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RATINGS: 1159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Russian Imperial Stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor.
Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and fun.
Available in February & March.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (565) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap at Blues Bar. Black with a thin tan head. Dark chocolate, light roast coffee, hazelnut, and alcohol. Taste is dryly sweet. Body is heavier with a syrupy feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raoul_duke (37) - - DEC 15, 2014
12 oz Bottle from a four pack at marianos. Very dark, some Amber and red at the edges. Very little head. Aroma has lots of malt and alcohol with some sweet chocolate and cherry. Hop, chocolate, and sweet malt on the palate. Pretty good stout. I wish it had more hop to it, but it isnít overwhelmingly sweet either.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (562) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan foam head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and some booze. Flavors are similar, with a surprising and refreshing sweetness. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (34) - - DEC 14, 2014
Pours dark black with small amount dark brown head. Aroma sweet, coffee, chocolate. Tastes similar, more sweet than other stouts, not a lot of alcohol heat. Lighter but pleasant mouthfeel. Overall very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Michbeerlover (143) - - DEC 13, 2014
Great all around stout. Smooth, creamy, medium to full mouthfeel. Smokey, roasty and chocolatey. One of the best I have every had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppopotomous (14) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with some alcohol maybe a hint of dark fruit..taste is malty and dark chocolate ..but kind of get an off flavor like sucking on an aluminum bar. Not my favorite..might want to get a draft of this just to see the differences.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Underdogs88 (133) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
High level of hops on the nose with notes of roast. Appearance is jet black and clear with a tan head. Average head retention. Chocolate and roast notes with a high level of hop bitterness. The beer is slightly oxidized. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. A grain astringency is evident. Overall, it's an ok Russian imperial stout, but there are many better examples out there. I would prefer more body, less astringency and more malt flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (397) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2014
It pours black with strong chocolate and roasted aromas. It has a full head with lacing it is medium bodied with roasted and chocolate flavors that is medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (501) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Best great lakes I have had. A really good and tasty stout. Nice roasty taste with a hint of coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (852) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma of toasted oats, coffee, dark chocolate, malt. A flavor that starts earthy and malty but finishes with a rather superficial sweet vibe. Eh. Could use more of the malt and hop here. I love much about this stout, itís smooth and diverse. Canít call it a one dimensional stout. Good stuff.


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