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RATINGS: 1228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


LKT1983's rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Hands down, one of the finest beers out there. Dark, rich and a huge chocolate/coffee after taste; just a wonderful brew from my favorite brewery.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smboselli (142) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2016
It was great, but if I compare it to storm king fresh from the Victory fermentor, it falls just short ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolfunnj (330) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2016
strong hops aroma with caramel malts and fruitiness in the back a bit of smoke coffee and chocolate as well improves with warmth..good appearance typical impy stout thin filmy off white head dark brown body..strong hops bitterness gives way to that fruity sweet and smoky flavor alluded to before..big thick and hot for the abv long finish..anyway its good but not great if you like scotch whiskey or alcohol heat you may want to tick this up a bit I found these 2 things as weaknesses

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (13039) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2016
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!
Pours very dark brown colour with a mid-sized tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, red fruits, coffee. Taste of red fruits, dark roasted malt, caramel, coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Dark black. Sweet thick chocolate. Quite sweet actually. Heavy body. Enjoyable. Thx Jsquire!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2016
Many thanks to my "Santa 2015" jsquire for this bottle! Smooth and malty beginning. Lots of grain in this stout, the body is sweetish and round, intense with a nice fresh but grainy body. Quite sweetish with not too much depth. Sweetish cardboard, round but somehow strange.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Great Lakes Blackout Stout Bitter hop/roast finish. Sweet nose with a touch of booze, light prickly carb, touch of chocolate, touch of plum, but they’re both light. This is a solid stout that I imagine will get sweeter and more balanced as it warms. 8, 4, 7, 4, 15

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours a black color with off white head. Burnt, licorice, roasty, malty aromas. Char, licorice, roasty, malty flavors. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SteveOrz85 (177) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle chilled and served in a tulip glass. Thick two finger tan head. Heavy lacing sticks around a while. Beer is black as black in color. Aroma is malty with earthy notes. Some toast hay and leather. Taste is lightly bitter mostly toward finish and lightly sweet all around. Taste is strong malts with a significant roast. Notes of vanilla and some modest hops. A smooth finish. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Very thick texture. Somewhat lingering long finish. Overall a very good imperial stout. A stong and flavorful yet well balanced beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (77) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Black as coal, with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. Earthy, sweet cocoa with a slight grassy finish. Wonderfully quaffable for an Imperial.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (481) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Pours a rich ruby brown to black brown when glassed. Finely bubbled but small and short tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and/chocolate malt. Taste is a bit sour and heavy in the roast. Front-leaning with a roasty-choco backdrop. Some notes of dark fruit. A bit thin by my taste. Let this one warm up. Good not great.


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