Deth By Cherries
Revolution Brewing

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #118
Ranked #2,131
4.27 | pDev: 5.85%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Deth By CherriesDeth By Cherries
Notes: Formerly: Dark Cherry Deth's Tar

A variation of our Deth's Tar, a bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout, blended with cherry puree.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can. Just shy of black. Big khaki head. Smells of bourbon, lightly acidic cherry, chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, cherry, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Oaky back end with a little cherry and a hefty dose of booze. Heavy, sweet, but not undrinkable. Good.

May 23, 2021
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to ovaltine in bif, poured into surly snifter
L: pitch black 2 finger tan head that fades quickly
S: big notes of fruit cake rasin and cherry, coconut.
T: cherry upfront rasin follows nice roast and ends with cherry

M: thick smooth nice carb

O: I hate stouts with a lot of rasin and coconut middle flavors but this with the cherries it all worked together and was tasty.

Apr 10, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring muddy brown but filling to dull black, the tan foam head of moderate height retains as a thick blanket for a while before settling to a creamy film curling at the edges.

Largely behind the bourbon barrel and quite mild stout characteristics that come together like Jack and Coke, the cherry might twang the cola into Cherry Coke vibes, but it's so light it almost seems missing at first. That is, until the exhale brings out a cinnamon note similar to what you often find in kriek. It's more detectable in the second sip, where it adds flavors of dark fruit, pairing with a similar melange conjured up by the charred oak.

The body is medium-thin with a light bubbly cola effervescence that finishes semi-dry.

The fruit presence is clearly much more nuanced here than some of their other fruited Deep Woods cans. While a subtle hand is appreciated, I was a little thrown off at first, but it does pair well with the barrel character, almost blending in perfectly. Still, there's a cola quality throughout that makes it a little too playful in mouthfeel for me.

Mar 15, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Near black with a reddish hue. Two fingers of light mocha head dissipate after a minute or two leaving a longer-lasting wisp and a little lacing.

Chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon with vanilla notes and a just touch of cherry cordial in the somewhat toasty aroma.

Much more cherry in the taste, mixing with the chocolate and booze, and really overpowering most other characteristics — although some hints of roasted malt, vanilla and other stone fruit do make quick appearances.

Medium bodied, maybe a touch light for the style, with slick feel that still has plenty of tight, soft carbonation cutting through.

Very cherry forward, but with the alcohol heat and the chocolate, it’s not too sweet. Very easy drinking, in fact. Tasty stuff.

Feb 24, 2021
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barrelbeer from Indiana

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark pour with a tan reddish laciness. Chocolate, dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, and some hints of vanilla. Sweet bourbon and cherries. This is very well balanced, smooth mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin, and cherry comes through perfectly but not overpowering. Only get distro of a few deep woods cans, and this is easily one of my favorites.

Jan 10, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet and jammy cherry, dark fruit, oak, sweet bourbon, caramel, and milk chocolate fudge.

This definitely has less barrel than the typical BA Revolution beer, but the cherry is just done so well. I'm glad the cherry character is on the sweeter side, rather than tart cherries. There's a creamy sweet chocolate character - it kind of comes across as a bourbon chocolate-covered cherry truffle. That is obviously a tasty thing to emulate. There's a touch of oak, and some sweet-ish caramel type bourbon character.

This is medium bodied, very creamy, with no real booziness to it. It's very well balanced, and leans sweet compared to the typical Revolution BA beer.

Revolution is basically never miss for me at this point.

Jan 03, 2021
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DeadWax from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 vintage had three weeks after initial release, poured from a can.

Pours dark brown with a fizzy low head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nose is missing some of that dominant Deep Woods oak and bourbon but flavor is bourbon soaked chocolate cherries. The superb cherry balance from Ten Year Beer is here with a thick chocolate backbone. Barrel still present when room temp, medium to medium light thickness.

Overall, I would probably reach for a ba stout without fruit, but for what it is this is superb.

Jan 03, 2021
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Cyoung1313 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Slight barrel, chocolate and fruit on the nose. Taste of fudge, chocolate and fruit. Medium viscosity with light carbonation. Another excellent offering from Rev.

