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Luscious - The Alchemist

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 399
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 564
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5



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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 can opened in Oct 2015

A – Beautiful pour. Thick, viscous black body. Dark hkahi head pours 2 fingers high with a brief cascade, nice retention and ok lace.

S – Raisiny net sweet nose with balsamic, prune, cherry cola, and medium roast coffee.

T – Bold cherry cola flavor profile with vanilla, caramel, black cherries, buckwheat honey, and sweet coffee.

M – Super smooth, creamy medium-light body.

O – Absolutely delicious, and stunningly smooth for 11%.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jedwards for popping this one. 22oz. bottled capped with a Rock Art pry-off. Pours an inky black hue with a half inch mocha-colored head that dissipates into a thin film. Nose expresses dark chocolate, a roasted quality, brewer's licorice, herbal notes and ethanol. Taste follows nose - herbal bittering comes out at the back, but the chocolate/roasty quality expressed in the nose forms the backbone of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This is an awesome RIS with a great balance between roast, bitter and chocolate. The mouthfeel could use a bit more body; however, this is probably one of the best examples of the style I've had to date; a true RIS archetype.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ICCULIS for this bottle! Thanks Jim!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black beer with medium brown head that pours to nice small cap of head. Thick lacing.

Smell: roasty and sweet malts. charred wood and earthy. Dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses and tobacco also noted.

Taste: Semi-sweet milk chocolate, charred wood and vanilla. Mild smoke and earthy. Might even be getting a hint of dark fruit. Caramel sweetness is there as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. carbonated perfectly. Silky and creamy. Rediculous how drinkable this beer is; it super smooth.

Overall: Fantastic RIS. Great story too. Too bad that only 700 bottles survived. Grab it if you can! I would drink this over a Dark Lord any day! Its a great RIS.

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Photo of maximum12
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the moon & back to Joe_Grizzly for sending me 9/24 of a case of this stuff, which popped me upright in a hurry as they kept emerging from that big box. Already had a couple, so the stock is falling rapidly. Tall 16 oz. silver can with a minimalist sticker. Dig.

The pour is dyed black with a pretty feisty head after a hard pour. It’s one of those fairly rare beers that you can smell the instant the liquid hits the glass – a washout of big black malts with a side of licorice, plus a healthy helping of chocolate milk. The crowd starts a slow clap.

Luscious is a cocky-ass name for a beer, eh? I’ve had a few beers that should have been sued for malpractice in my day, right after they were burned at the stake. A nice big gulp brings out chocolate as bitter as Alex Forrest, & much more attractive. Intermission features a mild roast, sharp night-born licorice, creamy nuttiness. As it warms the line between sharp chocolate & hop roughage blurs. I swear I can taste wood. Full, rich, creamy, thick, you could attach all or any of the nicest descriptors to this puppy. And a sipper, if you mean, I just lost my train of thought.

As a straight-up old big stout this hits every cylinder. Excellent.

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Photo of mynie
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cans purchased at the Alchemist truck sale in early December, 2014. Sampled several since then but never given a review.

Poured into a chalice, because I'm not going to drink an RIS from the can because that is just how I was raised. Opaque with a chocolate brown head, a bit fizzy for the style.

A month ago, it tasted like fresh Darkness. Now, it still tastes like fresh Darkness. Only better. It's still a relatively hop-forward, lightly vinous and chocolatey RIS, only all the separate flavors are more robust and rounded, nothing blots anything else and nothing becomes overwhelming.

Starts with hops and chocolate, moves into a middle of red wine, coffee, and peat, ends with a more hoppy chocolateness that lingers perfectly bittersweet until long after the sip has been swallowed.

A handful of dullards are dismissing this as unexceptional, most likely because it's not barrel aged and their pallets were formed within the last 1-3 years. Personally, I thank god that this was not barrel aged, as its smoothness and balance is so exceptional I'd hate to see it ruined by whiskeyfication. My only complaint is the aroma--it's fine, but aggressively hoppy, and it belies the balance and complexity of the flavor.

Wow. I figured this was going to be an also ran, the Bill Richardson to Focal Banger's Obama. Turns out it was one of the very best beers I had in 2014, an absolute classic you should seek out immediately.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: The body looks thick and is entirely black; above is an inch of dense, dark brown head that sticks around nicely and leaves plenty of thick lace. Perfectly gorgeous stout.

S: Huge! Brownie batter, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and char. Terrific.

T: Sweet, rich, and truly luscious. Chocolate absolutely explodes, with gooey sweet goodness washing across my tongue. Some coffee and pure roast provide a bit of balance, as does a touch of wood. Booze does show up on the finish, but much less than one might expect in an 11%+ beer. Amazing.

M: Thick, rich, smooth, and well-carbonated.

O: This blew me away fresh, and I only expect it to get better with a year or two. I'm really glad I made the 8 hour round trip to support this terrific brewery. Every bit the equal of stouts with far more hype.


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Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the release last September.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours an almost black body with a thin head to start but really expands as the pour continues filling half the glass with an intensely brown head that has an awesome cascading effect.

Smell: Figs, oatmeal cookies, really intense chocolate, some coffee and dates.

