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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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Jet black. No light penetration. 1 finger of creamy brown head. I love the label art.

Licorice, prune, cocoa nib, smoke, espresso, caramel, and earth.

Earthy roast, char, and smoke. Espresso, cocoa nib, and burnt caramel. Prune, raisin, black licorice, and red grape.

Medium bodied, oily, smooth, bitter, sticky, and dry.

Robust and huge with earthy, smoky flavors.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Super dark beer with a light tan head and little retention.
Smell: Roasted dark malts, dark chocolate and huge roasted coffee.
Taste: Dark chocolate and huge amount of bitter coffee up front.
Feel: Thick and full-bodied stout with a good amount of bitterness.
Overall: For me this one was a little too much dark chocolate and bitter coffee, but still a enjoyable stout.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high mocha-colored head that gradually died down, eventually leaving a short tan head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of licorice and dark, roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with lots of flavors of chocolate malts, but as it warms up a touch lots of roasted malts become noticeable along with a hint of licorice. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is detectable.
O: As the beer warms up, it has a nice balance between flavors of dark, chocolate and roasted malts with subtle bits of licorice. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dudd
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trentt2
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noelito76
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Motor oil black draft pour into a tulip glass. Deep mocha head rises with a foamy texture to two fingers. Small ring and tons of sporty lace.

S- Dark-chocolate all the way. Deep like 75-80% range with roasted barley and toasted nuts behind it. Licorice, burnt, hints at sweetness.

T- Dark chocolate bars with some licorice dominate the profile; is this Iceland? Rather dry with heavy toast, toffee, molasses tobacco, cocoa nibs, espresso beans coated in dark chocolate, tiny raisin and nuts. Earthy hops.

MF- Slick and oily medium body with low carbonation. Bitter cocoa burnt finish. A bit warm. Somewhat thin to be honest.

Mostly dark chocolate with a thin, dry feel on the palate. Too much dark chocolate without any support flavor or body wise.

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Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mid sized bottle, I cant find any bottling date/vintage kinda info.

Pour all very dark and imperial stout like, leaves loads of nice looking busted up fields of lacing all the way up on the glass.

Chocolate/mocha and cafe au lait all ove rthe sniff.

Super gooey chocolate, rich and motor oil like on the palate...If you like large, smooth and overloaded with milk chocolate and coffee kinda impy stouts, this will not dissappoint...quality and over the top kinda brew...would be awesome with a decadent "death by chocolate" kinda dessert...stout lovers rejoice and go get some...

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Photo of Spipenger
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent brew. Oddly, strong as it is, I find the aroma rather mild. However, the taste was extremely robust with hints of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. The texture is exquisite with a deep, dark, almost black color with a beautiful, lingering head. The only thing better than the look is the taste. I bought this beer on a whim at CostCo of all places. How lucky I was. Try it!

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Photo of thoglund
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackop555
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jrschaef
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jsf14
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkazemi
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
3.86/5  rDev -7%
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 allenson21
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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 PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hit728
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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