I remember the Blackout of 2003 this beer is named after. I was in college at the time, came home to find my roommates freaking out that power not only across the town, but across the state and even across part of the country was out. A couple of them in particular were thinking it was another terrorist attack, since it wasn’t even two full years since 9/11. I figured it was no big deal. Guess who was right.
Great Lakes Blackout Stout has an intoxicating aroma. Full of chocolate, toffee, and coffee. And the color is exactly what you expect. Dark fruits push through the roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Creamy texture and a simultaneously sweet and bitter finish. 9% ABV adds a pleasing warmth but not much kick.
This is a little tamer than Imperial Stouts from Stone, Hoppin’ Frog, or North Coast, but it still has tons of flavor and great balance.
Another outstanding brew from Great Lakes. Perhaps I’m biased, but I really think they are one of the best overall breweries out there.