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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: 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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Photo of chase2634


4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-11-2011 14:23:36 | More by chase2634
Photo of bkny27


4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-10-2011 18:20:32 | More by bkny27
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Split the bomber with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pitch black. Some deep red hues at edges when held to direct light. Head is rich crema. Fluffy, creamy, and it lingers in a small ring throughout the drinking process. Very still, sits there and looks sexy. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Cocoa, burnt malts, chocolate malts. Some char and tobacco. Lots of cocoa. Slight minerality lingers in the back. Some sweetness. Lots of burnt and roasted malts. Stale coffee and fresh espresso. Malts are off the chain. Loads of depth, but all in good measure. Balance is insane. Slight citrus hop notes flit through the back.

Taste: Cocoa. Burnt malts and bakers' chocolate. Minerality runs through the back.Nice dose of roasted malts. Some caramel sweetness. Some milk chocolate after the beer warms a bit. The malts blend well with the faint touch of rocks and earth. Citrus lingers somewhere in the back. Sweet, roasted, and rocky all in good measure.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full without crossing the line to syrupy. Just enough carbonation to hold things together and give it some lift. Clean on the finish. So smooth it's silly.

Overall: Easily one of the best English takes on the style. The hints of minerality really make this beer shine. Loads of malts and with a well-hidden ABV, it's scary drinkable. Very glad to have this in the collection.

12-08-2011 02:45:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of Desaparecido


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2011 14:30:50 | More by Desaparecido
Photo of neorunner


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2011 14:08:44 | More by neorunner
Photo of StevenGlansburg


4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

11-28-2011 03:10:08 | More by StevenGlansburg
Photo of BeerMaverick


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pitch black beer that looks similar to motor oil. Brown 1/2" head that lasts throughout most of the session. A good amount of lace is splayed around the Alchemist pint glass.

S - Strong coffee bean aroma from the copious amounts of roasted malts. Chocolate is a major player here as well along with some wisps of caramel.

T - The aroma doesn't lie...this RIS has anything that one could ask for. Plenty of coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and a faint maltiness to fill in the gaps. The hops aren't directly detectable, but their presence is felt from their contribution to balancing this beer perfectly.

M - The coffee and chocolate notes last after each sip...and that is all that's needed.

O - This is a top-notch representation of this style and I wish I could attain/afford more of it, but unfortunately only 700 bottles were saved from the Alchemist flood that destroyed the pub and brewery.

11-28-2011 02:44:34 | More by BeerMaverick
Photo of Treebs


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz. bottle served a Deschutes snifter. Big thanks to Gushue3 (Mike) for this bottle.

A: Pours a very dark, viscous black color with a great solid brown, 2 finger head. Great retention throughout the whole drink and leaves great sticky lace.

S: Wonderful smells are wafting out of my glass. Dark fruits, boozy licorice, dark chocolate and a nice vanilla sweetness.

T: Coffee grounds, dark chocolate and subtle stone fruits all appear up front. As the beer warms the bready malts and subtle roast start to show their form and it becomes more creamy. There is a slight heat on the finish that blends with a sugary vanilla sweetness.

M: Heavy bodied and creamy. Great coating chocolate and creamy finish. Subtle carbonation.

O: This was a delicious beer. The malt bill really gave it a creamy and roasted feel that played really nicely with the sweet chocolate flavors.

11-26-2011 16:27:38 | More by Treebs
Photo of mnbearsfan


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-26-2011 03:15:58 | More by mnbearsfan
Photo of stakem


4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

11-21-2011 15:03:33 | More by stakem
Photo of claaark13


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Jedwards hooks it up bigtime here. Poured into a Darkness snifter at a slightly chilled temperature.

A - Pours pretty black with a nice 1/4" head, light brown. Looks great. Sticks well to the glass, head retention is very good. This actually looks amazing.

S - Dark fruits, malts, and a little bit of cocoa coming through. Smells quite nice. The aroma gives a hint of the 11.5% ABV.

T - Dark fruits, malts, slightly sweet and very smooth finish. Balanced back 1/2 of the flavor, slightly dry finish that leaves a little bit of sweet cocoa/coffee flavor on the tongue. Cocoa comes out in the middle and stays around.

