Deth's Tar
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #6
Ranked #989
4.33 | pDev: 7.39%
May 16, 2022
Sep 27, 2013
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Notes: Witness the firepower of this fully operational Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with English specialty malts and the addition of flaked and malted oats to create a rich, chocolaty profile and silky mouthfeel that cloaks its considerable strength. The American oak barrels continue to build layers of complexity, reminiscent of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel candy after aging this dark menace a full 12 months.

40 IBU
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Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Oct 2021 can from Belmont Station.

Jet black with a dark brown head that falls off to a ring. The nose is an amped up imperial stout with anise, licorice, rich oatmeal, dark chocolate, hot fudge, a mild cake batter vibe, and loads of barrel. The barrel character here is a blend of char, booze and a little vanilla. The palate opens sweet and creamy with oatmeal, vanilla, licorice, anise, dark honey. Dark chocolate, bitter and back sweetened is present. Boozy, warm, hot even, the untamed alcohol makes this seem a bit disjointed, especially coming on the heels of some absolute bangers this past weekend. Not a whole lot of roast to temper the sweetness. Medium in body, a bit overcarbonated. Solid.

May 16, 2022
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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours pitch black with no light able to break through. Legitimate mocha head that fades away slowly and then leaves only leggings when swirled. Aroma is boozy, but has strong chocolate, vanilla, oak, and raisin as well. Taste follows the nose, sweet and boozy. Really fabulous. Feel is thick and creamy. Overall outstanding. Glad that this has made it's way to Minnesota.

Apr 20, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 10/4/21

Most every liquor store I go to around my place don’t carry Revolution, so I was always under the assumption that Mass didn’t get any distro. I found myself at a store I hadn’t been to for quite some time, and was shocked to see so many Revolution beers. I just had to grab them all. Let’s start off with their base Stout, Deth’s Tar

Pours a very dark brown with 3 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

The 14.8% is quite evident in the nose, but not in any sort of obnoxious way. I’m picking up on aromas of hot bourbon, fudge, toasted oak, raisin, burnt toast, vanilla, and toasted coconut

This is pretty similar in taste, but the sweetness is more amplified yet nicely integrated. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting spicy bourbon, cocoa powder, cherry cordial, sweet caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, and light fudge. The swallow brings notes of spicy bourbon, toasted oak, toffee, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, light raisin, and dark toast

A full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a slick and slightly hot beer. Finishes surprisingly dry but still sweet

This is delicious for sure, but nothing that's blowing my mind. That being said, there's still some more highly regarded stuff I have from them waiting to be drank

Apr 11, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pour a thick mahogany color a dark mocha head. Smell is char and bourbon followed by chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is phenomenal so good with nice barrel and malts a touch of vanilla, Mouth fee creamy smooth and barrel forward . Outstanding.

Apr 08, 2022
4.62 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Apr 08, 2022
4.48 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 27, 2022
4.08 by mdfb79 from New York on Mar 26, 2022
4 by BigIronH from Michigan on Mar 24, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Pours black opaque, brown highlights, light brown head, short and pretty quick to fade to a thin ring.

S - Strong hit of vanilla and wood, very boozy, with dark fruit, plum and prune, and chocolate.

T - The wood comes in first, vanilla follows, then a brisk acidic hit, dark malt notes of chocolate and prunes, and a bitter finish.

M - Some weight, mild carbonation, and a dry close. There is weight that lingers on the tongue long after.

O - Well built and tasty, but SO big, with so much booze, that the other notes tend to get eclipsed.

Feb 07, 2022
Photo of Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Furlinator from California

Vintage 2021.

Jan 24, 2022
4.26 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jan 12, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a dark brown, tan head. There's initially a nutty brown butter aroma that gives way to fusel ethanol notes. Lots of raisinet, salted almond, fig, oat character with some subtle subtle whiskey flavor, barrel, vanilla, cinnamon. There's a silky mouthfeel, but you can definitely feel the booze - ALL OF THE BOOZE - with each sip. I quite like this and in terms of actually drinking it, it doesn't feel like a nearly 15%er. In terms of the actual alcohol though, it definitely comes across. The 12 oz format for this is nice. I really can't see myself enjoying a stout of this weight much more than this. It's limited by the why (did they do this) more than the what (it is), at least to me.

