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RATINGS: 1251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 6, 2005
im sitting at my uncles watching the chiefs raiders and flipping back to the history channel to watch the barbarians. i set this on the cabinet for about 10 minutes to get to the right temp, hell the label says serve at 45, ill see what i can do. both shows are at commercial and i head to the kitchen to try my new brew. holy religious figure batman. i tend to find things when i least expect them, i have found a great beer. pitch black pour with a great brown lasting head. i could spend days on the aroma, plum, cocoa, coffee:espresso, mocha, cafe aulet, you name it iti is there. a great strong powerful roast aroma. but the sweetness is there too, wow, chocolate, buiscuity raisin, and grape. the best aroma i have encountered. alcoholic milk chocolate flavor with a strong roast flavor. i love a strong roast in an impy stout.rich coffe flavor with a great mocha quality. just heard on the tv, they came, they sacked, they plundered, yep that is this beer. a creme brulee taste is in this. it is so damn rich. but it is balanced with a great bitterness that works in with the sweet alcohol and chocolate and a bit of bubblegum. a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2005
This is such a nice beer to celebrate 700 with. It pours to a dark brown/black body with a thick rocky brown head. Lacing is decent. The aroma is complex. Dark pitted plums, dark sweet chocolate truffles, some similarities to Westy 12 or Rochefort 10. The flavor is very nice. Sweet dark chocolate, plums, other dark fruits, nice roasty malt. Smooth, balanced flavor. This is quite delicious and definitely well-made. The palate is lightly tart with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied yet robust and coating. This is a damn good beer. THIS SHOULD BE TOP 50!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 This is a very nice beer. With an excellent dark color, and a nice full head. The body of the beer is very thick like a stout should be. The aroma and flavor are very strong with malt, hops, and some chocolate, and maybe coffee. The aftertaste is slightly bitter,strong and lingering with malt and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Courtesy of Bockyhorsey. <P> Bouillion, soy sauce, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits int he aroma. Deep black with a thin mocha head. Lots of chocolate in the fore followed by a tongue coating beef bouillion/soy flavor and finishing with brewed down espresso. Very thick and full brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Best Before 7/11/2005 bottle consumed on 10/13/2005. Tiny bubbles create a small, tan head that almost immediately runs for the edges. Body is a deep brown, transluscent at points and when held to the light there appears a soy sauce colored brown-red with almost fuschia tinges to it. Smells of deep prunes and concord grapes, milk chocolate and bitter high alpha hops. Dont get too much roast, do get a lot of alcohol, unfortunately. Fruits, raisins, light choco-caramel mostly. Quite hoppy. Flavor begins chocolatey, vinous and very hoppy. Very low carbonation is immediately apparent. Prunes, black malt, bitter piney-like hops on end. Some chocolate covered graham crackers. Wow, the flavor sure is hoppy. Tons of black malt and/or roasted barley too. VERY bitter. Body is medium to medium-full. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, though very undercarbonated, which is good. Bottle conditioning adds a nice touch. But ultimately, alcohol is a bit too apparent and really hurts the finish/aftertaste which seems to have problems already, from the extreme bitterness. Retronasal has some hoppy notes. Light lacing on the glass, more like sticky bubbles, though. Coffee comes out, lightly, on the end, as it warms, which is pleasant. Alcohol really ruins this, though. Thanks to MAP for the bottle!
Late 2005 or early 2006 bottle consumed 4/22/06
Wanted to give this one another try, but I was less than impressed again. A bitter, unbalanced faade of roast and hop acids certainly does not set the tone well as the beer opens. Dry vanilla and roast are only minimally offset by some pale malt sugars. Crunchy, dry, rather hard, with a lacking texture and loose carbonation. Some fruitiness arrives late, but its not well-integrated, as a result and at odds with the almost ash-like roastiness. I dont get the hype on this beer at all.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pitch black, tan lasting creamy head. Nose had rich notes of mocha cream, charred coffee beans, brown sugar, and roasted dark chocolate, with a very light citric tone buried deep within. Flavor up front was blackened chocolate with charred coffee tones, light vanilla, with a slight vinous edge. Pretty well balanced as the citric hops play out late. Full bodied and slick, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Definitely worth a try for those who have not...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 (10/2005) Very dark brown/black. Nice thick creamy tan head. Light, but complex aroma of roasted vanilla, brown sugar. Sweet vanilla and cherry taste. Some covering roasted chocolate and coffee. Seems to be a big vanilla dark fruit concoction, which tends to be a bit overwhelming, cloying, and one-dimensional at times. (8 / 5 / 8 / 3 / 13) (4/2006; about a year of age?) Seems to have come together a bit, and taken a slight turn down. But still pretty good. Not sure if I really didnt care for it the first time, or if it was just an "off" night. Pretty heavy and chewy. Hints of smoke are noticable... especially in burps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Black with some brown around the edges. Small brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and anise. Flavor is full of roastiness and burnt toast, with a nutty bitterness in the finish. I found this to be too carbonated - almost fizzy, but otherwise had a nice full mouth feel. Roastiness tends to overwhelm other flavors, and some dark fruitiness would help this brew out. Good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle from Pailhead. Black in color with a pleasant and fairly dense light-brown head that fades to a ring. Decent lacing is left behind. Aroma is a great blend of roasted malt. Some licorice, light smoke, coffee and chocolate. Full bodied. Plenty of hop bitterness on the tail end of this to balance the malt bill. Quite roasty, bitter coffee, dark chocolate. Nicely done!!<P> Bottle from Santa, opened Dec. 06. Pitch black in color, smallish beige head which fades quickly and leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavor notes are comparable to earlier rating. Numbers stand, still a tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Bitter roast coffee nose, black as coal, almost no head. Big coffee flavour, bitter chocolate notes also. Bitter, bold offering. Terrific! Thanks rudolf!

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