stevoj (5869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2017 coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes, it pours pitch black. It forms a head of about one-fingers worth of light brown colored foam. This dissipates, rather quickly, leaving a thin, filmy, surface covering. The lacing is in tiny spots, but rather sticky.
No surprises in the nose. Big notes of chocolates and coffees. Good presence of oakiness and roasted malt notes. Light hints of booze and dark fruits.
Good god, that’s good.
This is super balanced and delicious. Dark roasted coffee beans, some of them covered in dark chocolate, are having a great time swimming around in the chocolate milk pool. The lifeguard, brown sugar, who is wearing his famous caramel bathing suit, dips in from time to time, just to check things out. The figs and plums are sunbathing by the side of the pool, while the cherries are sitting on the edge, dangling into the milky goodness. Someone is having a cookout, because I get notes of oak and hints of smoke, also.
This one is full-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. It has a light creaminess to it, which makes it very silky-smooth and lucious.
Okay, the 9.00%abv helps it have a mild warming effect, on the way down. Other than that though, the abv is almost undetected. The smoothness, of body and flavor, make this one super easy to drink.
If anything, I’d say that this beer is probably under-hyped. It’s that good.
22oz Bottle at 2017 RIS tasting. Inky black pour small tight tan head. Nice smooth aroma, wood, vanilla,. Taste picks up with some gentle sweetness, slick and slippery. Not too strong, but bursting with complex flavors, delicious through and through. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2017
I have wanted to try this for a long time but it ended up disappointing me. +++ Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a black color with orange highlights and a small foamy off-white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was maple, molasses, toffee and dark fruit. The flavor was molasses, maple wood, cherry and fig. Long wood, molasses and maple finish. Moderately full bodied and smooth. SG111 (2142) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee, roasted, some dark fruit. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, coffee, boozy burn. Very prominent bourbon. Very good. Cybercat (6336) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Pours coffee brown with a nice light tan head. Aroma delivers roast malt, woody, bourbon, caramel, and subtle coffee notes. Flavor features bourbon, woody, roasted malt and caramel tones. Viscous mouthfeel has decent fizz. Black is black, I want my brewer back! tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2016
draft sampler that poured motor oil black with smallish mocha colored head. nice nose of deep roasted malts, dried dark fruits, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. rich and thick mouth feel absolutely golden or I should say black. very well balanced and so full of flavors.
Enwiebe (319) - - OCT 21, 2016
10/20/16. Draft at Criterion. As one reviewer said, hard to believe they cold make Blackout better. Barrel aged on draft it's pretty darn good. Pitch black w minimal head. Super thick viscous mouth w lots of dried fruit and licorice. Not sure where reviewers are picking up the bourbon. Mmmmm
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Smells roasty, chocolate, and hints of oak. Taste is sweet, oak and vanilla, subtle roast and chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout finishes with a pleasant boozy sweetness. rouhlas (3985) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - AUG 1, 2016
355 ml bottle at home. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, licorice, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, dried fruits, wood, alcohol, vinous in the beginning more bourbony when it gets warmer. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle, as a gift. Pours out a black beer with a small amount of brownish head on top. Aroma has bourbon notes, rich molasses and a whole lotta chocolate. Flavor is very chocolate forward, with hints of vanilla and bourbon in the background. A bit watery in the mouthfeel and gets a bit one-dimensional after a while. Has a woody, sweet watery aftertaste, softly carbonated. hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2016
July 28, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2014, tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!
Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is light roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, some toffee, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet, light to medium bitter with sweet toffee, vanilla, raisins in the finish along with, oak, toasted coconut and some bitter roasted notes and a hint of warming bourbon. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.