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Morticia | Barrier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BColton1 on 06-09-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
78
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 78
Photo of SFC21
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
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%
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 +2.6%
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 Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +6.2%
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 -6%
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 -3.3%
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 -10.5%

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 +8.1%
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 +12.9%
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 +7.2%
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%
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
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.
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