Luscious | The Alchemist

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had 3/26/17 at home on trade from Eric F. Luscious is a fitting name since the body and mouthfeel of this beer are exactly that; soft, pillowy, and smooth. Flavors are roasted and chocolate malt. Will absolutely seek out again.

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Photo of MFMB
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with a milk chocolate colored head. Nose is of roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Taste of deep rich chocolate roasted malts, sweet malts marchino cherries and chocolate raspberry candy. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Light silkyness to it that transforms and finishes creamy with a light amount of chalky chocolate.

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Photo of kculrich
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, undated. Served in a nonic.

Looks like motor oil. Motor oil with an enormous, poufy, lumpy, chocolate frappe of a head on it. I poured it too hard and now I'm going to have to wait quite a while before I can fit the rest into the glass.

Big nose, huge toasted-roasted sweet malts, chocolate syrup, ashtray, spearmint and incinerated cherries.

Taste is thick and meaty, sweet roasted malt, blueberries and mint, figs, fudge and treacle, mushrooms and wood ash. Sweet but not syrupy, manages to finish with a little dry, smoky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unctuous - smooth, creamy and, somehow, oily. Hefty body, low carbonation, perilously drinkable.

Overall, ho, boy, everything about this beer is big. Being as I'm a glutton, my first thought on finishing was, can I drink another? No, I cannot. I cannot fit more than one in my belly.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich chocolate brown, with a one finger brown head. Smells of roasty chocolate. Taste follows the nose, but almost a berry or dark fruit flavor is present. On the back end it's a bit sweeter. Mouthfeel is fairly light for such a big beer. Was expecting a little more chewiness. Overall, a nice one. Would be interested in trying it aged.

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Photo of Carpentiere
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer. It pours thick and dark with a chocolately firm head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smoke....lots going on here. The recipe is wonderful. Taste is full, deep, intense and is obviously reminiscent of quality. Probably one of the best stouts / imperial stouts I've ever had. Alchemist comes through again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a wonderful black, with a solid dark brown head with very good retention.

Aroma is classic RIS: roasted barley and red grapes, with a tinge of char, as well as some molasses and brown sugar.

Flavor leans toward the sweet side of an RIS, with chocolate and brown sugar leading the way, accompanied by red grape juice. The back half brings plenty of roast and bitterness, though, while the finish returns a kiss of chocolate and molasses. A dessert stout that somehow retains a slight edge of bitterness and char.

Fairly thick mouthfeel, clearly a big ABV full bodied stout, but not quite as chewy as the industry stalwarts. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: while Kimmich has made his name brewing incredible hop bombs, this is a stout that I would put up there with the best Evil Twin has to offer. It's creamy, approachable, and most important of all, delicious.

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Photo of Tutone
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Everything about this beer is amazing, the look is dark chocolate, with a nice head, the smell is chocolate, a little coffee, and the taste is chocolate coffee and a little caramel. Has a nice thick buttery feel as well.

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Photo of fireazzi
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice simple imperial stout.
Look: Poured a nice dark color, not much of a body
Smell: nothing really stood out on the smell for me little bit of chocolate on the nose
Taste: Mostly like a chocolate milk
Feel: Pretty thin on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, bought at the brewery. Served in an Alchemist arome glass. Pours a dark black body, oily and thick, one finger thick mocha head, good retention, medium collar and not much lacing. Smell is rich chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, earth, floral hop, light roast, touch of grain sweetness, even a little of smoke. Flavour is even better though, a really well crafted combination of milk chocolate, chocolate fudge, floral hops, a bit of smoky earthiness on the end. Rich chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, smooth and creamy, like drinking carbonated chocolate milk. Overall, an outstanding imperial stout. It doesn't have any adjuncts, but it's just so damn tasty and well-executed.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a creamy thick black color with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt. Sweet taste followed by a bitter dark chocolate finish. Smooth thick mouthfeel

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Photo of NickandToni
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mmmmm. I usually give longer reviews and not many stouts, but I'll be to the point.
This straight out Stumptown Hairbender espresso poured into Valrhona chocolate and served as a mocha.

So old school with a brewmaster that crafts a perfect stout.


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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

dark pour, nice creamy brown head leaves some lacing. very pungent aroma. palate follows closely - notes of bitter and sweet chocolate, earthy coffee, espresso, very roasty, leather, tobacco, caramel, molasses, burnt/ashy quality, toffee like sweetness, plums, raisin, hint of slightly spicy green vegetal thing, licorice, some warm spice. medium-full bodied, somewhat chewy. overall a really nice and complex imperial stout. as far as non-adjunct stouts go, this is up there with the best.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with thick mocha head.

My first alchemist stout and I have to say very enjoyable.

Aroma is dark roast coffee , little caramel and herbal tea .

Flavor is very enjoyable. Combination of flavors meshes very well

Mouthfeel is top notch. Thick creamy mouthfeel

Overall- while not the best imperial stout I have ever had, this is very good. Mouthfeel is exceptional in this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Usually on the cutting edge of what beer can be, this time the Alchemist brewers turn heads by turning to history. Rarely does the craft beer aisle see a well formulated, well balanced British style Russian imperial stout. But in the competent hands of this brewery, a sense of quality, power and grace is once again tasted.

Luscious kicks off with a dark, masculine, black austere and with a frothy understated mocha crown. Rich aromas of seared caramel, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, nuttiness, grilled fruit and herbal spice align in a complex by hierarchal scent. Lavishly malted, the creaminess of latte meets espresso, chocolate, and a host of burnt sugars slather the tongue with powerful but supportive sweetness.

