RateBeer
overall
99
93
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


DragonsHead's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DragonsHead (140) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Total toast monster. The smoke from this beer will not clear for many years to come. Great roasted barley flavor. My second favorite from great lakes.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mghj (14) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Black with a brown head, initial smell of chocolate, and a little bit of soy sauce. Fine carbonation, very easy to drink, a sweet initial taste, can taste the hops, and it tastes a little earthy. I could drink these all day, especially one too many with an ABV of 9%. All around a very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1491) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of roast, chocolate, then stewed fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light sweet finish, followed by an even longer light bitter afterfinish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
e303 (172) - - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle to beer tulips. Black pour with a beige head. Semi-sweet chocolate, fruit, roast in the nose. Sweeter chocolate, vanilla, roast in the taste. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of an earthy linger. Really awesome RIS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mfhennig (94) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours black, no head at all. Aroma of dark fruit. A bit sweet for an RIS, but not too. Medium bodied, slick, but not oily and flat. Overall this was too fruity and sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (883) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit, alcohol and coffee, some sourness. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, herbal hops and unpleasant sourness. Something is very wrong with this bottle.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MyPorterHouse (10) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 Caramel, roasty, coffee, roasty, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, malty/creamy beginning, softly hoppy/bitter and smooth finish, dark color, rich body, very drinkable on its own

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enwiebe (191) - - MAR 5, 2015
3/4/15. Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with quickly fading mocha head. Nice nose with roasted and dark fruit notes. Mouth is just the balance I like in a imperial stout. Big slightly boozy mouthfeel with lots of complex dark chocolate and coffee notes. Reminds me of Duck Rabbit Baltic porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crajun (1046) - , Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle to glass liked much less than the barrel aged. Aroma is coffee and some dark fruits. Taste is similar with some bitterness. Drying chocolate. Don’t think this came together that well

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1383) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose dark fruit, chocolate, slight mineral and earthy. Taste mild roast, then the dark fruit flavors. Mid palate light bitter and roast. Fruit flavors predominante over the roast flavors. Some roast in the finish. Very easy to drink. Thick mouth feel.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoppyScallywag (93) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Very very good. Almost like drinking a smooth chocolate milk. I don't know what else to say. I'm half kicked in the ass. I'd certainly get it again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 120


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50