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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

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.