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RATINGS: 1139   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.


yankeefan21's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yankeefan21 (131) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle: Pours deep black with minimal beige head. Deep roasted aroma with lots of dark malt, burnt toast, and roasted coffee bean. Taste is smoke and roasted coffee bean bitterness with very little malt sweetness to balance. It has almost an instant coffee quality to it. Alcohol heat is also present. This beer is actually pretty light in body with a long dry finish. It’s nothing to write home about. Certainly not in my wheelhouse, though I am not a coffee drinker. If you like coffee, maybe give it a shot?


3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aumentm (72) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Amazing dark stout. Very black. Wonderful in the winter. Got.it at total wine. Very taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (166) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown, like cola, with a dark beige head that dissipates to a thin layer. Aromas of gypsum, chocolate, raisin and coffee. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, cream and vanilla. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. This is a keeper.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (603) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Viscous black pour, very little head. Dark malts and chocolate in the aroma. Chocolate and coffee with dark roast in the taste, pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Atom (1403) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, peanuts, and a dry roasted malt. Very full well rounded flavor, dark dry roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate with coffee, molasses and licorice, with a spike of alcohol. Well rounded and very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (312) - - NOV 20, 2014
Awesome beer. Creamy dark and semisweet chocolate, smooth coffee, cream, roasted malt and a nice bit of cherry sweetness. Great cranny texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2766) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/28/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate dark fruit, and light earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keir (139) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours black with very little head. Nose is toffee, a hint of cocoa, hint of coffee, sweet. Taste is sweet, coffee, toffee, burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and dry. Overall, an excellent imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2031) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2014
had this many times, but now getting around to rating this bottle thanks to phaleslu. Poured a fairly dark brown color from the bottle, but appears black in the glass. a large, light brown head. Nose is full of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with just a hint of roast and coffee in the nose. Taste is initially full of coffee and roast, not much cocoa comes through in the flavor. Very bitter, slightly sharp, but just short of too much. Medium body, light carbonation. A hint of alcohol comes though in the ears after a couple of sips, more in the chest after that. Slightly grassy as well. pretty solid beer.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwmiller16 (110) - Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2014
12 oz bottled on 5/5/12. Pours pitch black with no foam. Nose is roasty but slightly sweet. First sip is boozy with a creamy mouthfeel but finishes very smooth with an intense roastiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5648) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
36cl, American brew, thx alot to Hans for bringing this over!, complex sweet Stout, roasted/malty and slightly spicy/bitter, balanced, clear, good head, very good Winter brew


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