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Black Friday - Long Ireland Beer Company

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very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
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 fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chefjohn15
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattR2014
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +3.9%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TheNoodleIncident
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +3.9%

Photo of Trucky169
1.32/5  rDev -65.7%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Icemann383
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +2.1%
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 +3.9%

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +23.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BrewYorker85
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -2.6%

Photo of edglodek
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jkball01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Black Friday from Long Ireland Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.