islay (2734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2016
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-13-16. “06/04/17,” presumably a best by date. Pours dark brown with a small to moderate amount of light taupe head. Dark amber hue. Nice, chocolatey aroma features scents of savory cooked foods. Overripe banana scent. Rich, sweet yet charred flavor. Bourbon-like, not from any barrel-aging (there isn’t any, to my knowledge) but rather in its corn-sweet booziness. Oaken taste as well. Raisins and just a hint of fishiness. Lightly bitter, burnt malt aftertaste. Medium to full body. Frothy in a full way. Not outstanding palate effects. Seems like it could gain some complexity and soften upon aging, although I worry that it might sweeten as well, and it already is verging on excessively sweet. Ultimately a little too sweet at the moment to score very high, but it is a good beer. retinadoc (236) - - DEC 26, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2016 Bottle. Jet black appearance. Minimal head, but surprising amount of fine carbonation. Very sweet, strong coffee flavor. Nearly perfect. No off-flavors. Very smooth. Slightly bitter finish. About the best of the imperial stouts. Best of the bunch, in a direct comparison vs. North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Victory Storm King Imperial Stout, and Founders Breakfast Stout.
Old Rasputin: boozy sweet coffee 4.2,
Founders Breakfast Stout: light roast coffee, with vegetal undertones 3.9,
Victory Storm King: very sweet coffee 4.6,
Great Lakes Blackout Stout: very smooth, sweet coffee 4.8 Darwenus (1134) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2016
A very bold, bitter, strong stout that holds it’s own even in the current onslaught of fantastic stouts and porters turned out by American craft breweries. The body is black with a thin, cream-colored head. The aroma is rich and malty, with some herbal, hoppy notes in the background. Big, rich, roasted bitterness all over the flavor, and the finish offers a lingering look at that 9% ABV. Well done. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 3, 2016
More recently I’ve had so many hugely boozy American Imperial Stouts that Blackout’s 9% seems small by comparison. The ABV is the only thing you could call modest. The bitterness, richness, and darkness of this beer are huge. Deep roasted aroma up front with cocoa and coffee beans. Just a hint of smoke, too. Big, assertive malt and hop flavors. Licorice, dark chocolate, molasses, and charred barley. Bitter at the start, smooth in the middle, and bitter again at the finish. I need to get a lot more Great Lakes beer in my life (mouth). emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2016
On tap at Crafty Cow. Pours true jet black, clingy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, caramel and roast malt. Taste is treacle, licorice, black coffee, and dark chocolate; light smoke, better as it warms. Nice oily mouthfeel, thick without being chewy. Very solid. I'd love to try the BBA version.
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Whatup14 (2001) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
Bouteille 355ml, gracieuseté de SebD lors du CanBIF Spring 2016, Thanks Sébastien! Couleur brune très foncée presque noire opaque, mousse moka fuyante laissant un anneau sur les parois du verre. Arôme de malt torréfié, cendré, anisé, sauce soya, alcool. Goût de malt torréfié, café, alcool, un peu sucré, amertume moyenne-faible. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen. rondphoto (4431) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown / black color with a deep tan head that drops to a cover, strips of lace. Taste is toasted malt that grows bigger and sweeter through a medium carbonated swallow, then drifts smoothly to a light bitter, and finally, alcohol, in an extended finish. Really solid brew. Will buy again. djd07 (14469) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malts and cocoa. Medium mouth, nice sweetness, light roast, chocolate, hides alcohol well, very good. kambei70 (1070) - - MAY 16, 2016
2016. Pours a rich ruby brown to black brown when glassed. Finely bubbled but small and short tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and/chocolate malt. Taste is a bit sour and heavy in the roast. Front-leaning with a roasty-choco backdrop. Some notes of dark fruit. A bit thin.
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Bottled. They say best by 05/16 (okayyy, you’re an imperial 9% imperial stout, get over yourself). Pours fairly dark black, small ring of tan head. Aroma is very roasted malt, lots of nice chocolate, not too heavy in the coffee. Decent bit of booze on it, Really robust. Flavor is boozy, nice body on it, not super thick and viscous, but very nice. Chocolate, roasted malt, again not much coffee. But right now it’s hitting the spot. I dig it.