Deth's Tar - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 184
Gots: 189 | FT: 23
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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 TMoney2591
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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).

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of hops202
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of timc100
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of joeseppy
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of beerhan
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 ;)

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

9 oz. pour on tap at the brewery, unknown brewing/barreling/packaging dates, drank out of a goblet over 30 minutes

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Sweet bourbon Russian imperial stout. Reminds me a lot of the stone Russian imperial stout.

Photo of ppoitras
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted draft at Firkin on December 19, 2014

Photo of Hayes86
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of vic21234
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of billdurnell
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer changed my life

Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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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