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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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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Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of xraided81
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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Photo of fantasyroach
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chilly460
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of geoffsm12
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Mark000
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StayCeeJay
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -28.6%
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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Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Mario61Aler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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