Continued richness plays on the middle palate even while the assertive sweetness slowly fades and the earthiness of roast begins to take hold. Dark coffee, bittersweet chocolates, roasting walnuts play a slight soilish character along with faint char and campfire. As the flavor further develop on the finish, the taste of roasted currants, grape and date blends into a spicy fennel and licorice-like nuance.

Full bodied but with a relaxed sense, the session shows tremendous drinkability despite its strength, weight or residual sweetness. Peppercorn, seared woods and a coffee-like bitterness polishes off the balancing bitterness as the dark ale trails deep with coffee, cream and dark fruit.

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Photo of Danstaats
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best alchemist dark beer. way better than beelzebub and el jefe. Usually i like my stouts overall sweet this one is a little sweet but has such a great mouth feel that i dont mind it. Subtle british hop notes . great flavor

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark black, a pretty darke brown head.
S: STRONG. To accentuate - my wife got home from work a little after I'd cracked this guy open and she could smell it from across the room. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.
M: The taste isn't quite as over the top, but it's phenomenal. Just what a stout should be. Tad bit of hops.
F: Rich, full and creamy.
O: This is about as good as a stout can be with no adjuncts. Alchemist does a good job focusing on the brew not adding a bunch of stuff.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to get a can of this gem. Canned three months ago, stores appropriately since. Pours a viscous black with an impressive and inviting dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, char and bitter chocolate bursts forth from the can. The taste is pure: heavily roasted malt, bitter hops and a clean throughout. Simple in its focus but impressive in the overall feel. The notes of chocolate, toasted bread, smoke, char are intertwined. Super smooth mouthfeel. A beer much like all their beers - simple but sophisticated. World class.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque with about a finger of light brown head......moderate lacing. Smell is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of coffee. Although it smells like your standard RIS, the taste takes a little detour. Super balanced....lots of chocolate.....moderately low sweetness.....and a pleasant shot of dark fruits on the back end. Almost no alcohol presence. Feel is solid.....could use a touch less carbs and a bit more body. Overall, an excellent imperial stout with great balance and drinkability.

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Photo of edthehead
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich black color with a modest mocha colored foamy head. Rich coffee and malt notes on the nose, molasses, caramel, and stone fruits on the palate. Thick mouth feel and strong carbonation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a pretty ridiculously thick looking dark black, with a fluffy brown head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty ridiculous- supremely roasty malt, smoky earthy and just so rich. There's also fudgy dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, chocolate covered raisins, and piney hops. This is going to feel so good to put into my mouth hole.

Affirmative on the mouth hole good feelings. There's a light dark fruit sweetness, but it's more about complex roasty and bitter characteristics. There's a luxurious creamy chocolate flavor, with heavy coffee, some moderate chocolatey smoke. There's a bit of anise, too, and a hint of hop bitterness.

This has a absurdly full and creamy feel to it, it's just so thick and ridiculous, while still remaining quite drinkable. The ABV is not really noticeable, at all.

This is an absolutely delightful beer, and it clearly shows that John Kimmich is one of the most talented brewers in the country.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: A deep black body with a brown head to it.
Smell: When I first poured it I smelt so much roast that I thought it was similar to a root beer. After that initial smell I detected a sweet odor.
Taste: A biter dark chocolate with a sort of berry after taste. This is certainly an interesting flavoring on my taste buds.
Feeling: A beer that goes down smoothly without a real alcohol kick to it, despite the relatively high alcohol content in it.
Overall: This is a memorable beer for me as a rich stout enthusiast!

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

oh dear lord. I dont have the word to do this one justice.

If you could can chocolate velvet this is what it would taste like. Dense and rich.


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Photo of mmorris15
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours like motor oil into a Bissell stout glass. Dark black with a cinnamon colored head.
S: Chocolate and roasted malts with some caramel and burnt sugar.
T: Tons of chocolate, bitter and sweet. There's a nice sweetness to this beer but it's balanced nicely.
F: Chewy and goes down easy for the ABV.
O: Phenomenal imperial stout. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a St Bernardus goblet.
A: Pours midnight black and slightly viscous. The scant head is milk chocolate brown. Completely opaque, even when directly backlit.
S: It smells at first sweet and creamy, with berries and roast tossed in. The fruit especially reminds me of Expedition Stout. Sweet malts.
T: Thick, sweet flavors are tempered by a mild bitterness. This bitterness is one of dark chocolate more than char. Surprisingly, despite its powerful mouthful, there's not a ton going on here other than 'stoutness'. It's a malt bomb with everything you'd expect from a RIS and no wrong notes.
M: Luxurious. Deep, silky smooth, without ever being sticky. This beer is aptly named.
O: Impeccably done. If you're a stout lover, I will guarantee you will enjoy this beer. If you're not, you probably won't.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a very very dark brown almost black with garnet hues on the edges. Head is one finger thick and deep caramel color.
Aromas are lots of roasted malt, lots of chocolate and some elements of coffee.
Flavor is incredible. Roasty, deep, complex flavors of coffee and choc. Beautiful and drinkable. Little to no alcohol present.
Mouthfeel was solid, but would enjoy a touch thicker.
Overall, how on earth does this been have 9.2% ABV? No alcohol to speak of. It's complex, round, delicious. Without fault.

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