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RATINGS: 1121   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
FROM NOTES: November 29, ’13 on draft into a snifter at the Black Friday event @ Kraftrwork, Philly. A: Roastiness mixed with some sweetness, vanilla notes and a slight hop aroma. A very nice chocolate backbone but the hint of a metallic aroma lingers. A: Dark, almost black appearance (nearly opaque) with a small medium-dense head. T: Coffee-forward with roasted malt and milk chocolate notes. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, a hint of dark cherry are apparent as the beer warms and more milk chocolate on a long finish. Nicely balanced. P: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. O: Overall, a tasty, well balanced stout. Smells a little oxidized, but a wonderful version of an Imperial Russian Stout


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10483) - 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 (6197) - 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 (1443) - 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 (535) - 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 (784) - 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 (615) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Super sweet up front: overly ripened dark fruits mixed with orange, caramel, and just plain old sugar. Booze starts to emerge midway, followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of cherry. Finish is an awesome mix of dark roast coffee, pine, and dark fruit sweetness. Once warmed, it the sweetest beer I’ve ever put in my mouth. It was like a coffee you accidentally put 1 or 2 too many sugar packets into. But at the same time, after each sweet assault up front, the flavors glided into either complimentary or contrasting flavors. Each aftertaste shifted its focus as well. I can’t help but be impressed by the range of sensations this one puts you through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darb85 (45) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Woody. Thick mouth feel. Sweet finish. Not bad at all. Well done stout. Light imperial stout

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Not a horrible imperial stout, but it was definitely lacking a little in taste (also a little watery) compared to what I like.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (387) - - MAY 2, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a slight smokey finish.


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