Deth's Tar
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #9
Ranked #884
4.34 | pDev: 7.14%
May 12, 2023
Sep 27, 2013
Deth's TarDeth's Tar
Notes: 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.

2013 - 11.4% ABV
2014 - 11.4% ABV
2015 - 13.5% ABV
2016 - 13.4% ABV
2017 - 14.8% ABV
2018 - 14.8% ABV
2019 - 14.8% ABV
2020 - 14.8% ABV
2021 - 14.8% ABV
2022 - 14.8% ABV
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Revolution Deth's Tar BBA Imperial Oatmeal Stout, 14.8% ABV. Pours thick and black with a ring of light-brown bubbles. Nose is chocolate, coconut, and bourbon. Taste follows, plus vanilla, quite sweet, faintly bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding to world-class adjacent.
May 12, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

Feb 16, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 2018 (5 years ago)

Appearance: Pours a completely jet black color with a massive tan head that lingers. SRM of 24. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong flavors of rich chocolate, some coconut, vanilla, bourbon underneath.

Flavor: Strong and rich flavors of chocolate, coconut, vanilla, bourbon in the middle with a caramel sweetness off the end. Sweet and thick.

Feel: Heavier-bodied, strong carbonation. Soft, smooth, thick and rich.

Overall: A fantastic imperial stout here that I've been waiting to try and aged for 5 years. Rich chocolate, coconut flavors upfront. Bourbon in the middle, but not too overpowering. Sweet caramel malt off the end. Rich, thick, and heavy as expected for the ABV. It's a lover and a sipper.
Feb 05, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Feb 03, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jan 29, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by vfgccp from New York

Jan 20, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by smallpaul from Illinois

Jan 17, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jan 02, 2023
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Canned on 10/4/2021

Appearance - dark mahogany body with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, black licorice, caramel, bourbon, oak

Taste - dark chocolate, fudge, black licorice, oak, caramel, bourbon, coconut

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, dark chocolate and fudge upfront, slightly boozy, bourbon and oak barrel on the back end. finish is long with flavour

Overall - excellent barrel aged oatmeal stout. Flavors are bold and rich and the barrel present without being overwhelming. I'd been wanting to try this for a while and it did not disappoint. Definitely worth a try. I would purchase this again

Price Point - $24.99 4 pack/12 oz cans
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2022
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Rated by npendres from Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Can Filled 11-10-2017
Dec 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is quite the beer....big, rich and intense...

There are caramel characteristics to this that are delicious without making it sweet....there is a touch of sweetness here, mind you, but nothing that becomes cloying or distracting....

The bourbon presence and booziness are what one would expect from an offering that is almost 15% but, again, it's definitely not hot or overly boozy...rather, it ramps up the already tasty offering even more...

This sort of reminds me of a Heath or Skor bar....big toffee presence...dark chocolate.. a bit of oak from the barrel?

Really really good stuff....

Highly recommended if you like big bold stouts...
Dec 19, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 19, 2022
Rated: 4.45 by cwm51662 from Indiana

Dec 18, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by BLPasch from Michigan

Nov 27, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
The smell is fantastic with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. The taste is of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate with plenty of the alcohol and the 14.8% ABV really comes alive. I like it a lot.
Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by freewill35 from Indiana

Nov 26, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Lelampp from Ohio

Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
L: Mocha head, black body.
S: mostly barrels, some mocha
T: lots of barrel, strong vanilla with considerable chocolate, coffee and roasted coconut. None of the flavors are overpowering, however the barrels are strong. No gimmicky flavors either just an excellent stout.
F: good coating, medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very nice.
O: they nailed a near perfect tropical winter imperial stout. Better as it warms, too bad it’s $5 a beer but it’s a world class treat so you get what you pay for.
Nov 09, 2022
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
12oz can filled on Oct/04/2021. The head doesn't last long but does leave a thin cap. Aroma of wood, alcohol, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is slightly sweet that features mainly wood from the barrel. Not as much bourbon influence as I would of liked. Tastes a bit stale as well as it may have spent too much time in the barrel. A little bit of alcohol heat and flavor. Big, bold body with excellent carbonation. Slick, slightly oily texture. Not as good a barrel-aged stout as it is rated here but still worth giving it a go.
Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by loch8534 from Illinois

Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can thanks to Steve. Near black pour with thin beige head. Rpasty ma;ts in the aroma along with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste is more chocolate with marshmallows, coffee and a big boozy kick.
Sep 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 10-14-2020
Poured dark, tar dark and the brown head that reached as high as an inch dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
The aroma was faint for my damaged nose, but I did get some bourbon and roasted malts.
The taste leads with the barrel; bourbon and oak and transitioned to the stout, definitely coffee forward and the malts carry the whole lot forward.
The feel was thinner than expected, not sure if being almost 2 years old caused that or it’s just not viscous. Smooth as silk, but not viscous.
OA, glad to have gotten to try this. It’s a very well done BA stout.
Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Canned Oct 4th, 2021.

Pours out a mildly translucent dark brown. Get a nice finger of head on the pour. The foam on this brew considering the ABV is a bit of a marvel.

Nose is oak and bourbon right up front. It actually utterly dominates the nose. Spices from the barrel are present. Beneath that and the wafting booze, I get a little bit of roasted malt and caramel.

Taste is oak and bourbon taking center stage again. It's more like a shot of Woodford Reserve and a stout chaser. The booze is very present on the taste. It's power is such that there is almost that soapy quality on the very back end. The malt is there but doesn't stand a chance. There's some caramel and dark bread quality, perhaps a little chocolate and coconut, but these are dwarfed by the barrel influence.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin from what I was expecting from an Oatmeal Stout. Carbonation is very lively however. This is a very drying stout. It's kind of all over the place.

Overall, if you want a barrel aged stout to stand up to a hearty or savory meal, this one will do it. If you drink this straight up, it will knock you on your ass. With the high ABV and unforgiving barrel impact it makes sense the cover on the can is a skeleton holding a sword on what appears to be a battlefield.
Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.62 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Apr 08, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by mdfb79 from New York

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by BigIronH from Michigan

Mar 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vintage 2021.
Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Deth's Tar from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1221 ratings