present at all. Considering how off of stouts I have been recently I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this which speaks volume for the quality of this brew. You can tell the recipe was crafted and tweaked numerous times to make the perfect balance which they have definitely achieved here. Looking forward to the 2010 BA version I have been saving after sampling this.

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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%

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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%

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,572 ratings