Thursday, December 15, 2011
Great Lakes Blackout Stout: the Return, the Review
Tonight, excellence returned in dark form in a short glass. Great Lakes Blackout Stout has come upon us again after a year's hiatus allegedly so that they could reset the schedule for a fall release. Regardless of the reasoning it was well worth the wait. It's better than ever.
I was fortunate enough to find this on tap at my local establishment, the venerable Northdown Cafe and Taproom. It delivered on appearance. Poured into a miniature pint, it left a thick wall of head with an oily black pool beneath it. The nose was baked bread and roasted caramel. The mouthfeel was velvety with the occasionally tickling feel of carbonation.
This is a very complex Russian imperial stout, at first delivering a bit of dry smoke and coffee with a hint of sour cherries around the edges. It gradually turns into roasted nuttiness on the finish. The hops provide a bit of pine. It all blends together effortlessly. There's no question that this is an elite beer. It's not around often enough.