Blackout Stout 9% ABV
Russian Imperial Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
A beer “named after the infamous ‘Blackout of 2003’ that left the northeastern United States without power for days… A nuisance for some, an enjoyable 36 hours of energy conservation and beer drinking with neighbors for others.”
In 2015, this week the northeastern United States experienced a “whiteout” of sorts. Though, thankfully, it was not as bad as predicted, I’m still glad I don’t reside in the states affected.
While Great Lakes brewing was mentioned in our “5 Halloween Beers” post, this is the first time 365 Brew has done a review of any of their beers. What a great first appearance.
Their beer while having many of the same qualities of the rest of the beers discussed during Russian Imperial Stout Week, has some nice differences to make it stand out. First and foremost is the sweet finish to this beer. It has a smooth front and great malt body, with the previously mentioned sweet finish.
This beer is decidedly more well balanced than the Courage Imperial Russian Stout. Unlike that beer this beer states that it is best enjoyed by 05/08/15. Making this beer an Americanized version of a Russian Imperial Stout, definitely meant for immediate consumption and not at all for aging. This is probably why it has nowhere near the depth and heartiness of the Expedition Stout. It is on the same plane as the Northwind Imperial Stout, though just a bit more tasty in my book. This is a seasonal brew from Great Lakes Brewing which I will now be looking forward to every winter.
I first learned about Great Lakes Brewing through an edX course on Climate Change that I took a couple summers back. Not only does Great Lakes Brewing make fantastic beer, they do it in a very environmentally friendly way.
They pride themselves in being eco-friendly in a number of ways. They have their own farm in which they organically grow “vegetables, herbs and flowers for use in the Brewpub.” What they can’t grow on their “pint size farm” they buy from local farmers and “environmentally responsible” vendors. Their beer delivery truck and “Fatty Wagon” runs on vegetable oil made from their “reclaimed and filtered restaurant oil.” They reuse their spent grain and also recycle. One of the “cooler” parts of their sustainability (yes, pun intended) is during winter months their “Brewery cooler brings in chilly Cleveland air to cool the beer.” You can read up on Great Lakes Brewing “Triple Bottom Line Initiatives” on their Sustainability webpage.
Next time there’s a power outage, make sure to grab all your beers and share them with your neighbors. Not only will you have some good conversations, you can rest easy knowing you are helping the planet, especially if you are drinking some great Great Lakes Brewing beers.
Be sure to check in here tomorrow to find out which beer was worthy of being #500. Cheers!