Deth's Tar | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

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:
#566
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
968
pDev:
7.66%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Giggy
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of scream
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Feldpausch
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz can into snifter. Obsidian color with a 1.5 finger brown head. Fades into oblivion with some lacing that also vanishes. Sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla start it off. Some molasses and dark chocolate come in after. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa are also subdued as it warms. This is fantastic. All the sweetness from the stout are balanced by the barrel and roasted malts. Vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa. Medium to full bodied with a smooth and rich mouthfeel with nice carbonation. All around fantastic barrel aged stout.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty cool to someone canning high gravity barrel aged beers. This came through in a trade and I was very thankful and excited to try it. Cool can art as well. pitch black, short head. Super boozy aroma, almost all ethanol. Flavor was super boozy but with some nice barrel notes, some chocolate, malty. This was good but I don't want another one.

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Photo of NappyB
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mateo2699
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Revolution in August 2017. Rating from notes:

High B- / WORTHY

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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at Capital Craft in Green Brook, NJ. 12 oz. pour served in a shaker glass. It pours a deep walnut - nearly black, with a creamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. The head dissipated quickly leaving a thin sheen of lacing. The first smell I noticed was bourbon followed by roasted malt, baker's chocolate, oak, molasses, caramel, and a whiff of tobacco. It's highly aromatic. The taste is positively luscious: Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, raisin, fig, and subtle but distinct bourbon. There's a lot going on but it all works. It's really delicious. It has a creamy, chewy, viscous mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and the 14.8% ABV isn't evident at first but it catches up with you. Overall, RIS is my favorite style and I'm not impressed easily but Deth's Tar is absolutely first rate. I hope to find it bottled. If you have the opportunity to drink Deth's Tar, then don't turn it down!

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, dated 11/10/17 09:09:41. Pours black with a medium sized dark khaki head. Amazing smell of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, earthy hops, molasses, and cocoa with a hint of coffee. The taste follows exactly with bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, hops, and molasses. Great intensity and mellowed flavors. Medium sweetness, lower bitterness, and lower dryness. No noticeable alcohol in the taste, but warming. The body is somewhat thin for the style. Overall, this is a great example of a BA RIS from Revolution. It has a complex and strong bourbon profile with a tasty base beer. Try it if you find it.

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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Revolution's Deth's Tar a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. I've tried a few beers from this brewery and this one really caught my attention and I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks nice, it has a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a little over a finger and half worth of slightly creamy and lightly bubbly slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S_ The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart some sweet bourbon barrel aromas with some bourbon, boozy and vanilla like aromas showing up and that goes into a sweet booze aroma that's followed by the dark fruits which impart a mixed dark fruit aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which impart some dark dark malt, roasted malt, a little charred malts, lots of sweet malts and lots of nice chocolate like aromas with a slight bit of coffee and coconut at the end. This beer has a good aroma, it's complex and it has a pretty intense, but true to style aroma.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as sweet as I was expecting and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are just a little lighter on the booze with a little more vanilla than I got in the aroma, but overall the bourbon barrel aspect is just a little lighter. Up next comes those sweet and boozy aspects which are still noticeable, but they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma and that goes into the dark fruits which impart that same mixed dark fruit aspect that it did in the aroma and it's just a little lighter this time. Towards the end comes the malts which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects with the chocolate seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's just a lighter amount of bitterness with some more sweetness and booze showing up and it had a chocolate, bourbon barrel, sweet and boozy aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the flavors are nice and they work well with each other and the booze is hidden just a little better than I expected.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy, but it's fairly well hidden, slightly cloying, a little warming, a little silky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it was just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for and I thought it was just a little easier drinking that I expected. This beer has nice drinkability, one is the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and complexity, those two aspects are pretty good. What I like the least about this beer is the body, I wish it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good and strong bourbon barrel aged imperial stout and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I enjoyed this beer and while it was pretty intense, it was just a little smoother than I was expecting and I liked that. It's one of the better beers that I've had from this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty and intense beer, keep it up.

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

Photo of rsquared59
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tracker83
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, great thick foamy head that tastes delicious. Tremendous aroma of bourbon barrel, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, lots of booze. One of the best smelling beers I have had. Thick and syrupy, lots of bourbon and booze at first. Big molasses and vanilla in the middle. Fairly short finish. ABV is very present. Love it.

1/6/18
Draft at Brickwall
4.5 rating

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing
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