Luscious - The Alchemist

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 522
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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 claaark13
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of madrivervt
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of Arenbeer
3.8/5  rDev -14%
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!

Photo of skivtjerry
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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Luscious from The Alchemist
98 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.