1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Luscious - The Alchemist

Not Rated.
LusciousLuscious

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

133 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 3Hops
3Hops

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

10-27-2012 03:02:27 | More by 3Hops
Photo of brystmar
brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-17-2012 05:06:22 | More by brystmar
Photo of stoutluvr420
stoutluvr420

Vermont

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Good retention and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries a nice dose of bourbon and oak with a bit of vanilla-hops in the background. Touch of bittersweet chocolate and leather as well. Flavor is toasty and hoppy along with awesome dark chocolate and molasses notes and a good amount of booze to go alongside the barrel character. Body is medium-heavy with average carbonation. Pretty good, but I'd really like to see how this one ages.

09-17-2012 00:02:40 | More by stoutluvr420
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-21-2012 22:01:30 | More by orangesol
Photo of jegross2
jegross2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

Reviewing Luscious from the Alchemist out of Vermont. The Alchemist is best and primarily known for their flagship double IPA, Heady Topper. The genesis of this beer is detailed on the back of the beer label:

"On the evening of August 28th, 2011, I witnessed the destruction of The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. Moments before the flood waters rolled across the dining room floor, I could hear my tanks bobbing against the floor from underneath my feet. 18 tanks of beer were poured down the drain, two survived. Through an unprecedented collaboration of Vermont brewers, I am pleased to offer you a one-of-a-kind beer release."

Score: 86

2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/06/12. A huge thank you to Nick for bringing this to our tasting, and another thank you to Brian for sharing a pour of this with me at Dark Lord Day.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy milk chocolate colored head that slowly recedes. Amazing lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, cherry, "musty oak," honey and brown sugary molasses. 4/5

Taste: Cherry covered chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and licorice. Not very complex. Reminds me of aged expedition sans hops. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Over-carbonated, fizzy mouthfeel that finishes mildly sweet. 3/5

Overall: A solid tasting, but incredibly overrated beer that I found to be over-carbonated. Glad to have had the chance to try this beer, but it is not one I will be seeking out again in the future.

Recommendation: In terms of rare beer ticks, this is one I'd suggest forgoing for something better.

Pairings: Brownies.

Cost: $20 for a 22 oz bottle.

08-21-2012 10:09:42 | More by jegross2
Photo of rpstevens
rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2%

08-02-2012 01:33:57 | More by rpstevens
Photo of JMRSN
JMRSN

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

08-01-2012 17:01:17 | More by JMRSN
Photo of leschkie
leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2012 17:46:53 | More by leschkie
Photo of papat444
papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Picked this up at the release last September.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours an almost black body with a thin head to start but really expands as the pour continues filling half the glass with an intensely brown head that has an awesome cascading effect.

Smell: Figs, oatmeal cookies, really intense chocolate, some coffee and dates.

Taste: Sweet coffee, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, rum balls, raisin cookies, dates, nutty and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with a real full feel that is not heavy at all.

Overall: I cannot believe this is 11%. Could have had the whole bottle to myself no problems. Hope they redo this one because if not, i'm gonna miss it!

07-12-2012 11:33:57 | More by papat444
Photo of zchall23
zchall23

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-06-2012 04:40:00 | More by zchall23
Photo of jsilva
jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-02-2012 00:47:58 | More by jsilva
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

6/23/2012

Snifter.

A: Black as ink with an enormous mocha head that exhibits great retention and leaves much lacing on the glass as it recedes. Stunning appearance for the style.

S: Roasty with notes of molasses and licorice. Restrained dark fruit notes are redolent of plum, grape, and raisin. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate fudge with accompanying oak and vanilla.

T: Rich bittersweet dark chocolate with light brown sugar, licorice, and a firm molasses presence. The beer is lightly oaky with a moderate earthy bitterness. The roasted malt presence is firm but doesn't dominate. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is full, sticky, silky, and chewy.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout. It reminds me of Abyss 2007 in its prime.

06-28-2012 04:18:38 | More by HopHead84
Photo of jmarsh123
jmarsh123

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours jet black with a big creamy dark brown head that is lasting leaving a thick sludge down the glass.

Smells of milk chocolate, some roasted malts with a kiss of alcohol heat.

Flavor is heavy on the cocoa and especially dark fruits. A little bit of vanilla and the slightest smoky notes come out too as warmed.

Rich and dare I say lusciously creamy mouthfeel brings it all together. Carbonation levels are medium to low overall, but on the higher side for big stouts.

A very good beer although I wish the sweetness were dialed back just a touch. Still the mouthfeel brought all the flavors together and made it better than the sum of its parts.

06-14-2012 21:00:51 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of DaveHack
DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-13-2012 22:08:36 | More by DaveHack
Photo of millerbuffoon
millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-12-2012 03:48:57 | More by millerbuffoon
Photo of bpfrush
bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2012 13:40:39 | More by bpfrush
Photo of thewimperoo
thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-04-2012 00:24:08 | More by thewimperoo
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

At the time of this review, this is #19 on the "Top Beers - Russian Imperial Stout" list on beeradvocate.com. Shared by yourefragile, Thanks!

Beer is black with nearly no head, small tan / brown bubbles, low lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and a little molasses and some booze.

Beer is light in body and hides the alcohol really well. It is sweet and a nice with a great finish. I'd have it again for sure.

05-23-2012 15:40:03 | More by drabmuh
Photo of funkel81
funkel81

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-21-2012 03:34:52 | More by funkel81
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks, David.

Pitch black viscous body with a tall lasting head. Initially over-carbonated, but some vigorous swirling takes care of that.

Big dark chocolate aroma backed by a small note of char. Oak and vanilla follow, and dark fruit comes out more as it warms. Slightly vinous.

The palate is heavy on cocoa, roasted malt and dark fruit, with a gentle oak presence that lends a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is incredible - full and silky bordering on creamy, but without excessive sweetness. There's a note of char toward the finish and a touch of booze, but overall this is remarkably balanced and mellow. Truly excellent stuff.

05-17-2012 20:07:52 | More by largadeer
Photo of dsgolovin
dsgolovin

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-17-2012 19:21:17 | More by dsgolovin
Photo of Hopstamon
Hopstamon

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

22oz. bottle poured into a nice snifter.
This is a fantastic rendition of a imperial stout. I'm happy that I got a hold of a bottle of this after the vicious flood.
Pours out a nice dark lovefest with a tan head. The juicy malt flavors abound and a hint of vanilla and oak-e-ness slide onto my tongue in an everlasting triumph of rightesness. I am sipping this snifter quicker than I thought, and am absorbing the boozy punch of this fine concoction as a sponge in a pool of water.
Me likey... If you can get a hold of this limited brew... do it.

05-15-2012 03:13:06 | More by Hopstamon
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Good retention and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries a nice dose of bourbon and oak with a bit of vanilla in the background. Touch of milk chocolate as well. The flavor falls off from there with a decent amount of booze to go alongside the barrel character. Body is medium with average carbonation. Pretty good, but the flavor could have used as much depth as the nose.

05-09-2012 17:25:26 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of whartontallboy
whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-15-2012 04:50:29 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of klink40
klink40

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-12-2012 23:49:35 | More by klink40
Luscious from The Alchemist
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.