Black Friday - Whiskey Barrel Aged | Long Ireland Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Long Ireland Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whiskey barrel aged.

Added by cosmicevan on 12-10-2011

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by EkimGram:
Photo of EkimGram
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of greenhorn
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a tap into a clear, conical cup at Long Ireland Beer Company.
A: Pours a near black color with a half inch, tan head showing some retention but modest lacing.
S: Aromas of black coffee, whiskey, mocha, and nuts.
T: Flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate, and macadamia nuts.
M: Medium to full bodied with solid effervescence
O: An excellent, American interpretation of barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of sunofneurot
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pjkelley82
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

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Photo of diamondlie
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
1.31/5  rDev -65.5%
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.

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Photo of Trucky169
1.32/5  rDev -65.3%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ZCW
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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Black Friday - Whiskey Barrel Aged from Long Ireland Beer Company
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