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Mott The Lesser | Tributary Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tributary Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
tributarybrewingcompany.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
After a two year hiatus, her Imperial Highness is reincarnated.

"In some cases less is more, but here, less is great."

Batch 1 (Spring 2015): Aged in apple brandy and port barrels before blending
Batch 2 (Winter 2015): Aged in apple brandy and port barrels with a small amount aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 2 months before blending
Batch 3 (Spring 2016): Aged in apple brandy, port, bourbon, and Mount Gay rum barrels before blending.
Batch 4 (Winter 2016): Aged in apple brandy, port, Mount Gay rum, and scotch (Lagavulin) oak barrels then blended.
Batch 5 (Spring 2017): Aged in apple brandy, port, Ardbeg, and Barr Hill Tom Cat gin barrels.
Batch 6 (Winter 2017): Aged in apple brandy, port, Barr Hill Tom Cat gin, and Amontillado Sherry barrels.
Batch 7 (Spring 2018): Aged in apple brandy, port, Sazerac rye whiskey filled red wine barrels, and Sherry barrels.
Batch 8 (Winter 2018): Aged in apple brandy, port, sherry barrels, and Extra Anejo Tequilla barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#444
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
186
pDev:
7.92%
 
 
Wants:
152
Gots:
50
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Never tried Kate The Great so this is a treat. Pours thick and pretty; oily, Served very cold so a lot of that zany barrel aging took a while to come out.Once it did it was a pleasant beer. I thought the apple brandy and wine barrel treatment added some cool flavors. Strong offering.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KMcGrath
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bfiucp
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lebriarjr
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DVMin98
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

April '18 release.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

There's so much going on here, aroma-wise. This is aged in an absurd amount and variety of barrels, so this makes sense. There's lots of dark fruit, spicy oak, and milk chocolate, with additional notes of port, rye whiskey spice, tannic red wine, tobacco, cigar smoke, and earthy roasted malt.

Honestly- this is staggeringly good and a testament to how dynamic the imperial stout style can truly be. People who only like pastry stouts need not apply here- this doesn't taste like liquified cake, it actually tastes like a stout, with a lot of little interesting twists and turns of flavor. Of all the barrels, the rye whiskey/red wine Frankenbarrel comes through mostly strongly, with a good amount of fruity port/sherry character as well. The rye comes through as a nice spiciness that fuses well with the big earthy and woody character from the barrel. The base is delicious, too, surprisingly dry, with lots of chocolate and an unexpected smokiness, with a restrained and elegant roast character.

This is medium bodied bodied, and really creamy, with a surprisingly high level of drinkability for the ABV.

I'm very sad that I'll likely never get to try Kate the Great. However, this is a nice consolation prize. It's one of the better barrel-aged stouts that I've ever had. It's great to have beers where clearly a lot of care and planning went into the final product. This is stout brewing at its best.

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Photo of Argento
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Didier
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phineasco
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch Black with 2 inch khaki head. Medium low carbonation.
Smell: Gin, apple brandy, herbs, fudge, and marshmallows.
Taste: Fudge, marshmallows, red wine, and apple brandy.
Mouthfeel: Medium, slick and smooth.
Overall: A very good barrel aged stout from Tributary.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown color with a rich brown head that dissipates slowly with great lacing. Couldn't ask for a better looking stout.

In the nose is chocolate, brown sugar, licorice and a hint of bourbon.

Rich brownie flavor with a bourbon aftertaste. Some hints of licorice on the palate as well. The heat lingers. While the chocolate is first there is no doubt that this is a 10.5% beer.

The beer has a good amount of carbonation but is a little light in body for such a big beer. A little more undetectable sugar could help out the abv.

Overall it's a good stout and I would definitely order a pint if I saw it in a bar but I'm not going to seek it out.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 5 served on-tap at the brewery. Poured one shade shy of black with no head, just a khaki-colored froth and band. Nose expresses coffee notes, molasses and hints of ethanol. Taste is really quite pleasant. Big rich, dark chocolate notes almost akin to baker's chocolate. Some piney notes are revealed as the beer warms and it muddles nicely. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of prickly. Overall, really quite amazing for a gin barrel aged beer. Glad I had to the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Boccu
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black. Nice brown head no lacing. Aroma of deep coffee and molasses. Taste espresso grinds, dark chocolate, deep molasses,dark licorice, light vanilla with a light scotch barrel finish. Great stout and very easy to drink. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of jwalters
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mott The Lesser from Tributary Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 186 ratings