Dec 29, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Solid black appearance with no head.
Medium light carbonation, just a bit over average body with an oily creamy silky feel.
Aroma is an intense mix of alcohol, bourbon, wood, malt,molasses, brown sugar and a bit of sweet mocha.
Taste has a very mild sweetness with some alcohol burn. Dark fruit, bourbon, wood,mocha,dark chocolate. Has a dry finish that lingers in a pleasant way.
Overall its an exceptional beer that I would most definitely look for again. Rich,flavorful and complex.

Dec 17, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

L - Pitch black body with three fingers of dark brown head

S - Oh baby just an absolute overload of bourbon and char. Smoke and tobacco for days with chocolate, vanilla, a touch of alcohol and black licorice. I feel like I've stepped into a magical humidor.

T - The taste matches the nose almost step for step. Big bourbon and tobacco with dark chocolate followed by pops of vanilla at every turn. The barrel really shines here more more of that aforementioned tar with oak and smoke.

F - So silky smooth and creamy. Believe it or not the alcohol really isn't a problem at any point and as it sits, the booze mellows. A sticky sweetness on the finish, but man it is a pleasant sipper.

O - If this was released at your smaller, local brewery, you'd be waiting in line for an hour to get it. One of the many examples of a world class BA stout you can grab off the shelf.

Dec 12, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from can at fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with a relatively thin film of light brown head. Looks amazing.

Nose: Bourbon, chocolate, toffee, molasses, black licorice, bourbon, wood, and some figs and raisins. Wow! A perfect nose on this one!

Taste: Follows the nose, but way more intense. Now picking up a lot of vanilla layered on the bourbon. Dark chocolate, big red fruit, toffee, maple, some dates, a bit of nuttiness, and a wonderful black licorice taste. This is just phenomenal.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and creamy. Overall, one of my favorite BA stouts.

Dec 11, 2021
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4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Damn, the can art pictured here is much cooler than the can I'm holding. On to what matters...

This is remarkably good. Silky chocolate and caramel blend beautifully with the barrel treatment. Very bourbon forward with lovely hints of coconut and vanilla. This goes down way to damn easy considering the elevated ABV. Stellar.

Dec 10, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TerryMills from Tennessee

Probably unfairly reviewing this a month after it was filled and it's in a can so it's not going to age ..

Waaay too much fresh bourbon hit right off the top , this needs some years on it , in a bottle ..

Well put together beer tho ,and I can see why it has a high rating..

Dec 02, 2021
4.25 by drstalker from Illinois on Dec 01, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Deepest brown and rich-looking on the pour, jet black and appropriately thick in the glass. Finger of dark brown cola head that collapses immediately. Huge alcohol legs with swirls of the glass. Splotches of sticky lacing. Pretty much exactly what you’re looking for in a big BA oatmeal stout.

The barrel notes are just fantastic and the marriage with the chocolate-heavy stout are near-perfect. Vanilla, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, charted oak. Dark chocolate, espresso, cereal grains, tobacco leaf, rye, and earthy malts. Then the dark berries kick in, taking it up an additional notch. Absolutely outstanding.

The barrel contributes less on the tongue, as the espresso and dark-chocolate-covered fruits are really dominant. But it’s still delicious and you certainly know it’s barrel-aged. But part of that is because of the booze — this biggie is hot and boozy. I’m a bourbon and Rey drinker so I don’t mind the spirited heat. But it gets in the way of other potential layers of tasting notes, which is shame because you can tell they’re there (especially after a few burps).

Tough to beat a huge oatmeal stout from a tactile perspective, because the feel is absolutely luscious. Not sticky or overly chewy, but perfectly coating and silky.

Absolute killer of a BA stout. A little less heat on the tongue and it would be an all-timer.

Nov 28, 2021
4.21 by ppavlick from New Jersey on Nov 27, 2021
4.35 by mig100 from Texas on Nov 25, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Inky body, dark and opaque; initial head fizzles away to nothing. Sweet, roasted char aroma; raisins, figs and dates.; boozy. Outstanding flavor profile; boozy, chocolatey; caramel; cinnamon and cocoa; rich malt note underneath it all. Heavy, oily body; rich residual sugars coat the palate; intense alcohol warmth permeates the whole.

It is plain to see why this beer has attained such a high rating status on BA. It is nothing short of big, bold, and boozy. Its 14.8% bite may scare off some, but I say "fear not!", this is a beer to enjoy and cherish.

