Blackout Stout

I had The Great Lakes Brewing Company’s latest concoction last night, the Blackout Stout. I don’t know much about beer, but stouts are my favorite, and I truly appreciate a place that can pour a good pint of Guinness. Here is a link to people who seem to actually know what they are talking about when they review the Blackout Stout. Mine is after the jump.

It was okay, but I got bored with it. The taste was pretty subtle, no real powerful oaty or chocolatey taste like Guinness. It didn’t even taste all that alcoholic to me, for all that it is 9.0% by volume. Granted I had it from a bottle, so a draft experience would most likely provide a better example of what it should taste like. In any case, it was still a decent brew, but I’d prefer a Guinness or a Young’s over the Blackout Stout. Who knows, it might grow on me though.

3 thoughts on “Blackout Stout

  1. For other stouts, might I recommend Mackeson’s Stout. It’s relatively cheap (6.99 for a six-​pack, on average), has a really nice chocolately taste and is pretty smooth. I used to buy it all the time.

    The Bell’s Brewery also makes an *extensive* line of Stouts. Granted, most are in the higher price range (9.99 for a six-​pack), but I’ve never had a bad one. Granted, some I was less impressed with than others (their Java Stout didn’t do anything for me) but, overall, they’re a good bet.

  2. I thought I linked to that site, but apparently not. I’m such a weird beer drinker. The lighter it is, the more alcoholic it tastes to me; and the grosser.

    I’ll have to scrounge those others up sometime.

  3. You should also check out beeradvocate​.com, one of my favorite beer sites. They have a review of the Blackout Stout here:

    You speak as someone who hasn’t tasted many beers (of high alcohol volume) which do taste like it 😉 Often, it conveys itself in a very *sharp*, bitter taste. It’s kept me away from certain brews, because it can be so pungent and hard to get past.

    Personally, I prefer a smoother brew (like the blackout) in that respect.

    If it’s worth the cost, I dunno (at 9.99 for a 4 pack), but, to me, I’ve found it to be one of the finest brews Great Lakes (a true blessing to have in Cleveland) has produced. Much better than their more pop Dortmunder (which never did anything for me).

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