overall
99
92
style
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1252   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, anise, dark cocoa, and a hint of brandy. Appearance: Dark, oily looking black. Small dark brown highlights when held to the light. Small dark tan head diminished rapidly into a small ring around the edge of the glass. Nice lacing. Flavor: Starts off with a roasted malt flavor with touches of vanilla, transitions into a dark fruit flavor on the middle of the tongue, and finishes with a slight bitterness which also holds flavors of coffee and alcohol. The flavors seem to move across the tongue from front to back. Also got hints of licorice and fresh grass in the flavor. Palate: Full bodied, but not as chewy as I would have liked. Seemed just a hair thinner than it should be. Alcohol was very subtle throughout. Overall: A very nice beer, and very enjoyable, but I think this bottle is too fresh. Im going to age some and see how they do.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 pours black with a tan head. aroma of coffee, alcohol, molasses. flavors of dark chocolate, and roastedness with a bitter alcohol finish. if they could up the gravity this beer would be even more enjoyable. a few weeks ago we put a new one of these side by side with one aged a year. the aged was not suprisingly, much smoother with a sweeter finish. if you have the space, definitely age a few of them and you wont regret it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours black with a small, fading, tan head. The aroma is heavy with pitted fruits in the Midwest Imperial Stout style, plenty of chocolate and roast, with some smoke, licorice and molases. Flavor is prunes and raisins drenched in dark chocolates. Lots of burnt and roastedness to balance out the sticky sweetness. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, yet fairly light on the palate. Well done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Dark color and nice head. Could be a little thicker and less hoppy but maybe a little aging wouldnt hurt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 17, 2006
"Not bad needs to be aged. Poured a dark b black with nice tan head. Aroma was of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was of coco and coffee. Should have been a little more hops. "

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3035) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Pours a dark black color with a chocolate brown head, but weak lacing. Aroma of strong chocolate, some coffee, some dark fruits, not a lot of roastedness. Flavor was of dry cocoa beans, vinous notes, and some coffee. Interesting, ends bitter, but completely lacking hops. Significant carbonation but not a thick mouthfeel. Id age this before going back, a little undeveloped.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2006
The head starts out beautiful with a lacing that clings to the glass nicely, really nice. Has a dark black color. The smell has a plum flavor to it along with a sweet coffee smell. Taste is smooth and sweet with some fruitiness. Dark fruit mixes with sweet dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and smooth, very enjoyable. I would like to have another one of these in the near future.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvp (244) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Bought 4 pack bottles. Used shaker. Nice flavor. One of the bottles I poured in a tulip. This is when all the good aromas and flavors came out. I can smell a hint of cinnamon. Highly recomend drinking out of a snifter or tulip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1405) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle. Other than the live carbonation, the body is black as night. Roasted notes, also licorice, vanilla, cocoa. Another smooth stout, and hard to notice the 9% ABV. Good and warming. As far as Imperial Stouts go, I cant see this as being any better than average. I guess I was expecting more, although most of the Imp Stouts Ive had are top of the line, so I guess the lower score is expected, now seeing that this is 67.4% for the style. I do like the somewhat tangy hoppy bitter finish here. Decent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2006
i like my stouts and this is a good imperial stout not too sweet and bitter very smooth and drinkable i will enjoy more


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