Dec 28, 2020
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Chris7482 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2020 release
Look: Deep, dark brown with the slightest red tint when held to light.
Smell: Dark chocolate and cherry with some alcohol as it warms.
Taste: Just fantastic, tart chocolate covered cherries in a glass.
Feel: Medium body, sticky, just a touch thinner then I'd like.
Overall: The only thing keeping this from being pretty close to perfect is the almost $1 per ounce price. Outstanding beer though, try it if you can.

Nov 30, 2020
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$44 for a 4 pack. This is one of the most expensive beers I’ve ever purchased at a liquor store. I hesitated. It was limit one and have read great things about this variant so I pulled the trigger.

Looks the part. Aroma is predominantly cocoa, with some barrel and slight cherry. It’s taste is amazing. Barrel and chocolate at the beginning with just a touch of cherry/whiskey on the finish.

I really enjoyed and glad I tried it, but at $11 a 12 oz serving Is pricy. It’s very good, but will only buy it on special occasions in the future.

Nov 28, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2020 version. Big time fudge taste. Deep and rich. The cherry starts of subtle but as it warms they become more pronounced. The sweetness is nicely balanced with the barrel. The cherries in this actually tasted real with a little sweetness and a touch of tartness.

Nov 26, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 11/3/17, had 8/10/18. Replacing 4.21 rating only of 2016 release had on tap 3/10/17.

Pours dark and opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention, and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of cherries, roasted malt, chocolate, light bourbon, oak, char, some caramel, light vanilla and molasses. The taste is cherries, bourbon, malt- less roasted, oak, some caramel, light vanilla and chocolate. There’s a light malt bitterness throughout, and a little cherry tartness when fully warmed. Smooth, a good fuller body- but definitely lighter than the base beer, appropriately carbonated.

This is certainly good, but kind of expected more at the high price point. The cherry puree seems to reduce the depth and fullness of the base beer in the flavor and maybe a little in the aroma. The barrels show well in the flavor, but much less so in the aroma- an imbalance that’s not typical of the Deep Wood series. It might just be me, so you should try it if you can.

Mar 07, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @bstyle. Can dated 11/3/2017. Poured into pint glass. It pours nearly black with dark walnut hues. The mocha-colored head dissipated quickly leaving a thin sheen of like-colored lacing. It smells like chocolate covered cherries with roasted malt, light coffee, and nuts. I was concerned that the cherries might be cloying but no worries! The taste opens with roasted malt, burnt coffee, and tasty, tart cherry. It The bourbon is noticeable but delicate. It closes with a slight acidity, along with notes of spice and pepper. For a RIS it's medium-bodied with light to moderate carbonation, and the hefty 13.1% ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. Overall, Deth by Cherries is delightful: all of the tastes blend terrifically. It's a great variant of Deth's Tar.

Sep 08, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, snifter glass. Dark black body, one finger offwhite head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is pretty much the base Deth's Tar- big milk chocolate, oatmeal, whiskey heat, a bit of vanillin, cocoa. Touch of cherry that doesn't get bigger as it warms- pretty static, slightly tart but mostly sweet cherry flesh. Flavour follows; Deth's Tar is easily recognizable with a nice whiskey heat, oatmeal, milk chocolate, a bit of vanillin, cocoa, touch of bitter dark chocolate that is quickly covered up by a mild cherry flesh sweetness. It's not tart or sour in any way; the cherry just adds a bit of fruity sweetness to the already robust base beer. Fuller bodied, slightly thinner than what I remember of the base but that is to be expected with the fruit addition. Slight cherry sweetness on the finish, a touch of whiskey heat. A nice example of fruit added to a big whiskey barrel aged stout; it complements but doesn't distract/detract from the base beer itself which is already excellent caliber.

Aug 31, 2018
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WadeBridgman from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful Stout. Delicious harmony of cherry and chocolate, I don't know who wouldn't think this is great. It's a very robust dark stout with the perfect amount of cherry on the nose and palate. All flavors compliment each other incredibly well, this is right up there with Blue Gene which is one of my personal favorites.

Feb 21, 2018
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stacks in Valpo. Served in a 10oz. snifter.

Look- Dark as night with a minuscule foam cap. No lacing is present, but there is an oily residue clinging to the glass.

Smell- Tart cherry, bakers chocolate, bourbon and molasses.

Taste- Mildly tart cherries, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak.

