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RATINGS: 1242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 2/23/06 - Dark brown-black pour with a fluffy tan head almost opaque but not quite. Aroma is salty, with coffee coming on strong and chocolate lingering somewhere. The flavor is definetly coffee, with some bitter chocolate notes and maybe a little bit of hops. Definetly a malty beer, with some odd buttery texture going on...oily as well and a hint of saltiness on the back of the tounge with a dry coffee finish. Pretty good stuff, and I get the feeling I will have to try this again...but mainly to see if some of those off mark textures and flavors were me or the beer...or both. 5/01/06-Trying this again, and a lot of the strange salty/buttery elements that were a part of this beer are either gone or just less prominent. The overall toasty flavor comes out a lot better than before and the aroma is a bit cleaner. I’m also not sure why I didn’t rank the appearance higher...but overall it seems I got a couple bad bottles way back when. Although I can still notice their very slight presence lingering in the back. At any rate this one is going up a few notches for it is quite delicious.

3.8
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2006
BB 04/05: Pouris black with a thin dense brown head...smell is roasty with lots of chocolate and some butter...taste is taste is dark and roasty with lots of chocolate and cocoa and slight hints of bitter coffee toward the finish...no alcohol at all...unlike Lumpy, I didn’t get a whole lot of hops out of this...some sticky cloying sweetness with footprints of cocoa...very smooth though...good...

3.9
CMUBEERMAN (457) - - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Pours black black black. Tastes of chocolate and smoke. Extremely heavy mouthfeel.

4.2
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottle from Kevin. Opaque body with a very thin beige ring of bubbles. Nose-good rich impy nose that is sweet and "dark". Taste-bready, light alcohol, light honey, sweetness from the alcohol, mild roast. There is something special about the way the honey, sweetness, roastiness, and agressive hops come together that makes this damn special. It isn’t that the flavors used in the beer are particulary unique, it is just that the usual impy flavors ar balanced out and played off of each other so damn well. This is truly a beer to be enjoyed and mulled over. Coats the tongue like velvet with a playful prick of CO2. Thanks Kevin.

3.9
jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Appealing pour — black with tan head. The aroma is filled with roasted malts, sweet fruits and alcohol. Roasted malts also dominate the flavor with strong notes of sweet malts — chocolate, toffee. A smokiness sits in the background along with the alcohol. The aftertaste is distinctly bitter. Moderate carbonation helps keep the mouthfeel clean. Overall, a nice balance.

4.2
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Black as night pour with a great tan head. Complex aroma is chocolatey, filled with notes of burnt cookie, sweet raisens and vanilla bean. Creamy, full mouthfeel helps to expand the complex body in the mouth. Velvetty smooth and slick on the tongue, this is like drinking chocolate milk. Roasted malts dominate, but leave room for some sweet and caramel notes as well. A nice amount of alcohol is present in the finish, warming nicely. Pretty darn nice.

3.3
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
It’s hard for me to believe that this is an imperial. I thought it was solid, but unremarkable stout; it didn’t have the strength of flavors or complexity I associate with imperial stouts. I’d drink it again and be happy, but I wouldn’t seek it out. Not much of an aroma. Taste was pretty balanced (maybe a little sweet), but not very complex. Thin in the mouth.

3.7
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle from Kevin
Pours a rich black with an aroma of off-chocolate, splashed with a bit of copper. Flavor is surprisingly smoky and sweet. Palate is thin, but it does what it has to do. Good beer; I’d love another.

3.4
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, fizzy, brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, smoke, light sarsaparilla and a whisper of Chanel #5 make up the aroma. The flavor is all sweet chocolate and toffee with a hefty plume of smoke. Unbalanced... on the malty/sweet side. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Sweet, chocolatey finish. A little too sweet for me. A quality brew nonetheless! Thanks go out to scraff for the bottle.

4.2
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle from Styles! Pour was a very deep mahogany with a nice cap of tan head on there... went most of the way down after a couple minutes. Whole helluva lot going on in the aroma... rich mocha, plums, figs, deep roasted chocolate, even a little bark. Oh yeah.. almost forgot the great citrusy Cascade presence! The most prominent flavors were espresso, sweet chocolate, and grapefruit. Dark fruits, molasses, caramel, and oak weren’t far behind, though. Quite bitter yet smooth from the first sip through the finish... which was long, roasty, and chocolatey... with a lemony twist. Very much enjoyed this one!


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