Deth's Tar | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, and named after our exalted leader, Emperor Deth. This one is definitely on the dark side.

A play on Josh's name, this Russian imperial stout is aged in two different types of bourbon barrels (Heaven Hill & Old Forester) then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew.

Deth's Tar is a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout. It is brewed with a host of wonderful specialty malts, flaked oats and oat malt to impart a rich, silky mouthfeel and deep, complex malt flavors and aromas reminiscent of dark baker’s chocolate, fresh brewed coffee and caramel candy. We also utilized Warrior as the main bittering hop and English Fuggle in the whirlpool to impart a clean balanced bitterness and hints earthiness and spiciness dancing around the intense malt backbone. The brew then spent seven months resting between Heaven Hill and Old Forester bourbon barrels. The resulting blend is Deth's Tar, that we bring to you once again on draft and in 22-ounce bombers in commemorative packaging.

40 IBU

Added by homebrew311 on 09-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
877
Reviews:
105
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: pours thick and black with a film of head
S: big bourbon and chocolate
T: the bourbon is nicely present but not as big as in the nose. There is nice chocolate as well.
F: medium to thin thickness, coats well and very smooth.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hot on the nose and taste initially. As it warmed, the bourbon started to show through and I also got flavors of coffee and cinnamon. I know neither of those are adjuncts in this so it must just have been the way my palette reacted to the barrel. Solid beer but not world class.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Barrel aging done right . . . Balanced perfectly in my opinion. Pours oily but not too slick. Vicious but not syrupy or too sticky. Not too dry, not too sweet. Definitely some heat from the bourbon and alcohol however it's far from being a booze bomb. This right up there with barrel aged Ten Fidy in my book.

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Black color with tan head. Aroma has some astringent bourbon, slightly boozy with some burnt sugar. Taste starts with quite harsh whiskey, booze, sweet malt and some dark fruits. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Overall it has some nice flavors but quite boozy and not too easy to drink.

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Daring in its depth and darkness, Revolution brewers are starting a new revolution that gets us back to incredibly roasty, burnt, toasty and spicy stout with the complexities of whisky barrels for yet an extra little kick in the pants.

Deth's Tar pours jet black with with complete opaqueness. Slightly tawny and bronze at its extreme margins, the nose drifts above its short froth with smoked chocolate, espresso, walnut, charred sugars and burnt cream. Slightly fruity and winey, a complex scent leads into those savory, burnt and deeply malted sweetnesses.

As the flavors develop, its sweetness turns from sorghum and molasses over to char and roast. Bitter baker's chocolate, dark roast coffee, black walnut and the char of scorched earth gives a depth of earthy flavor that saturates the middle palate to its fullest. But then the taste takes a brighter tone as roasted currants, faint fennel, and the spiciness of peppercorn and nutty oak tannins decorate the finish.

Full bodied but drying from the astringency of char, a light ash character pulls from the sweetness and wraps around the burgeoning bitterness that ensues. Seeming of burnt pine cones, the long roast derived bitter bite extends deep into finish, carrying with it the char of grain, whisky heat and a twang of sherry.

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