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RATINGS: 1246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a very dark mahogany with a huge, creamy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Very full body, sweetish roasted malt with roasted, coffeeish accents and some chocolate. Light, bitter finish and very pleasant overall. Thanks heaps to Yogi_Beera and pivo for bringing this. 170406

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3992) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
bottle sample at Darklord Day - Pours black with a tan, fading head. Thereís a good coffee and roast malt aroma. the coffee really comes through in the flavor too and itís fairly well balanced though on the sweet side. The body is medium to full. This one was quite lacking in complexity though and overall seemed a tad unimpressive for the style. Itís very good, but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 5, 2006
(Bottle (best by 8/10/06), gift from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This pours very dark, virtually black, opaque. Has a quarter-inch of tan head that melts away to a thin layer. Fine weepy lacing adorns glass. Aromas of prunes, raisins, coffee and vanilla. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly oily. Flavor of rich bitter coffee and a bit of chocolate. Very mild alcohol burn. A good-tasting Imp Stout although doesnít show terrific complexity. Good marks for aroma and palate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
Black color. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, leather. Smooth texture, thick mouthfeel (malt, caramel, liquorice, roasted maltÖ). Excellent, very well brewed. Thanks Nat!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
black body with a small brown head. a little lighter than some imperial stouts. light gets through when you hold it to a light. quite a bit of alcohol in the aroma with some malty roasted coffee. flavor is roasted bitter coffee with acidic notes. long finish. bitter roasted coffee dominates with quite a bit of alcohol. full bodied and creamy but on the lighter side of imperial stouts. solid imp stout just needs to hide the alcohol better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a large diminishing dark tan head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Flavourís just as good: nice and roasty with malt, coffee, lots of chocolate and hops with a touch of alcohol. Great body, itís nice and chewy. Incredibly easy to drink for an Imperial Stout, I loved it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle (12oz). My 1200th rating. Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via trade with Pailhead. Poured thick opaque brown-black with a large lasting brown fizzy-foamy head. Dark roast aroma, almost burnt, the first impression is strong coffee, then ripe Red Delicious apples, prunes and grapeseed, quite a bit of hop bitterness, with some mellow chocolate as it warms - no alcohol at ALL. Taste is quite fruity, almost light - thereís definitely a dark molasses malt backbone, and some cocoa and light hop bitterness, but mostly tart-yet-sweet fruit in the taste and linger - definitely apple- and grapeseed bitterness on the medium-long finish. This has a pretty standard impy body, the mouthfeel is thick, fairly flat and syrupy, hardly any alcohol character (yet it still packed an invisible punch) - a very good imperial, but not quite a great one - I would like a little less fruit and a little more deep dark roastiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2006
Slightly smokey aroma, filled also with cocoa and espresso. Hmmm...I like it. Very rich flavor, bitter with cocoa and even a bit of hops ( a well-balaned amount). Very strong roasty malts compliment the vanilla. A slightly sweet finish, and this is a very enjoyable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2006
A rather unique imperial in that it has a rather fruity, berry-like flavor, making it seem more like a stout-like version of some other style (which I canít place as of yet) - fig and plum make appearances, too - the alcohol is a little too present, and the body is a bit too thin - coffee and overly-sweet cream flavors that throw the balance off a bit - a little lopsided, but still a decent imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
On tap at Crane Alley, Urbana. Pours a deep brown/black with a fading brown head. Notes of mocha, fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate on the nose. On the palate, its especially thick and viscous, in part thanks to the draught experience. Its a bit sweeter than I would have expected, almost imperial porter like, until you catch a slight hops and alcohol bite on the finish. Excellent stuff, and I can see how the base beer lends itself so well to bourbon ageing.


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