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RATINGS: 1185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


beerme31's rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (527) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours black thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, licorice, dark fruits. Mild sweet flavor. Full body, texture borders sticky and creamy. Alcohol faded nicely by the roasted malt and sweet flavors. Very good overall.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1323) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose dark fruit, chocolate, slight mineral and earthy. Taste mild roast, then the dark fruit flavors. Mid palate light bitter and roast. Fruit flavors predominante over the roast flavors. Some roast in the finish. Very easy to drink. Thick mouth feel.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoppyScallywag (82) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Very very good. Almost like drinking a smooth chocolate milk. I don't know what else to say. I'm half kicked in the ass. I'd certainly get it again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2022) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
A really nice stout. Would love to try the acclaimed barrel aged version of this. Pours black with rich mocha head. Aromas of meaty resin and smoke as well as sour cherry. Flavors are sweet lactose, sour cherry, a bit of campfire, and a nice balanced roasted malt finish. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (790) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Black with a quick fading mocha head. Aroma and taste are mainly dark fruit with hints of fudge and roasted malts. The alcohol is very noticeable. Good, but I expected better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3854) - 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 (1281) - 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 (1043) - 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 (26) - 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 (2269) - 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 (288) - - 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.


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