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Luscious - The Alchemist

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97
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 371
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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California

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New York

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.74/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -15%

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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15%

01-22-2013 21:49:54 | More by jbuddle
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15%

12-14-2013 20:20:48 | More by billab914
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -14.3%

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!

11-12-2011 03:24:13 | More by Arenbeer
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

12-18-2011 15:13:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
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jegross2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

08-21-2012 10:09:42 | More by jegross2
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-22-2011 00:53:41 | More by kingcrowing
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mikey711

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-10-2012 14:24:27 | More by mikey711
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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