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Luscious - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 477
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

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Photo of my_knew_craft
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _morandi_
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josephwa
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfaulman
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dheldman
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MikeM417
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brian1980
1/5  rDev -77.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Drain pour. Will have to try this once more in case my can was somehow off.

Photo of Shogun250
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Desp59
2.58/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just nothing all that different or wonderful here.

Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of mythaeus
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thereal_adam
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HugeBulge
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SwG237
3.67/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbeervt
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bccrosley
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jbwimer
3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hail_seitan
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baybum
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyrushire
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luscious from The Alchemist
98 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.