Morticia | Barrier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russin Imperial Stout w/coffee 10.1% ABV notes of charred roast, chocolate, subtle oak.

Added by BColton1 on 06-09-2013

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Photo of Blackop555
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Thick, medium, light brown head lasts a long time.

Smells cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, light char, coffee and light alcohol.

Tastes roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and earthy bitterness. Followed by hints of dark fruits and char. Dry finish and a light bitter linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Lighter in taste than smell. Lighter body than expected.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly black color with a lovely trace of ruby red, especially coming out of the bottle. A billowing and large foam mocha head retains very well. An attractive looking brew for sure.
In the nose there is a mild to moderate roasty quality. There is a creamy sweetness that reminds me of cocoa, vanilla and roasted nuts.
The taste is really something else. Whereas the aroma seems to have these bold yet understated qualities, the flavor and mouthfeel start off as that and gradually become more dynamic and intense. At first it starts off as a gentle, smooth and creamy texture of sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Absolutely velvety, fluffy, rich and decadadent. The body is big and robust. Slowly, but surely, I detect how the sweetness, never cloying, is balanced with the slightest kiss of pine hops. The transformation then continues as the finish becomes increasingly dry, the espresso roast increasingly bitter, and the roasted malt feeling almost charred. It begins to linger in the aftertaste. Amazingly enough, the alcohol flavor is practically non existent, despite the fact that there is a huge alcohol warming that creeps up on you.
This was truly a find and I'd certainly like to get to know this brewery more. For such a high ABV, it was scarily drinkable. I feel like this is right up there with other Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of EMH73
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thin dark tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, slightly burnt coffee, smoke and roasted malt. Finishes moderately bitter. Thick and sticky mouth feel with light carbonation. A good beer but not even close to the best in it's style IMO.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours nearly jet black with dark walnut hues, and an amazing fluffy, mocha-colored head that resembles coffee gelato. It smells roasty with dark coffee, chocolate, and tobacco smoke. The first taste sensation is char, followed by burnt coffee grounds, baker's chocolate, nuts, and a hit of caramel. What is noticeably missing for a RIS is the dark fruit I like so much. It finishes surprisingly bitter. That said, it's rather one-dimensional; there's little sweetness or fruit to juxtapose to the char and bitterness. It's creamy but not particularly viscous. The body is more like a porter than, say, Ten Fidy, FIS or Parabola. The 10.1% ABV is well hidden. Overall, while I can understand some reviewers really liking Morticia, I don't think it measures up to its more famous brethren of the style.

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Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger foamy tan/light brown colored head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, the biggest bubbles popping as the head slowly dissipated very slowly and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, charred wood, yeast or earthy aromas, and then more chocolate. Pretty basic in covering all the imperial stout components, with each element pungent and well represented. The 10.1% ABV is completely hidden by the rich chocolate malt aroma.

Like the nose, the flavor is very roasty with a mostly malt lineup hitting at all times mixed with some light piney hop accents and herbal notes. The roasted malts bring the dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds, ash or charred wood, roasted malts, campfire smoke, black licorice, mild vanilla or espresso beans, dry yeast, earthy flavors like peat moss or burning leaves, and then like the nose it ends with more chocolate. It's bitter in a good way like a bold Starbucks coffee and it hides the ABV quite well.

It's listed as a Russian Imperial Stout here on BA, but the bottle states Imperial Stout; splitting hairs I guess, as the stout has a nice level of bitterness, a mouthfeel that is on the thin side and yet very smooth with a medium, chewy body and an ashy, semi-dry smoky finish. A really nice beer overall, I'll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with medium bubbles, tan head rising roughly one finger's length off the body. Drops with super sticky lacing.

Smell: heavy malts and molasses.

Taste: Bitter and Bitter with a splash of sour. Has a malty feel with solid dark chocolate.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation and sticky feel which comes off a bit dry.

Overall: Good brew and home grown. Worth buying if you see it. Salud.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Full of dense, roasty, bittersweet cocoa... I'm a fan of Old Rasputin, Yeti, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Founders Imperial Stout, Narwhal, and the like, as far as Russian Imperials go, and this is easily on par, perhaps even superior to some in certain regards. Not too sweet, the alcohol hidden impeccably, smooth and rich, neither overdone nor cloying, with an almost wood-like dry edge. Full-bodied and so drinkable its scary...

