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 Fubudu187
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bound4er
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first barrel-aged beer from Rev. Dark brown to almost black looking stuff with a nice tan head that laces well. Smells of raisin, fig, oak, chocolate, bourbon and booze. The big and bold nose carries over to the palate with more pitted fruit, chocolate and bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and slick - the way a BA stout should be. Overall this is a well crafted barrel aged ale though I'm glad this is packed in 12 oz cans as anything larger would be a chore to finish.

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Photo of wobbethany89
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely Delicious! A rich, caramel flavor, with hints of coffee, and you can definitely taste the bourbon barrel aging which creates a bold unique flavor!! :)

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nicely done imperial stout with great flavors and balance. Pours a nice deep dark black color with some tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and some bourbon. Taste follows the nose, along with some oak, caramel, plum, raisin, vanilla and malt. Very nice, rich, well-balanced flavors and aromas and the high ABV doesn’t hit you too hard. Nice warming alcohol. Smooth, mild, slightly creamy mouthfeel and good amount of carbonation. I’m grateful it’s not too sweet - was able to enjoy it with a savory dinner.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of petrusek23
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sauced4life
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can fille 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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Poured from 12oz can into glass, pour was thick!

Look-dark dark dark
Smell-very strong, certainly can get the deep
Taste-holy cow what a punch, very strong and very tasty!
Feel - it’s thick and coats the the tongue and mouth with tons of flavor. It’s got a big kick to it!

Recommended for sure! For the price and ABV tho, it’s worth it!

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Photo of ER527
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smi69
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across this at the Firestone Walker Invitational 2018. At first I wasn't keen on the opportunity to try it, was just too damn hot as usual up in Paso in June. But alas, as I took it easy, got a little drunker, the idea of trying a 15% imperial stout became more inviting. Funny how that works.

Pours black like tar. Hey hey. Tan head 1/2" deep, relatively impressive. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, roasted malt of the deep persuasion. I didn't get anything in the way of taste or mouth feel really showing off the oats. While the ibu number is half that of your usual beer of this nature, this didn't match the numbers in such a regard. Its good and chewy like any stout should be, but there wasn't the perceived smoothness (prolly given the high abv) provided here, still had plenty of roasted malt character giving coffee and firepit feels without the adjunct.

I'd give it another try, but I don't see me paying for a bottle, would be more likely to try at a festival or a smaller pour off a keg.

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Photo of profisher777
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dukeandduke
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11/18/19 (Chicago): Multiple pours into snifter out of a 2017 14.8% ABV 12 oz can canned 11/9/17 at 10:00:17. Pitch black pour, nice tan creamy head, dissipates to leave creamy tan lacing and tan cover on the top. Sweet aroma, bourbon prevalent, vanilla and dark chocolate backs well. Strong bourbon taste right off the bat. Chocolate malt secondary, slight vanilla but nothing can tame the onslaught of excellent bourbon bursting through. Somewhat creamy mouth feel, tingly sweet as the vanilla and chocolate battle the bourbon but ultimately buckle to the supremacy of bourbon strength and excellence. It never felt so good, it never felt so right, it was rolling like the metal on the edge of a flask (or knife).
Another excellent offering by Revolution Brewing. Viva la Revolución!

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as–well, tar. Into a snifter with a huge, billowing, creamy tan head and some serious lacing on the glass. Absolutely beautiful. Nose is–well, Bourbon up front, and lots of it. Some vanilla, oak, molasses, and cherry follow. Taste is boozy but excellent overall. mouth feel may be the highlight. Smooth, creamy, and decadent for a 14.3% Beer. Excellent BBA Stout from Revolution. I’m warm.

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Photo of tsgooch79
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,037 ratings