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RATINGS: 1196   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13272) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1446) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 I tried rating this but my fucking wireless internet wouldnt connect to whatever the fuck so i had a real review but not anymore. it tasted a lot like coffee and it was good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2005
A really nice stout from GL. A lot of really good coffee and chocolate flavors and a good roast character. Nice nose, but lack much head which really can make a stout beautiful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours black as night black with a decent brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco aromas. Burnt coffee, chocolate and roasted nutty flavors, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice smokey bitter finish, alcohol very well hidden, drinks like a regular stout, very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Tap. Pours an impenetrable black with an almost non-existent head. Mouthfeel left a little to be desired, much like Old Rasputin. Nose was floral, likely from the hops. Reminiscent of a combinatino of Raspy and SK, though slightly more subdued. Alcohol wasn’t felt too much, even when cold. A pretty big coffee present, at times reminding me of Founders breakfast. A nice beer for me to try at the Pub.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark black with a tannish small head. Nose is mostly roasty malts with coffeeish notes. Mouthfeel is vinous, sorta thin for an impy. Taste is full of bitter chocolate, hops and the roasty coffee notes linger through the bitter hop end. A nice ale, but it falls a bit short of the best in this class

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours like SAE 30. Price likely fluctuates with crude oil futures! Not much head on the pour. Very roasty on the nose. Initial taste is roasted coffee followed by dark berries. Aftertaste is fairly smooth as hops cut through mild fruitiness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Very dark color,nominal head. Not much goin on. Moderate alcohol presence. Other than that ,all I get is mild malt and watered down black licorice. The other 3 bottles are gonna sit til the end of the year. Ok, but kind of a let down,especially at $9 a 4 pack.


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