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RATINGS: 1255   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Dark brick red body with a thin but lasting mocha colored head. Appetizing roasty and hoppy aromas. Good hop flavors and bitterness balance solid sweet and roasty malts. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Cocoa Pebbles, short-lasting head. Sweet maltiness in a glass. Very well-balanced. Distinct malt, hop, and sweet components that make me want to try and re-try again. Another solid beer from Great Lakes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 I tried rating this but my fucking wireless internet wouldnt connect to whatever the fuck so i had a real review but not anymore. it tasted a lot like coffee and it was good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2005
A really nice stout from GL. A lot of really good coffee and chocolate flavors and a good roast character. Nice nose, but lack much head which really can make a stout beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Pours black as night black with a decent brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco aromas. Burnt coffee, chocolate and roasted nutty flavors, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice smokey bitter finish, alcohol very well hidden, drinks like a regular stout, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Tap. Pours an impenetrable black with an almost non-existent head. Mouthfeel left a little to be desired, much like Old Rasputin. Nose was floral, likely from the hops. Reminiscent of a combinatino of Raspy and SK, though slightly more subdued. Alcohol wasnt felt too much, even when cold. A pretty big coffee present, at times reminding me of Founders breakfast. A nice beer for me to try at the Pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark black with a tannish small head. Nose is mostly roasty malts with coffeeish notes. Mouthfeel is vinous, sorta thin for an impy. Taste is full of bitter chocolate, hops and the roasty coffee notes linger through the bitter hop end. A nice ale, but it falls a bit short of the best in this class

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours like SAE 30. Price likely fluctuates with crude oil futures! Not much head on the pour. Very roasty on the nose. Initial taste is roasted coffee followed by dark berries. Aftertaste is fairly smooth as hops cut through mild fruitiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Very dark color,nominal head. Not much goin on. Moderate alcohol presence. Other than that ,all I get is mild malt and watered down black licorice. The other 3 bottles are gonna sit til the end of the year. Ok, but kind of a let down,especially at $9 a 4 pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Ah, an imperial stout available at many grocery stores here in the Cleveland area. Gotta love that.

Pitch black color, oily lingering head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweetness, with some plum and of course alcohol. Flavor of sweet roasty malt with some dark fruits and a little bitterness at the end. Aftertaste coats the entire mouth.

I think true imperial stout lovers may have mixed feelings about this beer; it doesnt have the huge intense flavors of an expedition,storm king, or Speedway. What it has, however, is the typical GLB balance, smoothness, and tightness while keeping enough of the strong richness of a good imperial stout to be quite drinkable--in fact dangerously so.

While this may not be the creme de la creme of imperial stouts, it is a fine version and another in a long line of excellent brews from GLB.

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