Deth's Tar
Revolution Brewing

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #5
Ranked #594
4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Notes: 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
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Roguer from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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
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bret27 from California

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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micada from New York

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Revolution ever. Poured cold, hard to a tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a two-finger mocha head, that turns creamy after a minute or two. Strong bourbon aroma once you get your nose in the glass, maybe with a bit of oakiness in the back. First sips have a ton of bourbon despite the coldness, with a swirl of vanilla and a deep malt foundation. Mouthfeel is medium, and seems to thicken a bit as it warms. Alcohol has a little bite on the tongue, with a slow warming as you drink more. Very easy to drink, so it won’t have a chance at getting too warm to open the flavor profile. I might follow this with a Cafe Deth, but we’ll see. Excellent brew overall. It’s sweet, but not cloying. I can understand the BCBS references. Go trading!

Jan 27, 2021
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Andrew_Paleales from New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Double oatmeal brings out great flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and caramel. The mouthfeel is extraordinary and the lacing on the glass is perfect.

Jan 16, 2021
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JohnFred4 from New York

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: black and brown, I really love something about the dark khaki of the lacing

Smell: bourbon barrel, sure, but super super sweet. Less harsh than BCBS. Oak, chocolate, char, fruit, soy sauce. Wow. I’m actually blown away by the smell.

Taste: so much more palatable than BCBS. I usually don’t like oatmeal/sweet stouts, but this one is very dessert-y. Vanilla. As it warms you definitely get more bourbon tang

Feel: surprisingly carbonates, but still thick as sludge. The way I like it. Interesting juxtaposition.

Overall: if BCBS is a sawed off shotgun, this is a sniper rifle. I might prefer this.

Jan 16, 2021
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esmierciak from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is just a stupid-good stout. The hops/malt balance is fabulous. Mouth feel and flavor is impressive. The barrel aging adds a beautiful subtlety to the taste. Loved it.

Jan 08, 2021
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark in color with a faint hit of cherry red as it poured (but not once in the glass). Decent head left behind a very thin beige ring. Aroma is fantastic. Bourbon, with waves of vanilla and chocolate that radiate from the glass and are noticeable from several feet away. Taste largely follows the nose with bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and plenty of heat. The 14.8% isn't all that well hidden, but it's still executed in a way that works. Full bodied and smooth. Very good beer that I have to be careful not to drink too quickly.

Dec 20, 2020
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark brown, almost black, with a 1cm fizzy tan head after the pour.
Smell - Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon waft from the glass in equal proportions.
Taste - Bittersweet dark chocolate is the first thing I taste, followed by brown sugar and vanilla from the bourbon. A slight hint of toasted coconut on the finish.
Feel - Slick and oily, this had a lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Thin, but not to the detriment of the flavor concentration.
Overall - A high quality BA imperial stout.

Nov 15, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a 1 inch head that quickly recedes leaving tiny traces of lacing.

Smells and tastes of expresso coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is low as expected.

This is good but not great. I prefer others and the price point is steep. Glad I tried it but nothing I would go out of my way for.

Sep 22, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fast fizzy cola-like tan head; island of micro dots remain after poor cap retention; thin plus ring; spots of lace and thick legs on swirl; black with ruby edges. Sweet caramel and vanilla nose; bourbon on exhale. Taste is bourbon upfront followed by layers of vanilla, oak, sugared raisins, plums and dark cherries; more caramel, vanilla and coconut in middle; chocolate bourbon ball finish. Full thick body from oat additions; face flushing warmth in mouth from 14.8%; light carbonation; silky smooth feel; dry Barrel/oak finish. Overall a rich sipper, every bit as tasty as BCBS.

Sep 22, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger dark khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- plenty of rich, oaky bourbon barrel on the nose, giving aromas of caramel, barrel juice, vanilla and a hint of coconut. Under the barrel notes, aromas of brownie batter, toasted nuts, dark chocolate, burnt marshmallow, molasses, brown sugar, figs, prunes, brownie batter and mocha cream

T- sweet and malty up front with bold notes of chocolate, toffee, vanilla and caramel. Mid-palate gives notes of black strap molasses, brown sugar, fruit cake, plums, raisins and heavy whipping cream. The finish brings out bold barrel notes that compliment the base beer almost perfectly, adding flavors of bourbon soaked oak, coconut and an enhancing caramel note. The linger sticks around with a sweet caramel and fig note that lasts long after the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, warming finish

O- I can't believe how good this is after 6 years, the barrel meshes brilliantly with the base beer, making this one a fantastic slow sipper

Aug 07, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can filled on 10/3/19 and enjoyed on 7/26/20. Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is roasted malts and bourbon and pleasant. Taste is bourbon, dark chocolate/coffee with bourbon taking center stage, but does not overwhelm. Fell is excellent, rich and viscous. Very Russian Imperial Stout. Overall, it doesn't exactly hide the 14.8%, you know it's there, but it's a big beer with big beer flavors and worth your attention.

