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RATINGS: 1164   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.


bookman10's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bookman10 (663) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a dark, oily black with minimal head. Aroma of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee. Flavor consists of all of these, along with some licorice, and as has been mentioned elsewhere, a distinctly boozy element--the alcohol is quite noticeable. Good stouts find a way to minimize or camouflage that aspect. Not bad, but not particularly distinguished either.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma is dark malts, light coffee and hints of vinous and caramel/toffee. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, dark fruit/vinous, a hint of hops and an acidic/slightly spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (241) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Nice stiff smell. Creamy texture. Starts smokey, but a very abrupt sharp ending leads to blackened malt flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (903) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Roasted malt aroma with cocoa, dark dried fruits and coffee. Roasted malt and sweet caramel malt flavor with a tart dried cherry flavor followed with a dark cocoa and roasted coffee finish. Really nice stout.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JRG7 (18) - - DEC 20, 2014
Pours black. Thin head. Medium/heavy body. Smells sweet. Very little carbonation. Great stout.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (4101) - 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 (572) - 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 (47) - - 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 (570) - 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 (37) - - 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 (144) - - 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


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