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Deth's Tar - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged in four different types of bourbon barrels (Old Fitzgerald, Old Forester, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams), then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew. If you had a chance to taste Alderaan, this is the aged version.

(Beer added by: homebrew311 on 09-27-2013)
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Photo of joeseppy


3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A lot of times a pour is the darkest brown which some may call black, but in this case I believe nothing but black evil was poured. Beautiful two and a half inch pour and I could of aggravated more. Deep mahogany merengue head ebbs to a half inch cappuccino froth. Elegance personified.

Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak and the bourbon has such a persuasiveness. Marshmallow and sweet almond milk.

Again a most gentle bright bourbon influencing cocoa. More of bitterness performs in dark cocoa and nibs. Some coffee influence in the stoutish characteristic. More milk lactose becomes evident ie. FFF Moloko. Some metallic overtones exist- not sure where this comes from, maybe from the alcohol in the bourbon. Not fond of the metallic aftertaste as I find it a distracting.

Medium mouthfeel. Creamy texture and a bit chewy. As it warms, bourbon tones kick in full force with extreme oakiness and the cocoa get more bitter.

Appearance and aroma are really top tier among many. Bourbon, lactose sweetness and cocoa bitterness actually become exasperating for me. I know bourbon barrel aging is an expensive endeavor. Not a bad try but at almost $20 I would have to pass on-sorry, not really. Get it together mannn! Good not gr8.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:41:29 | More by joeseppy
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Leggy and viscous black. Decent khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Sharp whiskey aroma. Dark chocolate. Some vanilla and oak.

Taste - Lots of vanilla. Chocolate. Bourbon builds up and eventually dominates. Oaky flavor lingers int he finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and extremely oaky. Medium high carbonation, like every other Revolution beer.

Overall - Nice whiskey. Decent stout, but overwhelmed by the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:49:38 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken yesterday, 1-28-14. Unfortunately I have not had the Alderaan.

The body is a deep black color. The head is mocha, and just looks delicious. It has very good retention and lacing.

This one is roasty. Malt and sweet chocolate start it off. Vanilla, wood and bourbon keep it entertaining. Very tasty.

This one was smooth. Very smooth on the tongue with a light burn in the throat from the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 23:03:38 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of inlimbo77


4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Sept. 10, 2013
Riedel Tulip

A: Pours dark black in glass. Some reddish hues. Thin layer of brown/tan. Some alcohol feet.

S: Bourbon heat. Vanilla. Oak. Dark chocolate. Fudge. Baker's chocolate. Really fabulous nose.

T: Nothing too crazy. Not to aggressive. Getting really nice fudgy chocolate, meshes really well with the oak and vanilla. Not overly boozy. Some lingering faint alcohol.

M: Full bodied. Thinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 22:50:18 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of joe1510


4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle

This one was handed my way by Matt, thanks guy! Deth's Tar is as black as you can imagine black being. The glass is actually sucking up light from the room. A creamy head of mocha brown grows slowly and stays put, though not large the staying power is fantastic. Drink lines coat the glass and will have to be scrubbed.

Big roast barley leaps from the glass with firm coffee undercurrents. The base beer is big, black, and rich but the barrel aging really steps it up. The barrel brings toasty marshmallow, coconut shavings, and soft, damp oak while the bourbon itself brings some spice and big vanilla and caramel. The barrel aging is perfectly done, even handed and under control.

It's usually not the case but the flavor outshines the aroma. The roast is robust, the caramel stays close, black coffee, adds even more depth to the base. All the barrel characteristics I mentioned in the nose are present here and even bolder. Each and every flavor is pronounced but they all integrate seamlessly. Deth's Tar is a study in how to barrel age stouts.

The body is on the dense side of the spectrum while remaining bubbly and actively carbonated. The carbonation pushes the body through at a clip making this beer dangerously drinkable. The barrel aging has removed any of the cloying qualities that were present in the base and has dried out the finish.

