Deth By Plums
Revolution Brewing

Deth By PlumsDeth By Plums
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #151
ABV:
11.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,041
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 4.64%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
51
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Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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Deth By PlumsDeth By Plums
Notes: Bourbon Barrel-Aged oatmeal stout with Italian plums.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deth by Plums plays into the common dark fruit notes in many barrel aged stouts. The Smell is deliciously prune juice (sounds weird, I know). The barrel is held in check and let's the dark fruits sing.

IG: @firesidewithphil

May 31, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost jet black with a very attractive inch of foamy coffee ice cream colored head. Slowly dissipates to a thin, lasting layer. Smells.....strong. You can smell the plums and the booze. Both are strong, but pleasantly so. Taste is much smoother than I anticipated, and is very heavy on the plums. Feel is slightly thin, but not overly so. Overall a very tasty beer that goes down way too easy for a hair under 12%.

May 10, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 10/4/19, had 4/10/20. Replaces rating from draft only release of 11/18/17.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a half inch foamy head and light soapy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, plums, vanilla oak, char, some toffee, light tobacco. The plums really stand out in the flavor, followed by chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some caramel, some oak and char. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Also had this on tap at the the 2019 release, and I like the can better than either draft. Probably because I’m not drinking the can along with all the other incredible beers at a Revolution Deep Wood release. The plums are awesome, lots of chocolate, and while there’s a slightly thinner feel than the base beer, it’s not a negative. The can also seems a little sweeter than it did on tap. Very enjoyable.

Apr 22, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick pitch black. 2 1/2 finger tan head. The retention is good for such a high ABV beer. A bit of lacing on the glass.
The nose hit me as I opened and poured the can. I got a whiff of the plums in it. Up close the plums are in the background. The barrel aromas seem to be the main aroma - caramel, toffee, chocolate.
Taste - The plums really provide a very tasty add on flavor to the standard Deth flavors. Of course, there's the caramel, toffee, chocolate flavors, but the plums just kick that up and add on to them. I wouldn't have though the flavors would mesh together, but they do very well.
Thick and full bodied. No real alcohol burn at all. Maybe the plums smooth things out a bit.
This beer seemed like it wouldn't have worked. Plums and a BA RIS? Well, they do work. It is quite delicious and tasty, and I'm happy to have tried it, and enjoyed it.

Feb 23, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with a fluffy tan blanket that retains well, settling to a solid ridge leaving some soft blobby arms of lace on the glass.

Taste is sweet and fruity, but not over the top, cloying or acidic of fruit. The plum contributes a smoothing out sort of mild floral character that snuffs out any dark fruit, overlapping the softly dark roasted base that features tobacco, some sticky but light char, and a light syrupy bourbon.

The silky smooth medium body has a lightly soft, cuddly teddy bear froth before the semi-dry, semi-sticky finish.

Feb 11, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tossing some plums into a BA Imperial Oatmeal Stout where the base beer is a favorite of mine, as is the brewery? Sign me up! Pours black with plenty of leakage to dark brown on the edges, and a sizzling tan head that dissipates pretty quickly as expected, give the ABV and the adjunct addition.

The plums announce their presence on the nose as soon as you pop the top on the can, and there’s also a significant aroma that can only be described as a molten chocolate cake in a big ol’ beer. WOW!!!

The taste is flooded with tangy plum flavors and rich milk chocolate flavors, and what is really interesting is how, as this warms, the plums get tangier and the milk chocolate gets richer.

Revolution’s barrel program is world-class, IMHO, and they’re really good at telling you, literally on the can, the beers you can age (this one) and the beers you should drink immediately (Cafe Deth), so I’m gonna sit on the couple of cans I have left of this and see how they develop, because this is traveshamockery good, IMHO.

Jan 27, 2020
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate grape juice. Solid 3 finger head with nice carbonation and a decadence fit for a king. Very full bodied without too much bitterness. Highly recommend.

