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RATINGS: 1239   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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4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Spacks (1) - - NOV 29, 2012
This beeris excellent. Great flavor, nice and dark, and a nice.mellow flavor with smoky chocolate flavor. Perfect.


3.8
higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
May 2016 Very low carbonation. Starts sweet and malty. Long lasting finish of burnt coffee and bitter chocolate with a light bitterness that hangs on the tongue . Note this brew is only available in February and March. I would've loved this beer at one time before my Taste switched more towards Belgium's and away from the porters/stouts. I am now comparing it with a left-hand brewery Company milk stout. I prefer the milk stout November 2016. Had it again after a couple of quads. A bit drunk but I did not care for it this time. Much too in-your-face ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
jksipa (1006) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
On tap at Great Lakes CLE. Pitch black under a small lingering khaki head that leaves some tight lace. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice and roasted nuts. Flavour is lightly sweet malts with a medium+ coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Mouth is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Alcohol is well integrated and warming. 8+/4/8/4/17

3.7
Ronritter (874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2017
12oz bottle black pour with light tan cap aroma and taste is chocalate, ash and licorice with a warming finish

4
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle. Pours a nice, pitch black beer with a medium sized, brownish head on top. Aroma of coffee, molasses, some roasted malts influences and toffee. Flavor is sweet and strong, lots of body in this one. The bitterness of some coffee and roast are present in the aftertaste, carbonation is medium and the aftertaste is very long. Full bodied, well bodied virgin imperial stout, textbook! Nice.

3.8
FROMTHEBOTTLE (82) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
12oz bottle Very dark pour with Fairly healthy tan head. Lots of cocoa on the nose, r oast malt, licorice and coffee. Nice sweet chocolate on the palate with slightly bitter/spicy finish. 9% abv well integrated into all that is going on.

3.8
andrewje41 (4156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2017
12 oz bottle poured, sent over by prufrockstar. Huge thanks! Always wanted to try some Great Lakes. Pours jet black with a thin, tan ring head. Love the chocolate character in this. Spicy, toasty malt aroma. Flavor is a nice chocolate constant, some slight hop influence, but not as much as it seems, in my opinion. Solid flavor, creamy, and quite tasty as an overall. Very nice.

3.7
luttonm (6634) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Andrew (and Chris!) Small gray-tan head, rich black body. Rich lactic, dark chocolate nose. Rich, thick sip with solid, tasty roast and bitter cocoa. Rather fresh tasting, and some fresher hop notes too. Lots of coffee, some malt syrup, lactic edge. Fairly bitter. Nice.

3.7
Jayb0 (1215) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2017
This was the solution to the first beer I ordered, which needed to be blacked out. Dark, rich, what you want from RIS, vinous hops, creamy smooth finish.

4.1
gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle; pours black with a tan head; aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla; sweet taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, with some licorice and vanilla; finish is light bitter chocolate and dry

4.2
ARH (1137) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bright, sweet coffee, vanilla, and lactose Lives up to its namesake with a sudsy khaki head Sweet tobacco and coffee are dominant on the palate with a caramel, dark chocolate, and bread crust finish and lingering tobacco. Mostly sweet with a complimentary bitterness. Very smooth, viscous.


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