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Black Friday - Long Ireland Beer Company

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87
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Ireland Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 12-10-2011)
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2014 22:08:21 | More by crobinso
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Icemann383

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

07-07-2014 01:35:21 | More by Icemann383
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big mocha head that settles quickly. Inky black with a mocha collar and a few stray bubbles that retain.

Smell - Roasty burnt malt. Booze and a bit of licorice fruitiness.

Taste - Fruitiness and licorice right up front. Boozy, too. A hint of cherry. Switches to a bitter roasted malt flavor with a harsh finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Boozy. Rough finish.

Overall - Surprisingly decent. Has some nice aspects without any blatant problems.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 19:45:46 | More by Alieniloquium
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Brenden

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes are from 5/29

It's jet black, and looks pretty oily; it doesn't look viscous, per se, but it doesn't look weak either. The head, a rich sandy one with a heavy creaminess to it, looks like the head on a cappuccino and holds itself proudly higher than one finger for most of the duration and only fading very slowly for the remainder. Lacing is deposited pretty thickly in a network of thin webbing that clumps where it comes together.
The aroma offers a strong backbone of malts, not as hugely roasty as some but with plenty, a touch of smoke and charcoal, and a bit of creamy sweetness. There's plenty of bittersweet baking chocolate up front all the way. If anything, the aroma only needs a little more strength.
The flavor brings up front a little more. Dark chocolate mingles with a bit of creamier cocoa to carry through from start to finish over dark, heavy malts with a moderate roastiness to them. It's almost like a milk stout in how a lactic/creamy quality and gentle sweetness show through though, as I understand it, that is derived naturally rather than added. The ABV is well masked, alcohol giving a little more complexity and warmth, and it finishes out with a note like the mixing of licorice and toffee.
The body is on the full end of medium or, possibly, just ever so slightly reaching full; for an RIS, this is a touch on the light side. It's good, though, with a nice silkiness to the texture and a light crispness that adds just a little too much bite. It finishes semi-sweet overall, very close to semi-dry.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 18:37:14 | More by Brenden
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-11-2014 12:49:14 | More by InspectorBob
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Bandi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-31-2014 01:05:35 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. After pouring this into a snifter glass, it formed a quarter finger high dense mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts, roasted malts, and licorice are present in the nose. The smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the chocolate malts seem to be a bit stronger and impart flavors of dark unsweetened and bitter chocolate bars. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate (with a viscosity approaching motor oil) and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends a bit of warming to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer is really nice if you like aromas and rich flavors of bittersweet chocolate. It's not as roasty compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts but is quite filling and a tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:46:34 | More by metter98
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ZCW

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

03-23-2014 15:35:08 | More by ZCW
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-23-2014 14:50:50 | More by Griffith
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BrewYorker85

New York

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked this up from my local bd and its now one of my favorite beers. It has a great chocolatey smell that bursts out as soon as you open the bottle. It pours a dark dark brown with light brown head. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth and a bit creamy, very drinkable. Overall i loved this beer and will be picking one up every year on black friday.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:59:43 | More by BrewYorker85
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-09-2013 02:01:00 | More by Nolen12
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edglodek

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-06-2013 18:42:58 | More by edglodek
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-01-2013 23:29:25 | More by jkball01
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Greywulfken

New York

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pitch black body with dark tan head a coupla fingers high; small bits of lace left behind

S: rich dark roasty malt aromas predominant, hints of char and tobacco (?) as well as wet coffee grounds

T: nothing unexpected here, as the taste reliably follows the nose, reinforcing the cold wet coffee and deeply roasted dark malts; rustic and robust, and maybe a little rough around the edges

M: mellow, smooth, bittersweet and drying, slight aftertaste of bitter cocoa; mild stickiness; full-to-medium body

O: a well-done stout, probably just short of outstanding - a once a year (?) release worth the buy if you see it but probably not something to worry about hunting down unless you're a major fan of the style or the brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 15:54:50 | More by Greywulfken
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pknyc

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-11-2013 02:57:51 | More by pknyc
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plaid75

New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured dark chocolate with a touch of smoke.

The taste consisted of the sane roasted elements with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty user friendly RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 19:06:38 | More by plaid75
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sirsteve42

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-24-2013 01:23:32 | More by sirsteve42
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GoodOmens

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-02-2013 15:38:42 | More by GoodOmens
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-30-2013 13:02:02 | More by SHerninko
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

07-02-2013 15:16:51 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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pjkelley82

New York

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my first RIS and I'm glad I chose this one.

Picked up a bottle directly from the Brewery after sampling their other offerings. They did not have this for sample so I winged it....

Very Dark pour, beautiful appearance and smell to it... very chocolaty... nice big heavy mouthfeel but very drinkable and not too much bite.

I picked up a bottle a few weeks after and the only reason I say this is because that is rare. There are so many beers I want to try that when I pick up one I already had it must of been damn good...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:19:40 | More by pjkelley82
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-07-2013 04:31:49 | More by bespin15
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2013 14:14:33 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a frothy brown head that settles into a small dense cap. Typical RIS appearance.

The aroma is kind of faint for the style. I pick up some light roast, char, and cocoa. More cocoa than anything else. It is a nice aroma just not very strong.

Pretty big chocolate flavor. A nice mixture of cocoa, milk and bakers chocolate. A bit of a roasted flavor but it seems to be mellowed by perhaps an oat additon. The stout has some scorched caramel notes and just a subtle hint of a dark berry. Fairly smooth flavor.

Well bodied with soft carbonation leads to a silky feel. Sweet on the palate with enough roasted bitterness to offset. The ABV is well hidden and the finish is sticky.

A tasty imperial stout. Definitely chocolate forward. Has a nice smoothness in both the taste and feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:22:52 | More by Gmann
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2013 04:56:42 | More by RoryOMoore
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Black Friday from Long Ireland Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.