Dec 30, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, filled 10-04-2019, 11.7% ABV. Near black body with a thin foamy brown head. Boozy bourbon aroma with oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit, faint fruity plum in the background. Rich & boozy flavors with plenty of plum to go with roasted barley, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cherry, oats. Body is thinner than I'd like it to be even though it's still pretty full; booze is warming while burning the throat a bit, ample carbonation, plum and cherry lingers sweetly. Overall, it'd good for something different.

Dec 24, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky black with minimal highlights and a finger worth of light caramel colored crown to rest on top.

The nose brings tons of dark fruit mixing with a slight chocolate and ever so slight tobacco.

The taste brings huge dark fruit as well. Almost juicy plums.

Touch thin, but so well blended and balanced. No burn at all and scary smooth for 12%.

Overall, this is a great brew and blending.

Nov 28, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can, 10.04.19 stamped on the bottom of the can, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black, super viscous and thick with a khaki head that rises about a finger's height and recedes quickly leaving a thick ring of film around the circumference of the glass and a few spots of lacing. The aroma is nice, lots of plum and stone fruits, fig and cherry with bittersweet dark chocolate, warm bourbon barrel, vanilla, rich grains and sweet and warm booze. The flavors are good, huge chocolate covered berry flavor, tons of plum, prune, blackberry, fig stone fruit profile with smooth barrel, charred oak, toasted grain, soft bourbon and warm alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy heavy body, smooth and luscious with a delicate finish.

Verdict: A very nice fruited barrel aged stout from Revolution. It's quite sweet and jammy but has a nice bourbon barrel backbone to make for a more rounded beer. Perhaps starting to infringe on the fruited stout territory that was monopolized in Chicago by Goose Island and BCBS.

Nov 26, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Love the deth by series, but wasn't sure how plums would jive compared to previous installments. I got my answer from the first sip: it might be the best yet. Breaking order, let's start with the taste, plum, bourbon, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and molasses, with supporting minor char, raisin, toffee, and earth. Incredible feat to be able to get the plum to be front and center and yet bring out so many other flavors. Smells like a plum bourbon cobbler with chocolate lingering, not as complex as the taste, but very pleasant. Feel has the standard BA stout booze, smoothness, viscosity, but also has some wood tannins and is generally rich. The wife loved it

Nov 01, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Franfab for this
12 oz can, dated 10/4/19, poured into tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, plums, stone fruits, bourbon, oak, some vanilla, mild earthiness.

T- Plums, chocolate, stone fruits, bourbon, vanilla, oak, touch of earthiness, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Plums play right into the flavors of the base. Plums add a great layer without being overwhelming.

Nov 01, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Revolution release party. This one poured a nice dark black color with a slightly purple ting. The smell was bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some plum. The taste was sweet but not overly so. i thought the plum would be more dominate but it was just a faint taste of it. the chocolate really came out in the taste. This had a very rich and full mouthfeel very nice.

Oct 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/4/19; drank 10/20/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance; purple at the edges.

A violent pour yielded a big tan head; nice, frothy lace.

Rich plum, mild oak & faint dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Mildly sweet plum, milk chocolate, oak & faint bourbon heat flavors.

Fruity, rich and very drinkable.

Another nice fruit stout from Revolution!

Oct 21, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing based on a 12-ounce can from this weekend's release event, enjoyed at home, rather than the draft pour yesterday when surrounded by sensory overload. Pours like Deth's Tar, with a slight purple tinge and a touch less head. Very appealing aroma of plum and chocolate, with more alcohol sting on the nose than expected for the ABV. Sweet on the palate, but not cloying; I would say it is similar in fruit intensity to Deth by Cherries was two years ago--prominent, but still primarily an accent to the base beer rather than overpowering it.

Oct 20, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better 2017 variants besides Café Deth and Deth By Currants.
Jet black with a thin layer of tan foam and minimal spotty lace.
Fruity sweet plum juice aroma, distinct and well melded with the roastiness of the RIS.
Taste was sweeter with a fruity plum note that meshed well with the roast and chocolate notes.
Medium bodied with light carbonation, felt slightly thin but drinkable enough.

Nov 21, 2017
Deth By Plums from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 51 ratings