Tasting: February 12, 2104
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 517
With the latest “snowpocalypse” bearing down on us, it’s purely coincidental that the beer in front of me – Blackout Stout pays homage to another catyclismic event – the blackout of 2003. Hard to believe that was more than ten years ago. I remember driving in my car on that hot, late summer afternoon and my radio abruptly cut to static. Switching stations yielded the same result and it wasn’t until I came to several darkened traffic lights that I started putting two and two together. Oddly, the thing I remember most about the prolonged blackout was the cafe in our office that continued making sandwiches with the same meat despite no refrigeration for more than a full day. Sufficed to say, that I never bought a sandwich there again.
The snow flurries are starting up for what is predicted to be a foot plus of snow over the next 24 hours. I’m thankful that the repair shop dropped off my snowblower just this afternoon – even though it came with a $325 repair bill. Before I slip and slide to work and ultimately dig out – it’s time to (hopefully) enjoy a nice stout.
First sip of Blackout Stout is filled with a lingering roasted flavor, a wisp of coffee and a pop of sweet chocolate on the finish. As Blackout Stout opens up, a sweet creamy chocolate dominates the experience. Blackout stout checks in at 9% alcohol by volume and it’s concealed beautifully in a lush body. I was so-so on my first few sips – but now that the glass is empty, I’m hoping there’s a four pack of Blackout Stout still available at my local beer store- but that will have to wait until the snow comes and goes. I’ll put Blackout Stout at a solid 91 points.