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RATINGS: 1163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
12.11.04 12oz bottle (drink by 5/29/04). I had this at 62 F. Motor oil black beer with tall, brown, brainy head and and instant smattering of sticky lace. Tons of dark, roasty malts, oatmeal, and burnt whole grain toast. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and rich -- completely coating, full, and slick -- now this is a great impy palate. The flavors are rather subdued; it is quite roasty and there’s lots of prune and coffee and burnt stuff. I could go for some stronger hop presence and a more bitter, drier finish. It actually finishes rather sweet and wet, which is nice. Hearty and bold indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Nice head, full roasted malt aroma more like a porter than a stout because of the presence of alcohol , has a big taste chocolate raisin, not really thick in the mouthpretty bitter on the aftertaste, not as sweet as advertised and a little harsh at the end

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2387) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2004
Very dark brown in colour. Aroma was of chalky bitter chocolate, coffee, rather roasty. Flavour was super sweet, not as much roastiness as the aroma led me to believe, some malt but overall a little thin. Medium body and carbonation. Finishes thin, very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5844) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle Fruity, strawberry and dirt aroma and coffee of course. Quite brown, small creany brown head. Earth coffee and fruity tastenotes. Slightly fizzy but otherwise mellow mouthfeel. Chocolate and burned coffee aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Well despite the name I found this one to be only a dark brown with ruby edging. Lots of bittersweet chocolate combined with bitter roasted coffee aromas. Sweet and malty and chocolatey - nice flavours but too thin for what I was hoping for. Also too sweet through the finish. I think I will need to try it again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IndianaRed (2592) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 Bottle Pours a jet black with a deep rich, thick tan head. Heavy lacing coats the sides of the glass. Aromas are of sweet molassas, cola, and charcoal. Stong sweet smokey flavors. Syrupy. Very thick, slick feel with a smokey lingering aftertaste. Thanks to MrFacto for the trade.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Solid black color, huge tannish head, active, bubbling, ...aroma, bitter cocoa, nutty, just the thing...on the palate, full, rich, thick, delicious, perfect...lush texture, cocoa is everywhere, carob and anise and more join in on the flavor, thick, rich , delicious,...yum, an excellent stout, from an excellent brewer toward whom I’ve never had a complaint...full, rich, bodied, potent mouthfeel, this gives Kalamazoo’s a run for it’s money...wish I had more to test them against one another...but all I can say now is that I fully enjoyed this one, and will seek this one out in the future, if I can!!! What a great stout...wish I could have this more often!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 just like the name, black like night. plain aroma (for an imperial stout anyway) of coffee and roasted barley. foamy mouthfeel not entirely appropriate for a stout but it adds to the effervescent sense of hops tang and plenty of roast in there. not a bad beer at all, but there are better imperial stouts to be had.

re-rate. 1 year after the "please drink before" date. much better, despite the brewer’s request! fuller, more balanced mouthfeel. i recommend disobeying the brewer’s orders and letting this one sit for a while extra.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Super dark, but not totally black. Brown head that didnt last long and didnt lace the glass at all. Roasted coffee aroma with chocolate and carmels. Lots of malts in the taste, along with roasted coffee beans covered in chocolate. Coated my mouth with a taste that lasted for a good amount of time. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3019) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Pours a brownish black with a brown head that leaves no lace and makes me sad. I perk up though at the nice scent of roasted barley with maybe a slight touch of alcohol. Very smooth drinking, this is not one of those knock-you-on-your-sorry-ass Imperials and that’s OK. Some nice fruity malts come out to balance the roastiness and that’s OK too.


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