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RATINGS: 1248   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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4.1
Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours a fine light brown head and a black body. Heavy roasted nose with plenty of dark malt, coffee and chocolate - just the way an imperial stout should be. A bit of alcohol is present as well. Flavor is sweet and chocolaty with a good hoppyness kicking in and a warming alcohol note. Surprisingly thin in the mouth for such a big beer but very tasty and enjoyable nontheless. Thanks Mads for sharing!

4
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee, chocolate, tons of hops and some malt. It tastes just like it smells with some alcohol, caramel and blueberries/rasberries. A nice sweet bitterness at the end.

4.1
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle. Pitch black, oily tan head - man, this looks thick and formidable. Strong roast and some coffee in aroma - nice, but I expect a little more in this style. Very nice taste, rich chocolate, dark malt, linger of coffee roast. Sweet, really no hops. Rich tasting stout, lovely complex stuff.

4.2
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
12-oz. bottle from moejuck. Pours dark molasses, very near opaque, with a rocky tan head that mostly diminishes, fair spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy roasted chocolate and caramel malt (cookie, straw), yeast (dark warm dough) and dark fruit (prune, raisin). Medium sweet chocolate, velvety caramel and molasses, malty body, moderate acidity follows bringing a warm alcohol, port and vinous, ending with raisins and prunes. Dark and warm bodied, dry and spicy palate.

4.4
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2006
This is a good Imperial! All the adjectives apply. A dark tan, tightly bubbled head topped the opaque black brew. The sweetness of the malt came through first followed by a strong hop finish. Ahh, the head is creamy. It layed heavily on the tongue and coated the mouth. Coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel, it was all there. The high ABV was noted and contributed to the total effect

3.9
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with tan head. Aroma is coffee, molasses, caramel, and chocolate, a bit of alcohol too. Flavor is all of those elements plus added yummy smokiness. This is a good Imperial Stout.

4.5
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
12 oz bottle thanks to Santa. Dark Black pour with not much head. Aromas of dark coffee and mocha. Flavors added anise and some Dark Chocolate for some bitterness. Very roasty and yummy. Thanks Santa...

4
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Light for an Imperial, but still darn good. I can see through the beer when I pour it, so it’s not one of those "motor oil" stouts. Lots of sprucey hops and all kinds of roasty and sweet malt flavous. It’s less strong in flavour and body, but has all of the other characters of an imperial stout, so it becomes a bit more drinkable and delicate, rather than beligerant and powerful. Quite good, I look forward to somehow scoring a barrel aged version in the future!

4.3
thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
"I absolutely love this stout. It pours pitch black, and has a strong, full aroma. You can smell the roasty malt and coffee aromas very clearly. The taste is the kicker though. It has a full, malty, heavily coffee flavor, with practically no aftertaste whatsoever.

3.7
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Gurgling from bottle to tulip glass, this ebony gem formed a moderately lasting deep brown head. A heavy haze of roasty malt and black licorice aroma eventually gives way to some sweet molasses as it warms. For the flavor I hava a hard time picking out much over the nearly "burnt tasting" roasty malt, but I did detect a vague sweetness. Very full bodied!


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