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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: 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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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

My share of a bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A: Black, totally opaque when held up next to a 60W bulb. A very thick brown head lasts forever.

S: Roasty chocolate dominates with vanilla and sweet malt also demanding attention. A bit boozy but in a good way, blends perfectly with the vanilla.

T: This beer is a meal; tastebuds are totally overwhelmed with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hop bitterness is hard to find beneath the chocolate. A firm, smooth alcohol presence that advertises the barrel aging. Flavors linger forever, still smiling 15 minutes after the last sip.

M: Smooth,full, deceivingly gentle for a beer of this strength. Moderate carbonation. Balanced in every way.

O: Wow.

11-12-2011 01:17:07 | More by skivtjerry
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Cheers!

11-07-2011 03:20:36 | More by woosterbill
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oline73

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

10-22-2011 14:27:23 | More by oline73
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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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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

A: This beer has a slick deep angry pallor that pours BP thick. Deep black inkiness with mahogany coating on the glass. The head looks amazing with dark cocoa bubbles like frothed chocolate milk.

S: This is out of this world complex and amazing. I love the cocoa and chocolate notes up front, supported by some nicely acidic coffee at the back. The waft of subtle vanilla and toffee alcohol makes this all too inviting.

T: It packs all of the foregoing into a multilevel experience that I have to delve into like strata. The sweetness is swift and supported by a great coffee acidic dryness. The sweetness returns in an alcoholic waft that is like if chocolate rain, parabola, and GI Rare had a love child. It has the sweetness from one, the nice coffee notes from the other, and a prickly warmth from the latter.

M: Great coating without being overly expansive. The taste just lingers and you can truly sip on this judiciously. It gets even better when it warms up, just outrageous top to bottom. I just want to get my mouth all on it.

D: This is an incredible beer. Of course, it has to be one of the only 700 bottles saved from that jerk Irene. Thank god I obtained 2 bottles, this is something that I will savor later on in life, like when I pass the postal exam or break 200 in a game of bowling, you know. Monuments.

10-21-2011 19:00:55 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Felt weird popping off a Rock Art cap for this.

Deep dark brown, almost black, viscous pour. Thick mocha head.

Roasty dark chocolate and mocha aroma. Lightly toasted oak. The nose hints at the sweetness in the flavor.

Bitter cocoa flavor with a velvety sweet texture. As it got warmer the dark chocolate opens up more and more, developing into dark fruit flavors. Moderately roasty/ashy on the back of the palate. Toasted oak in the background. Thickish mouthfeel. Luscious is a perfect word to describe this beer. I went in not expecting much but came out very surprised. Now I wish I bought more when I could. They should can this.

10-13-2011 14:23:27 | More by BearsOnAcid
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GoGriz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Had last night at a tasting with friends. This was drank along side 09 BA Speedway, 07 Abyss and several other solid stouts and Luscious was the best of the evening. I'm still a little surprised by this actually.

Dark black pour with a light brown creamy cap for a head. Chocolate is the dominant smell and flavor in this beer although vanilla and a little roastiness show up too. Not a ton of barrel here which I think is a good thing. Creamy mouthfeel and wonderful lingering finish. Was not expecting to like this beer as much as I did. Came out of left field but wow!

10-13-2011 13:16:02 | More by GoGriz
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baconsausage

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Deep dark pour with a nice tan wispy head that laces nicely down the edges of the glass. Nice sweet roasty aroma with some boozy alcohol and a little mineral aroma. Taste is smooth and sweet, with chocolate, vanilla, and cold pressed coffee, balanced by light oak tannins. Oak isnt over present. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, creamy with a little alcohol on the finish. This is a great beer! Alchemist does it again.

10-10-2011 20:34:38 | More by baconsausage
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Luscious from The Alchemist
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.