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Luscious - The Alchemist

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 412
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cavedave
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has the perfect appearance for a RIS, almost black, thick like motor oil, three finger, light brown, lathery head, and eventually a panoply of leggy sheets of lace and a lasting cap.

Chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee beans, toasted bread, molasses, hints of herbal bitter, and spicy alcohol in a medium strength aroma make for a delectable bouquet.

This beer has a well blended, medium/strong taste. It starts with alcohol spice holding hands with roasty grain, semi sweet chocolate, dark caramel, candi sweet, and finally some herbal bitter and deeper roastiness join in to dry it perfectly. Please don't think the alcohol of this makes it hot, it doesn't, or that it is cloyingly sweet, it isn't, or that it has a real roasty bitter, it doesn't. As it reaches room temp underflavors, most notably lightest hints of licorice, dance in on tip toe to highlight the simple complexity of this masterpiece. It is a rich and perfectly balanced blend of wonderful flavors that create an exceptionally delicious taste.

As usual with JK's beers the mouthfeel is perfect, here a creamy, low carb. easy on the palate, super clean, fantastic finish beer of extreme drinkability.

How folks can posit this beer will improve with time is hard to fathom, as it is about as good now as an RIS can hope to be. A touch more roast and a bit stronger aroma would have made this an all 5 beer. Unlikely you will run across this future whitest of whales, but if you do you are in for a staggeringly delicious treat. Highest recommendation.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Pours heavy and black, with a tan head - average lacing

Smell: Beautifully burnt, sweet, and roasty - chocolate and coffee everywhere - some burnt bitterness well-balanced with some malty sweetness - very, very nice

Taste: Somewhat ridiculous, in a very good way - tons of chocolate, coffee, burnt bitterness - stupidly balanced - so, so roasty - mocha - some slight alcohol - some sugar, some dark fruits - good, but a little rough, will likely become magical with age

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, full and heavy body, nice carbonation

Overall: So much potential

This beer is already great, and I am sure it is only going to get better. I feel very lucky that I was in Waterbury during this beer release. And I am happy that I have another bottle of this cellaring (probably for a few years).

Update: Drinking a bottle in November, 2013

Holy crap. This has matured into a sate of epic. It's a beauty, with some epic malts. Updated the appearance from 4.00 to 4.50 and the taste to 4.75. I still have two more bottles of this, I wouldn't be shocked if the upward trajectory continues.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
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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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a simply beautiful pitch black, very thick. A creamy frothy brownish/dark tan head majestically crowns the beer and refuses to dissipate. Smells of deep dark chocolate, overly roasted malts, and booze dominate a great nose. First sip is milkshake creamy rich to the amazing point of being chewy. Bitterness from the strong coffee and dark chocolate is amazing but just a tad chalky. Along with the heavily roasted coffee and malts there is a pleasant dark ripe fruit note that is coupled with a slight splash of vanilla adding to an amazing complexity. Luscious also has a great and unique story that exemplifies the VT brewing community after a natural disaster wiped out the brewery’s well established brewpub. Mouthfeel is world class. The beer is world class too. WoW!


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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Luscious from The Alchemist
98 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.