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RATINGS: 1110   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 On tap at the Maple Tree Inn: Deep black with a towering brown head, this baby is profuse with dark rich aromas - - - bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, burnt coffee... The taste is more of the same, with a generous daubing of anise and alcohol added to the blend. This drink would be a fine accompanyment with rich chocolate puddings or spicy pork sausages, especially served later in the day.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Thanks to the 2 raters that sent me bottles of this stout. I know Drew was one of those guysÖ I just canít remember who the other dude was? Thanks!

As the name of the beer suggests, this stout pours a monstrous black body and a fluffy tan head. The aroma is strong with an alcohol burn, itís whisky like, maybe spiced rum-ish. The flavor brings nice hints of dates, and a fuggy chocolaty notesÖ there is also some butterscotch and coffee there in the finish. This is a rather enjoyable beer but I canít understand why the abv shows through so powerfully?

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
just arrived, 12oz bottle. smells like plums, alcohol, bitter hops. black, oily, nice deep tan head that settled to 1/2 after 1min, laced even my dirty tasting glass. oh baby. heavy, thick body, great roasted malts. sweet and toasty, tongue-coating. the hops are secondary, but (as with every other GL beer iíve been lucky enough to try) perfectly balanced. the lingering flavor is sweet burnt malt. excellent imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4535) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2005
I have to agree that only the alcohol is extreme. However as a high alcohol dry stout very enjoyable. Very dark with light foam. Aroma of charcoal and coffee with some chocolate underneath. Upfront bitterness and coffee. Increasing bitterness in the finish. Alcohol keeps a backseat through the proceedings. Could drink this all day (and then fall down).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
I apparently thought I had just grabbed a typical old stout out of my stash, but on the first sip i could tell i had grabbed something much thicker and much more alcoholic. This beer pours a dark brown, blackish color with a thin tanned and orange head which dissipated quickly and left an oily lacing on my glass. The aroma was alcoholic, sherry, brandy, oak, wood, chocolate, and cinammon hints with a touch of smoke. The flavor is full bodied, oily and thick with smoky chocolates, almonds, alcohol, and a hint of cherries and raspberries. I also detect some licorice flavors here...surprisingly thick beer, heavily carbonated for an imperial stout. Dry roasted finish, malty but grainy... very well executed beer, some bitterness in the long-finish...i finally found the hops!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
After drinking a case of this over the last several months, I canít believe I havenít rated it. Nice blood and chrome aroma with complexities of soy sauce, liquid smoke and vanilla extract. Flavor is licorice, vanilla bean, burnt sugar, kettle corn and sizzling steak. Appearence is black with luciously dark brown shallows. It warms the face and esophagus. Palate is easy and clean yet lingering with sweet char and potent hoppy excellence. One of my favorites.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 #100 I wanted this to be special so I went down to the brewery cause there drafts taste so much better, This is the best tasting stout iíve had so far, first thing I said was it like coffee with alcohol, taste was coffee with some slight chocolate to it and this went down smooth and fast, was craving for more but it was a little pricey at $4/ 10 oz., but I think I might go back today for happy hour. Finally update almost 2 1/2years later. Black pour, medium almond head that fades away. Aroma of coffee, and roasted malts mainly. Flavor is coffee with bittersweet chocolate up front, with oats and caramel malts in the background. Pretty sweet but mixed with the bitter chocolate and roasted malts really works and the coffee stays around the whole time. Hops are up there with what seems like northern brewers really fresh and leafy. Almost a smokiness in the finish as well after you taken a break in between sips. I just love everything about this beer, itís so damn cloying and just addicting I keep feeling the need to sip more. Warming alcohol is perfect for the winter or sitting inside with the a/c on full blast when its 90 outside. Maybe itís because Iím from Cleveland, maybe itís because this was the first Imperial Stout I had and maybe itís because I actually lived through the Blackout of 2003, but this will always be one of my favorites and Iím not changing a thing from my first rating.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
I blacked out, what do I know!!! Just kidding! Great Stout. Lots of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa buds and it warms me up a bit. Beautiful dark colorand taste. Maybe more towards a heavy porter then stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Very large light brown head. Very dark black body. Aroma is the expected coffee and some notes of grass. Also some leather and sweat. The taste is dominated by the roasted coffee. This also has notes of cola and dark chocolate. This is a very good and relatively light impy stout. A light creamy mouthfeel. Thanks MrFacto.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Black pour with a thin tan head. Rich heavy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter Chocolate flavor. Very nice. 8/4/8/4/18

RERATE: Black pour with only a tan ring. Aroma is black licorice and chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is rich and chocolatey with very manageable alcohol. Deliciously smooth.


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