Deth's Tar | Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by homebrew311 on 09-27-2013

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Photo of MPawel
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of my favorite R.I.S.'s First time I had it 3 years ago it was a win and the last bottle I has was no different.
L: Black like tar, hence the name.

S: Light bourbon notes with definitely some stone fruits

T: Chocolate, cherries, hints of bourbon.

F: It pours thick and the mouth feel is almost like drinking Hershey's syrup. Which I love from my stouts.

O: All the flavors blend well and hold up to cellar-ing. I kept the 2014 bottle under wraps until last year and the it still poured like a dream. It will also put you on your behind if you're not careful.

I definitely look forward to this coming out every year.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle or box, but this was at least a year old. Chocolate covered raisin and melted black licorice dominates the taste. Huge, boozy bourbons little cousin takes the reigns of this heavy galloper on the back half. All of the very nice flavors are hittin' the same beat for a crazy symphony of flavor. Deth's Tar, the force, the Jedi, all of it. It's all true.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber. The head quickly disappeared. Aromas of booze, soy sauce and dark caramel.
Taste is straight bourbon. Alcohol burn, soy sauce again, mouth-drying tannins from the barrels or dark grains. Tastes more bitter than its 40 IBUs would suggest. Thin watery mouthfeel.

Not much to enjoy about this. I didn't get the promised thick mouthfeel, nor Rich flavors, sweetness or even much roastiness. Just the sharp taste of hot bourbon barrel.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour. Dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, oak, roast. Fantastic. On the initial sip, the bourbon punches first. Powerful bourbon flavor. On the swallow, the complexity of chocolate, barrel, roast, caramel, and molasses all come out. The body is full and creamy with low-moderate carbonation. The bourbon lingers on the aftertaste. A really superb effort from Revolution.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brewpub. I can't find too many faults with this. An extremely well done bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that stands up next to many of the other top offerings. There is a sweetness to this one that comes through amidst a bitter cocoa and whisky spice note. I got some coconut and vanilla out of this too. Outstanding full body without being too syrupy. Great stuff here.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque black with a mocha head

Smell: Sharp bourbon, oak, raisin, toasted malt, and booze. Smells great.

Taste: Boozy oatmeal raisin cookies, toasted malt, bright dates, nice subtle bourbon, and beautiful oak.

Feel: Rich and creamy. Goes down wet and covers the palate.

Overall: A rich, creamy, and boozy barrel aged stout. The pitted fruit notes shine in this imperial stout while the oak and bourbon compliment the whole brew nicely. Excellent

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 from a bottle in a pint glass.

Look - Sludgy Dark brown. Finger of medium fingered tan head. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Raisin. Chocolate. Bourbon. Coffee.

Taste - Chocolate. Bourbon. Plum. Raisin. Booze. Tar. Charr.

Feel - A lot of alcohol. Dry because of that but still sticks.

Overall - I think I'm barreled out. This is good. I gave it to a friend for his birthday and on Star Wars release day.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a very well done stout. There are no adjuncts so the barrel and grains do all the work. The beer was nearly flawlessly done. The grains have a deep chocolate, burnt marshmallow, and coffee flavor. The barrel contributes some sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla barrels.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (sweet extra!). No apparent bottle date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep mahogany but rests in the glass virtually black. The finger and a half cap of tan head fades quickly to a hazey blanket and thin rail around the edge, leaving a few chunks of lace behind.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, caramel and toasted oak. Nothing out of the ordinary but it smells pretty darned good and I'm enjoying it.

Tastes of boozey bourbon, bitter dark cocoa, burnt caramel, coffee, charred oak, fruit skins, a vague herbal bitter bite, wet wood, faint rolled oats, soft vanilla notes and pronounced nip of alcohol. While this is by no means difficult to drink but this does go down a bit hotter than expected for "only" 11%. All in all this presents a pleasing blend of stout and barrel flavors.

Creamy, medium body with fairly light carbonation. Dark chocolate bourbon balls, oak and caramel macchiato linger on the palate for an enjoyable finish.

