Blackout Stout | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 11-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,084
Reviews:
1,231
Ratings:
3,555
pDev:
8.57%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Enjoy by date is 4/21/15.

A: Pours pitch black with one finger light tan head. Some light spotty lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts.

T: Creamy milk chocolate, and rich roasted malts.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Finish is creamy and a touch bitter.

O: Excellent stout. A touch sweeter that most RIS, but very drinkable. Glad a have 3 more to enjoy.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/28/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Blackout Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,555 ratings
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