M - Medium to thick body, perfect carbonation, silky and creamy feel, great presentation of flavors. I could drink this all day. Quickly, slowly, it goes well for both.

O - This is one of the best non-BA RIS I've had. The flavors are balanced yet complex enough to really enjoy. The mouthfeel is great. It looks so tempting in the glass from start to finish. I was going to save this one for a while but I'm glad I've opened it. The only regret here is that I drank it with my wife instead of sharing it with many others. Oh well.

11-17-2011 23:55:11 | More by claaark13
Photo of monsterzero


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-16-2011 14:40:00 | More by monsterzero
Photo of S4M


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-16-2011 00:40:15 | More by S4M
Photo of Kegatron


4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

11-15-2011 18:14:56 | More by Kegatron
Photo of HopStoopid120


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 16:24:40 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of imperialking


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

11-15-2011 02:44:51 | More by imperialking
Photo of surlytwinsfan


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-14-2011 16:57:50 | More by surlytwinsfan
Photo of JAHMUR


4.5/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 16:26:06 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of nathanjohnson


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-14-2011 10:35:57 | More by nathanjohnson
Photo of Aberration


5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-14-2011 07:12:14 | More by Aberration
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

11-13-2011 17:09:18 | More by Jwale73
Photo of madrivervt


4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

I've been drinking and critiquing beer for a long time, but this is my first review on BA. Feel free to take it with a grain of salt.
I planned to open this on 11-11-11, but got delayed. 11-12-11 will have to do.

Aroma: sweet and malty. Almost cola-like.

Appearance: Opaque black. The head is dark brown, with fine bubbles. After settling, a thin layer of foam continues to float on top.

Flavor: Malty, & sweet with alcohol on the finish. Not much bitterness, neither from hops or the grains.

Mouthfeel: Thick & full. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fantastic beer to sit by the woodstove and sip. Which is exactly what I plan to do with the rest this evening.

11-12-2011 23:49:31 | More by madrivervt
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

Opened precisely at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of fine dark brown head. Excellent lacing. This is simply gorgeous.

S - Chocolate in droves, largely of the bittersweet variety, but with sweeter milk chocolate too. Nicely oaked, with dark cherry/generic dark fruit and roasted malts, with a clean grainy backing.

T - Chocolate with alcohol heat and a playful vanilla flavor. Oakey with a sweet dark fruit component, mostly cherry-like. I even get faint touches of licorice and some coffee bitterness. It really packs a lot in. Roasted malts take center stage in the tail end, but the alcohol is ever-present. As it warms it gets even BETTER, as if that is possible. The chocolate and cherry/DF get stronger and a bit sweeter.

M - Creamy and full bodied, with a bit more active carbonation than I'd prefer. Finishes sticky. Not the best part of the beer, but still quite good.

O - This beer is simply phenomenal. I remembering drinking Beelzebub at the Pub, when I made the trip for Heady Topper, and thinking "My god, even his Stouts are incredible!" -- turns out I didn't even realize the half of it. You'd be hard pressed to find a more balanced and complex stout. This is honestly one of the best I've ever had. I almost regret trading two of my three bottles away! I can't imagine how amazing this would be with 2 years on it. It's already spectacular now.

11-12-2011 04:26:20 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of Gushue3


4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

11.11.11 is a perfect day to drink this beer.

A Pours completely opaque into my snifter and has a 1-2 finger chocolate colored head. The body is pitch black and the head has great retention that leaves behind lacing all the way down. Looks great.

S Lots of chocolate on the nose that has some roast and oak scents as well. Theres a slight bit of alcohol toward the end to round things out.

T Big chocolaty roast takes the fore front with some dark fruits and oak woody-ness. Lots going on with this one. The roast finishes just slightly bitter and has a light sweet lingering. real nice stuff.

M Big thick chewy mouthfeel with a small amount of carbonation. This is how stouts should feel

O This beer is a treat. Looks tastes and feels great. I'm gonna let the other one sit in my basement for a couple years and see how it ages. Thank you and

11-12-2011 04:22:35 | More by Gushue3
Photo of Arenbeer


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.


11-12-2011 03:24:13 | More by Arenbeer
Luscious from The Alchemist
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.