Taste: Sweet coffee, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, rum balls, raisin cookies, dates, nutty and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with a real full feel that is not heavy at all.

Overall: I cannot believe this is 11%. Could have had the whole bottle to myself no problems. Hope they redo this one because if not, i'm gonna miss it!

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Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was extremely happy to see this bottle show up in a trade with GoGriz a while back. Love their Heady Topper, so was stoked to see what this brewery could do with my favorite style. Thanks again for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Hell or High Water Series
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Thick, sludgy, motor oil pour yields a two finger, thick, tight, mocha colored head with great retention. Just a nasty black pour on this one. Pitch black body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp and a thick ring remain all the way and leave some dots of lacing down the glass. Looks killer.

SMELL: Big, impressive nose. Roasted and smoky malts with plenty of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Some burnt malt aromas, but the cocoa and roasted chocolate isn’t to be outdone. A touch of citrusy hops try to push their way through, but this is all about the big roasted and chocolate aromas. Great stuff.

TASTE: Roasted and burnt malts with some smoky notes in there. Lots of cocoa and dark, butter chocolate and some booze near the finish. Sweet cream and a little vanilla through the middle leading into a big and persistent aftertaste of roasted and charred malts, cocoa powder, bitter chocolate and a touch of boozy port for good measure. Complex, bold, and very enjoyable. Lovely.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation on the palate. Very, very creamy smooth, silky and oily even, goes down smooth with a light scratch at the swallow and finishes rather mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers, but not much.

OVERALL: Just awesome stuff. The feel needs just a touch more weight and the heat could mellow out just slightly, but otherwise, this is a top notch imperial stout. With lots of wonderful aromas and flavor, a menacing look and a super smooth, silky feel, this one will not disappoint even the most critical stout fan. I certainly couldn’t get enough of it. Thanks again for the trade on this GoGriz. I’d love to drink this again at some point. If you’re doing a tasting with this one involved, make sure she bats cleanup. Highly recommended.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, such a viscous ooze, tan head, leaves to tan ring. Lots of cling.

S - Soy and cocoa out the gate, sweet malt is making my mouth water.

T - Fuck! Creamy loads of thick chocolate, small anise, small soy, lingering milk chocolate/hot chocolate/chocolate chip cookies. I am in love.

M - Heavy body, great carb, wonderful balance. So creamy.

D - Dangerous. So good I have to slow myself down. Oh, yeah, I am having the whole thing!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a finger of tan-chocolate frothy head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark roasted chocolate malts with a touch of burnt malt, sweetness, and a touch of caramel.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some sweet dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Through the middle, some more oak and burnt flavor comes through with some more dark fruit and a touch of booze. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance with some nice sweetness from the dark fruit that goes well with the big body and other flavors.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luscious pours black into the glass with a big, creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. Notes of roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit (cherry) and alcohol.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth and creamy, slightly oily with low carbonation. The flavor is rich and malty with a bitter finish. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, oak, smoke and dark fruit are followed by a pine bitterness. A touch of alcohol heat appears at the end. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

Wow! This is very tasty and easy to drink. You'd almost not know it's an 11% beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of the Alchemist Heady Topper, so I had to try this one! Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a finger of tan-chocolate frothy head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lacing throughout. Aroma is a mix of dark roasted chocolate malts with a touch of burnt malt, sweetness, and a touch of caramel. The flavor starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some sweet dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Through the middle, some more oak and burnt flavor comes through with some more dark fruit and a touch of booze. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of booze. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish. Dangerously drinkable. Really nice balance with some nice sweetness from the dark fruit that goes well with the big and roasty malt body!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an oversized tulip.

Pours like motor oil, thick, black and viscous. Glugs out of the can. The head that forms is humongous in height and burly in its composition, appearing to have some real weight to it. The dark khaki color sets a gorgeous contrast to the pitch-black body which, despite it's color and opacity, still manages to show a relentlessly surging carbonation. As I take notes, the head recedes and rings of laces and a downward wall of lace develop. This is a beautiful sight to behold. 5

I took a few whiffs from the can and got some coconut notes. From the glass, coconut is either gone entirely or simply subdued, here by a deep, layered roastiness and bitter hop combination. It's like charred wood, I suppose, in that there's a smoky quality as well. Dark chocolate lends a note or two as do occasional hints of caramel and the coconut I noticed before. It's an assertive nose and more challenging than inviting. 4

I was bracing for something harsh given the roasty and bitter nose, but I'm greeted by a sweeter chocolatey and caramel flavor, light molasses and brown sugar, and a finish of plums/prunes and light, lingering smokiness. A slight taste of booze mixed with everything else develops a red wine-like flavor, which I enjoy. Overall, I like the medley and interplay of flavors. 4.25

There's a smooth velvety feel that introduces each sip and is pretty charming and really sets the tone for this beer. Sweet and bitter are in perfect balance, the booze is subtle and lends a vinous touch that adds dimension, as does the occasional roasty smokiness. I'd say the feel of this beer is the real star. 4.5

This is a standout for sure. As I gear up to drink a lot of RISes and barleywines and other beers of the higher ABV over the next several months, this has set a high bar for those that follow.

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Luscious from The Alchemist
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.