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RATINGS: 1108   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.


BeerBlitz's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2010
On draft at Capone’s, Norristown, PA. Pours opaque dark brown, with consistent tan head. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate; taste is dark chocolate sweet with bitterness in finish; perfect texture for a stout; good beer to slurp; be careful because alcohol can really sneak up on you.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (437) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a dark black with light brown head. Has a heavy coffee and chocolate aroma. The beer is smooth and creamy with heavy chocolate, coffee, some dark alcohol and light grains. A bit of an espresso aftertaste, but nothing overwhelming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (1432) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate + light coffee roast, a bit of oak and waffle cone, a touch of smoke. Appearance: Dark ruby black with a creamy tan head. Flavor: Matches the nose; fairly dried out but not secco, roast and chocolate are most apparent with a little waffle cone as well. Palate: Medium body, very creamy texture, average carbonation, long finish. Overall: Wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2431) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2014
Bottle . Best enjoyed by 07/28/09 , drank in april 2014 . Pours almost black , rather small grey foam . Smell is intence sweet oats . Good carbo . Oaty , chocolaty , malty taste . Not as thick as i usuallu like , but thick enough . Some coffee , some port aspects . Very intresting ( never really had an old stout ) but i really dig it

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (564) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2014
Appearance was amber black with creamy diminishing off white 1/2 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are dark chocolate, soft coffee with roasty malt, no alcohol. Taste are coffe, chocolate, full black roasted malts, no alcohol. Palate is soft creamy cO2 with full body, then lasting chocolatly coffee finish. A great stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Shared with jrob21 and Westmeister. Name is appropriate for the color. Scent is of roasted malts and baker’s chocolate. Starts slightly sweet with excellent bitter finish. Bottle - Shared at Tasting

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ADesenberg (500) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Draft: I can’t get enough of this... Aromas are roasty chocolaty, tobacco... Caramel. Lovely flavor, very roasty... Coffee and chocolate. This is what a stout should be to me. Nice sweetness over the top of everything. Lovely.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lothore (451) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Bottle is dated 4/05. Pours a deep black hue with a small coffee head which dissaptes quickly. S-Smell is very sweet, caramel, roasted malt, coffee. T- Tastes is dominated by roasted malt but rounded out by a deep sweetness that sticks around for quite a while. M- Thick with low carbonation. D- This has aged extremely well. Flavors are all very mellow and has perhaps gotten a little too sweet but it was tasty none the less.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is smoky. Flavor is roasted malts with quite a bit of bitterness, Not a lot of smoke in the flavor, unlike the aroma. Good alcohol warming. Full bodied. Very good Imp Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gooball201 (22) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Seasonals are GLBC. As is stouts. This is spectacular in the RIS category in the same manner as Chillwave is for DIPA. Little sweet yet roasty.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ricoslim (65) - - MAR 18, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifer. Black color with a with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is light. Coffee ground is most dominant. Smooth taste with a nice alcohol aftertaste. Curious how it will age.


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