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Black Friday - Long Ireland Beer Company

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very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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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.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

EkimGram, Dec 19, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 28, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Greywulfken, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  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.

Brenden, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  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.

metter98, Mar 31, 2014
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Black Friday from Long Ireland Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.