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RATINGS: 1127   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (568) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Milk chocolate and caramelized roast. Pours black without a ton of head or lacing. Bittersweet finish. Has a nice roast musk that grows on you after a few sips. Tap at Black Squirrel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6324) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2014
On tap in Rochester at the brewfest. Old rating notes. Thick, rich and creamy with huge malt flavors, coffee, chocolate. Relatively sweet but balanced well by burntness and alcohol. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollsrace (37) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong coffee and less chocolate than most stouts. The high alcohol gives it a very nice palate. I like how it foams brown too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5632) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
35,5 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 18.03.2013
Aroma has strong cocoa notes. Also vanilla and hayish tones. Flavour has salty licorice, soy sauce, cocoa tones and tobacco. Also some bready malt tones occur at the end of the glass. Alcohol is present but does not disturb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6142) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
355 ml bottle. BBE 18.03.2013.
Pours ruby red (out) color with a small head. Nice chocolaty and coffee-infused aroma, some dark roasted malts with faint licorice, faint fruity notes too. Creamy smooth palate, vanilla and cocoa on the flavor, some wood, dark roasty malts and chocolate. Soft carbonation. Good but I hoped for even more, seems that this not stand the test of time.
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3727) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
355ml bottle from a trade, thanks cp45!

BBE 03/18/13 - Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, hints of cardboard. Taste is roasty, malty and dark chocolatey with notes of cocoa and espresso. Finish is sweetish, roasty and malty with some cocoa and dark chocolate notes. Feels a bit old, perhaps this would be better fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6207) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a beigeish creamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, some red berries, wood and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, pungent red berries, some wood, dark chocolate and grains. Medium bodied and a warming roasty finish. Low carbonation. Alcohol comes through. BBE 2013 and this does taste old. Not at it’s best anymore.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s - big thanks to The Peter. Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has lots of toast, milk chocolate, nips of tar. Medium to big sweet flavor with smooth, sugary chocolate, some burnt earth, raisins and dark berries, low bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sugary dark malt finish with hefty burnt bread, milk chocolate, moderate scorched earth, raisins, dark berries. Solid. Robust and quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6718) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle at ChrisO. It pours darkest ruby with a small light tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, coffee, cocoa, earthy, acidic berry and dark chocolate. The taste is bitter, roasty, cocoa, dark fruits, blackcurrant, jammy, peppery, light alcohol and charred wood with a dry, roasty finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1722) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle: Jet black, light-mocha head showing decent retention on top; little to no lacing. Aroma is a nice hybrid of creamy roastiness, mild campfire sweetness, burnt & toasted barley, sweet chocolates, mild char, woodsy tones... Heavy, robust. Great balance between the heavy roast & the offsetting sweet elements. Silky, smooth, creamy mouth feel. Roasted barley, earthy hops, mild campefire-like smokiness, black licorice, a hint of dates... Lots of complexity. Notes reminiscent of coffee join towards the back-end, mild cream & sugar sweetness with just a touch of roast. Molasses, faint syrup. Again, great balance with both noticeable amounts of roastiness & sweetness. Lingering ashy char. Delicious stout.


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