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Luscious - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 374
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011)
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by birchstick:
Photo of birchstick
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color without much of a head on it. Nose is a beautiful mix of dark and milk chocolates, cocoa, and dark fruits - pretty solid aromas on it. The taste starts off with milk chocolate malts that hold strong for the first half of the palate. These move on to dark fruits. The fruits are quickly pushed aside by a nice mixture of roasted malts/coffee and dark chocolates. Very rich and full of flavor - solid tasting stout. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Overall, this is a great chocolaty, roasted malt RIS. Really glad I got to try this and very much recommend it.

birchstick, Nov 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Callmecoon, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

kingcrowing, Oct 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

bpfrush, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of skivtjerry
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

skivtjerry, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Aberration
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Aberration, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

leschkie, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Desaparecido, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -9.3%

mikey711, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of DNuggs
5/5  rDev +13.4%

DNuggs, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks go to funkel81 for these two Hell or High Water Alchemist beers in a recent trade.

Pours black as night in the glass, with ½ fingers worth of burnt looking chocolate colored head. This retains with a robust ring of froth, which flares up to nearly a ½ finger again when swirled, and throws up a rich cascade that descends down the sides of the glass into patchy swathes of lace and light gooey brown oils. The aroma is full and in control in the nose, with notes of cocoa, espresso, green citrus, and a touch of dark fruit. There is a bold spicy alcohol presence across the back here but it doesn’t get too warming in the nose. A bit more smokiness from the roast begins to emerge as this warms, adding just a smidge of acrid character to the proceedings. I just the love the power and balance of this in the nostrils. This is how an Imperial Stout should smell.

The taste is equally rich and strong feeling on the palate, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark burnt grains, flavorful green citrus, and like the nose, some light dark fruit character that comes out as this warms. The ABV has a big part in the profile as well, with a flush of fusel alcohol across the back that trails a warm spiciness into the finish, where it lingers with a mostly dry and charred feel. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick feeling silky chewiness that fills the mouth with flavor. This lays just enough of crispness on the tongue to help draw out the hops and roast, but this really does have an overall smooth and luscious feel to it. As mentioned before, I just love the alcohol presence here, as it add so much to the flavor profile and yet is only mildly warming. That 11% ABV is just beautifully hid here.

This might be one of the best Imperial Stouts that I’ve had in some time. I mean, just everything worked here. The hops, roast, and chocolate flavors were all in tune with each other and were perfectly complimented by the dark fruitiness of that English yeast. And the imperializing of the style didn’t hurt this in the slightest, instead adding an extra flavorful layer of bold alcohol character that really took this to the next level for me. It was just a joy to sit down and split this with a good friend of mine. Luscious indeed. This beer was awesome and really speaks to the quality of the beers from the Alchemist.

Kegatron, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dsgolovin
4.5/5  rDev +2%

dsgolovin, May 17, 2012
Photo of Beerdy
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Beerdy, May 10, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jedwards hooks it up bigtime here. Poured into a Darkness snifter at a slightly chilled temperature.

A - Pours pretty black with a nice 1/4" head, light brown. Looks great. Sticks well to the glass, head retention is very good. This actually looks amazing.

S - Dark fruits, malts, and a little bit of cocoa coming through. Smells quite nice. The aroma gives a hint of the 11.5% ABV.

T - Dark fruits, malts, slightly sweet and very smooth finish. Balanced back 1/2 of the flavor, slightly dry finish that leaves a little bit of sweet cocoa/coffee flavor on the tongue. Cocoa comes out in the middle and stays around.

M - Medium to thick body, perfect carbonation, silky and creamy feel, great presentation of flavors. I could drink this all day. Quickly, slowly, it goes well for both.

O - This is one of the best non-BA RIS I've had. The flavors are balanced yet complex enough to really enjoy. The mouthfeel is great. It looks so tempting in the glass from start to finish. I was going to save this one for a while but I'm glad I've opened it. The only regret here is that I drank it with my wife instead of sharing it with many others. Oh well.

claaark13, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

kbuzz, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jsilva, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of naproxen
5/5  rDev +13.4%

naproxen, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of S4M
5/5  rDev +13.4%

S4M, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mkabull hooked this rarity up in a great trade. Alec is a fantastic trader and you should search him out. This bottle was shared at our annual RIS tasting and didn't disappoint. Pours a sorta thick looking black, short lived dark brown head... lacing retention. Really standard/no-flaw RIS... big roast with nice balance from the residual sugars... dark cherry essence is present, but light.. bittersweet chocolate with warmth... nice body and bubble. Thanks again Alec, we should stay in touch.

All 4's

JohnGalt1, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing Luscious from the Alchemist out of Vermont. The Alchemist is best and primarily known for their flagship double IPA, Heady Topper. The genesis of this beer is detailed on the back of the beer label:

"On the evening of August 28th, 2011, I witnessed the destruction of The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. Moments before the flood waters rolled across the dining room floor, I could hear my tanks bobbing against the floor from underneath my feet. 18 tanks of beer were poured down the drain, two survived. Through an unprecedented collaboration of Vermont brewers, I am pleased to offer you a one-of-a-kind beer release."

Score: 86

2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/06/12. A huge thank you to Nick for bringing this to our tasting, and another thank you to Brian for sharing a pour of this with me at Dark Lord Day.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy milk chocolate colored head that slowly recedes. Amazing lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, cherry, "musty oak," honey and brown sugary molasses. 4/5

Taste: Cherry covered chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and licorice. Not very complex. Reminds me of aged expedition sans hops. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Over-carbonated, fizzy mouthfeel that finishes mildly sweet. 3/5

Overall: A solid tasting, but incredibly overrated beer that I found to be over-carbonated. Glad to have had the chance to try this beer, but it is not one I will be seeking out again in the future.

Recommendation: In terms of rare beer ticks, this is one I'd suggest forgoing for something better.

Pairings: Brownies.

Cost: $20 for a 22 oz bottle.

jegross2, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a big creamy dark brown head that is lasting leaving a thick sludge down the glass.

Smells of milk chocolate, some roasted malts with a kiss of alcohol heat.

Flavor is heavy on the cocoa and especially dark fruits. A little bit of vanilla and the slightest smoky notes come out too as warmed.

Rich and dare I say lusciously creamy mouthfeel brings it all together. Carbonation levels are medium to low overall, but on the higher side for big stouts.

A very good beer although I wish the sweetness were dialed back just a touch. Still the mouthfeel brought all the flavors together and made it better than the sum of its parts.

jmarsh123, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of bkny27
4.5/5  rDev +2%

bkny27, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David.

Pitch black viscous body with a tall lasting head. Initially over-carbonated, but some vigorous swirling takes care of that.

Big dark chocolate aroma backed by a small note of char. Oak and vanilla follow, and dark fruit comes out more as it warms. Slightly vinous.

The palate is heavy on cocoa, roasted malt and dark fruit, with a gentle oak presence that lends a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is incredible - full and silky bordering on creamy, but without excessive sweetness. There's a note of char toward the finish and a touch of booze, but overall this is remarkably balanced and mellow. Truly excellent stuff.

largadeer, May 17, 2012
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Luscious from The Alchemist
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.