Luscious | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
96
world-class
77 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
LusciousLuscious
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
464
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
Wants:
590
Gots:
71
For Trade:
6
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 464
Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very well made stout. Great thick mouth feel, toasty malty goodness with light sweetness, dark fruit, small alcohol heat when going down, taste and texture gets better with warmth. Would definitely look out for this amazing beer.

 229 characters

Photo of aabuhanna
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The name says it all with this beer. I've cracked open three bottles so far, one on release, one two months later, and one two weeks ago. This beer evolves insanely well over time. Dangerously drinkable, incredibly smooth

The first there was much more of a coffee flavor, small hints of chocolate and berry. By the third one I have had, the coffee became slightly hinted with heavy chocolate and berry flavors.

 411 characters

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.

 952 characters

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.

wow

 153 characters

Photo of StevenGlansburg
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a deep brown, thick and heavy looking head. Swirling the glass brings out rich milk chocolate and some roastyness. There is am underlying, slightly sweet element similiar to that of licorice. It tastes great, coffee and dark chocolate take the front seat along with cocoa. There are also very well intergrated hop flavors that work great with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is very rich, it coats the mouth wonderfully. Good, subtle hop bitterness and perfect carbonation.

Overall great beer. It's unfortunate I only got 2 bottles. Can't wait to see what some age does to this.

 605 characters

Photo of skivtjerry
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My share of a bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A: Black, totally opaque when held up next to a 60W bulb. A very thick brown head lasts forever.

S: Roasty chocolate dominates with vanilla and sweet malt also demanding attention. A bit boozy but in a good way, blends perfectly with the vanilla.

T: This beer is a meal; tastebuds are totally overwhelmed with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hop bitterness is hard to find beneath the chocolate. A firm, smooth alcohol presence that advertises the barrel aging. Flavors linger forever, still smiling 15 minutes after the last sip.

M: Smooth,full, deceivingly gentle for a beer of this strength. Moderate carbonation. Balanced in every way.

O: Wow.

 708 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks go to funkel81 for these two Hell or High Water Alchemist beers in a recent trade.

Pours black as night in the glass, with ½ fingers worth of burnt looking chocolate colored head. This retains with a robust ring of froth, which flares up to nearly a ½ finger again when swirled, and throws up a rich cascade that descends down the sides of the glass into patchy swathes of lace and light gooey brown oils. The aroma is full and in control in the nose, with notes of cocoa, espresso, green citrus, and a touch of dark fruit. There is a bold spicy alcohol presence across the back here but it doesn’t get too warming in the nose. A bit more smokiness from the roast begins to emerge as this warms, adding just a smidge of acrid character to the proceedings. I just the love the power and balance of this in the nostrils. This is how an Imperial Stout should smell.

The taste is equally rich and strong feeling on the palate, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark burnt grains, flavorful green citrus, and like the nose, some light dark fruit character that comes out as this warms. The ABV has a big part in the profile as well, with a flush of fusel alcohol across the back that trails a warm spiciness into the finish, where it lingers with a mostly dry and charred feel. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick feeling silky chewiness that fills the mouth with flavor. This lays just enough of crispness on the tongue to help draw out the hops and roast, but this really does have an overall smooth and luscious feel to it. As mentioned before, I just love the alcohol presence here, as it add so much to the flavor profile and yet is only mildly warming. That 11% ABV is just beautifully hid here.

This might be one of the best Imperial Stouts that I’ve had in some time. I mean, just everything worked here. The hops, roast, and chocolate flavors were all in tune with each other and were perfectly complimented by the dark fruitiness of that English yeast. And the imperializing of the style didn’t hurt this in the slightest, instead adding an extra flavorful layer of bold alcohol character that really took this to the next level for me. It was just a joy to sit down and split this with a good friend of mine. Luscious indeed. This beer was awesome and really speaks to the quality of the beers from the Alchemist.

 2,395 characters

Photo of mynie
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cans purchased at the Alchemist truck sale in early December, 2014. Sampled several since then but never given a review.

Poured into a chalice, because I'm not going to drink an RIS from the can because that is just how I was raised. Opaque with a chocolate brown head, a bit fizzy for the style.

A month ago, it tasted like fresh Darkness. Now, it still tastes like fresh Darkness. Only better. It's still a relatively hop-forward, lightly vinous and chocolatey RIS, only all the separate flavors are more robust and rounded, nothing blots anything else and nothing becomes overwhelming.

