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RATINGS: 1159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CardsFan25 (65) - - DEC 10, 2014
Dark pour with about an inch of head. It has a coffee and heavily roasted malt aroma. Coffee, brown sugar, roasty taste finishes smooth and slightly sweet finish. Couldn’t taste the 9%. The taste got even better as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boatdrinks (10) - - DEC 9, 2014
An interesting and sweet stout from Great Lakes. It's got a higher carbonation than I expect it with a mild sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (227) - - DEC 7, 2014
Look: pours dark black. Very dark brown head that fades quickly. Smell: oatmeal. Roasted malts. Smokey chocolate. Very roasty. Taste: deep roasted malts. Sweet chocolate. Coffee. Red apple. Feel: very creamy. Medium thick mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Overall: great beer. Be careful the flavors mask the 9% very well. Nice balance of roast, chocolate, coffee. First drank: home 12/7/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4709) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Jdb288: Served in a Chouffe glass: Medium to smaller sized beige light brown head on top of an almost entirely black beer. Aroma of liquorice, roast, cream, some sweets, some coffee and hints of mocha and chocolate. Flavours of roast, brown sugars, liquorice, cream, caramel, coffee, mocha, some bitters, some chocolate and some hints of lacto tones. Aftertaste is good roast, bitters, creamy chocolate and creamy liquorice. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied and a creamy sticky texture. Very nice stuff, good no-nonsense Imperial Stout! Lovely, balanced and smooth!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Dark cola brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is lighter than expected with toffee, molasses, chocolate as it warms. Flavour is sweet, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, alc is very well blended. Lingering raisin and brown sugar sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (46) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours jet black with a dark khaki head.Aromas of chocolate and coffee with a little bit of raisin or other dark dried fruit.a little alcohol warmth. Medium to thick in the mouth. The head dissipates quickly but leaves q little resting in top of the beer. Nice lacing in the glass. Overall very nice beer. Very similar to Founders Breakfast stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tonypreto (115) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint glasd. A good malty aroma, no head, pours pitch black. Smooth going down, for sure imperial, very hoppy undertones. Malty and rich. Solid stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (677) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Enjoyable stout. This one is great tasting and rally good looking. It’s imperial in so many ways.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barnoloid (259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Fantastic imperial stout, served on draft into snifter at Harding Tavern. Light on the nose, with no big roasted notes apparent until you take the first sip here. More complexity opens up as this warms. Great smooth, thick body and mouthfeel which falls short of oily. Retains minimal head, appearance similar to a cola. Excellent chocolate and hint of hop notes come through here. For the high ABV this is devastatingly drinkable, much like the other beers in GLBC’s stable. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (40) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Very dark brown color, close to black. Almost no head. Aromas of alcohol, dark roasted coffee, a d dried black currents. Earthy. Taste is sweet, but not overly so. Body is quite heavy. Bitterness present but well balanced by the sweetness and carbonation. Very full body; creamy and oily texture, thick. Carbonation provides a nice balance to the sweetness. Finish shows the carbonation and deep roasted flavors. Overall a very good beer.

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