Great Lakes Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Blackout StoutGreat Lakes Blackout Stout

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

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Review added 2015/12/17, with the 2015 edition of Blackout Stout.

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

Appearance: Lives up to its name by pouring a black so impenetrable, no daylight gets through when held up to a window - not even a highlight. Forms a finger and a half or so of khaki-tan head, which dies fairly swiftly into a cap and a thick ring.

Smell: Some coffee-esque notes leap out of the glass first, of the French roast variety, combined with something of a bitter baking chocolate odor. Wet ashes round out the aroma, like a campfire doused by a sudden storm, and some faint hints of molasses peek through here and there. Very far off in the distance, some vaguely sour plum / prune aspects can be found.

Taste: Much in keeping with the nose, actually. A torrent of dark roasted coffee opens the flavor profile, wreathed through with chocolate at an 80% or greater level of cacao. A blanket of ashen char flops in atop those flavors, instantly relegating them to the background, before a sort of streaming threnody of molasses and plummy sweetness wafts through the smoke and blackened wood. Those form the finish as well, blackstrap and prune over a base of damp firewood coals.

Mouthfeel: Oddly, this gives the impression of being exceptionally full while actually being a touch lighter in body than the typical RIS, likely due to the dialed-in carbonation level. It drinks smooth yet lively, and an interesting combination of heavy and medium.

Overall: This is a beer I look forward to having each winter in Ohio. I've never had the barrel-aged version, being a 5 hour drive away from the brewery, but when the "regular" version is this tasty, I don't feel like I'm missing out on much. Just a well done, well executed Russian Imperial.

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Great Lakes Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 3,512 ratings.
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