Starts with hops and chocolate, moves into a middle of red wine, coffee, and peat, ends with a more hoppy chocolateness that lingers perfectly bittersweet until long after the sip has been swallowed.

A handful of dullards are dismissing this as unexceptional, most likely because it's not barrel aged and their pallets were formed within the last 1-3 years. Personally, I thank god that this was not barrel aged, as its smoothness and balance is so exceptional I'd hate to see it ruined by whiskeyfication. My only complaint is the aroma--it's fine, but aggressively hoppy, and it belies the balance and complexity of the flavor.

Wow. I figured this was going to be an also ran, the Bill Richardson to Focal Banger's Obama. Turns out it was one of the very best beers I had in 2014, an absolute classic you should seek out immediately.

 1,438 characters

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!

 518 characters

Photo of saliro5
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had a can from the last can release before the flood (2012) And it held up beautifully. No frills true RIS but the thing that sends this out of the park is the incredible mouthfeel. Not motor oil thick but full bodied and smooth.

 231 characters

Photo of humuloner22
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good beer. Above all its one of the better standard stouts I have ever had. Its not as good as some BA or Imperial stouts, but as a standard stout. High marks. My one complaint is that this beer has no description on the can other than giving the name of the beer. It doesn't even have a government warning on it! I am not sure that is even legal? I received this one on a trade that supposedly came in from the "Truck Sale" at the beginning of December.

Appearance: Like pouring used motor oil out of the can. Black as night, decent amount of head but not a huge amount either!

Smell: Chocolate was what predominated. Dark chocolates and malts. Some molasses and maybe the lightest amount of coffee.

Taste: Very nicely done here. Melds the dark chocolate and coffee notes into a stout beer. The amalgamation of flavors blend perfectly to make this beer what it is. The mouthfeel is spot on!

Overall: I was hesitant about this one because there was absolutely no information on the can. I traded with a new trader and I was skeptical. He seemed like a nice enough fellow, but you never know, but once I poured out this nectar all hesitancy went out the window. Solid stout! One of the best standard American stouts I have ever had! Its classified as an RIS on here. But since there is no description I am just going to say this is an American style stout! Call me wrong. It doesn't have some of the tell tell signs of an RIS. Which can be a good thing really!

 1,480 characters

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Good retention and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries a nice dose of bourbon and oak with a bit of vanilla-hops in the background. Touch of bittersweet chocolate and leather as well. Flavor is toasty and hoppy along with awesome dark chocolate and molasses notes and a good amount of booze to go alongside the barrel character. Body is medium-heavy with average carbonation. Pretty good, but I'd really like to see how this one ages.

 495 characters

Photo of srandycarter
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, such a viscous ooze, tan head, leaves to tan ring. Lots of cling.

S - Soy and cocoa out the gate, sweet malt is making my mouth water.

T - Fuck! Creamy loads of thick chocolate, small anise, small soy, lingering milk chocolate/hot chocolate/chocolate chip cookies. I am in love.

M - Heavy body, great carb, wonderful balance. So creamy.

D - Dangerous. So good I have to slow myself down. Oh, yeah, I am having the whole thing!

 441 characters

Photo of sendsilk
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was fortunate enough to have been able to trade for the original 22 oz. bottle of this beer from right after their located was flooded due to hurricane Sandy. This beer is so thick and delicious! I've had the canned version of it and although it's very nice, it can't touch this bottled batch.

 295 characters

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a slick deep angry pallor that pours BP thick. Deep black inkiness with mahogany coating on the glass. The head looks amazing with dark cocoa bubbles like frothed chocolate milk.

S: This is out of this world complex and amazing. I love the cocoa and chocolate notes up front, supported by some nicely acidic coffee at the back. The waft of subtle vanilla and toffee alcohol makes this all too inviting.

T: It packs all of the foregoing into a multilevel experience that I have to delve into like strata. The sweetness is swift and supported by a great coffee acidic dryness. The sweetness returns in an alcoholic waft that is like if chocolate rain, parabola, and GI Rare had a love child. It has the sweetness from one, the nice coffee notes from the other, and a prickly warmth from the latter.

