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RATINGS: 1178   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (315) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasty, coffee and some caramel. Taste is a nice full bodied roasted flavor with coffee, chocolates, caramel, dark fruits and earthy flavors. Excellent taste. Overall an exceptional beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2314) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2014
good malt flavor and bit of licorice like with touch of fruit and dark fruit. body not impressive and with a bit of grain. little alcohol in nose and same in flavor pattern. really good and not just great. malt without the gimmick. low mocha colored head that quickly disappears.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle at Caspar tasting at Chriso’s, London. It pours pitch black with a small brown head. Rich roasty stout with notes of dark chocolate coffee vanilla. Medium sweet and good roastiness. Full bodied with good carbonation. Very good RIS

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schwarzbart (52) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Chocolate seems to be the aroma that stands out the most backed up by semi-roasted and coffee malts. The taste is about the same with some light fruits and sweet malts, but it doesn't push the envelope. Sort of a run of the mill imperial stout and almost drinks like a standard stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4132) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma is dark malts, light coffee and hints of vinous and caramel/toffee. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, dark fruit/vinous, a hint of hops and an acidic/slightly spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (262) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Nice stiff smell. Creamy texture. Starts smokey, but a very abrupt sharp ending leads to blackened malt flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (950) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt aroma with cocoa, dark dried fruits and coffee. Roasted malt and sweet caramel malt flavor with a tart dried cherry flavor followed with a dark cocoa and roasted coffee finish. Really nice stout.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JRG7 (21) - - DEC 20, 2014
Pours black. Thin head. Medium/heavy body. Smells sweet. Very little carbonation. Great stout.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (4171) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Boiled cabbage and charcoal nose. Black, thin tan head. Sweet and vegetal. Rather cloying cane sugar with boiled cabbage. The off flavors subside leaving a drier but still sweet licorice note at midpalate and a welcome charred oak finish. Medium body. Significantly tainted. Such a pity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (596) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap at Blues Bar. Black with a thin tan head. Dark chocolate, light roast coffee, hazelnut, and alcohol. Taste is dryly sweet. Body is heavier with a syrupy feel.


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