Great Lakes Blackout Stout

Great Lakes Blackout Stout

Rated 3.938 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company

Cleveland, OH, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 9802 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank210
Overall Percentile99.6
Style Rank64 of 1994
Style Percentile96.8
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.998
Weighted Score3.938
Standard Deviation0.429

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle or draught the small tan head never retains or laces. Coffee and roasted malt aroma. Flavour starts quite sweet followed by roasted malt dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. It has a bit of a dry hoppy aftertaste. Medium/oily mouthfeel.

  • RICHSBEER 1736 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    I'm not much of a stout drinker but this one isn't half bad. It pours a nice dark black, with tan head that stays around for some time. The aroma has lots of roasted malty grain with a taste of sweet malt flavor up front with lots of roasted grain, roasted coffee notes and roasted malt. watch high ABV if you drink more then one.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    A great stout. Dark black in colour with a huge creamy dark brown head. The roasted malt character wisps through the air in the form of roast, smoke, coffee, chocolate, and molasses. The flavour is very complex with hints of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruits. Very smooth and very delicious.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Much more brown than black. Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. A big-whopping mouthfeel with a strong alcohol presence. The flavor is more roasted malts with hints of coffee and almost a burnt flavor. Hops take a backseat to the malt but are certainly present in the aftertaste.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours black with some red highlights when held up to the light. Light tan head which disappears quickly. Roasted malt, cocoa/dark chocolate and coffee aromas dominate the nose. Taste has the cocoa/chocolate flavors leading with way with the roasted malt and coffee bring up the rear. A pleasant dry finish, but a bit more carbonated than I expected for an Imperial Stout, especially as this is one that I have cellared for the last year or so. Mouthfeel is full and slightly creamy. Still a tasty Imperial Stout that is recommended. Now all I have to do is get my hands on a Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout. Yum.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Review no. 700. One from my home-away-from-home state and another one marked off of the wish list: Pours heavy black with a medium tan head that remains leaving much lacing. Sweet malts, caramel, dark chocolate, a bit of strong black coffee, molasses and ripe fruits in the big aromas. Taste is rich with roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, ripe fruits, molasses and brown sugar and a touch of hops. This is one fine stout. Been sitting on it for a few months and needed a big one for my 700th. It did not disappoint - need more.

  • CYBERCAT 11066 reviews
    rated 4.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Pours a deep, warm, opaque sable that is just a red tomcat whisker above black. Head is thick and dark tan, but disappears quickly - half a point off there. Aroma is rich and fills the nose with smoke, fine coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses. Flavor does not disappoint - rich and lip-smacking, it is like fine roast coffee mixed with unsweet chocolate, a hint of charcoal and a touch of molasses. Texture is thick, oily, smooth and lively so it doesn't just slide down the pipes but fairly dances its way to the tummy. A must for all stouties!

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The body has a dark brown/black color that is nearly opaque. On top there is a Light tan head of modest size (about one finger) that fades down to just a small ring of bubbles that makes some slick lacing. Smell: The aroma has lots of roasted malty grain and a heavy vodka like alcohol presence. Taste/Mouth: It has a big sweet malt flavor up front with lots of roasted grain, roasted malt and roasted coffee notes. This is surrounded by a heavy boozy alcohol presence and tempered by solid hop bitterness. Also there is some mild odd fruitiness in there as well. The finish really hits you with sweet boozy alcohol that hangs on the tongue and warms the palate. The texture is full, smooth and slick with mild carbonation. Notes: This is a big full bodied slow sipper.

  • FRETWALKER 88 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a stout-black, modest beige head with minimal lacing. Nose is primarily roasted malt with subtle floral and coffee notes. Flavor is dark malt, alcohol, a little chocolate and dark fruit. Substantial mouthfeel, as a stout should have, with a pronounced boozy burn. I think I'll cellar the other half of the 4-pack, and hope it comes together with a little maturity... has the makings of a nice Impy Stout, just seems a bit, ummm, raw.///REVISITED, a week later: I'm not sure what might've messed with my palate first time around. The boozy burn is less pronounced now, but still present. Taste and finish are better-rounded; that confused, "raw" impression disappeared completely this time. I'd certainly recommend this brew!

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This poured like motor oil, the alcohol was the primary thing i tasted.The aroma was not that much, overall a very nice beer. I wish i had more time to enjoy this beer, it comes highly recomended from me. The price is the only drawback.

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