Deth's Tar is another damn fine barrel aged offering from the folks at RevBrew. The base beer is all around quality in and of itself and when treated with an expert's hand at barrel aging it nearly turns otherworldly. The coconut and marshmallow notes are perfect with the rich base and the bourbon adds great spicy alcohol. This is one delicious beer! Thanks, Matt!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 18:47:50 | More by joe1510
Photo of roger617


4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My New Years beer! (Decided the biggest bang to end the year is...)

Bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours deep black with a finger of khaki frothy head. Throughout the glass there is no lacing.
S: Boat loads of bourbon and chocolate, with a strong compliment of roasty coffee goodness. This definitely fits the bill for the style. It was poured too cold (fridge temperature), but as it warmed the deep aromas became very present.
T: Not surprisingly, I can copy and paste the comments from smell into the taste on this one.
M: Carbed slightly high for the style, but the feel is still very complimentary for the flavor. Goes down way too smooth for 11%+.
O: What an incredible brew from the good folks at Revolution. Was able to get a sample at a bottle share Black Friday 2013, and had to seek out a bottle for a full taste and review. IMO this is a must try for anyone who likes and appreciates the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:48:28 | More by roger617
Photo of MasterSki


4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution Taproom. Served in a snifter glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin, partial cap, thick collar, and glass-coating lace. Very dark, opaque, near-black body.

S - Lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and roasted malts, with more moderate caramel and dark fruit contributions. Even though this is sourced from four different types of bourbon barrels, the characteristic Woodford vanilla and coconut vibe is out in full force.

T - The taste is less sweet, with more anise and dry oak character to it, as well as a tad more charry espresso bitterness. Bourbon flavor presents late on the palate. Malt character is similarly roasty, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, biscuit, and perhaps a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-full body that is a tad thin for 11.4%. Smooth texture, with tannins and oak in the finish. Carbonation is on the lower moderate side of things. A tad boozy and hot at this stage, but not excessively so.

D - I had minimal trouble with my snifter, although in retrospect the 5oz taster would have been enough as a serving size. Base beer's character seems a bit overwhelmed by the barrels, which is a bit of a surprise considering how close together the two were released. Nice stuff, but not in the upper tier of Revolution's barrel-aged offerings. That being said, those holding bottles will likely be rewarded with a few months of patience.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:28:24 | More by MasterSki
Photo of BeerLover99


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep black, dark tan trace head,
splendid lacing web

S: dark chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee, mild licorice,
toffee/nutty, boozy/barrel nose

T: same as nose with solid malt body, plenty
of barrel aged affect

M: heavy/smooth creamy mouth

O: Revolution has nailed it! I love RIS and
am often hesitant to throw down money
for this complex and powerful treat. Need
to grab one more bottle and sock it away for
the middle of winter and share with a worthy
friend around the fire.


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 18:09:35 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of emerge077


4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served in a small snifter glass, quick review from written notes.
Thanks again to Aaron for this one!

Jet black orb formed by the glass, topped by a thin layer of creamy dark tan foam. Arcs of drippy lace form around the edges as the glass is sipped. Glassy obsidian surface.

Toasted coconut, dark fruit in the aroma.

Roasty with notes of fruity plum, dark chocolate, slight medicinal heat, wet woody aftertaste. A little thin bodied, becoming more creamy at room temperature. Overall it was good, but I won't be investing in a bottle of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 04:18:01 | More by emerge077
Photo of Stevedore


3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by Doug. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 10/31/2013.

Pours a fairly standard dark black body, opaque with a fairly solid 1cm off-white head that disappears fairly quickly.. lacing is sporadic and falls in fairly quickly.

So with a fresh pour, this beer smells great. Like mild brownie nose with some brown sugar, molasses. As it warms up though, that solvent alcohol scent really takes over.. which really isn't appetizing. But still starts out very nice.

Starts out fairly bland, lots of that smoky sweet bourbon and not much else. But as it warms up, the base malts really bring the game. Lots of brown sugar'd up chocolate brownies. It's really good. There's a sweet point in the middle- not when its freshly poured out of the fridge nor when its completely warmed up- where it's really good. But this beer is funny in that when its poured cold or reaches room temperature, its just not a great beer. Very odd.

