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Black Friday - Long Ireland Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Ireland Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 12-10-2011

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Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
1.31/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This is undoubtably one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. Tonight I popped the cork on my 2013 and it's a complete drain pour, I couldn't even get through a 10 oz pour. The taste and smell are both that of cork an vinegar. Horrible and disappointing. One positive is that this helps solidify that everything (even beer) that's comes out of NE trumps that of NY.

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefjohn15
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tried both 2013 & 2014 side by side. 2013 heavier, creamier, more pronounced coffee & chocolate notes. 2014 more carbonated and "newer" tasting. Boozier

Photo of diamondlie
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattR2014
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's good. Would buy again to trade out. 2013 bottle, consumed year later

Photo of Mrcmunoz225
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TheNoodleIncident
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.24/5  rDev -15%

Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin mocha head that fades to leave a light thin halo.

S - Aromas of dark roasted chocolate sweet malts, definite vintage aroma.

T - Taste is nice and smooth. Good chocolate, light roast, good faint char, bitter chocolate and roast, alcohol hidden very well. Milk chocolate and dark combined.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was nice, definitely mellowed out with time that's for sure. Overall, this was a tasty imperial stout.

Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Trucky169
1.32/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Icemann383
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BrewYorker85
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of edglodek
4/5  rDev +5%

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Black Friday from Long Ireland Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.