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): 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#541
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
994
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
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Photo of ruzzal
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of portEr242
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoreyC
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass canned on 11/17.

A: Not much of a head what is there is just a film. Body is pitch black, but with hints of light able to come through at the edges.

S: Lots of bourbon, chocolate, oak, and leather.

T: Such a huge bourbon flavor right of the rip, with lots of chocolate, tobacco, leather, and oak finishes a little hot.

M: Nice full body with that silky alcohol slickness clings to the tongue and coats it completely.

O: This beer is superb, this is a top tier Bourbon barrel stout, i like that it is very barrel forward. Some may not care for that, but thus has an outstanding body and flavor. Too many of these beers are sweeter which isn't bad, but they ones that bring you up short are great too.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Subtle coffee, slight bitters. Better as it warms. 3/9/2018

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

Deth’s Tar - Revolution Brewing
BBA Stout - 14.8% abv

L - 1-finger mocha head atop a pitch black body.

S - booze! You can smell the bourbon from a mile away. Vanilla, oak, caramel as well.

T - Bourbon smashes your tastebuds immediately. Lots of chocolate comes through next. Quite sweet. Vanilla and oak are present in the background.

F - Full bodied.

O - A bit one-dimensional, but damn, it works!

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4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this
12 oz can, dated 11/9/17, poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger mocha head

S- Bourbon, chocolate, some vanilla, touch of dark fruits, some oak, some roasted malts.

T- Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, some oak, touch of vanilla.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Another great barrel aged stout from Revolution. Worth seeking out, very similar to BCBS.

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Photo of KingTen144
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown. Woody, bourbon barrel smell with a hint of caramel on the nose. Taste is very bourbon-forward, with chocolate, wood, caramel undertones. Feels a bit thinner than I would expect, but still a nice texture. Overall a great beer.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, packaged 11/9/2017. Poured into tulip.
Somewhat aggressive pour leads to thick black body with latte colored head. At it's peak, I got about a fat finger's worth. Decent lacing on the glass too. The aroma is roast, caramel, chocolate, wood and booze. Taste is nice hit of bourbon wood first then, roasted malts, bitter baker's chocolate, vanilla, some marshmallow, caramel. Layered. The body is where it needs to be for me. Thick, chewy, slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. I love the fact that it's in cans but I really love that its a straight forward, no adjunct stout that absolutely delivers on all levels.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to FFFjunkie for this one. Canned 11/2017 - poured into a tulip. Opaque dark brown with a modest tan had that settled slowly. Large whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla aroma. Whiskey front-and-center on the taste but backed up nicely by a big chocolate and roasty base. The whiskey reclaims dominance on the finish. Warm and boozy but in a pleasant way.

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4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHunter19
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- dark brown black opaque beer with no head at all
S $ huge molasses, vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, marshmallow, dark roasted malts
T # again with molasses, vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, marshmallow, dark roasted malts
M % mouthfeel heavy, alc covered exceptionally Well, aftertaste is mainly caramel, bourbon, toffee
O × amazing beer. I would say much better than the previous bba beers I've had from them...

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4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage; 22 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz. Libby Snifter

A: Very dark, very thick. Aggressive pour leaves almost no head at all.
S: Oak and roasty, burnt sugar.
T: First, an oaky, bourbon sweetness then an intense incarnation of typical stout flavors: roasty, burnt, dark malts.
F: Super thick but surprisingly high carbonation.
Overall: This beer game at an opportune time for me. I'd had one too many pastry stout sugar bombs in a row and this knocked my socks off. No nonsense, no adjuncts, just a pure unadulterated bourbon aged stout.

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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 michaelsmith11
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very impressive beer by Revolution. This was my first tasting of anything barrel aged by them. The beer poured dark and very thick with a small tan head that disappeared rather quickly. The smell was boozy at first but then the chocolate and vanilla smells came through. The taste was very boozy at first, maybe a little too much. Bu the chocolate and vanilla soon came in. The mouthfeel was very thick and creamy. This was an excellent beer and stands up very favorably to other barrel aged beers I've had.

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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/9/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours black with a dark khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have bourbon and chocolate along with some dark fruits. Some vanilla, coconut and caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More chocolate, coconut, caramel and vanilla. Black cherries and raisins are there along with some more dark fruits. Some oak/wood. The bourbon blends well with everything that's going on. Solid malt backbone. There's a solid warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly creamy and velvety. It's fluffy and ultimately smooth. It makes for a nice sipper, but it's surprisingly easy to drink.

This is a really nice barrel-aged stout. It's big, bold and dangerously drinkable, but it's balanced. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with thin tan head. Aroma is a deep malt with bourbon present. Taste is a slightly sweet malt with bourbon and some alcohol aftertaste. This one needs to be aged for a year to enhance the flavor.

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Photo of hcproff36
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing
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