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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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Ratings: 3,532 |  Reviews: 1,227
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of xpdrinker
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz extra thrown in by ChadlyG - Thanks! Best by 4/20/12.

A - Pours lighter than their Edmund Fitzgerald porter - very dark, but reddish brown under the light. Same khaki 1-finger head with same short-lived retention.

S - Not very much at all. Some dark malt and a hint of coffee, but not much else.

T - Molasses, dark caramelized sugar, very little coffee.

M - Medium carbonation, a little bit creamy but not ultimately washes out and doesn't stick. 9% ABV barely pops out at the finish, but it's there. 

O - With all the activity I see on the trade threads for BA Blackout, I'm surprised this wasn't a very big base stout. It has a nice 9% ABV but isn't very noticeable, and it's not entirely complex. Frail body with not a lot going on flavor-wise and almost nothing on the nose. Still worth a try and I'm actually more intrigued about the barrel-aged version.

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Photo of Nihilistkid
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of righthereisay
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sent myself this information on my blackberry while throwin' them down at Mad Mex in Mt Lebanon.

Draft in a Belgium tulip style glass.

Pours very dark brown with about a quarter inch of light brown foam. Looks really nice.

Smelled of alcohol, smokey, chocolate

I was very surprised at the taste. Very nice, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. No alcohol taste at all...incredible for 9%.

VERY smooth. Nice body.

Surprised Great Lakes made this one. Maybe I will try some of their other beers. Didn't expect it to be this good....

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Photo of Thunderchief
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of nucmedmario
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rubbie
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Sooch222
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of guillemiro
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Blind BIF #6..

Alright here we go... My first interweb review. I was to excited about this box of completely wrapped beers to wait. I am going to start with one of the 2 that doesn't require a helper # 11. As instructed, pouring into my funkwerks snifter.

A black with a hint of dark amber only allowing a hint of light through. Big two finger, tan foamy yet fizzy head that is slow to dissipate. 3.5

S the moment I opened the beer I was hit in the face with the smell of coffee, chocolate, malt & more chocolate. 4

T wow! A lot more coffee in the taste as compared to the chocolate on the nose, getting cocoa nibs, a hint of dark fruit but then right back to coffee. This is very boozy and the favors wish they were a bit more complex 3.5

M for the alcohol in this beer I would expect this beer to be a little thicker. This is a little thin but somewhat explains the fizzy head. 3.5

This beer is good, i wouldnt turn it down but can think of many others i would rather drink. 3.5

The reveal: Great Lakes Brewing Co Black Out Stout. Great beer to pop my cherry on! I'm surprised I didn't pick up more on the hops as they proudly boast about them on the label.

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Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of legalpete19340
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured medium-thin with a small tan head that dissipated to a small skim. Very black in the glass.

S: Sweet and salty. Dark dried fruit, some hints of vanilla, soy sauce, burnt sugar. Dark chocolate chip cookies. Faint smoke.

T: Hits with a emphasis on burnt sugar but quickly moves to dark chocolate. Prominent hop backbone surges then given way to sweetness smacking of a chocolate layer cake. Hints of ripe orange and menthol. Alcohol is

M: Thinner than expected: medium bodied. Makes the brew easier to drink than it should be at 9%.

O: A great beer and very drinkable. On the sweeter side, but not to its detriment. I will drink this again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled dated "enjoy by" 5-5-2012.

Pours nearly black. Clear, not cloudy. Small, short-lived tan head.

Very aromatic, with a strong dark chocolate component. The chocolate remains in the flavor, but takes a backseat to the coffee. Both of these, as well as a spicy hop note, are secondary to a rich dark malt base.

O: excellent, if not up to world class renditions such as Founders Breakfast Stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of iadler
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

A- Pours black with dark brown hues and one finger mocha head, which leaves some spots of lacing behind.

S- Unsweetened chocolate, cherry soda, vanilla, faint coffee grounds and burnt toast.

T- Dark chocolate upfront, followed by dark fruits with plumb, purple grapes and black cherries as well as some grassy hops. Finish with a big roasted malt finish with toast and a hint of cream.

M- Medium carbonation and like the barrel aged version, a bit of a thin body. Finishes dry with the roasted malt lingering.

O- A good stout that is easily drinkable, with the high ABV being hidden well. I like my RIS's with a little more richness, but still one that is worth trying.

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,532 ratings
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