Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,510
Reviews:
1,221
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
702
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 3,510 |  Reviews: 1,221
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of iadler
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of fantasyroach
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of chilly460
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with lighter colored coffee highlights at the edges. Creamy tan head sticks around.

S - Smell burnt sugar and dark chocolate up front. Some medium roast coffee and dark berries.

T - I get quite a bit of smokiness in this, almost beef jerky like but without the saltiness. Some chocolate as it warms, dark berry as well. Somewhat burnt character overall.

M - Nice smoothness, creamy, but somewhat thin.

O - I'll have to try it again, I didn't get much of the complexity I read in other reviews, just unbalanced bitter roast and smokiness.

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; pours near black with a decent tan head with a somewhat rigorous pour. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas of anise, burnt sugar, roasted malt, and some alcohol hit the nose. Flavors are well balanced with more burnt sugar notes, anise, molasses & brown sugar with a nice hop profile. At 9% alcohol is fairly well concealed. It still ends up being a little boozy as expected, but its balance once again keeps everything in check. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. As this warms, I am realizing this is a treat to come back to - I haven't had this one in over 3 years, but it just might be a regular winter pickup from now on. Overall, great example of the style and definitely recommendable!

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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%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of StayCeeJay
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is opaque, a thin ring around the edges, not super viscous looking, but opaque.
Aroma is more roasty overall then anything, dryer and well attenuated is the impression the aroma gives.
The aroma told well, a dry roasty flavor profile, powdered dark chocolate, a bit of alcohol, and everything finishes real clean.
Mouthfeel is as noted well attenuated and clean and dry.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin light mocha head that disapates quickly, some lacing and retention.

Chocolate notes, alcohol.

First roasty, then sweet, then boozy...complex! Drinks its stated ABV. Kinda has a licorice flavor.

Thicker mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Fun to drink after all this time of NEVER seeing it around. Above average impy stout, recommended. Thanks kawilliams81!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into DFH Signature glass. Bottle states best by 08/02/10. 6352FM as well.

A: Pours jet black with a good looking one finger, khaki colored frothy head. Good looking lacing hangs around for a short period of time.

N: Big initial licorice nose, followed by a heavy amount of roasted malt, some sweetness. Bit of smoke helps to accentuate the roast malt. Hops have all but dropped off, not present in the nose at all, fine by me. Some chocolate, very small amount of coffee coming through, but mostly dominated by a huge roast nose and licorice.

T: The licorice is much more muted on the palate than the nose, but the roast keeps up. The malt comes across as being a bit sweeter than expected, but balances well. Milk chocolate notes, and a touch of caramel. Bit of smoke remains.

M: Tad thin, but really enjoyable.

D and O: Very enjoyable. This is my first and only bottle. I will have to seek this out in the future. I felt it was very easy drinking, really well rounded, and overall enjoyable. Another really nice beer from GLBC.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,510 ratings.
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