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RATINGS: 1124   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.


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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pras (428) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pitch black (think used motor oil). Aroma is all chocolate and roasty malts. Flavor carries through from aroma, with a nice bitterness at the end. Slightly sweet.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5569) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
35,5 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 18.03.2013
Aroma has strong cocoa notes. Also vanilla and hayish tones. Flavour has salty licorice, soy sauce, cocoa tones and tobacco. Also some bready malt tones occur at the end of the glass. Alcohol is present but does not disturb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5953) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
355 ml bottle. BBE 18.03.2013.
Pours ruby red (out) color with a small head. Nice chocolaty and coffee-infused aroma, some dark roasted malts with faint licorice, faint fruity notes too. Creamy smooth palate, vanilla and cocoa on the flavor, some wood, dark roasty malts and chocolate. Soft carbonation. Good but I hoped for even more, seems that this not stand the test of time.
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
355ml bottle from a trade, thanks cp45!

BBE 03/18/13 - Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, hints of cardboard. Taste is roasty, malty and dark chocolatey with notes of cocoa and espresso. Finish is sweetish, roasty and malty with some cocoa and dark chocolate notes. Feels a bit old, perhaps this would be better fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6049) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a beigeish creamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, some red berries, wood and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, pungent red berries, some wood, dark chocolate and grains. Medium bodied and a warming roasty finish. Low carbonation. Alcohol comes through. BBE 2013 and this does taste old. Not at it’s best anymore.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s - big thanks to The Peter. Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has lots of toast, milk chocolate, nips of tar. Medium to big sweet flavor with smooth, sugary chocolate, some burnt earth, raisins and dark berries, low bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sugary dark malt finish with hefty burnt bread, milk chocolate, moderate scorched earth, raisins, dark berries. Solid. Robust and quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6317) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle at ChrisO. It pours darkest ruby with a small light tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, coffee, cocoa, earthy, acidic berry and dark chocolate. The taste is bitter, roasty, cocoa, dark fruits, blackcurrant, jammy, peppery, light alcohol and charred wood with a dry, roasty finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1523) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle: Jet black, light-mocha head showing decent retention on top; little to no lacing. Aroma is a nice hybrid of creamy roastiness, mild campfire sweetness, burnt & toasted barley, sweet chocolates, mild char, woodsy tones... Heavy, robust. Great balance between the heavy roast & the offsetting sweet elements. Silky, smooth, creamy mouth feel. Roasted barley, earthy hops, mild campefire-like smokiness, black licorice, a hint of dates... Lots of complexity. Notes reminiscent of coffee join towards the back-end, mild cream & sugar sweetness with just a touch of roast. Molasses, faint syrup. Again, great balance with both noticeable amounts of roastiness & sweetness. Lingering ashy char. Delicious stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (619) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
The body has a dark brown/black color that is nearly opaque. On top there is a Light tan head of modest size (about one finger) that fades down to just a small ring of bubbles that makes some slick lacing. The aroma has lots of roasted malty grain and a heavy vodka like alcohol presence. It has a big sweet malt flavor up front with lots of roasted grain, roasted malt and roasted coffee notes. This is surrounded by a heavy boozy alcohol presence and tempered by solid hop bitterness. Also there is some mild odd fruitiness in there as well. The finish really hits you with sweet boozy alcohol that hangs on the tongue and warms the palate. The texture is full, smooth and slick with mild carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (805) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Dark brown rimming beige head; aroma is sweetish with hints of chocolate and a little spicy hop notes; Flava is rich sweet malty notes of wood licorice ; feels thick silky chewy foamy; finishes dry yet malty sweet notes if grajn

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (635) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle from Beernut. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and coffee. Taste is smooth, roasted, but not overpowering coffee or chocolate, very balanced. A little bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Tasty stout.


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