Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Blackout Stout (review)

Beer Review #62

Its been chilly here during these last few days before Thanksgiving and that dusting of snow which greeted me on my morning trail run left me thirsty for a big, warm, comforting dark beer, so today I'm checking out Blackout Stout, a Russian Imperial Stout from Great Lakes Brewing Co. This was my first taste of a beer from this company so a bit of background research was in order. It seems Great Lakes Brewing Co, was founded in Cleveland in 1988 and is among the 20 largest craft brewers and top 30 brewers overall currently operating in the USA. The company has an interest in sustainability (which is cool), and brews under the guidelines of the 1516 Bavarian Beer Purity Law (which is a little boring.)  Their Blackout Stout  is named for the 2003 Northeast Blackout that left 55 million people without power in the Northeastern USA and Canada on August 14th of that year.

Blackout, clocks in at 9.0%ABV and is utterly black. I poured a room temperature 12 ounce bottle into a 14 ounce glass and was greeted by nearly nonexistent foam. Aroma: dark roasted, smoky malts and a touch of molasses and alcohol. Taste: burnt coffee, bakers chocolate, the suggestion of lactose (milk stout) sweetness, and Bourbon.  Mouthfeel - a bit is on the oily/coating side. Not a bad beer, but among Russian Stouts that i've had the chance to try so far, i think I prefer Old Rasputin   

Musical Pairing: Death Throes of the Terror Squid by Alestorm

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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