Lights Out Stout | Barrier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by plaid75 on 08-27-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 53
Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DeCicco's in Armonk, New York. Straight forward American Stout with pleasant, through mild, coffee notes. A fairly easy drinker. Solid offering from Barrier.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured into a tall champaign flute. Color is very dark brown--the afternoon sun sends a weak ray of red brown through the brew. One-finger tan head and very attractive lacing. Aroma is first malt and caramel, then floral hops. Flavor is medium roast malt/-not really dark roast, with caramel, some sweetness, a little bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The hops are balanced or understated, a bit more like what I think of a porter, or halfway between a porter and a stout. It is a bit delicate and gentle for a stout. Overall I think it is very good to outstanding. I'm very glad to have sampled it on-tap overlooking the Deschuttes River.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From 12/17/13 notes. Had a 16 oz. pour of this in a pint glass on cask at The Jeffrey in NYC.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with low carbonation evident and no real head. Looks alsmot flat, which I guess is to be expected from the cask.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, burnt malts, and milk chocolate. Nice nose, lots of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light dark chocolate, chalk, burnt malts, light coffee, and toasted malts. Taste is much lighter and alsmot seems watered down compare to the nose with much less chocolate and coffee. Decent but a big step down for me.

m - Light, thin, watery body and no carbonation. Way too thin for a stout, subpar.

o - Overall a decent beer with some promise in the nose, but the taste was a bit too light and the body was way too think. Would have liked it a little bit thicker; probably wouldn't revisit too often.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a short, dense toasted khaki head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is light but has notes of char and roast.

The taste is of moderate roast, some coffee grounds, and powdery chocolate. Pehaps some oat in the grain bill as the stout is quite smooth. Some wet wood and char notes as well.

Moderate feel with soft carbonation. Smooth. Light roasted bitterness in the finish.

Very tasty stout, smooth and drinks quite well.

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Photo of brystmar
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jimmy's 43.

A: Pours black with 1.5 fingers of tan head. Poor retention, almost zero lace; nothing special here. Swirling the glass summons absolutely nothing. Barrier, I am disappoint.

S: Hard to detect anything with no head releasing aroma. Hoppy, roasty malts I guess? Who knows, I smell more glass than beer.

T: There we go, this is a stout! Strong malt backbone with plenty of hops in tow. Nothing fancy (no coffee, chocolate, etc) here, just your typical stout. Finishes dry and hoppy with mild hop bitterness.

M: Bland medium body, smooth and swishy in the mouth. They badly need to throw in some oatmeal or put it on nitro to spice things up.

D: On the flipside, this is a sessionable beer. Not too strong in any direction, finishes smooth enough, no reason someone couldn't enjoy a few pints in a single sitting.

Overall: it's a plain old stout. Nothing fancy here, and not really worth your time & money in a city like NYC with so much great beer at your fingertips.

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Photo of nassaubeercop
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a (Duvel) tulip glass.

A- Black with a 1/4 inch of off white head which quickly dissipates leaving a little lace.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, caramel notes.

T- Like it smells, little carbonation, dry, smoke, chocolate, robust bitter coffee flavors.

M- Nice smooth, silky, a bit thin for the style.

O- One of my favorite styles and a pretty good example of that style. I recommend it.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a couple of fingers of light-brown head that looks like a pancake on the griddle. The head lasts for a few minutes and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Roast, char, unsweetened chocolate, a wisp of clean (not bacony) smoke.

T: Dry, bitter, burned, chocolaty goodness. A second or two after swallowing, bitterness reappears and makes me immediately want to take another sip.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit thinner than I would like, though. I'm fooled into thinking there are oats in this beer.

O: This is a very tasty and very drinkable beer. It is rather unbalanced, but that only seems to make it more enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin off-white head that slowly died down and left lacing on the surface.
S: There are aromas of coffee beans in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of coffee and roasted malts with some hints of bittersweet chocolate and smoke. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable because the body isn't very heavy.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a light toffee colored ring, no head, and oozes down the sides of the glass almost syrup-like.

S - Smoke, charcoal, dark bitter chocolate, expresso, cocoa beans, and anise. For a lower octane stout, this one has alot going on in the nose - I'm digging it.

T - dry, Dry, and DRY!! Massive amounts of charcoal, bitter chocolate. Expresso surges to the front followed by a dry charcoal, smokey character and finishes with a mildly bitter bite. Leaves the mouth bone dry with a charcoal coating.

M - Light medium body and mild on the tongue.

D - Good.

A great beer to enjoy with several glasses since it's not overly high ABV, that's a very good thing. Not complex or deep, just a well brewed stout that could be a session beer! For low ABV, there's alot of flavor going here. NICE!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Big Z Beverages (Huntington, NY) into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with some very thin trimming around the edges, leaving a light smattering of spotty lace behind. Not the most impressive look but it hangs in there enough. The aroma is rich with burnt roast and crunchy coffee character, along with a thick malty backing of chocolate and sweet caramel notes. A touch of green hops adds a bit of earthy freshness to the back of the nose.

The taste is burnt roast and earthy hops giving this a blackened and green feeling bitterness that spreads throughout the profile. This is well balanced by a chewy mix of chocolate and toffee sweetness before working itself into a zippy espresso finish. This just has some very well done roast and coffee flavors here, with a very low astringency to them. This finishes with a burnt and blackened feel that sticks to the tongue with a dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and quite sharp up front before segueing into a big creaminess that fills the throat up as you swallow. Despite the fuller feel, I'm pleased to find that there is no alcohol present in the taste, as this stays quite smooth overall on the palate.

I would be hard pressed to not call this a Coffee Stout, except for the fact that according to the stats on their website, this contains no coffee in it! I'm amazed that they were able to get that much java flavor into a beer just from the malts. REALLY solid effort here and that makes it 2 for 2 from these guys for me. I'm definitely looking forward to future offerings on subsequent trips up to Long Island.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid roasted malt with elements of coffee and charcoal.

The taste consisted of a clean burnt grain with waves of charcoal and dry coffee.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and relatively brawny stout. Nicely done and very enjoyable.

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Lights Out Stout from Barrier Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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