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Deth's Tar - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 623
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 200
Gots: 186 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: homebrew311 on 09-27-2013

An imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, and named after our exalted leader, Emperor Deth. This one is definitely on the dark side.

A play on Josh's name, this Russian imperial stout is aged in two different types of bourbon barrels (Heaven Hill & Old Forester) then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew.

Deth's Tar is a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout. It is brewed with a host of wonderful specialty malts, flaked oats and oat malt to impart a rich, silky mouthfeel and deep, complex malt flavors and aromas reminiscent of dark baker’s chocolate, fresh brewed coffee and caramel candy. We also utilized Warrior as the main bittering hop and English Fuggle in the whirlpool to impart a clean balanced bitterness and hints earthiness and spiciness dancing around the intense malt backbone. The brew then spent seven months resting between Heaven Hill and Old Forester bourbon barrels. The resulting blend is Deth's Tar, that we bring to you once again on draft and in 22-ounce bombers in commemorative packaging.

40 IBU
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Photo of stortore
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2014 edition.

Pours thick looking, dark and opaque. Small head of dark foam, some lacing. Smell is of bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, some oak. Taste leads with the malts. more roasted than the nose, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak. Terrific flavor to this. Very smooth, the taste lingers, well carbonated. Not as thick as others for the style, but still quite full bodied.

Great effort from Revolution with this; it's one I'll look for every year. Flavors are well blended and prominent, the Woodford barrels are strong but not overpowering. If you can get this, you should.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chicago reunion hang with Dave & John. Shared by my ol' buddy Dave.

Opaque, near black body with a quarter inch of beige head. Sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma. Oak and chocolate with alcohol heat emerging at the last instant. Quite tasty.

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Photo of aleigator
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Deth's Tar '14

Yields a viscous black color with a small brown head, leaving back alcohol legs.

The aromas reveal a decent amount of fiery, wooden Bourbon, paired with fresh brewed coffee and burned malts. Coffee acts as the centerpoint of the nose, illustrated by scorched earth, a hint of hops and vanilla infused Bourbon.

As for the coffee, the aromas mirror the taste. Bitter, earthy coffee beans blend very well into the wooden, biting oak, accompanied by toffee and caramel. As the Bourbon hits the tastebuds, the beer turns suddenly sweeter and hotter, tied together by floral, honeyed vanilla, with old wood and rock sugar in the finish. The boozy bite of the beer gets easily balanced by the prominent, earthy malts.

This drinks almost as smooth as Bourbon County, while providing a well accentuated coffee earthiness all the way. Has a present, warming Bourbon presence to it, which turns a tad too hot in the sweet finish, overwhelming the previously established coffee foundation, while it remains its scorched, roasty qualities.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a fair amount of light khaki foam that becomes a very thin layer, but leaves nice lacing.

Sweet chocolate, coffee roastiness, caramel, and slightly spicy bourbon aroma.

The flavor is a punch of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, roasty, and a nice bourbon warmth.

Overall, a highly enjoyable brew, easy to drink a little too quickly ;)

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Photo of beerhan
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch in honor of Star Wars day.

A-black almost no head and a faint tan lacing

S-toffee, alcohol, a little oak and some marshmallows

T-a little one dimensional and still a bit hot. The bourbon absolutely dominates this one and I can't pick up on much else

F-hot, big bad burn going down. Carbonation is perfect though the heat is strong with this one.

O-I loved this on draft but all the bottles have been a little disappointing. The bourbon is quite strong and even age has not helped much. Regardless I am a sucker for a Star Wars related beer.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks @Kevinpitts
This is one big bad beast. I mean that in the kindest way!
Dark as night. Big and boozy, some char, a hint of caramel, and nore boozy Bourbon. This is a BIG one. If you're afraid of a little heat, this is not for you. As for me, I'm in love.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tan head that settles down fairly quick. Looks pretty delicious.

S: Lots of barrel on the nose with some char, espresso, dark dark chocolate, blackberry and just a touch of toffee. Maybe a touch of toasted coconut as well.

