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RATINGS: 1259   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
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!

4
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2006
12 oz bottle into a Snifter glass (thanks to demistriustown!!!). Pours a thick looking dark black with no head except for a almost non-existent tan line around the sides of the glass. The aroma is very roasted with notes mainly of coffee and dark malt. There is a background sweet note of vanilla as well. The flavor is very well balanced and very loud consisting a lot of what the nose brings. Heavy coffee and dark roasted malt notes on first taste, which chills out a bit into a tiny bit of chocolate and a light hop kick near the finish. The coffee lingers for quite a bit after the sips. Reminds me almost of a Russian Imperial Stout, but without as much alcohol taste. The 9% can definitely be tasted, but does not hit you as hard. Definitely a solid, solid stout. Very thankful demitriustown shipped this one over!

3.8
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured an opaque brown with a light brown head that would lace attractively. A dark roast chocolate secent dominated. A very roasty flavor with a mouthfilling maltiness upfront and a dry smokey finish. A slight alcohol bite and a gentle tingle round out this smooth and tasty stout.

3.1
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Pours with almost no head, that eventually dissappears into nothingness. Aroma is lactic, strong vanilla, pepper, sucrose, licorice. In the mouth there is a saliva-sucking effect, similar to that found when eating pumello or pomegranite... flavor is vanilla-y, cherry, licorice, totally off-kilter and off balance. Don’t know if something’s gone wrong with my bottle or what but this isn’t too pleasant at all, and hardly reminiscent of any other stouts I’ve drank.

4.4
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Robust coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, with some mild banana and spice notes. Also some over-ripe fruit and vanilla in there. I’ve had a lot of imperial stouts lately, and this one stands out. Very good.

4.3
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Pours a black with a medium tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, a little alcohol, raisins and caramel (not malt--the chewy candy). Doesn’t smell roasty bitter at all. Flavors much the same, bitter coffee in the finish. Vanilla not too big. Full bodied and creamy, soft carbonation. Delicious.

4.1
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Pours an omnious shade of near black with a thin wispy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, fruity roasted malt, brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, vinous and spicy. Chocolate, pepper and plum. Full to heavy bodied, with smooth carbonation. Excellent imperial stout, and a great improvement over my last tasting.

4
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. I’m going to age some and see how they do.

4.2
holdenn (2116) - 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 won’t regret it.

4
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.


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