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Deth's Tar - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 160
Gots: 184 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 570 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by CFHMagnet:
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

More User Reviews:
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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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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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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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +5.6%

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

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

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of joeseppy
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing Company
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