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Photo of SFC21
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful to look at. Jet black with a mocha head that reappears with agitation. Taste is bakers chocolate, espresso roast and black licorice. Super creamy body, Easy to tell this is a well made beer. A little more bitter roast than I prefer, but overall a very nice stout.

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Photo of foundersasap
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout was very enjoyable, great thick foamy head looked like a proper stout should. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste follows the nose in perfect harmony. Thick coating mouthfeel. This one is right up there with the best stouts!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour, opaque. Very thin light brown cap. Sweet molasses hits the nose first with a nice deep-roasted character. Cola and dark chocolate in the nose as well. The taste integrates a roasted meat element that gives really nice complexity. More chocolate along with subtle vanilla notes as well, the taste is not as sweet as I expected from the nose. Full bodied and smooth. Finishes semi-sweet.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really surprising beer. I didn't expect much, but found that this stout had an amazing creamy mouthfeel. The taste and nose were pretty solid. Overall this wasn't an incredible beer, but was very well balanced.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pours black with a light brown, medium head, good lacing
S - chocolate and roast on the nose, with a stronger scent from the chocolate
T - taste follows the nose, generally balanced, slightly leans to the chocolate side, but roast balances well
F - medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel, not thin, not especially thick
O - very enjoyable RIS, looking forward to having again

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

solid impy stout that gets better as it warms and opens up. a bit heavy on the char but has a nice sweetness to balance things out. a great one for the depths of winter.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma hits of chocolate, lots of rich licorice, roasted malt.

The flavor follows with that smack of licorice up front, ashy roast, onto cacao and dark chocolate. A bit lacking in sweetness and richness.

The mouthfeel is medium minus and slightly light for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of cocoa and smoke characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of LeahM
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aged for a year in the bottle bought from the brewery in Oceanside, NY.

A: Dark dark brown almost black, with a large, fluffy, dark tan head that stayed for a few minutes.

S: Maple, dark chocolate, hints of coffee. Not a particularly strong smelling beer.

T: First taste is of bitter chocolate, giving way to a deep, sweet, smoky maple flavor and finishing with smooth coffee. Good balance of bitter with sweet. No alcohol taste for it's 9.5% ABV. Medium, appropriate carbonation.

M: Very full bodied, I felt like I was tasting the beer for a while after drinking it. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, but not sticky or cloying at all.

O: One of my favorite imperial stouts ever. The maple adds a great sweet and smoky flavor complexity, and the beer changes tastes from beginning to end. Extremely smooth and drinkable for such a dark, high ABV beer (although I certainly felt it), a benefit of the year of aging I assume. I'll have to try and pick up another one to try and age even longer, if I can stop myself from drinking it. Barrier's best stout, and one of their best offerings for sure.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I just revised my review from a 4.0 for the batch released on 1/6/15, this new batch is absolutely world class. I was lucky enough to grab a sixth keg for my kegerator and wish I could get more of it.

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought this right at the brewery in Oceanside. Bottle date of April 2013 that states its bottle conditioned with maple syrup and can be enjoyed now or aged for years.

A: Dark brown with a small light tan head. Seems to be perfectly carbonated for the style.

S: Sweet choclately malt smell, light coffee.

T: Tastes of chocolate and caramel.

M: light syrup mouthfeel but not too sticky.

O: Glad I finally opened this. Hope there are more for purchase at the brewery so I can get more to age. Similar to Storm King but not as hoppy. Storm King is one of my favorites and this is right up there but really smooth. Would love to try this with a year or two on it.

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Photo of BColton1
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Combined Tasting.

A: Pours black with a slightly tan head.

S: Roasty...

T: This is a Russian Imperial Stout! Strong malt with a touch of bitterness. A hint of coffee in the finish. This is a tasty RIS, but it is a little hot right now. I have another bottle I'm planning on aging for a year or so.

M: Medium body, smooth in the mouth.

Overall: It's a good RIS. Another nice job by Barrier Brewing Company.

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Morticia from Barrier Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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