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Luscious - The Alchemist

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 366
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 536
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

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Reviews by Arenbeer:
Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike and oline73 for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a solid black with a thin 1 finger brown head.

S- Bitter chocolate with a nice roasted burnt malt note. Hops are very noticeable. Fresh oak, tons of vanilla, dark fruits, and a slight bit of alcohol.

T- Dark roasted malts with lots of chocolate and vanilla. Behind the barrel are lots of hops to add some spice.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter dry finish.

SkÅL! (547 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mynie
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cans purchased at the Alchemist truck sale in early December, 2014. Sampled several since then but never given a review.

Poured into a chalice, because I'm not going to drink an RIS from the can because that is just how I was raised. Opaque with a chocolate brown head, a bit fizzy for the style.

A month ago, it tasted like fresh Darkness. Now, it still tastes like fresh Darkness. Only better. It's still a relatively hop-forward, lightly vinous and chocolatey RIS, only all the separate flavors are more robust and rounded, nothing blots anything else and nothing becomes overwhelming.

Starts with hops and chocolate, moves into a middle of red wine, coffee, and peat, ends with a more hoppy chocolateness that lingers perfectly bittersweet until long after the sip has been swallowed.

A handful of dullards are dismissing this as unexceptional, most likely because it's not barrel aged and their pallets were formed within the last 1-3 years. Personally, I thank god that this was not barrel aged, as its smoothness and balance is so exceptional I'd hate to see it ruined by whiskeyfication. My only complaint is the aroma--it's fine, but aggressively hoppy, and it belies the balance and complexity of the flavor.

Wow. I figured this was going to be an also ran, the Bill Richardson to Focal Banger's Obama. Turns out it was one of the very best beers I had in 2014, an absolute classic you should seek out immediately. (1,438 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an oversized tulip.

Pours like motor oil, thick, black and viscous. Glugs out of the can. The head that forms is humongous in height and burly in its composition, appearing to have some real weight to it. The dark khaki color sets a gorgeous contrast to the pitch-black body which, despite it's color and opacity, still manages to show a relentlessly surging carbonation. As I take notes, the head recedes and rings of laces and a downward wall of lace develop. This is a beautiful sight to behold. 5

I took a few whiffs from the can and got some coconut notes. From the glass, coconut is either gone entirely or simply subdued, here by a deep, layered roastiness and bitter hop combination. It's like charred wood, I suppose, in that there's a smoky quality as well. Dark chocolate lends a note or two as do occasional hints of caramel and the coconut I noticed before. It's an assertive nose and more challenging than inviting. 4

I was bracing for something harsh given the roasty and bitter nose, but I'm greeted by a sweeter chocolatey and caramel flavor, light molasses and brown sugar, and a finish of plums/prunes and light, lingering smokiness. A slight taste of booze mixed with everything else develops a red wine-like flavor, which I enjoy. Overall, I like the medley and interplay of flavors. 4.25

There's a smooth velvety feel that introduces each sip and is pretty charming and really sets the tone for this beer. Sweet and bitter are in perfect balance, the booze is subtle and lends a vinous touch that adds dimension, as does the occasional roasty smokiness. I'd say the feel of this beer is the real star. 4.5

This is a standout for sure. As I gear up to drink a lot of RISes and barleywines and other beers of the higher ABV over the next several months, this has set a high bar for those that follow. (1,858 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the release last September.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours an almost black body with a thin head to start but really expands as the pour continues filling half the glass with an intensely brown head that has an awesome cascading effect.

Smell: Figs, oatmeal cookies, really intense chocolate, some coffee and dates.

Taste: Sweet coffee, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, rum balls, raisin cookies, dates, nutty and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with a real full feel that is not heavy at all.

Overall: I cannot believe this is 11%. Could have had the whole bottle to myself no problems. Hope they redo this one because if not, i'm gonna miss it! (726 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Oxbow tulip. Hell & High Water release from the 2011 flood of the old brewpub.

A- Pours a dark black with a nice thick mocha head that fades to a thin layer, nice carbonation level. Looks perfect for being 3 years in e bottle.

S- Dark fruits, hint of molasses, raisins, slight oxidation. Fairly aromatic and holding up well despite the slight oxidation.

T- Molasses, dark fruits, cocoa powder, some light roast, dark chocolate, picked up just a hint of acidity with age but almost no oxidation in the taste.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

O- Holding up great for 3 years although probably wouldn't age it much longer. Definitely one of the better non barrel-aged beers I've had and still worth seeking out. (767 characters)

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Pours ultra dark with a head like a dark chocolate milk. Silky smooth texture, sweet front end taste and slightly bitter finish. (145 characters)

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Prospero
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a very oily dark black with a nice one finger dark brown head with just some light lacing. Nose is sweet a bit like home brew, but still light.

Taste is sweet, sharp, vanilla, chocolate and booze, I think this needs some time to mellow, Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and chewy with a sweet finish. (337 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skivtjerry
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My share of a bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A: Black, totally opaque when held up next to a 60W bulb. A very thick brown head lasts forever.

S: Roasty chocolate dominates with vanilla and sweet malt also demanding attention. A bit boozy but in a good way, blends perfectly with the vanilla.

T: This beer is a meal; tastebuds are totally overwhelmed with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hop bitterness is hard to find beneath the chocolate. A firm, smooth alcohol presence that advertises the barrel aging. Flavors linger forever, still smiling 15 minutes after the last sip.

M: Smooth,full, deceivingly gentle for a beer of this strength. Moderate carbonation. Balanced in every way.

O: Wow. (708 characters)

Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of roostor07
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aberration
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this one. Capped bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Beer pours dense and black with a .5 finger mocha colored head with great retention. Spotty lace with little cling but thick, oily legs that really stick around. Beautiful beer.

Nose is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. Simple but aromatic and clean. Decent.

Beer opens roasted and smoked malt, chocolate, brownie, and cocoa powder. Some creamy hop flavors at the middle. More vanilla and chocolate. Finishes cocoa and chocolate with a sweet soy sauce and fudge finish. Luscious perfectly describes this one.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily, filmy, and silky in the mouth and super smooth going down. Finishes slightly accented with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Perfect.

While all other aspects of this beer need a bit of work, the mouthfeel really pulls this one through to a totally different level. One of the smoothest and silkiest imperial stouts I've ever come across. Best to lay this one down for a little while to hope the flavors continue to develop a touch. (1,101 characters)

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of fthegiants
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Luscious from The Alchemist
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