T: Sweet and boozy, but in pretty much the best way possible. A nice dark chocolate, molasses and toasted coconut sweetness followed by some char, bourbon and slightly spicy toasted oak notes on the finish. Some vanilla, toffee and maybe just a touch of burnt raisin in there as well. Hides the booze really well, with just a slight tickle of bourbon and heat on the finish. A really well put together BA stout.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dooper opened this one on beer night a few weeks back. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled September 2013

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, light brown head with great retention. Clear black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick cap with lots of carbonation it. A splotchy half wisp remains until the end leaving lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of oak, vanilla, some bourbon and coconut, dark chocolate, sweet cream and some molasses on the nose. Toffee notes and some sweet milk chocolate as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, and sweet cream up front. Quite a bit of bourbon and wood here for sure. Oak and vanilla at the swallow with lots of coconut, vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, bourbon and more wood lingering on the palate. Notes of caramel and licorice as well. Pretty flavorful and interesting, though the oaky wood flavor is perhaps a touch too far in the forefront here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is quite nice. I would say it’s definitely a barrel heavy stout, with lots of bourbon and some very potent woody oak flavors for sure, but there is still enough from the base stout poking through to give it a good deal of character. A bit more time might let it smoothen out and dim the heat a little bit. All in all, this is a solid brew I was glad to try out. Cheers doopie!

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Photo of Hayes86
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Slightly thinner than most imp stouts. It had the typical vanilla smell, but very faint. Other than that I think it was great. It changed well as it warmed. Very complicated and a medium lasting finish. Color of the heading after the pour was a nice light brown. Not much lace. This was really good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by me last night.

Pours a dark, inky, slightly oily looking black, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing.

This beer is aged in a variety of different bourbon barrels, but I can't really pick out the differences. It does have a nice bourbon aroma to it, though, with some chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

This doesn't exactly blaze any new paths in the world of bourbon barrel-aging, but the well-worn path it does blaze leads to a tasty beer. It's rich, creamy, and malty, with silky bourbon, slightly bitter oak, a little bit of roasted malt, a bit of nuttiness, some vanilla, and a good amount of chocolate.

This is medium bodied, definitely substantial, but certainly not one of the thickest stouts I've ever had. It has a very creamy and silky mouthfeel, though, with a lower level of carbonation.

Revolution's Deep Wood series has been really solid so far. Good stuff here.

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Photo of emyers
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a thin light brown head.

Smell: Big bourbon presence up front with vanilla and dark chocolate undertones. Aroma is quite rich, and actually very reminiscent of BCBS (which is a big compliment).

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel malt, slight coffee tones. Quite complex with a great balance between malt and barrel presence. Flavor-wise it strays a bit from the BCBS comparison as it doesn't have the intense punch-you-in-the-face bourbon presence, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as it lets some of the malt profile come through a bit more (while still having a quality barrel presence).

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, velvety feel/ Low carbonation level. Excellent.

Overall: Excellent BBA imperial stout. Great balance between malt and barrel. Really hangs with the heavy hitters in the division.

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of the thirsty dog Wulver Wee Heavy also aged in bourbon barrels. Strong aroma of bourbon on initial smell. Good amount of carbonation. Sweet taste which I didn't expect from a imperial stout but I guess that's the bourbon barrels. I'm more of a whiskey drinker but I also enjoy a bourbon so I found this interesting. Still not sure if I'm a fan of revolution brewing.

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Photo of McStagger
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Black as midnight. Minimal tan head with minimal retention.

S: Sweet malt. Roasty, bitter cocoa, subtle dark fruit. Very distinct smelling beer.

T: Rich malted dark chocolate. Vanilla, oak, heavy bourbon. Mildly alcoholic, with dark fruity esters.

M: Thick, viscous. Definitely on the motor oil side of things. Subtle and creamy carbonation.

O: Absolutely killer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, no date on the bottle or box that I could find. I believe it's the recent 2014 release, since it was a new arrival at a local beer store about a month ago. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, oak and some coffee. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but in addition there's also some milk chocolate, caramel and dark fruit noticeable. All the flavors in this brew mesh well together, and none of them overpower the others. With that being said, when drinking it you know this is a bourbon barrel aged brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, I wouldn't mind picking up this one again. $16.99 a bomber.

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Photo of M_chav
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Big chocolate aroma up front- bourbon definitely present here but very smooth and balanced flavor. Lots of depth here, light bitter notes hit the tongue and then a soft, sweet finish makes me crave vanilla ice cream. Fantastic beer here!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10oz draft pour in to a Belgian snifter glass at Kryptonite bar in Rockford.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a full finger of medium tan head that drops down to thin cap.

Smell: Really well integrated nose. Chocolates and Bourbon. Deep oak notes that are earthy and woody. Rich vanilla, light coffee roast, and hint of caramel.

Taste: Dark chocolates and deep oak notes. Rich bourbon with deep flavor profile that is heavy on the caramel flavors. Nice smoked meat note after swallowing the beer. This is really, really nice.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with a slightly creamy low carbonation level. This is a pretty smooth at over 11 percent ABV barrel aged stout. I wish it was a little thicker, but I would not consider this to be a thin stout either. Definitely a sipping beer.

