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: 111 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by SkiBum22:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of Tbub18
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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 BColton1
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.

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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 wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JGlitz87
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CHickman
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.

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

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 Mikexw
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of starny
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Hirshi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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