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RATINGS: 1127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Draft at federal taphouse Lancaster. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Doesn’t leave much lacing in the glass. Big licorice type malt on the nose. Lots of malt and a fair amount of bitterness on the tongue. Finishes clean and hides its alcohol well. Definitely a winter warmer type beer and solid for style.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlpeeler (85) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap black with small gray brown head. Taste is initially sweet malt. That gives way to layers of coffee, chocolate, fruit and more malt. Very nice overall smooth with good mouthfeel. Overall very good...... maybe just a touch too sweet for some but nevertheless well worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (791) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
(bottle) Aroma has ground coffee beans, roasted malt and faint hops, The complexion is black with a disapating tan head and some glass lacing. Flavor has charred malts, black coffee and piney hops to balance. Some notes of bitter alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 21, 2014
12 oz bottle. Minneapolis. Black with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, some alcohol. Good texture and body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (917) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a thin dark tan head. The head fades to a fairly thick ring around the edge of the glass with a few spots of thin lacing. The aroma is loaded with dark fruit and has an overall sweet quality to it. Cherries and pipe tobacco come to mind along with dark chocolate and raspberries. A touch of dark roasted coffee too. The flavor is very sweet; almost too much. Lots of fruit in the way of raspberries and cherries with the tobacco a little lighter than it was in the flavor. Dark chocolate with coffee and some licorice. The sweetness is present throughout with it limiting the drinkability somewhat. Sticky finish. Overall, I like the flavors in this beer but the mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired. A bit thin in the middle but too sticky at the end and too much sweetness through it all. Not bad, though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thebullshornbar (73) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
A thick and almost inky stout that lays it on thick with familiar flavors. Burnt sugar, roasted coffee, licorice, i touch of ash and some graininess fill in the palate while a light bitterness form the hops finishes the beer off.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (290) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Tootsie Roll aroma (but, y’know, in a good way) heralds the arrival of an imperial stout with more than its share of hops and a great overall hop-malt balance. Drank it slowly from a snifter served at Erv’s in Oak Creek, WI (while listening to a totally unusual karaoke duo dressed as bride and groom -- Saturday night’s are wild in Oak Creek!).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1058) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Pours "light black" with tan head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Dry roasty chocolate taste with some biscuit notes. Molasses in the finish. Thick body, nice carbonation. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1589) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Black pour with a generous heap of tan foam on top. Runny lace. Mocha toffee. Brandied plums. Greek coffee. Liquorice root. Chocolate caramels. Some nice ashy notes as well. Body reads thin at first but broadens in the finish. Not silky enough to read as a true Russian Imperial. Good stuff though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bra23 (3) - Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
Found at my local Hy-Vee. Served only slightly cooled. It seems to pour thin and with minimal head. Appearances are deceiving, however, as the rich roasted flavor starts with a nice amount of hops. The finish is smooth and the mouthfeel belies the thin lacing. As good as advertised and not to be missed on a cold winter's night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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