Jul 26, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can. Filled on 10/17/18. Consumed 7/24/20. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky dark lace. It smelled of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Sweet chocolate and toffee taste with vanilla and oak. Bitter coffee presence, too.

Jul 25, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This life, right? Like, it it something. Happiness, sadness, ambivalence... Nothing is guaranteed at all. You love her, she hates you. You wake up happy, and then you fall asleep sad. Well, to hell with it. This beer is all emotions to the Raul man, and through and through, it’s ecstasy to the core. It’s big like a bad girl that needs to be spanked, yet it’s clean like your sheets fresh out of the wash. Ima enjoy it like things that need to be enjoyed.


Jul 18, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received courtesy of Whyteboar. Canned on October 3, 2019. Reviewed blind.

Poured a tremendously dark shade of brown, virtually black, with what seemed like a whole lotta viscosity. Massive, mocha colored head. While the head did mostly fade away after a few minutes, leaving spotty lace, a fairly impressive ring of foam refused to die.

I'm reasonably sure this is a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Big, sweet and oakey bourbon notes here. I'm also getting what smells like chocolaty notes as well. Adjunct, or is there some malt alchemy at work here?

Oh, this is absolutely wonderful! Rich vanilla, bourbon, brown sugary notes are fairly high in the mix, but it doesn't have an excess of "heat" from the alcohol, which I'm guessing is high. And, yes, I'm willing to say that there's chocolate or at least cocoa that's been added. There's some coffeeish notes as well, but they're restrained enough to make me think they come from the dark malts rather than any actual coffee having been added. Time will tell if I'm right. This is drinking like a dessert, so I'm glad I decided to hit this after dinner and not before. Very slight hoppy dryness at the swallow.

Fairly full bodied, with a luscious, creamy mouthfeel.

This was absolutely fantastic! As perfect a dessert after a long day in uncertain times as I could want. Thanks, Craig!

Mar 24, 2020
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Red Arrow Tap Room In Naperville, IL. This is simply the best. The notes of vanilla, bourbon, etc are over the top. For the price, it ought be! But worth a shot! 9oz. pour was $17.00.

Feb 23, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick pitch black. 2 1/2 finger tan head. The head retention is actually damn good for an almost 15% beer. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is a barrel bomb. Caramel, mocha, chocolate, dates, figs, raisins. Just a total aroma bomb.
Taste - First sit is at 61 F - Like the nose, the flavors are there. Lots of caramel up front, That's mixed in with chocolate. The dark fruit flavors seem to be more of a backside flavor to me. There's also a slight bitterness to this, but very slight, and also pleasing. There's also, even though it's not the coffee version, a hint of coffee to this.
Thick, creamy, full bodied. What should be expected from this style.
Solid beer of this style, and damn tasty!

Feb 16, 2020
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KurtisCarman from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Am I wrong thinking that if this was a limited release in waxed glass bottle this would be a big deal and very highly rated?

Head was nice. Dissipated relatively quickly but maintained nice lacing.

Aromas were amazing. Fudge and chocolate notes abound. Subtle oak aromas and dark fruit, mainly plum.

Plum flavors a little more prominent in the taste. Fudge and bourbon flavors shine in the taste for me.

A little thin but sticky mouth feel. Those things seem contradictory but it is how I feel drinking this.

Overall I love this beer. Easily one of my favorite BA stouts.

Jan 30, 2020
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timmy2b from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown/black pour. Small Creamy off white head. Barrel scent present in the nose along with some strong fudgy chocolate notes. Taste is very mild on the barrel with dark chocolate and some dark fruit. Very smooth and clean for being a barrel aged Stout and the high ABV. Does not disappoint!