Feel- Slightly thin and oily with well disguised alcohol heat.

Overall- A very good beer in It's own right, but not one of their best barrel aged offerings in my opinion. The slightly sour cherry taste dominates and overrides the barrel characteristics. The oak comes through in the finish, but unfortunately not enough to bump up my score.

Feb 16, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best cherry stout I've ever had, hands down, and a great showcase of the cherries, period, even when compared to classic krieks. Pours black and moderately viscous, with thin head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful cherry cordial on the nose, with thick fruit and chocolate, accented by oak and heat. The barrel really shines in every sip, making sure you know this is still Deth's Tar at heart. Nom. I still have some cans at home from the release, but I'm reviewing this on draft at a local bar, because it's worth bar prices to let me continue hoarding my precious cans!

Feb 15, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting some chocolate covered cherries on the smell. No cherries on the taste. Maybe some cinnamon. Roasted malt underlying. Big and boozy, chest warming. Fairly bitter finishes, with lower sweetness levels.

Jan 19, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black and thick beer with a tan head that dissipates and leaves a few specks of lacing behind on the glass. Aromas of cherries, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Very carbonated beer is full of tart cherries and sweet. There is also a decent amount of bourbon and dark chocolate. The beer finishes with a coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. This is a pretty great use of cherries in a stout.

Jan 04, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of hearty, caramel-colored head. Head retention is good with good lacing left behind. Cherries are huge in the aroma while roasted and toasted malts form a firm foundation. Cherries are a mix of bright and tart. Flavor profile is a huge slug of cherry, both bright and tart. Roasted and toasted malts help deliver this slug of sugary flavor. Sugary cherries balance well with the bitter malts, although ultimately end up on the sugary side. Mouth feel is thick, heavy, and dense with a velvety, grainy texture. Overall, a robust stout with cherries stuffed in every crevice of the aroma and flavor profile. It doesn't taste artificial, which gives it wonderful one-dimensional depth.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Dec 11, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can, 11.3.17 stamped on the can, poured into Revolution Brewing pint glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black, inky and opaque with a fizzy and tall brown head, low retention and no lace. The aroma is nice, loads of chocolate, tart cherry, smooth barrel character, light oak, lots of grain, light acidity, a touch of smoke and some soft booze. The flavors are pleasant, rich chocolate, soft bourbon, charred wood, light smoke with loads of tart cherry that brings out some smooth plum and raisin. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side, it coats well but is a bit light in terms of weight but thankfully not overcarbonated and the finish is a bit dry and almost tart from the cherry.

Verdict: A good fruited and barrel aged stout from Revolution. I wish the body had a bit more oomph to it as it lets the beer down a bit, but the flavors are well developed and the cherry is expressed nicely. Definitely a worthy beer for anyone who likes a good fruited stout.

Dec 06, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/3/17; drank 3/16/18 @ the Yarchives.

Midnight black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark khaki head; a thick curtain of lace.

Montmorency cherry, dark chocolate, Merlot & mild oak notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Montmorency cherry & dark chocolate flavors up front; oak & mild bourbon notes on the finish.

Bold, balanced & frankly delicious. A few months has done wonders for this beer. I wish I had a case...

Dec 05, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Sovereign in Plainfield, IL.
A - Pours very dark with a small tan head.
S - The aroma is chocolate and cherries.
T - The flavor is an almost perfect balance of chocolate stout, cherries and alcohol.
M - Rich & creamy mouth feel.
O - Excellent! I'm very picky about fruit flavors in stout, and this is very good.

May 29, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. The wife loves this beer! I think it is really good too. Nice tart and sweet cherry flavors to go with the chocolate and creamy malt base and the bourbon barrel aged tones. Smell is not as vibrant as the taste, but still pleasant. Pours beautiful light black with very little head. Might be the best cherry stout I have ever had

Mar 18, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modest head that dies to only rim bubbles. Little lace. Nearly black in color as no light passes through the edge of the glass.

Mild but lightly fruity (bing cherries?) chocolate smell. Low alcohol presence as well.

I'm reminded of cherry pie on the initial sip. The stout's chocolate flavors are secondary. This leads to a tartness in the flavor and aftertaste. Unique from other stouts because of the strong tart cherry flavors.

Jan 21, 2017
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 113 ratings