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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pitch black, tan lasting creamy head. Nose had rich notes of mocha cream, charred coffee beans, brown sugar, and roasted dark chocolate, with a very light citric tone buried deep within. Flavor up front was blackened chocolate with charred coffee tones, light vanilla, with a slight vinous edge. Pretty well balanced as the citric hops play out late. Full bodied and slick, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Definitely worth a try for those who have not...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 (10/2005) Very dark brown/black. Nice thick creamy tan head. Light, but complex aroma of roasted vanilla, brown sugar. Sweet vanilla and cherry taste. Some covering roasted chocolate and coffee. Seems to be a big vanilla dark fruit concoction, which tends to be a bit overwhelming, cloying, and one-dimensional at times. (8 / 5 / 8 / 3 / 13) (4/2006; about a year of age?) Seems to have come together a bit, and taken a slight turn down. But still pretty good. Not sure if I really didn’t care for it the first time, or if it was just an "off" night. Pretty heavy and chewy. Hints of smoke are noticable... especially in burps.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Black with some brown around the edges. Small brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and anise. Flavor is full of roastiness and burnt toast, with a nutty bitterness in the finish. I found this to be too carbonated - almost fizzy, but otherwise had a nice full mouth feel. Roastiness tends to overwhelm other flavors, and some dark fruitiness would help this brew out. Good nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle from Pailhead. Black in color with a pleasant and fairly dense light-brown head that fades to a ring. Decent lacing is left behind. Aroma is a great blend of roasted malt. Some licorice, light smoke, coffee and chocolate. Full bodied. Plenty of hop bitterness on the tail end of this to balance the malt bill. Quite roasty, bitter coffee, dark chocolate. Nicely done!!<P> Bottle from Santa, opened Dec. ’06. Pitch black in color, smallish beige head which fades quickly and leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavor notes are comparable to earlier rating. Numbers stand, still a tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Bitter roast coffee nose, black as coal, almost no head. Big coffee flavour, bitter chocolate notes also. Bitter, bold offering. Terrific! Thanks rudolf!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
bottle. thanks Rudy. pitch black body with a small short-lasting head. aroma is predominately raisins, sugar, and fruit. sweet sugary malt body with lots of raisins and chocolate. alcohol makes an appearance in the finish along with roast malt and bitter chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5914) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Bottle - thanks to Pailhead! Pours black with a small brown head. Nose is dark roasted malts, burnt chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate, light coffee, hint of licorice and molasses. Taste is very rich. Light coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, double chocolate chip cookies, molasses, dark alcohol soaked fruits and dark bread. Body is smooth with a relaxed carbonation feel and a lingering bitterness. Lots of dark fruits and brown sugar during the finish along with more roasted malts, dark chocolate, some coffee, and light licorice. Nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Thanks Santa! Nose is tar, chocolate, burnt black cherries. Body is deep deep brown and has no head. Nice sweet dark chocolate, maple, cherry. Extremely rich. Very bitter chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 13, 2005
Upon the initial pour a chocolaty sweetness aroma is evident and quickly gives way to a mild roastedness. The color is a deep rich chocolaty black and the head is a creamy thick than. The head is long lasting and has some lacing. There is a malty sweetness at the start and finishes with a coffee like flavor. The beer is almost full bodied but not quite.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (506) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Another great beer by a brewery who is pushing for elite status. Had Blackout on draft and in the bottle. Both were opaque pours, creamy, dark tan heads, and a nice smooth, roasty flavor with hints of chocolate. Very smooth and easy drinking for a 9 % brew. Not the best Imperial Stout ever, but one good beer nonetheless.


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