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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Blackout Imperial Stout

Category: Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Blackout Imperial Stout

Category: Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Roasted, boozy aromas of single village dark chocolate drizzled dried fruits, roasted nuts, rum cake with brandy, and sautéed mushroom with peppercorns with a medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long caramelized root vegetables, pepper, and chocolate citrus peels and nuts finish. A big, brawny imperial stout for slow contemplative sipping.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: single village dark chocolate drizzled dried fruits, roasted nuts, rum cake with brandy, and sautéed mushroom with peppercorns
Taste Flavor: caramelized root vegetables, pepper, and chocolate citrus peels and nuts
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Chocolate Mousse, Steak & Potatoes, Gorgonzola
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big, brawny imperial stout for slow contemplative sipping.

The Producer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Producer
2516 Market St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
1 216-771-4404

Their Portfolio

92 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Chillwave Double IPA 9% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Hop by Numbers IPA 7.2% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oats Macdonald Pale Ale 5.7% (USA)
89 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Gose 4.4% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Lightkeeper Blonde Ale 6.6% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest 6.5% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2016 Barrel Aged Tripel Dog Dare Ale 9.5% (USA)
85 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2016 Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper Flavored Porter 7.5% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Blackout Imperial Stout 10.5% (USA)
89 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter 9% (USA)
92 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale 7.5% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2016 Barrel Aged Christmas Ale 7.5% (USA)
95 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Barleywine 7.5% (USA)
90 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Blackout Imperial Stout 9% (USA)
90 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Turntable Pils 5.4% (USA)
88 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Conway’s Irish Ale 6.3% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Hop Madness Double IPA 9% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Burning River Pale Ale 6% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Holy Moses White Ale 5.4% (USA)
92 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cloud Cutter Ale 5.1% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter 6.0% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout 5.4% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Great Lakes IPA 6.5% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Great Lakes IPA 6.5% (USA)
94 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Commodore Perry IPA 7.7% (USA)
94 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold Lager 5.8% (USA)
91 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Eliot Ness Amber Lager 6.1% (USA)

Imperial Stout

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Serve in a Snifter
Imperial stouts are dense, opaque black in color and strong in alcohol, typically ranging from 6.5-12%. These beers usually have a note of sweetness and contain burnt cocoa and dried fruit flavors. They are stronger versions of the original stout style and were first brewed by the British to withstand the rigors of export to Russia and the Baltic states. The style was nearly extinct until its revival by the British brewer Samuel Smiths in the early 1980s. In recent years, imperial stouts have been embraced by US craft brewers and are quickly becoming staples of many brewers’ growing seasonal portfolios. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Imperial Stout, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Deschutes The Abyss and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout.