Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of waltersrj
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Datk black, no opacity at all. Thick and creamy dark brown head.

Nose: Coffee, anise, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a good hop presence.

Taste: Bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, a good hop hit and then a lingering dark chocolate hints of alcohol and very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and velvety.

Overall: A fantastic RIS. Love it.

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Photo of leinie13
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Brewmeist
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint.

A- opaque blackened ale. Medium bodied head with a little bit of lacing. Typical stout apperance

S- smokey, oakey, chocolatey. Not overwhelming of booze but more of the flavor of the beer itself. Inviting.

T- heavy, coats and burns the throat. Light chocolatey start with malty burn finish. Perfect for washing the holiday sorrows away. Very nice taste

M- thick, heavy, full bodied. Presence is there in full effect. Hits a variety of pallette areas.

D- yes. Buy this beer. If you like a nice think drinkable potient stout it is worth your bottom dollar.

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Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz on tap at the GL outpost at CLE airport

A- Pours deep, dark, black, thick. The absence of light. Head formation is light, mocha, small amount of film.

S - A combination of roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate. A bit of a spicy yeast note in the background. Hops are not as present as the marketing would suggest.

T - Starts off malty, roasted barley. At times even coming off a little but burnt. Mid-stream brings in some chocolate, a bit of a bready flavor. Finishes with a hefty bitterness on the tongue, with lots of sticky burnt log flavors.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. The most notable is the burnt flavors really like to stick to the tongue.

O - For a 9%, this beer is pretty easy drinking. A little bit filling. Distinguishes itself as more of a dark, burnt roast RIS. I don't feel like hopping was cleanly brought through. I want to find it in the middle, but it just seems like it gets eaten by the roast.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Nachojon
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After all the beer madness lately I thought about passing this one up. I was glad I pulled the trigger right when I opened this bottled deliciousness.

A- It's a stout and it has nice 1 finger head. That means it's a good looking stout. Right?

S- Hops, yes hops and I like it a lot. As it warms the chocolate and then coffee comes to the front. Great aroma.

T- Great balance. I love the coffee forward flavor, nice hop backing and that chocolate tongue flavor the is residual. Great drinker.

M- A little bit of sticky bitterness, sort of an IPA tonguefeel. I like the carbonation.

O- This beer is damn good. Borderline great to be honest, I might need to go buy more.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very dark but somewhat translucent brown almost black hue. Pours with a minimal head but leaves a thick collar.

S- Molasses, dark chocolate, anise, raisin, and a hint of booze.

T- More roasted malt in the flavor initially than that comes through in the whole nose. Finish is a bit sweeter with molasses, dark chocolate and a hint of anise coming through. A big alcohol heat and slight astringency linger through what is an otherwise dry finish.

M- Medium carbonation and a moderately thick creamy body.

D- Overall this is a solid well done RIS and what I have come to expect in the style. Well done and classic example.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2011.

poured into oversized snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small tan colored head that drops down to a ring around the glass. minimal lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts and milk chocolates.

Taste: Huge roasty burnt malt. Slight sweetness is in the middle. The flavors are bigger than the nose leads on, which is surprising because the nose is robust. Meaty smoke note in the finish that lingers on for a substantial amount of time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Another easy drinking and flavorful dark beer by Great Lakes. Creamy mouthfeel. No hint of 9% abv of this beer.

Overall: Solid offering; nothing fancy. Nice drinkable and flavorful Russian Imperial Stout. This is mt favorite dark beer from great lakes. I think its better than Eddy Fitz porter.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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