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RATINGS: 1128   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
Pitch black, tannish head of cream and spotty lacing. Roasted malts, mocha, hops and alcohol aromas. Roast, chocolate, mocha, hops, molasses, and brown sugar in the flavors. Oily palate, thick body and a finish of alcohol and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2010 Bottled: Very nice brew. Pours dark brown with dark tan head that diminished quickly. Roasted aroma. Very creamy body, just excellent. Flavor is robust, but smooth and delicate. 9% is masked very well, almost undetectable. Somewhat dry finish. This stuff handles age very well, and a year past the "Enjoy By" date, it’s tasting superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004 does not count
On tap at Mad Mex in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. I am still recovering from the flu/cold, but I did not notice any negative aroma. It seemed to have a slight coffee/chocolate aroma. Very dark with a tight frothy head. Delicious coffee and chocolate flavor with a full-bodied palate. It's listed here as 9% ABV, but this can't be right. It tasted as though it were 5.5 to 6.5% at most. If this is 9% ABV, GLBC should be given an award for masking alcohol content. Stouts are not my favorite beers, but this stout will force me to go to Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company in the South Side to pick up a keg, assuming it is still available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
dark pour, thin head..nutty/brownie-like aroma...nice chocolate sweetness, thick but dry chocolate..somewhat nutty, a little bitter chocolate in the end...not thick enough and missing the dark fruits to be a good imperial, oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
Nice combo of chocolate malts with a hint of fruitiness. From the tap at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh's South Side, very smooth and well finished.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4405) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
Pours pitch black, but a little thinner than many of the Imps. Aroma is very sweet and hints at the incoming licorice. Lots of licorice and mocha on the tongue. A little fruit hint at the end. Very good, but I think would benefit from some time in a cellar; the alcohol is not well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2004
Too much licorice, entirely too much licorice. A nice smoky aftertaste, but almost all licorice in my mouth...bummer. This looked quite appealing, but apart from the nice finish I can't recommend it unless you favor *shudder* licorice. THANK YOU DREW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
Body is black as night, no head. Aroma of black licorice, slight notes of chocolate, strong mocha flavor. Malty mocha/coffee body, light notes of dark fruit (mostly black licorice). Hoppy finish, well-balanced. Slightly sweet finish. Well hidden abv, a not too dry of a finish in my opinion, perhaps a bit thin overall, not as robust as some of the great imperials. Still a good stout, nice fruit elements and sweetness to add to the malt flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
Pours fairly lite for an imperial but, black with a brown head that leaves as soon as it arrives. TAKE YOUR COAT OFF AND STAY AWHILE WOULD YA'? I love rum raisin aromas and this has it. A great mix of that with coffee and strong hops. A little thin but a nice flavor of roasted malts and alcohol. Much too carbonated. And the alcohol is not well hidden. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 This is a wonderful example of a hoppy imperial stout. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours thick, black and oily with only a minimal brown head. Slight dry coffee scent. Thick texture. The flavor is sweet, coffee, maybe mocha. Very hoppy. The hoppiness grows with each sip and gets a bit overwhelming. Also tried this one on draft and found it to be less hoppy, better balanced, and a much better brew.

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