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Luscious - The Alchemist

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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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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
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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
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Pours a jet black color with a deep brown, thick and heavy looking head. Swirling the glass brings out rich milk chocolate and some roastyness. There is am underlying, slightly sweet element similiar to that of licorice. It tastes great, coffee and dark chocolate take the front seat along with cocoa. There are also very well intergrated hop flavors that work great with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is very rich, it coats the mouth wonderfully. Good, subtle hop bitterness and perfect carbonation.

Overall great beer. It's unfortunate I only got 2 bottles. Can't wait to see what some age does to this.

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Luscious from The Alchemist
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.