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RATINGS: 1191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3913) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1364) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Aromas are rich and earthy, birch, molasses, cocoa, burnt. Black with a moderately lasting tan head. Some malt sweetness throughout, quite complex, some astringent, green flavors, redolent of minty floral, fennel, birch. Full bodied, quite viscous.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Black pour with a thin espresso head. Aroma of chocolate. Medium bodied mouth. Taste is full of chocolate and fudge. Bitter finish with lots of roasted grain. Caramel is present too. A little bit of alcohol bite.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jared_Clifton (34) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pour dark brown with tan head. Medium to heavy body. Tastes of coffee, milk chocolate, with a creamy sweetness then finishes with some roasted malt and dark fruits. A really underestimated imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Deep boron in color with a solid tan head. Roasty sweet taste with slight spiced undertones. Notes: GABF ’13

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (290) - - JAN 22, 2015
Poured from bottle into teku glass. Was pleasantly surprised by this. Fruitier than expected with lots of plums and other dark fruits. Sweetness, while strong, never felt cloying. A little roast comes in on the finish which gives the beer better balance and some subtlety. Enjoyed this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njager246 (462) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Aroma of chocolate and coco, similar taste almost creamy mouth feel, doesn’t pack the punch of some imperial stouts, very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamP01 (606) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2015
A black slightly viscous on the pour with a small brown head. Aromas of dark plum fruit essence, cacao and dark mild roasted malt. Taste is sweet dark dried fruit, plums, dark mild roasted malt with some pleasant notes of cacao. Palate is a full body, smooth and creamy going down. Finish is sweet cacao, dark malt with a nice dark fruity flavor of plums and dried fruit. Flavor and aroma slowly intensifies as it warms up. has good balance. Overall a very well done wonderful full flavored and tasty brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (336) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
BBD 5/13/15. Pours black as a starless night. Above normal head volume, excellent lacing and retention. Nice complex nose of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, roast notes, hints of vanilla and dark fruit (plum, date) in the background. Almost full bodied with a nice creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense, very complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a wave of flavor that slowly separates into sweet dark chocolate over molasses, then flows into the subtle vanilla and dark fruit notes. The middle is a strong roast flavor over a roast and hop bitterness that puckers the tongue a bit over a caramel sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of caramel/molasses sweetness over a lingering bitterness with just a hint of alcohol. This one is an excellent example of a roast forward stout that is masterfully complex and reasonably balanced with sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
malvrich (63) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2015
A: Even chilled it pours like used motor oil. Same color also. Surpringly a bit of head and sparkle. S:Dark fruits, raisin, fig, no hop or hot alcohol. T: 9% ABV prune juice with some fizz. Tastes good for what I’m getting but a bit cloying. M: Pretty heavy and coating. Oily. O: This is pretty good but I sure don’t want any more of these mofos. Worthy experience, this was a 1st try.


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