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Deth's Tar - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 99
Gots: 107 | FT: 12
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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Reviews by 1000lbgrizzly:
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev -8%
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.

1000lbgrizzly, Oct 01, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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

timc100, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

weonfire, Oct 01, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
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 head 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.

joeseppy, Apr 06, 2014
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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.

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.