Jan 28, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If the previous beer was the opening salvo in this week's New Beer(s) from @jkblr Sunday (Week 777), MKIII!, then this is the barrage of the CANtinuing assault. I had CANsidered CANtinuing with these next ones at the end of last week, but @jkblr gave me the wave-off & I aborted the mission at that juncture. Today, I am getting an early start in the hope that pacing will enable me to get them all in over the course of the day. We shall see.

From the CAN: "Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels"; "Limited Edition Deep Wood Series"; "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."; "Brewed In Chicago".

Dig it, man. I am hip to coffee, but this CANbo of flavors sounds mighty groovy! I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent & beginning a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. I wanna tell you that I am not afraid, but my last brush with Deth has left me CANxious, at the very least. I watched as this horseman of the CANpocalypse rode up & rose up to form just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, bubbly, deep-brown head with modest retention, but CANparatively better than its predecessor. Color was stygian-Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration and felling all that came near it. 8=O I fell to my knees & begged for mercy as I simultaneously lifted it to my nose for a sniff. Nose was both more & less bourbon-y than the previous Café Deth in that here it was unenCANbered by coffee, but it was less intense in terms of its presence. Mmm. I am more of a Rye than a Bourbon man, so this was perfect. I definitely got Baker's chocolate & caramel, but not in a sweet way. This was more subtle with the bourbon-aging leading the charge, but in such a way as not to sear my nostrils shut as on/in Café Deth. Is this a fair CANparison? Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, more in keeping with the style, but still not quite up to par, IMHO. Taste was … Imagine bourbon-soaked coconut rolled in caramel & enrobed in dark chocolate! Holy dessert, Batman! THIS was what I was craving. I had high hopes for the previous coffee-infused RIS, but it just did not measure up. This, on the other hand, was really bringing the goods! In fact, it was dangerous in terms of its tastiness. This was not meant to be sucked down, but instead, sipped upon & yet, I was CANtinually finding myself having to slow down. Smooootttthhhhh. Phew. OcCANsionally, I would get a real blast of bourbon on lifting the glass to my lips & near my nose, reminding me of its origins. This would be one for a share! Finish left me licking my sticky lips for a reminder of the glorious bourbon/coconut/caramel/dark chocolate mélange. Mmm. YMMV.

Jan 12, 2020
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black, little to no carbonation, thin caramel head that fades quickly. Aroma has medium notes of caramel, oak and fudge. Palate is very hot upfront, but smooths itself out nicely adding very decadent, deep chocolate layers (fudge, baker’s chocolate, dark cacao). It hits the chocolate heavy so if you like that this is the beer for you, personally I could have used just a smidge more roundedness. Super thick mouthfeel, sticky even. Very good, super chocolatey

Jan 05, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter.

LOOK: thick dark black. a bit cola like at first, but thickens as it pours, big light brown head, creamy lacing. Very good retention.
AROMA: bourbon goodness and dark chocolate are prominent.
TASTE: dark fruit, roasted malt, bourbon, burnt brown sugar
FEEL: very full body. smooth, velvety, tad flat but to be expected with thickness.

Very Good BA Stout. And notably potent for an oatmeal stout.


Dec 26, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-7-19. 12oz can dated 10-3-19. Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at ML. Reviewed relative to last years vintage.

Basically, the same as last year’s review with a little more impressive lacing. A really good beer that is worth trying and trying again!

Pour: 4
Nose: 4
Taste: 4.25
Mouthfeel: 4
Overall: 4.25


12oz can filled 10-17-18. Poured into a pint glass. Purchased at Barrels & Vines.

Pour: like the name, dark tar like, small head that faded quickly with little ring, cloud or lacing. Not nearly as impressive as the Cafe Deth I had last night. Not sure why... 4

Nose: bourbon, and lots of it, upfront. Dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, dark fruits/citrus. 4

Taste: immediate bourbon hit, dark fruit, dark chocolate, caramel, bready, roasted malts. Some hops bitterness in the middle and back end. Clean finish. Pretty boozy and maybe not as well-balanced as Cafe Deth but really good. 4.25

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and viscous, like an oatmeal stout should be. Not as thick and incredibly enjoyable as the Cafe Deth but really good. 4.25

Overall: a really good, maybe just short of great, BA imperial, oatmeal stout. Could be suffering, to some degree, from the recency bias vs Cafe Deth I had last night. Definitely worth trying if you like boozy, big stouts. I'll probably buy another to drink and an extra to cellar for fun. 4.25

Dec 08, 2019
Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1162 ratings