Black Friday | Long Ireland Beer Company

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Black FridayBlack Friday

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Long Ireland Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whiskey barrel aged.

Added by cosmicevan on 12-10-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 69
Photo of beerloserLI
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of YourOldDrank
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

the 2015 batch is a solid knockout! Really impressed by their offering this year. Creamy,silky,chocolatey,roasty and a bunch of other y's I can't think of right now.

Pours a nice tan chocolate head.

great job guys!

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Photo of chefjohn15
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of bodybybelgium
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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.


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Photo of BrewYorker85
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 dar482
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch.

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma offers sweet cocoa candy, lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Hints of dense dark chocolate and some umami.

The beer follows with an underlying earthy bitterness, covered with huge bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, espresso with some caramel sweetness and licorice and some bitterness to finish off the brew.

A really well done robust imperial stout that drinks quite well for its ~8%.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 pjkelley82
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 funkel81
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 a couple bottles left i'll be trying on black friday 2012 to see how they aged.

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 Brenden
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 EkimGram
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

was expecting great things before i tried this and was a little let down.strong coffee taste which pretty much obliterated any of the whiskey barrel flavour.a solid stout but i would say good not great.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
1.31/5  rDev -66.8%
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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Black Friday from Long Ireland Beer Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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