Poured at 53 °F; FILLED OCT/04/2021

Nov 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

19.2oz can served in a footed pilsner. Dated OCT/01/21 (I'm not terribly confident on the OCT part). Received from @FBarber in NBS BIF #14.

Pours black with an initial flash of extremely dark brown head that collapses into a dark tan ring. Lots of fine, slow carbonation is sustained even after the glass has been at rest for a while. Smell is powerful - booze, anise, oak, over-roasted coffee, chocolate, maybe some vanilla.

Taste is less of an assault than the aroma suggested. Not gentle by any means, but I don't feel mauled. Chocolate, toffee, and maybe a candied nut sweetness up front, definite vanilla notes and some oak. Anise is still very strong. Strong bitterness that doesn't seem like burnt grain, so I tend to associate with hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and luscious without being heavy or sticky. Overall, this is a very well-made beer.

Nov 17, 2021
4.47 by o29 from Texas on Nov 17, 2021
4.73 by Resistance88 from California on Nov 14, 2021
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 2021
4.58 by Chilmer from Iowa on Nov 11, 2021
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 04, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hbeimers from Illinois

Poured from a can marked from 10/3/2019. The only high abv I've had before is the kbs, and this one definitely compares. The abv is definitely in there, but the flavor is nice and chocolately. Overall very very smooth. Still can't say that high ABVs are my favorite, but this one is one of the best I've had.

Nov 02, 2021
4.59 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri on Nov 01, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

12 oz can dated 10/2020, Drank 09/01/21

Pours dark chocolate brown with tan head. Smells of sweet bourbon and brown sugar. Taste…WOW this is good. Usually don’t have a 15% stout that’s not boozy, but this is smooth. Creamy, Rich Chocolate, bourbon, caramel, that’s not too sweet and not bitter. Almost no heat from the alcohol, and tons of flavor. Not motor oil thick, but still a great texture that many stouts don’t achieve. This is top notch and wish more breweries would adopt this perfect 12oz format.

Sep 01, 2021
4.25 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jun 12, 2021
4.6 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 10/20/20 into the test glass.
A - Cobalt black backdrop hides everthing, carbonation is just north of still. Viscosity holds back any kind of cap.
S - Toffee, vanilla, a bit of alcohol, well it is north of 14% afterall. Esspresso, with bakers chocolate, wrapping fresh fig
T - All that aromatics with a strong cola thread, and a bit of back pepper.
M - Thick, slick and beefy. Semi sweet start leads to dessert of rich textures. Finish is a gold bar of barell treatment
O - A bold offering that needs time, to overtake your senses. Worth every effort to aquire

May 31, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production. Retention is fairly good, especially considering the sky-high ABV and barrel aging. Body is an impenetrable black; foam is dark brown.

As expected, the nose features bourbon prominently, along with notes of espresso, molasses, and brown sugar. Rich, bold, and delectable.

It's strange to describe a 14+% ABV BBA imperial stout as "balanced," but that's exactly what comes to mind. It's not super roasty; it's not overly sweet. The bourbon is noticeable, as is the boozy alcohol, but neither are overpowering. Bourbon is most noticeable up front, before yielding to the rich malt base. Flavor tones match the nose; it's not ground-breaking or unique, but it is deliciously well done.

A touch hot on the palate (understandable, given the ABV), and a touch thinner than I'd prefer (but, again, understandable, given the ABV). Instead of thick and chewy, as you might prefer your stouts, it's more silky and smooth.

May 13, 2021
4.68 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Apr 22, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, caramel, coconut, and a super light touch of dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Picks up some caramel and oak as the alcohol intensifies. Some light coffee makes its way into the mix, albeit super light. Finishes with lingering bourbon, vanilla, and oak

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick

O: A very good BBA stout that packs quite a punch. Alcohol is present but doesn’t feel anywhere near the barely sub-15%. Makes for a very nice sipper. Definitely worth checking out

Mar 22, 2021
4.05 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Mar 13, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of ShawnoftheD3ad.
October 2020. ~4 months old.
L: dark with minimal brown head.
S: vanilla, coconut, bourbon, brown sugar.
T: licorice, bourbon, chocolate, barrel, caramel. Fair amount of burn.
F: thick without chewiness.
Overall: very nice.

Feb 12, 2021
4.88 by Chi2Pitt from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2021
Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing
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