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RATINGS: 1246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Ah, an imperial stout available at many grocery stores here in the Cleveland area. Gotta love that.

Pitch black color, oily lingering head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweetness, with some plum and of course alcohol. Flavor of sweet roasty malt with some dark fruits and a little bitterness at the end. Aftertaste coats the entire mouth.

I think true imperial stout lovers may have mixed feelings about this beer; it doesn’t have the huge intense flavors of an expedition,storm king, or Speedway. What it has, however, is the typical GLB balance, smoothness, and tightness while keeping enough of the strong richness of a good imperial stout to be quite drinkable--in fact dangerously so.

While this may not be the creme de la creme of imperial stouts, it is a fine version and another in a long line of excellent brews from GLB.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle. This one pours a dark brownish to black color, but has ruby tinges at its edges. No head at all, but looks as if it has a little viscosity. One can only hope at this point... Nose is sweet, but I cannot place the exact aroma. Definitely not coffee or cocoa. Now I am intrigued. Let’s begin... At first taste, I am unimpressed as all I have is sweetness, but nothing to really balance it out. Not incredibly creamy, thick, or carbonated. As the beer rolls down the throat, it stays the same. I think that it really sticks well to the style, but who cares? I’m not getting any really great hop tastes (this is not unexpected) and the beer is not improving with warmth. It is not a bad beer, but it would not compare with the best imperial stouts out there. A little obvious on the alcohol, but overall a certainly drinkable brew. This beer (although not their greatest sample) is more proof that the only good thing to come out of Cleveland is Great Lakes Brewing Company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 23, 2005
On tap at Barley’s #1. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is sharp chocoalte. Taste is chocolate, rubber, alcohol and hints of fruit. Very full mouthfeel. A good beer, but there are better impy stouts out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 True to its name, this beer doesn’t even let light through. Very rich, warm, full tasting. Heavy and filling. Hops are present but are overpowered by a heavy caramel flavour. Not very bitter, but very strong. Not much aroma, especially when compared to the overpowering taste. You hardly notice the very high alcohol content in the taste, although you can certainly smell it. This is a good beer, but it is not very versatile. I think great lakes makes better beers and I certainly would not get excited about this one, more than say the Edmund Fitzgerald, which I honestly think has more flavour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 186 beers drinken and rated. Some good, some bad. Some hard to obtain brews, some swill. A range of 4.9 to .5. Lots of beer, lots of flavors, but never a 5.0. Until last night, when on beer search to finish off my trade with Footbalm, I came across a ’new arrival’ beer at Binny’s Glen Ellyn, a Imperial Stout from Great Lakes. A company I have never tried a beer from, even though my 3 local suppliers have more than plenty of it laying around. Got home, popped one in the fridge in case I got thirsty later on in the evening. Sure enough I did get thirsty and poured this big black brew into my glass, very dark, nice light off white head. Aroma full of a bunch of goodies, alcohol somewhat present at first, chocolate, small hints of coffee, some small notes of dark fruit. Consumption of this beer is best described as a wonderfully made chocolate cake with a few cherries baked into it, with a nice hot cup of coffee to wash it down. Once in awhile a small hop flavor pops its head into play, but for the most part its a thick chocolaty cake through and through. I will have another of these tonite to confirm my 5.0 rating or give me reason to lower it, but I have to have another to double check. But at least for today this is my favorite beer consumed to date. rerate: 4/22-Still a personal favorite, but the 5.0 has to go. After going through nearly a 6pk of this great brew, I found some inconsitencies, not that a 5.0 has to be PERFECT everytime you drink it, but I had a few 4.0 bottles in the 6 pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Wow is this beer impressive. Pours a deep black with a quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma of chocolate mocha, with a roasted coffee background. The flavor is in line with the aroma, being semi-sweet chocolate and coffee along with some dark cherries with a lingering bitterness that makes you beg for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 On tap at the Maple Tree Inn: Deep black with a towering brown head, this baby is profuse with dark rich aromas - - - bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, burnt coffee... The taste is more of the same, with a generous daubing of anise and alcohol added to the blend. This drink would be a fine accompanyment with rich chocolate puddings or spicy pork sausages, especially served later in the day.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Thanks to the 2 raters that sent me bottles of this stout. I know Drew was one of those guys… I just can’t remember who the other dude was? Thanks!

As the name of the beer suggests, this stout pours a monstrous black body and a fluffy tan head. The aroma is strong with an alcohol burn, it’s whisky like, maybe spiced rum-ish. The flavor brings nice hints of dates, and a fuggy chocolaty notes… there is also some butterscotch and coffee there in the finish. This is a rather enjoyable beer but I can’t understand why the abv shows through so powerfully?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
just arrived, 12oz bottle. smells like plums, alcohol, bitter hops. black, oily, nice deep tan head that settled to 1/2 after 1min, laced even my dirty tasting glass. oh baby. heavy, thick body, great roasted malts. sweet and toasty, tongue-coating. the hops are secondary, but (as with every other GL beer i’ve been lucky enough to try) perfectly balanced. the lingering flavor is sweet burnt malt. excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2005
I have to agree that only the alcohol is extreme. However as a high alcohol dry stout very enjoyable. Very dark with light foam. Aroma of charcoal and coffee with some chocolate underneath. Upfront bitterness and coffee. Increasing bitterness in the finish. Alcohol keeps a backseat through the proceedings. Could drink this all day (and then fall down).

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