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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
Wow. Serious Imperial Stout from one of Americas premier brewers. On tap @ Map Room, Chicago. Dark brown non-transparent with brown head that looks like a premium mousse. Aroma of licorice, malt and alcohol. Flavor puts it near the kings in this category. Chocolate, coffee, hops, alcohol... Much better from tap than bottle IMO. Mmm.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
This was higher quality sout than I expected. Coffee and chocolate and carmel flavors that you could practically chew on. yummers. very dark brown in color with light tan head. impressive. i will have to give more respect to my almost hometown brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Great Lakes modus operandi seems to be creating beers that are well crafted yet straight-forward examples of their style. This works well on the Porter, IPA, and Dortmunder but with an Imperial I like something a little more over-the-top. This bottle poured black with a slight tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma was immediately pleasing and creamy. The taste is roasty with a dryer finish. Itís good but there should just be something else there, alcohol is only present in the warming of the stomach, and I donít get any strong chocolate, toffee, dark fruit etc. notes that a good Impy usually employs. Also the dryness lends to a perception of over carbonation that isnít there. All things considered this fits in right along with the rest of the Great Lakes brews, never overbearing and always made with quality and care. itís hard to fault a brewer for doing those things, and doing them well, but I wanted more of a punch from this beer. You could argue, though, that the Imperial Stout is the hardest of the brew styles to compete in because of all the mind blowing examples that are out there. Speedway, Expedition, Dark Lord, Yeti to name a few.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Pours the darkest brown, almost black coclor. Small light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet brandy/alcohol, and a little roasted coffee. Flavor is full of sweet milk chocolate, with a roasted malty kick to it. Slick oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Swindy (1) - Hudson, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
Opened the bottle and the aroma was wonderful. Tasted great. May be my new faborite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Pretty much opaque black; smallish, brown head; barely any lacing. Aroma quite chocolatey; fair amount of caramel; medium roasty; amazingly low alcohol. Big, rich flavor--chocolate, vanilla, light coffee; again, barely any alcohol for the 9%. Big, rich, frothy in the mouth; finish is barely bitter but not too hoppy. You have to let this warm up, but once you do...excellent. Really great stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2005
bottle. pours nice dark color, aroma with the usual imperial stout hints. taste is too thin for my imperial taste. seems to fall short of the other local imperial stouts. a good 4 lengths behind Ringneckís Imp stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
Thanks to Dough77 for this one! Black colour. Aroma has a lot of chocolate, light roast with some plum notes. It has a rich, deep, chocolatey character with burnt fruitcake roastiness that adds accent to the background. Rich, chewy and well-crafted. Finishes intensely with coffee, tons of malty sweetness and balancing alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Dark brick red body with a thin but lasting mocha colored head. Appetizing roasty and hoppy aromas. Good hop flavors and bitterness balance solid sweet and roasty malts. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Cocoa Pebbles, short-lasting head. Sweet maltiness in a glass. Very well-balanced. Distinct malt, hop, and sweet components that make me want to try and re-try again. Another solid beer from Great Lakes.

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