Barrier Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #221
Ranked #3,967
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: Imperial stout conditioned on bourbon soaked oak spirals and coffee.
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 140 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by SkiBum22:
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SkiBum22 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jun 16, 2013
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Spipenger from New York

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!

May 15, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish-black body; thick and sticky head, kind of soapy and kind of creamy. Very nice presence of cocoa and mint on the nose. The flavor amplifies the aroma; prominent mint presence; milk chocolate; some mild booziness in the background. Heavy body; smooth and silky; creamy and lush; beautiful residual sugar profile.

Comparing this beer to a crème de menthe and chocolate syrup beer mash-up really does not do this beer justice. But the idea is not that far off. The beer itself steps up the game and comes across in a very favorable manner. What I personally like is that nothing comes off as heavy handed. A lusciously sweet and minty stout treat...

May 22, 2020
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 18, 2021
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 31, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon and light woody notes with some sweet black chocolate notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix of bourbon notes with some woody notes, light vanilla with sweet black cholate notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Excellent barrel-aged sweet imperial stout.

Feb 17, 2020
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 25, 2020
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hoponit from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 25, 2016
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ubufan2112 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 13, 2013
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Billolick from New York

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...

May 25, 2017
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Noelito76 from New York

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

Jul 14, 2017
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BColton1 from Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jun 09, 2013
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rab53 from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 26, 2016
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 07, 2013
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metter98 from New York

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

Feb 25, 2018
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drewone from California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Aug 19, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 07, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Jan 18, 2015
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campfirebrew from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 12, 2013
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 05, 2017
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 20, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 10, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 13, 2017
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wethorseblanket from California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 18, 2014
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CHickman from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

Nov 14, 2016
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