Deth's Tar | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.80%

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

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Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pour jet black with nice tan colored head that settles to a thin film. Strings of lacing spot my glass.

Aroma - Lots of sweet chocolate, caramel, big bourbon aroma, oak, roasted malt, vanilla. Great sweet smoky aroma.

Taste - Big punch of rich chocolate and roasted malts up front with tons of bourbon. Light barrel presence along with some vanilla and caramel. Taste is sweet but not as sweet as the nose, little big of plum or date as well.

Feel - Full bodied creamy feel that coats the palate, nice amount of warmth from the bourbon smooth and very easy drinking for the 14.8% ABV.

Overall - Been really impressed with these guys and their barrel aged beers, wonderful aroma and excellent taste.

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Photo of Jpeluso
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Franklin House Pub on August 10. Came in a snifter with half a finger of cream-colored head that faded within the first couple minutes, leaving minimal lacing. Deep brown color consistent with medium mouthfeel of a solid oatmeal stout. Smell is pleasantly mild, with little indication of alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Surprisingly little alcohol taste, with rich vanilla/bourbon notes. Outstanding flavor: great balance of malt, slightly sweet balanced out by faint bitterness. One of the most drinkable Russian imperial stouts I've had, without the overpowering booziness many suffer from.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/09/17

Pours straight black and incredibly thick, with two fingers of a vibrant caramel colored head to cap it off.

Aroma is bringing big but balanced notes of vanilla and oak to go alongside plenty of stiff bourbon, dark berries, milk chocolate, cacao nibs, and a hint of coconut and bright cherries on the finish; smooth dark maltiness all-around.

Taste is heavy oak steeped in dark berry juices; also notes of wheated bourbon, baker's chocolate, coconut husk, vanilla bean, and cacao nibs; deeply earthy with sporadic bursts of berry brightness.

Mouthfeel is slick and carries a moderate stickiness that sits well with the beer's moderate carbonation; almost no presence of the big ABV, which is only adds to a well-rounded profile.

Pretty good BA-RIS here; I'm liking the balance of the profile and the incredibly smooth mouthfeel, but at times I was left wanting more from the flavor. Still a very sturdy take on the style, though.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaraMatt
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bnewt21
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vabeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the can label on the beer. The beer is 50 degree and served in a snifter. The beer has a one finger head with fair retention. The head is creamy and light tan with light lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 37, a dark brown nearly opaque. The beer has carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

The aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar, char, bready, earthy, yeast, coffee, dark chocolate, grass, and alcohol.

The flavors in the beer are oak, bourbon, orange, vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar, char, bready, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, grass, and earthy notes.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

I want a chewier mouthfeel. I felt the beer was a cross between a porter and stout. When I drink an Imperial Stout, I want a chewy beer that the flavors meld together in harmony. The beer has the potential for awesomeness.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is clean dark cola brown bordering on black that gives a russet glint in the corners. On a rough pour it starts off with a touring 2+ finger head of wet brown bubbles, but they subside almost immediately into a classic ring and archipelago pattern. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is sweet and boozy off the bat. As I dig my nose in my eyes start to water from the alcohol. Roast chocolate and sweet vanilla from the barrel and an almost husk-like flat earthy woodiness kind of tamping the whole thing down. Some creamy nuttiness as well. Pleasant despite the heat.

Flavour brings out sticky sweet molasses and chewy chocolate with a veneer of sweet bourbon before the whole thing is washed away in alcohol heat. The alcohol almost imparts a cinnamon like spicy character, but I know it's just the booze itself. I keep wanting to reference chicory, but I'm not sure I have an actually accurate mental image of what that even is. Earthy char towards the end before more of the molasses build to finish.

This one is a little more towards the sticky side of chewy as opposed to the thick and chewy, with lively carbonation and no attempt whatsoever to mask the incredibly high alcohol content.

I'm enjoying this one as is, but I could see it being fantastic given a couple of years to mellow out. Much appreciation to @FlintB for sending this along as part of his deluge of Michigan beers during NBSBIF#007. Thanks, Brian!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer is a part of a trade with @flat_lander. thank you!
The beer pours a dark cola brown almost black with a creamy tan head that is very short lived. Fizzes away within 30 seconds of my pour. The aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt and molasses mixed with a it of bourbon notes and some anice. I also get a decent hit of booziness, reminding me of the 14.5% on the can. There is no hop notes at this point.
The first sip reveals a thick body with spacious slightly prickly carbonation. The texture is slick and a little oily and sticky.
Flavor is dark malt with roasted notes, dark chocolate and bourbon. There is a good amount of booze on this beer as I take the first sips. Again no hops of any note on this beer in the flavor. I am finding thebeer to drink pretty easy for how big the beer is. I expect I will find it to catch up to me at the end of the bottle. This is a great barrel aged stout. Well worth a purchase if you like bigger, albeit sneaky malt forward beers.

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Photo of StephenBechler
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the rather pricey growler via Cappy's in Loveland in a snifter.
This beast of a brew pours a thick dark coal color with a nice head of
light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin minimal layer, and sports
some subtle light lacing. Nose of boozy sweet bourbon with sweet vanilla
and mild oak notes with moderately dark coffee and subtle cocoa with
brulee notes. Flavors hit it perfect;y with a bourbon and rich caramel
flavor awash in sweet vanilla and toasted marshmallow with heavy coffee
and semi sweet bakers cocoa mingling nicely with a nice oak note on the
rear with just a hint of herbal hop. Excellent mouth feel; slick, smooth as silk,
warming, low carbonation, and a sweet bourbon warming finish that is not
as overpowering as the nose might suggest.



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Photo of Kile
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Beer-Economicus in NBS BIF 007 – Thanks Darwin!
Bottom of can inked “FILLED 11-09-2017”, stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, just a hint of brown shows at the meniscus.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), medium brown, low density, initially fizzy, short retention diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Poor. Short thin segments composed of extremely tiny bubbles. Better than expected for a 14.8% ABV BBA stout.
First pour – Dark brown, hazy.
Aroma – 4.5 – Caramel, roasted malt, bourbon.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with bourbon and barrel, shifts to caramel in the middle, and ends with slightly bitter roasted malt. No alcohol (14.8% ABV!!!!), no hops flavor, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.5 - The palate seems a bit thin for the appearance – I was expecting something with the viscosity of tar - but it’s still chewable. The appearance is, perhaps, better than most Russian Imperial Stouts, black and ominous, almost daring me to drink it. Dare accepted! This is very easy to drink at 55 degrees; at 57+ degrees the alcohol begins to blast through. The aroma is highly volatile – exhaling across the surface brings the bourbon and caramel instantly to the forefront. The flavor is quite good, better than most RISs that have crossed my lips, with the caramel balancing the bourbon well, and the bit of malt bitterness at the end being the near-perfect ending. Having the top of the can painted black is a nice touch. Overall, I can see sitting at my computer with a sixer of this and coming to with YTREWQ impressed on my forehead.

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

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave2234
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fcoffeen
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McHenry
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ruzzal
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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