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RATINGS: 1177   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2004
12 oz bottle-thanks to Mjames on this one. pours a nice oily black appearance with nice tan head around rim of snifter glass. Lightly carbonated, but just the right amount. aroma of cherries, oak, chocolate, and a note of Kalamazoo bells stout(sweetness?) nice sweetpalat, but slightly hot on the alcohol-nice fresh bottle! wonderful roasted notes as it warmed. Under-rated and recomended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Near black pour small dark tan head. Roasted malt aroma has a slight hop bite and a mild earthy yeastiness. Roasted malt coffee flavors dominate with a noticeable hop balance twoards the finish. A bit medicinal and thin on the palate but drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2004
Bottle pours black with a two inch tan head and lace sheets. The aroma is bitter and roasted, coffee, chocolate, and almost like a chocolate chip cookie. The flavor is like eating a chocolate chip cookie while washing it down with a large double espresso. Wow, it just bursts with good flavor. There is also a good hint of dried fruit in the flavor mix. The palate is rich and slick. Overall, this is real fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Black almost opaque color with a full brown head. Good roasted malt aroma with some alcohol. Good malt flavor and body, nice roasted malt with a sweet malt flavor and some alcohol taste. A very good IMP St that I enjoyed very much. This was not as hopped as much as some american IMP St that I have had it is more like Sam Smith's which is one of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 4, 2004
On tap 4/3/04: Black, tan head. Massive chocolate aromas billowing off the pint. The soft chocolate flavors just keep coming when it gets to your mouth. Just a bomb of smooth, rich chocolate flavors, toasted malt, faint smoke, with a very light coffee touch. The balance is amazing. Full and rich without ever being overwhelming. Hops emerge from the darkness at the finish to tie things up nicely. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Quite wonderful roasted malt nose. Thick looking dark red/brown body. Very nice sweet roasted malt taste with a little alcohol bite. Palate a little weak for an imperial, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Black lutulent liquid with an initially boustrous tan head that settles to to a sturdy centimeter of small bubbles and riming the glass with lace. Dark chocolate, tar, toast and light herbal hops round out the aromas. More alcohol in the nose as it warms. Initial sweet dark chocolate mixed amelgamated with some roasted malt. Light feel of alcohol. If any complaint not as chewy as I would like it. Quite competent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 26, 2004
This bottled brew from Masterbreuer poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lace. The body was a dark opaque black color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was mild with malt and molasses notes. The mouth feel was strong with a good malt hop bite to it, tingly at the start and smoothing in the finish. The flavor was thick with dark malt notes. It has a very good feel to it and quite a kick too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
a nice hardy stout. poured a thick brown head with a strong malt and coffee aroma. flavor was of carmel, and the standard burnt coffee, malt flavors. A very good stout if i do say so myself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours black with a thin tan head. On initial pour, has a somewhat burnt coffee nose to it. Taste is a bit sweet with more roasted coffee. Finishes bitter. A nice beer.

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