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RATINGS: 1202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (421) - 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 (101) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (895) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2015
On draft. Black with thin beige head. Chocolate and dark fruits aroma. Dark fruits come out strong on the taste. Leaves a warming feeling, but doesn’t feel like a 8,5 beer. Terrific.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsporrer (54) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Pours almost black with minimal tan head. Somewhat thinner than others but has full flavors that linger just enough but not too over powering. It has a very nice aroma of malt and dried fruits. It has a very smooth taste with no harshness or alcohol burn. It reminds me of Bell’s Expedition Stout but not quite as strong of flavor or as thick. It was very pleasant to drink but I would have preferred a little longer lasting flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (1940) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2015
This one starts out milky and chocolatey. Finishes with a bitter slightly hoppy nice chocolate flavor and easy to drink. Pours black with a tan head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (436) - 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 (2379) - 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 (3599) - 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 (71) - 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 (4614) - 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.


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