Revolution may not have brewed some rare, specifically whale with Deth's Tar but this is a damn solid barrel aged stout. There is a balanced blend of attributes from both the base stout and the barrel aging. I didn't go crazy hunting or trading for this but am quite happy that fortune brought me this bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with a dark, dense, tan head. Aromas of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, booze, and licorice. Flavors are rich cocoa nibs forward, with notes of coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and woody highlights. Rich, oily, and layered body, with smooth transitions across the palate. Smooth, velvety, layered finish, with a solid aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee, as well as a building booze warmth. Great beer.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Version

Look: Dark, black, and really thick. A small tan head was present.

Smell: Chocolate and oats. The bourbon gives off an oak and vanilla scent.

Taste: Very sweet - bourbon, dark chocolate, oats, vanilla, and carmel.

Feel: Not as thick as expected. Sticky. Boozy as you would expect, but it wasn't overpowering.

Overall: A top-notch RIS. I would put this one ahead of Dark Lord, as its not as sweet. I would definitely grab this one if available.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap House Grill - Des Plaines, IL
A - dense and creamy brown head very slowly fades atop an opaque black stout
S - sweet, rich, and chocolaty aroma with roasted barley, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark brown sugar
T - sweet and rich again with loads of flavor and notes of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, toasted oats, caramel, toffee, earthy & spicy hops
M - full bodied, quite boozy as expected, moderate carbonation, bourbon and vanilla linger on the palate, booze is warming but not hot
O - stunningly fantastic! Quite pricy but glad to try it. I doubt I'll revisit it given its price.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep mahogany brown/black with a thin tan head. Light, wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, molasses, oak, and booze.

Vanilla and dark ripe fruit followed by molasses and oak. Big, boozy finish from the 11.4% abv.

Medium bodied and warm and boozy on the palate.

Awesome stout from Revolution. May the force of Deth's Tar be with you.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes from Saturday's bottle share.

Pouring this baby into my glass, I was surprised by the sizable head that formed. It was about 3 fingers of dark, tan colored head that retained a good while and laced decently. The next thing that struck me about this beer was the strong, oaky, boozy scent emenating from the pitch black body of the pour. The smell is almost entirely barrel on the nose with just a touch of burnt roasts. There is almost a tar-like quality to the scent at the back end. When the beer hits the tongue, the barrel character from the scent translates directly into taste. Almost all barrel and booze notes hit the tongue up front, with a slow transition to some dark malts that finish with a fairly bitter burnt flavor at the back end. On the palate, this beer was thick and coating with a fairly high level of carbonation and just a mild alcohol burn and warmth.

Overall, this is a pretty good imperials stout that is dominated by its barrel. It's actually kind of stunning how much of the whiskey translates into the flavor of this beer. A real treat for the whiskey lover for sure.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth black body with a lighter brown head. Big aroma of bourbon and oak. Taste is lots of fudge and bourbon. Tons of oak also comes through. Very good.

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Photo of rypkr
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - bomber poured into a snifter. Thick and viscous extremely dark brown to black (but not opaque) with very fizzy thin mocha head. Lacing is thick with prominent legs.

S- I read a review where someone said this could trick you to thinking it was BCBS... well, so far on the nose they were right. Smells of potent bourbon, dark malt, and sweet fruit. I cannot wait to sip this...

T - huge bourbon. I love it. tons of alcohol. Very sweet and very little bittering opposition. It's a balance of malt vs alcohol on the taste buds moreso than malt vs hops. If anything, this beer actually has too much bourbon (only time i have EVER considered that). I again agree that this beer is extremely similar to goose islands.

M - this is where it surely differs. It's creamy and dry, but overall much, much thinner than I was hoping for. It's in no way bad, it just feels a little mundane for the massive beer that it is.

O - without question the second best barrel aged beer I've had. Also in my top 15-20 of all beers I've had. My biggest turnoff is that I paid $17 for one bomber of this when you can get twice as much BCBS for the price (IF you can find it).

