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RATINGS: 1124   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Super sweet up front: overly ripened dark fruits mixed with orange, caramel, and just plain old sugar. Booze starts to emerge midway, followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of cherry. Finish is an awesome mix of dark roast coffee, pine, and dark fruit sweetness. Once warmed, it the sweetest beer Iíve ever put in my mouth. It was like a coffee you accidentally put 1 or 2 too many sugar packets into. But at the same time, after each sweet assault up front, the flavors glided into either complimentary or contrasting flavors. Each aftertaste shifted its focus as well. I canít help but be impressed by the range of sensations this one puts you through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darb85 (46) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Woody. Thick mouth feel. Sweet finish. Not bad at all. Well done stout. Light imperial stout

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Not a horrible imperial stout, but it was definitely lacking a little in taste (also a little watery) compared to what I like.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (472) - - MAY 2, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a slight smokey finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (653) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2013 vintage, best before 03/16/14. 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a massive mocha foam and sticky lacing. Nose is on the roastier side with char, chocolate, coffee and some light hops. Taste is more subdued with cocoa powder, lightly smoked malts, bitter coffee and some lingering bitterness. Medium mouth feel with a little heat. Maybe itís the year or so on it, but this is drinking really well. Right up there with the best shelf stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1700) - South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2014
12 oz bottled dated "enjoy by" 5-5-2012 (rated Jan. 2012 - from notes) Pours nearly black. Clear, not cloudy. Small, short-lived tan head. Very aromatic, with a strong dark chocolate component. The chocolate remains in the flavor, but takes a backseat to the coffee. Both of these, as well as a spicy hop note, are secondary to a rich dark malt base. O: excellent, if not up to world class renditions such as Founders Breakfast Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1157) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2014
Nice malty aroma. Sweet. Thin head. Nice mouthfeel. Dark with a nice flavor. Carbonation. Toasted darkness. Nicer malt sweetness light alcohol warmness

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (501) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a heavy coffee and chocolate aroma. The beer is smooth and creamy with heavy chocolate, coffee, some dark alcohol and light grains. A bit of an espresso aftertaste, but nothing overwhelming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (1507) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate + light coffee roast, a bit of oak and waffle cone, a touch of smoke. Appearance: Dark ruby black with a creamy tan head. Flavor: Matches the nose; fairly dried out but not secco, roast and chocolate are most apparent with a little waffle cone as well. Palate: Medium body, very creamy texture, average carbonation, long finish. Overall: Wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2784) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2014
Bottle . Best enjoyed by 07/28/09 , drank in april 2014 . Pours almost black , rather small grey foam . Smell is intence sweet oats . Good carbo . Oaty , chocolaty , malty taste . Not as thick as i usuallu like , but thick enough . Some coffee , some port aspects . Very intresting ( never really had an old stout ) but i really dig it


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