Luscious - The Alchemist

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 346
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 3.19%
Wants: 529
Gots: 67 | FT: 5
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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 srandycarter
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (441 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,523 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (2,149 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

http://www.alchemistbeer.com/from-disaster-comes-joy/ (835 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.4/5  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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of StevenGlansburg
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (605 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (907 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (873 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (2,395 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of madrivervt
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (678 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 (849 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SkÅL! (547 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (708 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Cheers! (870 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (337 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,326 characters)

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Luscious from The Alchemist
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