Local Beer Friday: GLBC Blackout Stout

16 04 2010

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland

Beer: Blackout Stout

ABV: 9%, IBU: 85

Rating: ★★★

Taken out of context, Blackout Stout sounds like I should be waking up tomorrow morning on a park bench in my boxers cradling a 40.  And at 9% ABV, there’s a good reason they only sell them in 4 packs.  But, Blackout Stout recalls the infamous Blackout of 2003, which affected the Northwest, Midwest and Ontario, CA for two days… a minor inconvenience.  After a couple years of cowering in fear of the darkness, I finally tried out the Blackout…

That sucks...

As the name suggest, its dark.  Dark as night, in fact.  Its pretty much a standard Russian Imperial Stout… darkly roasted malt (burnt to some standards), and a bitter hoppiness.  I could see how that could keep you warm in those Siberian winters… or Cleveland winters.  Blackout is a bit of a middle of the road imperial stout, not chokingly strong and not a weak wannabe stout, and its more palatable than many others.

The smell is ominous, with the standard coffee aromas and a hint of chocolate.  (I know that sounds good… but it does pack a kick)  The first taste was a little more harsh than the smell.  It almost had to be balanced out by something chocolaty and sweet, like chocolate cake… but I had to settle with chips ahoy :(.  After my taste buds calmed down after the initial punch in the mouth, I could pick up the strong hops and the chocolate and coffee notes.  The finish is almost as harsh as the taste, but the after taste leaves a satisfying, bitter coffee taste.

Though it won’t be on my list of favorite beers, Blackout was worth the try and it is a quality imperial stout.  If you are a dark beer drinker (or just like to commemorate American utility debacles), it is a must try.  For the full experience, stop paying the bills for a while and crack one open.

<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>Brewery: <a href=”http://thirstydog.com/”>Thirsty Dog Brewing Company</a>, Akron</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>Beer: Raspberry Ale</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong><a href=”http://beeradvocate.com/articles/518″>ABV</a&gt;: 3.9%, <a href=”http://www.hereforthebeer.com/ibu-the-international-bitterness-unit/”>IBU</a&gt;: 7.5
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19 04 2010
Alex

How does it compare to Samuel Adams Imperial Stouts?

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