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RATINGS: 1160   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.


jeremugohio's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Nice stout. Toffee, smoked vanilla, hint of coffee and nice boozey kick at the end. Let it warm a bit and the chocolate and that hint of coffee are mire apparent.


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (4076) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Boiled cabbage and charcoal nose. Black, thin tan head. Sweet and vegetal. Rather cloying cane sugar with boiled cabbage. The off flavors subside leaving a drier but still sweet licorice note at midpalate and a welcome charred oak finish. Medium body. Significantly tainted. Such a pity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (567) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap at Blues Bar. Black with a thin tan head. Dark chocolate, light roast coffee, hazelnut, and alcohol. Taste is dryly sweet. Body is heavier with a syrupy feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raoul_duke (37) - - DEC 15, 2014
12 oz Bottle from a four pack at marianos. Very dark, some Amber and red at the edges. Very little head. Aroma has lots of malt and alcohol with some sweet chocolate and cherry. Hop, chocolate, and sweet malt on the palate. Pretty good stout. I wish it had more hop to it, but it isn’t overwhelmingly sweet either.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (563) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan foam head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and some booze. Flavors are similar, with a surprising and refreshing sweetness. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainBoosh (34) - - DEC 14, 2014
Pours dark black with small amount dark brown head. Aroma sweet, coffee, chocolate. Tastes similar, more sweet than other stouts, not a lot of alcohol heat. Lighter but pleasant mouthfeel. Overall very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Michbeerlover (143) - - DEC 13, 2014
Great all around stout. Smooth, creamy, medium to full mouthfeel. Smokey, roasty and chocolatey. One of the best I have every had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppopotomous (14) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with some alcohol maybe a hint of dark fruit..taste is malty and dark chocolate ..but kind of get an off flavor like sucking on an aluminum bar. Not my favorite..might want to get a draft of this just to see the differences.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Underdogs88 (134) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
High level of hops on the nose with notes of roast. Appearance is jet black and clear with a tan head. Average head retention. Chocolate and roast notes with a high level of hop bitterness. The beer is slightly oxidized. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. A grain astringency is evident. Overall, it's an ok Russian imperial stout, but there are many better examples out there. I would prefer more body, less astringency and more malt flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (401) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2014
It pours black with strong chocolate and roasted aromas. It has a full head with lacing it is medium bodied with roasted and chocolate flavors that is medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (503) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Best great lakes I have had. A really good and tasty stout. Nice roasty taste with a hint of coffee.


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