M: Great coating without being overly expansive. The taste just lingers and you can truly sip on this judiciously. It gets even better when it warms up, just outrageous top to bottom. I just want to get my mouth all on it.

D: This is an incredible beer. Of course, it has to be one of the only 700 bottles saved from that jerk Irene. Thank god I obtained 2 bottles, this is something that I will savor later on in life, like when I pass the postal exam or break 200 in a game of bowling, you know. Monuments.

 1,326 characters

Photo of mdlb44
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What more can be said about the Alchemist? While I am sad that Beezlebub is retired, this stout is fantastic. Very well balanced and hides the ABV very well. Get it!

 169 characters

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

L: Dark mocha hues with a thin sandy head
S: Coffee, brown sugar, and evident roasted malts
T: Dark chocolate, caramel, medium roasted coffee, and a slight milk chocolate sweetness
F: Medium to light body, but very smooth
O: Awesome interpretation of an imperial stout. The Alchemist nailed the style in my opinion and Luscious provides a slightly bitter, slightly sweet, bold, and smooth ride. Very enjoyable.

 415 characters

Photo of MikeM417
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite stouts I've ever had. I am not a fan of BA beers, and am mostly a hop fan. With that said, this stout was right up my ally. Alchemist hit another home run with this one.

 199 characters

Photo of MA_hops
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Motor oil black with a creamy mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: Huge notes of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts.
T: Similar to the nose. Roasted malts with a sweet chocolate/brown sugar finish. Hint of vanilla and coffee.
M: Moderate carbonation with a slightly bitter and dry finish. The beer is relatively creamy in it's consistency. Goes down easy with a hint of alcohol warmth.
O: Alcohol is hidden quite well. The roasted chocolate notes make it extremely enjoyable to drink. Can't say enough about this beer. Very good!

 544 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a finger of tan-chocolate frothy head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark roasted chocolate malts with a touch of burnt malt, sweetness, and a touch of caramel.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some sweet dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Through the middle, some more oak and burnt flavor comes through with some more dark fruit and a touch of booze. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balance with some nice sweetness from the dark fruit that goes well with the big body and other flavors.

 767 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of the Alchemist Heady Topper, so I had to try this one! Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a finger of tan-chocolate frothy head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lacing throughout. Aroma is a mix of dark roasted chocolate malts with a touch of burnt malt, sweetness, and a touch of caramel. The flavor starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some sweet dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Through the middle, some more oak and burnt flavor comes through with some more dark fruit and a touch of booze. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of booze. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming finish. Dangerously drinkable. Really nice balance with some nice sweetness from the dark fruit that goes well with the big and roasty malt body!

 888 characters

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.

 547 characters

Photo of HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

6/23/2012

Snifter.

A: Black as ink with an enormous mocha head that exhibits great retention and leaves much lacing on the glass as it recedes. Stunning appearance for the style.

S: Roasty with notes of molasses and licorice. Restrained dark fruit notes are redolent of plum, grape, and raisin. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate fudge with accompanying oak and vanilla.

T: Rich bittersweet dark chocolate with light brown sugar, licorice, and a firm molasses presence. The beer is lightly oaky with a moderate earthy bitterness. The roasted malt presence is firm but doesn't dominate. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is full, sticky, silky, and chewy.

Overall: A great Imperial Stout. It reminds me of Abyss 2007 in its prime.

 794 characters

Photo of Hop_God
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was quite a stellar beer. Coffee, but very subtle. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, and even notes of berry, namely raspberries. This was extremely enjoyable and worthy of its rating IMO.

 186 characters

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: The body looks thick and is entirely black; above is an inch of dense, dark brown head that sticks around nicely and leaves plenty of thick lace. Perfectly gorgeous stout.

S: Huge! Brownie batter, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and char. Terrific.

T: Sweet, rich, and truly luscious. Chocolate absolutely explodes, with gooey sweet goodness washing across my tongue. Some coffee and pure roast provide a bit of balance, as does a touch of wood. Booze does show up on the finish, but much less than one might expect in an 11%+ beer. Amazing.

M: Thick, rich, smooth, and well-carbonated.

O: This blew me away fresh, and I only expect it to get better with a year or two. I'm really glad I made the 8 hour round trip to support this terrific brewery. Every bit the equal of stouts with far more hype.

Cheers!

 870 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Luscious from The Alchemist
4.42 out of 5 based on 464 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe