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RATINGS: 1109   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (355) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Bottle from Dennis, thanks! Pours dark brown/almost black with a small beige head. Aroma has watermelon (!!!), chocolate and some cream. Taste has dark chocolate, sweetness, bitter hops, roasted malt, slight coffee. Full body, soft carbonation. Super smooth! Long lasting bitter after taste.
Well balanced, smooth and all over a great surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1837) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit notes; Nicely balanced; Very solid and easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Nice stout. Toffee, smoked vanilla, hint of coffee and nice boozey kick at the end. Let it warm a bit and the chocolate and that hint of coffee are mire apparent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
12 oz bottle -- thanks, J! Pours deep and dark with minimal head (think the wisps of foamy-steam rising off of the bog in a horror film). Aroma: full on chocolate, with some vanilla and ash. Taste: milk chocolate; plenty of ash. Moderately sweet with an appropriately bitter finish. Palate: Smooth, full body; lingering warming alcohol. Overall: a very pleasant beer. A bit sweeter than Old Rasputin, but otherwise pretty comparable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (794) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, molasses, and roasted malts. Flavor is sweet cocoa upfront with coffee notes in the finish. Abv is well-hidden. Not as full-bodied as other imperial stouts but a respectable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisFields (69) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a dark brown with just a hint of a bubbly tan head. Aromas of caramel, malt, cocoa and alcohol are present. Taste is chocolate, roasted coffee bean, very light bitter hops and dark fruit. Alcohol warmth comes through but is very well integrated. Body isnt as full as I expected but certainly not thin. Overall, pretty good. Great Lakes produces some excellent beers and this is certainly no exception.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Eberndt (133) - - JAN 11, 2014
Deep dark color with a caramel colored head. Very drinkable with bitter chocolate and coffee flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2014
10oz draft poured almost black with mocha colored head. the aroma of deep dark roasted malts with little blends of chocolate and coffee and I really didnít get a lot of hop on the nose. but the flavor was about as smooth an imperial stout that I have ever had...you have to watch this one so easily drinkable but that 9% will get you. the malts and mild hops and dark flavors just swirl around and taste extremely well together.. thumbs up on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Solid dark pouring stout from Great Lakes! A great follow up to their Christmas Ale. Poured into a snifter with a 1/4 inch toasted marshmallow head. Taste was very smooth with hints of chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (952) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Hands down one of the better stouts Iíve ever had. Color- black (duh!) with tan head and lacing. Nose- coffee and chocolate. Flavor- coffee, bitter chocolate, and creamy milk. Like silk on the tongue.


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