Overall: This is Revolutions best efforts as far a barrel aged beer is concerned. They have a reputation with me for having thinner mouthfeel on thier barrel aged beers. This beer has a taste and mouthfeel that is pretty substantial. This is a great beer for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest tan head that fades to a bubble-edged ringlet; excellent lacing

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla, caramel, mocha and oat

Taste: Dark chocolate mousse, with developing Bourbon tones, bringing mocha and caramel as well; after the swallow, the chocolate and Bourbon flavors sashay with the mocha, caramel, vanilla and oat tones lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A superbly well-balanced Bourbon-barrel stout; the adjuncts are deftly added

Thanks, briiguy, for the opportunity

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 cellared 1 year

Pours thick viscous black in color with a thin tan head that retains nicely. Smell is incredibly rich with aromas of chocolate bourbon soaked raisens, dark fruits, oak and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with dark fruit, chocolate, oak, caramel, vanilla and a little bourbon in the finish. Thick viscous body is cut with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Gotta hand it to Mr. and Mrs. VDubb: a night out at the movies followed by being treated to some flautas and tasty beers? Hard to beat. This digestif of sorts pours a bleak obsidian topped by over a finger of baked khaki foam. The nose comprises bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, a twinge of burnt pretzel, and a bit of coffee floating through the ether. The taste brings in more of the same, the barrels providing a touch of buttercream and vanilla with their wood. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a decently chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine barrel-aged impy stout, definitely the highlight of the evening (sorry, "Interstellar", you just didn't cut it).

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Photo of themaj
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Had the 2013 aged one year a few weeks ago. Was ok but not great. This year's with the addition of heaven hill barrels I think makes a huge difference. A touch sweeter, more vanilla, more Bourbon. Not overpowering in any way. Just right. Great ba stout

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Wow, this is solid. Went to Revolution Brewery and although they didn't have Unsessionable, they did have Deth's Tar on tap. Three things. Number one this is so smooth - deceptive 11.5% here. Number two is the perfect blend of coffee and chocolate taste - this was down so perfectly. So many stouts kill you with alcohol and are overly heavy on one or the other. Number three is.....why did I commit to three. The color is dark. Phew....saved by the color comment

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Photo of hops202
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled September 16, 2013. Poured into snifter.

A-dark black with brown edges.

S- bourbon, chocolate, slight roast with some cocoa

T- tons of bourbon sweetness with chocolate. Almost marshmellow quality.

M- fairly full. Slightly sticky.

O - delicious BBA stout!!!! Up there with uncle Jacobs. A slight tier below BCBS, parabola, Blacknote.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Bottled 9/16/13.

Pours an opque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood 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 very good beer with a great balance between the barrel aged aspects and the base beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A slight bow towards chickeni3breast for a few bottles of Revolution that broke northwest into the Twin Cities...& yes, many of us sci-fi geeks really needed to try this one. 22 oz. bottle picked out by my wife for the evening's relaxation.

Pour is black, slight carbonation. I find that I can smell nothing with my glasses on - I hate the things & wear them rarely - so off they come. Now I can't see the beer. Distinct edge of bourbon heat, roasted marshmallows, touch of smoke. Boozy. Good.

Deth's Tar builds slower than George Lucas' attempts at dialogue. First sips yield mostly a fairly routine RIS with roast, bit of barrel, dry-mouth oak. But with every sip the bourbon seems to stop & set up camp on the palate with every bit of barrel before it, until after a few ounces, the barrel is shouting rather than whispering. Vanilla & bourbon is accompanied by a boozy warmth. Chip shot of chocolate right at the end, then it lays more wood in the throat. By half the glass the woody barrel is actually causing a drought in the back of my mouth. Half a bomber is going to be about right.

Witty name notwithstanding, this falls into the 'routinely good' category of beers. Enjoyable, solid, happy to have it in my hand.

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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunt for hooking me up with this. Bomber into a tulip, the brew is black in color with a rich brown head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl releases a finger back to the surface.

The smells includes plenty of barrel attributes. Upfront raw oak meets vanilla, caramel and booze that is tangy in its alcohol inclusion. Oak is all over the place with hints of coconut.

The taste is bitter roasted grain and whiskey reinforced alcohol. Some coconut shines through with vanilla and caramel before getting earthy with roast, anise and tobacco.

This is a medium to thinner bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite aggressive with raw oak and neutral barrel/roastiness. The description reads pretty awesome to this brew but the complexity doesnt really translate well in the beer. The raw oaked character was a bit distracting but by no means bad. I wouldnt mind revisiting this again sometime.

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.