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Luscious - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -9.3%

zestar, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.4%

spycow, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Good retention and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries a nice dose of bourbon and oak with a bit of vanilla in the background. Touch of milk chocolate as well. The flavor falls off from there with a decent amount of booze to go alongside the barrel character. Body is medium with average carbonation. Pretty good, but the flavor could have used as much depth as the nose.

Thorpe429, May 09, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 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 MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from AshleyMiller. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Generous mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Near-black body with ruby-brown glints at the edge of the glass.

S - A superb blend of oaky vanilla, anise, dark chocolate, roast, biscuit, caramel, and dark fruit. No discernible alcohol, and extremely well-integrated.

T - Again, it's a wonderful mix of dark chocolate, licorice, biscuit, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and oak. Perfect balance of sweetness, roast, and bitterness.

M - Smooth, chewy, melted chocolate texture, with a bit of roast and oaky dryness in the finish. No alcohol presence at all.

D - This is one of those beers where the descriptors seem similar to many other beers of the style, but someone the balance and integration of flavors takes things to a completely different level. It's as if John Kimmich knew exactly how much of each flavor I'd want in this beer and tailored things exactly to my specifications. I could easily drink 22oz of this on my own.

MasterSki, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #19 on the "Top Beers - Russian Imperial Stout" list on beeradvocate.com. Shared by yourefragile, Thanks!

Beer is black with nearly no head, small tan / brown bubbles, low lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and a little molasses and some booze.

Beer is light in body and hides the alcohol really well. It is sweet and a nice with a great finish. I'd have it again for sure.

drabmuh, May 23, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. We had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike.

Appearance: Pours black with a thick tan head. There is a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Roasty, sweet chocolate with some dark fruit and alcohol.

Taste: This beer is really smooth. It isn't as roasty as I would have expected it to be. Sweet with some dark fruit, dark chocolate, and mild maple notes. The finish has a bitterness to it along with the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with smooth carbonation, this beer covers the mouth pretty well. The finish is slick.

Overall: I thought this was good, perhaps the sweetness could have been dialed down a notch. The roast didn't show up a whole lot until the finish. Really glad I got to try this and I know this great brewery will be back up and running in no time.

oline73, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

drewone, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +2%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +2%

orangesol, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this brew with me. Poured from a bomber into a tulip, this brew appears a solid black color. A brown frothy head sits atop that slowly fades producing some leggy patches of lace that collectively form a webby pattern on the glass. A light swirl revives a rich layering of brown across the top.

The smell of this brew is rich and inviting with noted of chocolate and cocoa brownie batter. Under the sweet chocolate scents are some earthy roasted characteristics of coffee, charred grain and something like burnt oats. There is a fruity hint of raisins meets plums included. As the brew gets warmer, more of a hop presence is felt that is lightly vegetative.

The taste is bitter from a generous inclusion of hops that gets further enhanced from the bitterness imparted by the level of roast to the grain. Flavors of strong coffee meets citrus and herbal hops. There is a fruited quality from the alcohol that tastes somewhat like plum. The fruited character is accented with bold zesty hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that is rich and creamy with a slick feel. Dare I say this really is a lucious brew that is well rounded and enjoyable. At times the bold quality of the hood seemingly made this brew flirt into the black ipa category but other sips really focused on the roast and slick feel that was very enjoyable. This one is worth seeking out. Thanks again Heath.

stakem, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -15%

billab914, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Kelp, Nov 20, 2012
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 HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6/23/2012

Snifter.

A: Black as ink with an enormous mocha head that exhibits great retention and leaves much lacing on the glass as it recedes. Stunning appearance for the style.

S: Roasty with notes of molasses and licorice. Restrained dark fruit notes are redolent of plum, grape, and raisin. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate fudge with accompanying oak and vanilla.

T: Rich bittersweet dark chocolate with light brown sugar, licorice, and a firm molasses presence. The beer is lightly oaky with a moderate earthy bitterness. The roasted malt presence is firm but doesn't dominate. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is full, sticky, silky, and chewy.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout. It reminds me of Abyss 2007 in its prime.

HopHead84, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +2%

THECPJ, Jan 29, 2012
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Luscious from The Alchemist
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.