Deth's Tar | Revolution Brewing

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Deth's TarDeth's Tar

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Bottled 9/16/13.

Pours an opque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance between the barrel aged aspects and the base beer.

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Photo of beerhan
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch in honor of Star Wars day.

A-black almost no head and a faint tan lacing

S-toffee, alcohol, a little oak and some marshmallows

T-a little one dimensional and still a bit hot. The bourbon absolutely dominates this one and I can't pick up on much else

F-hot, big bad burn going down. Carbonation is perfect though the heat is strong with this one.

O-I loved this on draft but all the bottles have been a little disappointing. The bourbon is quite strong and even age has not helped much. Regardless I am a sucker for a Star Wars related beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour produced an immediate solid light brown ring around glass. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon. Full-bodied and smooth. Taste is a definitely a tad on sweet side, but this proved to be as delicious as about any BA stout I've had. I loved this.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by me last night.

Pours a dark, inky, slightly oily looking black, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing.

This beer is aged in a variety of different bourbon barrels, but I can't really pick out the differences. It does have a nice bourbon aroma to it, though, with some chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

This doesn't exactly blaze any new paths in the world of bourbon barrel-aging, but the well-worn path it does blaze leads to a tasty beer. It's rich, creamy, and malty, with silky bourbon, slightly bitter oak, a little bit of roasted malt, a bit of nuttiness, some vanilla, and a good amount of chocolate.

This is medium bodied, definitely substantial, but certainly not one of the thickest stouts I've ever had. It has a very creamy and silky mouthfeel, though, with a lower level of carbonation.

Revolution's Deep Wood series has been really solid so far. Good stuff here.

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Photo of Boccu
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice thick brown head that fades slowly. Aroma of coffee and booze. Taste is chocolate,vanilla,molasses, coffee grinds with a light bourbon finish. Excellent bourbon stout. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Gotta hand it to Mr. and Mrs. VDubb: a night out at the movies followed by being treated to some flautas and tasty beers? Hard to beat. This digestif of sorts pours a bleak obsidian topped by over a finger of baked khaki foam. The nose comprises bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, a twinge of burnt pretzel, and a bit of coffee floating through the ether. The taste brings in more of the same, the barrels providing a touch of buttercream and vanilla with their wood. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a decently chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine barrel-aged impy stout, definitely the highlight of the evening (sorry, "Interstellar", you just didn't cut it).

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Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate head and nearly no lace. Dark enough brown to prevent light from shining through.

Raspberry sweetness to the aroma. Mild nearly burnt chocolate malt smells.

Very smooth with a carbonation that simply fits. Perhaps the best body I've ever experienced. Darker malt start but I get no coffee nor sweetness. Think sweetened Baker's chocolate -- it's not semisweet but has elements of bitter chocolate nibs and brown sugar. Overall, this is an amazingly cool beer. Seek this one out.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunt for hooking me up with this. Bomber into a tulip, the brew is black in color with a rich brown head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl releases a finger back to the surface.

The smells includes plenty of barrel attributes. Upfront raw oak meets vanilla, caramel and booze that is tangy in its alcohol inclusion. Oak is all over the place with hints of coconut.

The taste is bitter roasted grain and whiskey reinforced alcohol. Some coconut shines through with vanilla and caramel before getting earthy with roast, anise and tobacco.

This is a medium to thinner bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite aggressive with raw oak and neutral barrel/roastiness. The description reads pretty awesome to this brew but the complexity doesnt really translate well in the beer. The raw oaked character was a bit distracting but by no means bad. I wouldnt mind revisiting this again sometime.

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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest tan head that fades to a bubble-edged ringlet; excellent lacing

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla, caramel, mocha and oat

Taste: Dark chocolate mousse, with developing Bourbon tones, bringing mocha and caramel as well; after the swallow, the chocolate and Bourbon flavors sashay with the mocha, caramel, vanilla and oat tones lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A superbly well-balanced Bourbon-barrel stout; the adjuncts are deftly added

Thanks, briiguy, for the opportunity

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution Taproom. Served in a snifter glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin, partial cap, thick collar, and glass-coating lace. Very dark, opaque, near-black body.

S - Lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and roasted malts, with more moderate caramel and dark fruit contributions. Even though this is sourced from four different types of bourbon barrels, the characteristic Woodford vanilla and coconut vibe is out in full force.

T - The taste is less sweet, with more anise and dry oak character to it, as well as a tad more charry espresso bitterness. Bourbon flavor presents late on the palate. Malt character is similarly roasty, with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, biscuit, and perhaps a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-full body that is a tad thin for 11.4%. Smooth texture, with tannins and oak in the finish. Carbonation is on the lower moderate side of things. A tad boozy and hot at this stage, but not excessively so.

D - I had minimal trouble with my snifter, although in retrospect the 5oz taster would have been enough as a serving size. Base beer's character seems a bit overwhelmed by the barrels, which is a bit of a surprise considering how close together the two were released. Nice stuff, but not in the upper tier of Revolution's barrel-aged offerings. That being said, those holding bottles will likely be rewarded with a few months of patience.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a very well done stout. There are no adjuncts so the barrel and grains do all the work. The beer was nearly flawlessly done. The grains have a deep chocolate, burnt marshmallow, and coffee flavor. The barrel contributes some sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla barrels.

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Photo of hops202
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled September 16, 2013. Poured into snifter.

A-dark black with brown edges.

S- bourbon, chocolate, slight roast with some cocoa

T- tons of bourbon sweetness with chocolate. Almost marshmellow quality.

M- fairly full. Slightly sticky.

O - delicious BBA stout!!!! Up there with uncle Jacobs. A slight tier below BCBS, parabola, Blacknote.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Jared14
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ryno3031
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Beerhunter247
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JakerLou
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque black with a finger of tan head. It's a beautiful beer in a glass. Some nice tan lacing as you work through it.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon (coconut), dark fruit, coffee, a touch of booze.

Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, like a sweet raisin flavor, sweet coffee, and touch of booze.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, like you'd expect from a high alcohol BA stout.

Overall I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had little to no expectations for this beer. I'd put it close (but not quite) to the same level as BCBS. I'd be surprised if I could pick this out versus BCBS in a blind tasting (although the smell may give it away). It's delicious and quite surprising. I'm now ISO this beer :-). Luckily my favorite bottle shop has a few more bottles.

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Photo of mmcurran
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour opaque, black in color with 1/4 inch head. Smell is oak and booze. Taste is big molasses, baker's chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and oaky. Revolution is right up there with the best producers of oak aged beers. I buy them without question when I see them. This one lives up to the Revolution standard..Excellent and complex with a base beer that mixes well with the oak aging...If you like oak aged RIS this is how it is done...Go seek this out.

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Photo of artifactguy
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful silky viscosity dark stout with a bold sweet complex malt flavor. Carbonation in mouth feel - wafts of caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Definitely an Imperial is style, flavor and abv. Had on tap at the brewery $9 for a 9 Oz pour. One of the best I've had. Outstanding.

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