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RATINGS: 1130   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.


chalicemaster's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Surprisingly comforting. This imp. stout manages to be rich and bitter with a luxurious, creamy finish. If you let it linger on your tongue for too long, you get a little too much coffee burn, but straight down the hatch and you’re treated to a beautifully balanced stout. I know, that goes against traditional beer tasting wisdom, but it works here. I’m now determined to try a bourbon barrel version.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-23-14- Poured from growler into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a small fizzy head of a cream color. The head fades almost instantly leaving only a very tiny level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell also containing a big sweetness with brown sugar and vanilla most prevalent. Along with these smells are some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee along with some other sweet smells of caramel and a bit of a bourbon aroma. Taste – The taste begins dark and sweet with lots of roasted malt flavors mixed with a huge vanilla and brown sugar taste. The sweet flavors remain strong throughout the taste with other flavors of toffee and some dark fruit flavors of raisin, plum, and fig all developing after the initial taste. Other darker flavors of cocoa and some toast come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end some coffee and a lighter earthy hop flavor come to the tongue balancing out some of the sweeter flavors nicely. With a warming bourbon boozy flavor coming to the flavor profile at the very end, one is left with a nice warming, sweet, and robust dark flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the thicker body and the lower carbonation are fantastic for the dark and boozy flavors of the brew with it also accentuating the multitude of sweet flavors in the beer with it furthermore making for one fantastic slow sipper. Overall – This is one sweeter but still balanced and massively flavorful imperial stout. Very tasty!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1642) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Extra thanks to Phalesu..Thanks man! Pour is dark black with a tan head..Nose is nice roast, marshmallow, spice, dark chocolate, peanutbutter...Taste is nice chocolate milk, roast, hidden alcohol, graham cracker, roasted marshmallow..Very tasty beer and easy drinking

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (752) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2014
On tap at Pete’s Place. Pours a dark black with a light mocha colored head. A chocolate and coffee aroma that runs into the flavor. A nice carbonated feel. Chocolate upfront that goes into a slight coffee bean flavor. As it ends a big hop presence makes it’s way into the taste and into the mouthfeel in a big way.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4135) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Milk chocolate and caramelized roast. Pours black without a ton of head or lacing. Bittersweet finish. Has a nice roast musk that grows on you after a few sips. Tap at Black Squirrel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6563) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2014
On tap in Rochester at the brewfest. Old rating notes. Thick, rich and creamy with huge malt flavors, coffee, chocolate. Relatively sweet but balanced well by burntness and alcohol. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollsrace (60) - - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Strong coffee and less chocolate than most stouts. The high alcohol gives it a very nice palate. I like how it foams brown too. Got for $9.99 for 4 pack.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5753) - 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 (6273) - 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 (3818) - 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 (6340) - 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.


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