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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

dmschefke's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Pours a near black brown with thin tan head that sticks around for a little while, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, decent hops, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is similar with the addition of caramel, slight sweetness, and a bit of dried fruit. A bit warm, not sure if it needs to age and mellow or if that is how it will stay. Very solid otherwise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (1343) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Tap @ Sienna Mercato rooftop. Very dark with dissipating tan head. Smells like raisin bread. Chocolaty flavor. Smooth but still dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (2089) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Deep roasted stout with lots of hop zing and malt sweetness. Perhaps a little too cloying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (215) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Deep black body with lumpy khaki head. Foam recedes rather quickly to a thin film. Wonderful roasty aroma of coffee and milk chocolate. Taste has hints of caramel sweetness, bitter cocoa nibs, blackberries, and roasted malts. Moderate bitters on the back end that progresses into a nice warmth. Full flavor, medium body and very palatable considering the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (514) - USA - JUN 20, 2015
A dark brown color with finger of khaki head that settles on the surface. Smells of raisin, plum, grape, fig, some roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate grape, raisin, sweet coffee, some roastiness, ash. Very little hop bitter. An overall chocolate maltiness with various dark fruits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bnokk (288) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2015
APPEARANCE – pitch black… like its namesake. NOSE – not a lot going on here. FLAVOR – deep roasty malt flavors. Just enough bitterness. NOTES – perhaps the definition of straight up imperial stouts. Delish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1043) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
12oz bottle - 2012 vintage - pours black with tan head , moderate lacing . Roasty aroma with some fruity notes . Roast, cocoa and faint licorice flavors . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DubCInjun (10) - - MAY 30, 2015
Heavy, thick mouthfeel with coffee-ish notes and a thick, creamy coffee flavor. Solid, but heavy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and some hops. Coffee flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Exceptional!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
On tap @ Radio Maria, as part of a flight of imperial stouts. This was a standout. Rich and chocolatey, underlying dark fruits, medium sweetness, roasty bitterness. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (632) - - APR 22, 2015
Bottle to pint glass. Aroma is sweet chocolate and BlackBerry, maybe cherry also. Touch of toasted barley. Appearance: Dark black color, small head. Looks almost a little thin. Taste: dark fruits, plum, fig, BlackBerry. Very tasty and sweet. Feel: flat. Only negative here is that it needs some carbonation. A very nice beer. Sad to see the Edmund Fitzgerald replaced as my favorite Great Lakes Beer.

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