Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Blackout StoutBlackout Stout
3,516 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,516 |  Reviews: 1,222
Photo of Ish1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mattbk
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: super black, with an off white head. Poured pretty thick. A good start. The head fades fairly quickly.
S: Deep roast/burnt barley, with dark fruit and maybe a hint of coffee.
T: Wow. Real sweetness hits you in the front, with roasted bitterness in the back. The roasted flavor really balanced by the malt. The dark fruit comes on at the end. There's definitely some alcohol in the taste, but not at all overwhelming.
M: This is certainly full bodied, but not overly thick or filling. I could drink a few of these for sho'.
O: I'd say this is one of the best examples of this style I've had, sweet, nice roast, not overly burnt or boozy. Another GL triumph....

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks @afatty! the 09 bottle was what he procured in a trade for a 2011 GL Christmas Ale!

Pours like a black-out. No light passes through at all. The head is somewhere between white and caramel.

The smell is barrel-aged. I know its not barrel-aged, but still. I get smooth whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, and hints of more bourbon. It was kind of hard to figure it all out; its all just thrown in together. Also, it smells grainy, like a Great Lakes brew should smell. Lacing is amazing especially for the ABV; I cant see through the coating/lacing on the side of the glass.

The maint hing I notice is that I get hints of dark fruits. It tastes like a good IRS, but I cant help but notice how subtly complex it is. Maybe 2 years has done it well, but I love this. I love the dry grain feeling, and the dark chocolate and hints of dark fruits. That bourbon/whiskey feeling isnt present as much as in the nose, but the dry grains have subdued that. Heavy, chewy body. I like how dry it feels. even though the malt leaves a slick feeling. It makes a nice balance that is often lost in IRSs.

2011 bottle update:

Pour is the same. Smell is totally different. Powdered milk and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Hints of roasted malt and coffee can be found. Slightly sweet. Very full body, very creamy and smooth. Mouthfeel is amazing and perfect. Hints of toffee, caramel, and candied sugars. Odd for an RIS. Hops are non-existent. The grains are buried under layers of complexity. All the above flavors. God bless Great Lakes, I love you.

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Photo of stealth
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Holland
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown at first, but no light passes through as more hits the glass. Thin head dissipates quickly, leaving a very small lacing.

S: the dominant smell is roasted grains, giving it coffee, chocolate, and sweet grain smells.

T: taste is much the same as the smell, with barely a hint of booze in there.

M: this is fantastic mouthfeel, medium-light carbonation and a smooth feel with the heavy body.

O: very solid beer, this one. I waited a long time to find one of these, and today I finally got a single for $2.50 or so. Worth the price - imagine Great Lakes selling a bomber for only $5. Very drinkable - I want another.

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Photo of NoProblem
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of raznug
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:It pours black in color topped with an inch of dark tan head that appears thick and fluffy. Nice belgian lacing down the glass.
Smell: It smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and very little alcohol.
Taste: It starts off with roasted malt followed by chocolatey notes. It finishes with a bitterness and almost a slight burnt flavor.
Mouthfeel: It is thick and heavy just like a stout should be but it is very easy to drink which makes for a delicious beer that can be enjoyed by a couple glasses.

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Photo of otrejo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of auroracrisis
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into a snifter.

Deep, dark brown with red highlights and head that doesn't stick around. The body is a bit transparent for the style, allowing light to move through the edges of the beer. Looks flat, some legging when swirled.

Caramel syrup and cocoa at first on the nose, with a bit of rum like boozeyness. A hint at roast and vanilla extract upon further inspection.

Sweet cocoa powder and caramel syrup greet your palate with a nice vanilla extract and coconut like sweetness, then moves into a hint at medium roast coffee. A tiny hint of alcohol and earthy hops on the finish.

Definitely thin for the style, I'd say medium body. Almost no carbonation whatsoever and a touch of stickyness.

Odd sweetness for the style with minimal roast, but it isn't terrible. A not very authentic take on the style but an okay offering none the less, worth trying. And cheap.

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Photo of Brian103
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of waltersrj
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of schoun
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mthomas84
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of metalgdog
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of fountainofyouth
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GoSabres87
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Brewmeist
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -10%
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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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,516 ratings
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