Don't pass on this beer fellow BA'ers

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Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/14/2015 bottling (my birthday, yay!)

A: Pitch-black pour with a decent sized fizzy dark brown head. Soda-like head dissipates in seconds. No lacing or head retention.

S: Strong caramel and toasted sugars. Loads of milk chocolate. Fairly boozy.

T: Big boozy bourbon up front. Heavy caramel, toffee and toasted sugars up front. Big alcohol sting and flavor. Heavy milk chocolate in the middle and finish as the bourbon starts to fade. Alcohol esters, oak and burnt sugars in the finish. Lingering dark chocolate between sips.

M: Heavy but big belly-warming alcohol thins it out quite nicely.

O: VERY bourbon-heavy stout. It's like drinking bourbon that someone poured some stout into. Very boozy, very heavy on the bourbon flavors. Base beer barely noticeable despite the strength. It does add a nice chocolate character that goes well with all the bourbon. Big alcohol sting really reduces the heaviness and sweetness of this one, making it surprisingly balanced in that regard. Nice brew but I a little more from the base beer would have been perfect.

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm kind of getting tired of the hullabaloo over Chicago barrel aged stout releases. That's what's nice about revolution's stuff. They don't make a big deal about releasing it. It's there, and you better get it while you can. This is a very good one. Very balanced. I get chocolate, coffee, and the barrel. A nice sipper that is not too heavy. I am thinking letting my second bottle sit for only 3 to 6 months might be the way to go.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black color. Aroma is huge booziness, with a sweet vanilla oak presence. Flavor is smooth, rich, boozy and delicious. Aftertaste is pretty mild with a bourbon flavor. Overall this is a delicious ba stout.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque black with a finger of tan head. It's a beautiful beer in a glass. Some nice tan lacing as you work through it.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon (coconut), dark fruit, coffee, a touch of booze.

Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, like a sweet raisin flavor, sweet coffee, and touch of booze.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, like you'd expect from a high alcohol BA stout.

Overall I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had little to no expectations for this beer. I'd put it close (but not quite) to the same level as BCBS. I'd be surprised if I could pick this out versus BCBS in a blind tasting (although the smell may give it away). It's delicious and quite surprising. I'm now ISO this beer :-). Luckily my favorite bottle shop has a few more bottles.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft poured into a chalice at Pier 34

Black liquid with a ring if dark brown bubbles

Aroma of bourbon, whisky sweetness , chocolate and sweet coffee notes

Bourbon taste on the middle of the tongue

Velvety smooth , quickly suds up and fills the mouth but settled in s second , full, rich mouthfeel , alcohol is well masked

Very good imperial

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Poured an inky black. Looks very slick and oily. Legs in the glass. The aroma was interesting. I thought it almost smelled more like a really dark Old Ale or even a Quad. Oxidized, dark fruit aromas. Definitive barrel on the nose. There is also the more common chocolate, vanilla and roast. The flavor had that sort of Port wine thing going on like in the nose. Interesting. Syrupy chocolate flavor as well. Vanilla and lighter roast. Barrel is just noticeable enough at it has a pleasant lingering effect. Slick bodied with alcohol heat added in. Not necessarily what I was expecting. Pretty cool but you definitely pay for it.

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Photo of artifactguy
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful silky viscosity dark stout with a bold sweet complex malt flavor. Carbonation in mouth feel - wafts of caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Definitely an Imperial is style, flavor and abv. Had on tap at the brewery $9 for a 9 Oz pour. One of the best I've had. Outstanding.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep black with a big brown head that fades quickly
S: bourbon dominates. Wood.
T: vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate, dark fruit
M: medium body with average-low carb
O: This beer was hot, definitely could use some age. The hot barrel and whiskey notes overpower.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last years was amazing, both bottle & tap. This years bottle was good, but not the same. Seemed like subtle whiskey came through, but out side of that it was spot on for a BA Stout. Looking forward to tasting it on draft.

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.