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Black Friday - Long Ireland Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%


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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beerloserLI

New York

4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out black.

This beer has a nice nose to it. Plenty of malt and chocolate.

Taste offers lots of good malt flavor and chocolate. Strong and busty with flavor.

I had the 2012 showing and it's said that each year there will be slight changes to it. The bottle comes corked and caged.

Overall a really impressive local imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:34:28 | More by beerloserLI
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bodybybelgium

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see. Got the Rainbow live in Munich disc in the dvd player going whilst drinking this so perhaps my review will be affected somewhat.

Don't quite get the concept of "appearance" as how it applies to a review so I'll skip it. (have you ever had a meal that looked unappetizing and wound up being delicious? That's where I'm coming from). Edit: they "made" me enter a rating for appearance...

The aroma gives off a lot of chocolate and a bit of tobacco. Does not give any hint that it is
not as sweet as it smells (a good thing).

First thing that hits the tongue is a big semi dry malty backbone with a quick flash of hop bite. Next up is a semisweet chocolate and coffee wave and it finishes with a dry wrestling match between the malt and what feels like hops.

This beer feels really substantial in the mouth. There's nothing delicate about it but it does not come across as oily or muddy. It's pretty viscous and heavy but not in an imposing way. The alcohol is not very noticeable and overall it has a very good balance.

I like it. I'm also bummed that I'll probably not be able to get it where I live. I can't say that Imperial stouts are my favorite category of beer but this one definitely gets my attention and admiration. Big thanks to Ivan for smuggling this in to Cali and for giving me a bottle.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 05:33:46 | More by bodybybelgium
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BrewYorker85

New York

4.29/5  rDev +10%
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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plaid75

New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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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cosmicevan

New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkel81 for bringing a bottle by on release day (black friday).

a - opened the corked and caged bottle and filled my founders snifter. poured a pretty sludgy black that settled into the glass like oil. a nice full finger of creamy cork colored head slowly fizzled away leaving a talk of lacing on the glass, but for the most part super slippery.

s - kind of chocolate portery. charred burnt chocolate and burnt malts.

t - ooh...very nice. burnt chocolate leads the way. robust bold flavoring. smooth and nice blend. i dug it quite a bit.

m - fizzy and full bodied. easy drinker. not the thickness that i was expecting, but rich enough. cooling finish.

o - overall, pretty good beer. kind of a cross between a classic porter and a russian imperial stout. i've heard that this one is like the breakfast stout with more balls, but i haven't had the breakfast stout yet. super easy to throw it back and nice flavor, but hard to really stand out as a superstar these days in the world of imperial stouts, but this one is worth checking out if you are into imperial stouts as it was a very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:43:22 | More by cosmicevan
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pjkelley82

New York

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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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funkel81

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a few bottles on release day (black friday 2011) at the brewery. i'm a big fan of what these guys do and this beer did not disappoint. from what i was told, this beer was their first attempt at a RIS and they had help from the brewmaster at NEBCO (where stout trooper is made). anyway...i thought the beer tasted pretty roasty, with hints of coffee that complimented well...got a couple bottles left i'll be trying on black friday 2012 to see how they aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 20:50:31 | More by funkel81
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socon67

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown to near black pour with a dark brown pour. Some lacing, and the foam head has plenty of carbonation.

S - Scents of chocolate, fresh coffee, and dark hearty malts. Has almostr a smoky smell.

T - This has a rich flavor that at first is a sweet flavoring of chocolate and molasses. There is a bitterness of coffee and some raosty malt. The finish is rich with a malty vibe.

M - Very smooth for a RIS and despite the heavy feel is actually very drinkable. Thick feel stays in your mouth.

O - This is a clear winner for the locals to have a solid imp stout made. I'll try it again and the price is friendly for a bottle. Win all around.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2012 21:12:06 | More by socon67
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a ring leaving a few spots of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.

T - roasted coffee upfront with espresso coffee bitterness kicking in, some chocolate and a bit of coffee ice cream sweetness show up finishing dry and slightly tart.

F - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O - I liked this one and since it's local and reasonably priced I'll have some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:23:09 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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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EkimGram

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into snifter. Colour is a motor oil black with a finger-thick head that is a toffee brown. Head fades to a slim layer of puff.

Smell: Very powerful aromas of roasted, toasted, burnt malts. There are also some hints of coffee, toffee, and dark, bitter chocolate.

Taste: As the smell, lots and lots of malts, nice, burnt, and roasted. Other flavours include coffee, dark chocolate, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, somewhat abrasive, and generously carbonated. Finishes somewhat sticky.

Overall: A good local brew is always nice to have. While it isn't the best Russian Imperial Stout it is quite enjoyable. There is definitely an abrasive quality to this that most Long Island beers seem to have.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 06:06:10 | More by EkimGram
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a snifter, coincidentally on a Friday night.

Appearance: The blackest brown you will ever see, pretty much black with a 1/3" dark tan head, before I could take a sip it settled into almost nothing.

Smell: Believe it or not it comes off sweet, hints of chocolate and slight espresso. Wish it was just a little more potent.

Taste: A notch bitter, dark chocolate is pretty evident. It tastes great at first just wish a little more potent.

Mouth: Nice even balance of (medium) carbonation.

Overall: Well put together beer, might need a little tweeking, but regardless it is pretty damn good! Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:17:51 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Black Friday from Long Ireland Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.