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Luscious - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
98
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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 478
Gots: 72 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

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Photo of Brian1980
1/5  rDev -77.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drain pour. Will have to try this once more in case my can was somehow off.

Photo of Desp59
2.58/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just nothing all that different or wonderful here.

Photo of nilesschmidt
2.67/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the most unbalanced stouts I've had.
A - over carbed but a good looking head once it settles down

S - smell is solid. Lots of dark chocolate

T - very disappointing. All I get is intensely bitter chocolate and more bitter on top of that. I imagine this designed to be barrel aged due to the overwhelming bitterness and no balance.

F - hard to get past the bitter to even feel this

O - no way this was what alchemist intended. Drain pour. It needs to be aged a long time.

Photo of Caudalie
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of afksports
3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of SwG237
3.67/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and licorice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty 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 pretty good beer with interesting licorice and spice qualities.

Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ktjonesy
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jbuddle
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of jbwimer
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -14%
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!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  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.

Photo of Archdale74
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Luscious from The Alchemist
98 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.