Thin bodied, very good carbonation that makes it a fairly creamy and smooth beer. Alcohol heat comes out a ton when this reaches room temperature.

In that sweet window, it's a great beer. Otherwise its a pretty straightforward bourbon barrel stout.. like Parabola is. Definitely not worth the $17-20 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:56:36 | More by Stevedore
Photo of ppoitras


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

Poured into a 2010 Pioneer stein, formed a 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fizzes away ever so slowly, with chunky lasting lace. Aroma is bourbon darkness.

Taste begins with dark sweet maltiness, goes lighty tart with dark fruits in the middle, and comes on with bourbon and alcohol warmth through the close. Numbness lingers. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good for the style and abv. Wish it melded together a bit more, but a great brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 00:48:38 | More by ppoitras
Photo of NewGlarusFan


4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A) Dark and thick. Small amount of espresso colored head.

S) Bourbon Bourbon Bourbon!, then oak vanilla, coffee and chocolate. As it warmed the later was more prevalent.

T) BOURBON! This stuff could blow up Alderaan by itself! As it warms more flavors are detectable. Vanilla, oak, dark chocolate.

M) Thick no carbonation.

O) Revolution's Deep Woods series doesn't disappoint. This one is my second favorite behind Straight Jacket.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 14:08:26 | More by NewGlarusFan
Photo of vic21234


4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A- Pours pitch black with a small amount of coffee colored head that slowly fades to a thin film along the top.

S- Wood, bourbon, and chocolate...not much more to say here.

T- Oak and chocolate notes up front before the bourbon comes in. The bourbon is powerful at the back end of each taste but compliments the beer well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, drinks hot with a nice warming after each sip.

A nice BBA stout, I've been pleased with most of Revolution's Deep Wood Series so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 23:53:55 | More by vic21234
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Body is black and opaque. A rough pour produces a one-finger negligible head, cinnamon brown in color. Doesn't look too viscous, lacing is moderately long-lasting.

S: Lots of oak, vanilla, chocolate, all culminating into a thick, bitter scent.

T: Woody oak hits you full force, there's some vanilla and bitter chocolate in the back. Sometimes I even get a hint of spicy tobacco, and the alcohol is sometimes present. Somehow it's both sweet and sour-bitter at the same time. Powerful flavors up front, but finishes fairly quickly on a vanilla note. Oak flavor is just too strong, not balanced by the other flavors.

M: Smooth but not as creamy or thick as I was hoping for. Still has a full, mouth-coating body.

O: Overall it may shore up some good ratings, but for all the hype (the box, the premium paid for it), I am a bit disappointed. If it was poured into my glass without me knowing what it was I'd be very pleased, but after all the buildup (granted, my own fault) I think I will stick to more economical IS's.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:20:36 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of timc100


3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown pour that yields a jet-black and dark mocha brew. A more substantial creamy head than a normal BA beer. Has the revolution bourbon aroma that all their barrel beers have - artificial sweetener, oaky vanilla, some caramel. There is some ash, burnt coffee beans, and very dark chocolate. The taste similar to the nose - heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate and sweetener vanilla - some oak tannins. As with all BA revolution beers, the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A nice beer that lacks richness

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:32:15 | More by timc100
Photo of homebrew311


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the bottle release. The appearance has heavy visual weight and is opaque black. A nice layer of dark brown head retains nicely throughout the beer and leaves a bit of lacing. The nose features heavy coconut character followed by chocolate, vanilla, cream, and oak. The taste is delicious. Very rich and malty with a heaping dose of cocoa and vanilla. The bourbon gains strength as the beer finishes and presents a bit of char. The mouthfeel is just as big as it appears. Viscous texture with moderate level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very successful brew. There is a nice pronounced barrel character that holds up this hearty stout base nicely. If I've had one tiny criticism for Revolution's Deep Wood series, it would be that the beers lean towards the thin side. This beer does not fall into that category. It is very full flavored, full bodied, with well developed barrel qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 07:38:54 | More by homebrew311
Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.