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RATINGS: 1200   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.


Beerenberger's rating

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1564) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
The aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Pours a brownish black with a quickly disisapating tan head and no lacing. The taste is rich! Dark roasted malts, dark coffee, and a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very enjoyable stout.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (487) - USA - JUN 20, 2015
A dark brown color with finger of khaki head that settles on the surface. Smells of raisin, plum, grape, fig, some roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate grape, raisin, sweet coffee, some roastiness, ash. Very little hop bitter. An overall chocolate maltiness with various dark fruits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnokk (196) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2015
APPEARANCE – pitch black… like its namesake. NOSE – not a lot going on here. FLAVOR – deep roasty malt flavors. Just enough bitterness. NOTES – perhaps the definition of straight up imperial stouts. Delish!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (983) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
12oz bottle - 2012 vintage - pours black with tan head , moderate lacing . Roasty aroma with some fruity notes . Roast, cocoa and faint licorice flavors . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DubCInjun (9) - - MAY 30, 2015 does not count
Heavy, thick mouthfeel with coffee-ish notes and a thick, creamy coffee flavor. Solid, but heavy drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and some hops. Coffee flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Exceptional!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
On tap @ Radio Maria, as part of a flight of imperial stouts. This was a standout. Rich and chocolatey, underlying dark fruits, medium sweetness, roasty bitterness. Nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (561) - - APR 22, 2015
Bottle to pint glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate and BlackBerry, maybe cherry also. Touch of toasted barley. Appearance: Dark black color, small head. Looks almost a little thin. Taste: dark fruits, plum, fig, BlackBerry. Very tasty and sweet. Feel: flat. Only negative here is that it needs some carbonation. A very nice beer. Sad to see the Edmund Fitzgerald replaced as my favorite Great Lakes Beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a large diminishing dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Taste is just as good-- nice and roasty with malt, coffee, lots of chocolate and hops with a touch of alcohol. Great body. Easy to drink for an Imperial Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mghj (22) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Black with a brown head, initial smell of chocolate, and a little bit of soy sauce. Fine carbonation, very easy to drink, a sweet initial taste, can taste the hops, and it tastes a little earthy. I could drink these all day, especially one too many with an ABV of 9%. All around a very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1618) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of roast, chocolate, then stewed fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light sweet finish, followed by an even longer light bitter afterfinish


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