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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1251   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (3302) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours a black color with off white head. Burnt, licorice, roasty, malty aromas. Char, licorice, roasty, malty flavors. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SteveOrz85 (232) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle chilled and served in a tulip glass. Thick two finger tan head. Heavy lacing sticks around a while. Beer is black as black in color. Aroma is malty with earthy notes. Some toast hay and leather. Taste is lightly bitter mostly toward finish and lightly sweet all around. Taste is strong malts with a significant roast. Notes of vanilla and some modest hops. A smooth finish. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Very thick texture. Somewhat lingering long finish. Overall a very good imperial stout. A stong and flavorful yet well balanced beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (83) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Black as coal, with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace. Earthy, sweet cocoa with a slight grassy finish. Wonderfully quaffable for an Imperial.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (552) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 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 by my taste. Let this one warm up. Good not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
climberbob (454) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle into stout glass. Looks like it should w surprisingly large tan head on a hard pour. Aroma mild chocolate and malt. Hints of molasses. Some bitterness on the front that is rounded w some creamy mouthfeel at the end which is an odd contrast. Some oaky notes. Good imperial stout but not quite there to be great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Black with a small tan head. Smooth going down. Nice hop balance gives it a nice kick. Very dry. A little boozy. Easy going tho.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (419) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 Black pour with a light brown head. Roasty chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is sweet chocolate, slightly roasty, and hints of dark fruits. Soft creamy feel, full body. Very solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3522) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
12 oz. bottle. BBD 05/05/16. Pours a medium, well retained light beige head, with slight lacing. over a clear dark brown (SRM 35) body......nose is light chocolate, hints of coffee, light dried fruits including plum, raisin......taste is mildly sweet, with plum, raisin, fig notes, with cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, finishing with a mild hop bitterness, balance to the malts.......mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, moderate alcohol warmth, slight acidity. This is pleasant, easy drinking beer. It is a bit low on complexity, for the style, in both aroma and flavor, but that does not detract over much from its enjoy-ability. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2724) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Named after a fun event indeed. Pours a black color with a puffy light brown head. Notes of chocolate liquor, fudge, smoke, and coffee. Thick but not goopy. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1684) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Heavy and dense, with aromas of cherry and currant as well as chocolate and deep caramel. Thick palate, chewy chocolate. Some bitterness to balance the beer with stone fruit and spicy hay.


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