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RATINGS: 1258   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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3.9
jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Appealing pour ó 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 ó 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
Itís hard for me to believe that this is an imperial. I thought it was solid, but unremarkable stout; it didnít have the strength of flavors or complexity I associate with imperial stouts. Iíd drink it again and be happy, but I wouldnít 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; Iíd love another.

3.4
hopscotch (11043) - 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 (7508) - 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 werenít 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!

4.5
artfink (28) - Iím everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
when you conjure pictures of a stout this should pop into everyones head. man o man what a great beer!! pouring this was like watching tar flow out of a bottle. dark, dark, and dark with a nice mocha head. the smells and flavor harken up coffee, mollases,dark chocolate,raisins marischino cherries?? maybe. all wrapped up in a bold, roasty alcahol blanky!! the great blackout started at a sub station between cow-lumbus and cleveland. cowtown lost no power but we got lots of blackout stout when it hit the shelves. and belive me it didnít gather dust. there was much anticipation for this brew......rich man........rich....bottoms up!

4.8
Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2005
iím 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, iíll 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.

4.5
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!

4.7
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.


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