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RATINGS: 1128   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
   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

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
whyteoutt (15) - Joliet, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Poured into a (forgive me) bodum glass. Heavy roasted coffee taste. Tan head, near black body. Strong coffee and malt aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4902) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Enjoy by 3/16/14. Nose is slightly dusty, slightly inky, very rich in chocolate with some coffee and roast. Pours deep brown, black in the glass with a light brown head. Surprisingly light body (even close to watery) but it’s absolutely jam-packed with sweet and jammy fruit -- this can not be understated. Sugary sweet, some light ash, low bitterness but just lovely roast flavor, lighter coffee and medium chocolate. Light mineral, medium yeast, sticky lips, just a touch of booze. Light acrid tang and base hoppiness, there’s great malt complexity even if my teeth are screaming for it to be drier. This pretty well represents the previous wave of impies to me (late 90s to mid-aughts), a lot of fun and very drinkable without any heavy sludge or hop overload.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014
On tap at the Knick. Rich coffee aroma with chocolate, roasted barley, and licorice. Dark black opaque with thin tan lacing head. Nice chewy body with medium carbonation and alcohol warming. Starts sweet and rich with tons of flavors; coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice. Light carbonic acidity, and black patent malt smokiness with light acrid bite. Nice impy stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1245) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Draft. Deep mahogany., ruby edges. Small light brown head that lasts throughout. Medium body. Sweet roasty finish. Light dryness. Clean. Smooth. Creamy. Alcohol underneath. Solid sweetness. Low bitterness. Light chocolate. Enough coffee. Nice sweet sugar caramely. Maybe vanilla. Not too heavy handed. So balanced. Everything comes together so well. Great drinkability. Great sweet vs roasty match. Really enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle. Cola colored pour with nice khaki head. Nice aroma of chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel, finishes clean with a subtle alcohol heat. No bitterness, but also doesn’t have the sweetness of a milk stout. Very Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1370) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle from jbwimer. Thanks bud! Pours dark brown to black with some light shining through the pour--a bit more than the BA version--and settles black in the glass with a half finger khaki colored head. Aromas of milk and dark chocolate, some roast, and more chocolate. Flavor is big roastiness with a nice balance of chocolate that is not too sweet. Lingering roast on the palate and a nice bitterness to finish. Velvety mouthfeel that is medium plus and super drinkable for the style. A really nice brew as usual from GL. Very drinkable and on the lighter side for the style but still plenty of big roast and chocolate flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Medium dark brown with light head. Roast malt and booze aroma. Roasted malt flavor that is fairly sweet. Very light for an imperial stout.

-- rated with beerbasher

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Draft. From notes. Loads of coffee and chocolate. Rich, thick and the alcohol is totally hidden. I could drink this everyday.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
12ozProphet (8) - Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014 does not count
A little disappointed after reading some of the hype around this brew. Poured pitch black with a 1in thick beige head from a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, smoke, and a hint of booze. Taste mostly follows the nose, however, I picked up a bit more smokiness that made each sip just a little unpleasant. Mouthfeel was solid for a RIS, with a good balance of viscosity and carbonation. Overall I was letdown by the Blackout stout. It wasn’t terrible, but I don’t believe it deserves a 99.


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