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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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 12
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Bieniek30
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour is black in the pint with a big head of dark tan foam... Aromas expectedly full of roasty char and hints of peaty smoke... Flavors are bittersweet - more bitter than sweet - with elements of coffee, ash, dry cocoa and peat - perhaps even a hint of iodine... Mellow and smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation... Little bit of bitter, smoky, herbal, and faintly medicinal notes on the finish... As a "peat-smoked" stout, it basically delivers on its name... 11/20/18 canning...

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tabhill
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Eman17
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hirshi
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of AD17
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brystmar
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Cath
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greybeardloon
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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 sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Lights Out Stout from Barrier Brewing Company
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