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:
3,507
Reviews:
1,220
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
702
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 3,507 |  Reviews: 1,220
Photo of CFCforlife
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oopssorryy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little thinner than some of the other RIS brews I've been indulging in, but is just as dark, if not darker. Pitch black liquid with a generous sticky dark tan head that has some real staying power. This one laces all the way down the glass as you drink, leaving reminders of what was. I get roasted malt, hints of coffee bitterness, a little dark chocolate, and a twinge of black licorice in the nose, blending together for a wonderful scent.

The flavor starts off with the licorice and bittersweet chocolate. Starts sweet and goes bitter quickly. Once you swallow you are hit with a very boozy note, followed closely by roasted malt. I get some hints of the same fruity qualities you can find in some of the pricey dark chocolates. Personally I'm not a fan of the ABV being so obvious, and prefer a better hidden alcohol, so it will be effecting the score. If you don't mind that, or prefer it, raise the score a bit for you.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'm used to. Still, it's a very smooth experience, going down extremely easily. It finishes on a bitter note, but is not what I'd call drying. It does leave a roasted malt flavor on the tongue that will stick with you for some time. Overall a good beer, but I've several other stouts I'd go to before this one.

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Photo of mdecross
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of baklo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Space_Flight_Navigator
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Grlz in Durham.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki head foaming to the top. Head retention is fair. Tiny bubbles pop out of the abyss of black liquid to help feed a thin foamy ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is non existent. Roasted and toasted malts both pop out of the aroma first, setting Blackout Stout up for a solid, but otherwise standard, stout aroma. Chocolate, with a smidge of caramel peek through the otherwise malt driven aroma. Flavor profile unlocks some more depth, with malt notes expanding on the roasted and toasted varieties by way of biscuit malts. Chocolate, caramel, and molasses are more pronounced in the flavor profile then aroma. Mouthfeel has a filling, slightly grainy texture, which gets more aggressive and filling as the beer warms. Thickness ranges from medium to medium-thick as the beer's temperature rises. Overall, Blackout makes for an excellent stout. It fits squarely between thin stouts and stouts that could be considered a meal, making this a pleasant stout to visit for hearty malt notes without the heart stopping thickness of other stouts.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micropale
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/6/16...pours midnight black. Low foam, low bubble, pours smooth. Chocolately coffee nose, a touch sweet. Smooth bitter dark malt taste. Booze pokes through. Hints of whisky throughout. Powerful.

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Photo of bnes09
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt wheat toast and tobacco flavor.

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Photo of FaustieMo
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours somewhat thick and produces a bubbly off-white head. I wish the head had better creaminess.

The aroma pushes a nice burnt caramel and very dark malts. Hidden are some minor notes of bittersweet chocolate and hops.

In the mouth, the feel is moderate in fullness. Roasty malt dominates the palate at first, but leaves you with some esters and dark chocolate sweetness at the end, especially as the beer approaches room temperature. The high alcohol content is detectable and makes this nicely warming.

A true imperial stout worth the try.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Best by 5/6/16"; drank 1/8/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark brown appearance; purple emerged at the edges when held to the light.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; strong lace.

Fresh earth, cherry, cream & black coffee notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Caramel & cherry flavors up front; black coffee & cream notes on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed. Creamy & sweet, with bitter black coffee notes for ballast. A bit messy but still enjoyable.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 5/5/16, so aged 7 months past BB. Should be interesting.

Black/Brown body, small oatmeal colored head which eventually dissipates leaving okay lacing.

faintly boozy on the nose. some roasted malt. And as weird as this may seem, i swear a hint of Worcestershire sauce.

I cleansed the palate several times to try and figure out what i was tasting here. it is certainly pleasant, but i couldn't put my finger on it. not the usual cocoa/chocolate/coffee/toffee notes. but again, not unpleasant. sorry, i know I'm not being clear here.

mouth is between medium and full.

overall, a nice, if slightly odd stout. maybe it needs more (or less) aging.

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Photo of GarageRock
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DDiFran
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with thin brown head. Toasted malt and dark chocolate smell. Smooth body. Rich coffee and molasses flavor. Great winter warmer.

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Photo of VAbrookiechaser
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickSMpls
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black as night pour - not a glimmer of light shines through. Virtually no head and rather flat looking. Aroma is blackstrap molasses plus expresso and bitter chocolate. Taste is excellent, no burnt notes and soft - smooth. We very much enjoy their Edmund Fitzgerald and this amps it up to "11".

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

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,507 ratings.
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