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

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a decent brownish tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black that has some very dark brown notes that are barely noticeable. The surface of the beer appears very slick and a little bit oily as well.

The beer smell is pretty good. The beer has the recognizable smell from the brewery's yeast that works well with the other subdued notes. The other notes consist of dark chocolate and hints of deep roasted malts. However, the smell most resembles a lighter version of Nutella, which is pretty good.

The taste is a bit sweeter than the smell. The yeast presence isn't very strong in the taste and is dominated by the stronger roasted malts and the sweet chocolate. The chocolate does a very good job of dulling the roasted malt taste while still maintaining a bit of roast. The closest taste that someone could compare to would be a slightly toasty Nutella. The bitter hops aren't very noticeable until the aftertaste and before then are actually the weakest note. The hops give a little bitterness and seem to help the roast come out instead of being a distinct flavor of its own.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and slick with very little carbonation. The beer is heavy bodied but it has a feel that makes it appear lighter.

Overall, a very good and interesting imperial stout. The stout seems to fall on the sweeter side instead of the roastier side, which is very unique.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a little plastic hotel water cup. Best by 05/08/15 537-41DL.

Pours black and tarry with almost no head -- just a thin ring. Not much carbonation. Smell I coffee roast. Some chocolate and black licorice. Caramel.

Taste is sweet, strong bitter backbone. Heavy roast, almost burnt. Maybe caramel is the best way I can think of to describe the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is not light, but surprisingly light. Based on the viscous pour I thought it would be much thicker and heavier. Overall, very good.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Blackout Stout brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., with an ABV of 9.0% This brew pours out a dark brown color, with a light brown head. Blackout Stout has the look of coffee. The smell is rich with flavor and malts. There is some sweetness in the smell of this brew. The taste is rich with flavor. This brew puts you in the mind of dark chocolate with roasted malts. There is a lot going on in this brew. Nothing overpowering in this brew, Blackout Stout has a real nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. There is a lot of flavor, but a nice amount of smoothness. You can not pick up on the high ABV in this brew. Overall, I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. Great Lakes Brewing Co. did a nice job with this one. I would by this again.

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4.92/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a glass drinking boot(I may have to edit proper glassware at another time), this brew's got a 2 finger thick brown head with gradually descending lacing, and a, you've guessed it, jet black body body.

I smell heftier malts, along with some classic R.I.S. traits such as chocolate and raisins. Not much hop presence in the aroma, and nothing really hinting towards the 9% abv.

Tastes like carmalezid malts, chocolate, and a dash of overall earthiness to it. Very tasty! So far, this is blowing me away from the other "dark winter brews" I've experienced thus far.

The mouthfeel going on here is slightly thicker,yes, as with all proper stouts. I wouldn't say its chewy or syrupy by any means. Pretty clean for what it is, actually.

Overall, a 4.75 for Great Lakes Blackout Stout - Great Lakes Brewing Co. A great choice to get you out of the funk a miserable winter's day can bring. I will certainly buy this brew again!

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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.64/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev -4.8%

I have wanted to try this one for a while so maybe I had higher expectations...

This thing tastes like a Edmund Fitzgerald on steroids, which isn't a bad thing, but its just too sweet for my taste. I like my RIS's to be thick and viscous, which this is not. This is still a 'above average' RIS but not in the same ballpark as some others.

This is a beer I would try out to see if it fits your tastes.

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,572 ratings