Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of smulford68
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this in a snifter.
Black Brown appearance with minimal head - low carbonation. I like there to be a wee bit of head so I call it a 3.75 on look based on that alone...just personal preference.
nice toasted malty smell, some coffee.
I really enjoyed the taste - caramel/coffee without being overbearingly sweet. Its 9% so you can certainly detect the alcohol on the finish.
Perfect for cold Ohio Decembers

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Photo of durwood64
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greasyrunner
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andy87
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer and at 9.99 for a pack of 4 imperial stouts it's worth it. Not too strong, just the right amount and is not bitter whatsoever.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Give this beer a new name, put it in a bomber and plan for a special release and it would be on fire. Outstanding appearance, great aroma with the malt, roast, dark chocolate and a taste that follow. Nice mouthfeel with not lingering bitterness. Outstanding brew, I need to go grab a few more of these while available.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color with a thin off white color head that disappears quickly. Hints of ruby-amber when held up to light. Abundant carbonation. Smell is hops and roasted grains. Initial taste is coffee then a light mild hop finish. The feel is not that heavy considering the style and abv. The abv is very well hidden, I would never know. Overall, I really enjoy this brew and hope to have plenty this winter

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Solid lacing.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and hops.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark fruit (plums, raisins, for a start), some light hops (in the finish), lots of roasted malt, some dark chocolate (very nice), and a sugary element. This is one of those flavors that seems underpowered. You definitely get a good sense of the ingredients, but they're simply not forceful enough.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I can't quite reconcile the score of this beer with the reality of it. Not bad, but not that interesting, especially compared to other Russian Imperials.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a little head, small amount of lacing. Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit. Similar taste although hops break through. Mouthfeel is a little “watery” relative to the look and taste. Not bad but not a milkshake sensation. Finishes with hoppy bitterness, some booziness although not barrel aged. Overall, worth a try but won’t buy again. To many other Imperial stouts I prefer.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of austinc94
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My hatas are legion! I was JUST taken to task for NOT drinking a beer from a CAN, but GLBC does not CAN their beers (yet), as far as I know & I am trying to gird myself for today's eclipse. I am CANvinced that this is the beginning of the CANpocalypse & so I am running through my inventory as quickly as possible.

From the bottle (2016 vintage): "Bold and dark as a power-less metropolis, our Russian Imperial Stout commemorates the infamous 2003 blackout that briefly left some 55 million people utterly unplugged."

Baby, I am plugging in with this one! I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour so as not to rouse the slumbering beasts within. Once properly decanted, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was ebony Black (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration, but I could sense Cthulhu & The Kraken's presence in there. Nose smelled like something freshly-baked, like brownies or chocolate chip cookies with black coffee to wash them down. Perfect! Mouthfeel was medium, surprisingly light for this style. Once in my mouth, the beasties began to wrap their tentacles around my tongue & squeeze. OMFG. The Kraken wedged himself in my throat to the point that I could no longer breathe! Where is my inhaler? Hell, where is my flamethrower?!? The taste was liquid dark chocolate, more brownies than chocolate chip cookies, but still with black coffee & a Macanudo Maduro cigar thrown in for good measure. Oh, man, those nights on the SDTS fantail with Mike & Kevin after mooring ,,, We would get cups of coffee & I would break out my stash of cigars & we would sit on the windlass & look up at the highly visible stars. It was almost as good as having alcohol. I miss being underway. If only every beer could evoke such memories ... Finish was dry, more smoky than chocolaty & lingering. Man, I really felt like I had just smoked a stogie. Gad, I miss it, but with adult-onset asthma, I can no longer indulge (except on VERY rare, exceptional occasions of which my doctor knows NOTHING about). One down.

From the bottle (2003): "WHO NEEDS THE POWER GRID? Not us, when we've got the full moon, bright stars, good friends and Blackout Stout, an imperial stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor."

Oh, man, my cellar is simply burping forth all sorts of long-forgotten goodies! My problem was accumulating beer, but then I was traveling & drinking away from home & thus the backlog began. People are disappointed (or rejoicing) by my lack of personal appearances, but the Internet is blowing up as I have become a homebody to drink all of this beer.

I had been listening to The Scorpions' "Blackout", but now I have gone to Squeeze's "Black Coffee In Bed".

I Pop!ped the cap & if you think that my earlier pour was gentle, this was spoon-fed! I finally got enough of it into a glass to be able to conduct a vigorous swirl, raising over two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), but this time, I was ready for the wee beasties! The Kraken & Cthulhu were not going to catch me unawares. Mouthfeel was simply viscous. I have seen motor oil that was thinner than this concoction! Taste was medicinal, like the time that I sampled my grandparents' Geritol. Think dried dark fruits, treacle, anise, bittersweet chocolate chips & you will be closing in on it. Phew! It was a very different drink than the modern version. F**ksake. it was the sort of Blackout-inducing stuff that I live for. Finish was extremely dry with the remaining yeast having had ample opportunity to ferment the sugars. Time to go stare at the Sun.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AJmon13
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rockaroo
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 5/06/17. So past date. Wasn't meant to age well, my bad. Kind of tastes like Coca Kola when you were a kid. Not a prize in the beer cellar but kind of cool to have around when the mood hits. Good adult cartoony break between serious beers . Probably wont buy a again.

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Photo of hozersr
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,579 ratings