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 lemmy187
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | 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 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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Photo of daudelin2000
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark with a nice tan head. Maybe a hint of really dark red color as well. Smells roasty like coffee with a slight hint of chocolate. Maybe a tiny bit of alcohol in the nose as it warms. Taste is mostly roasted coffee with a kiss of chocolate. Not quite as complex as I was expecting, but still very good. There is a slight bit of bitterness, but nothing like Beelzebub. Finishes sweet with a little alcohol flavor, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium plus to almost full.

Overall a great beer. My issues with it are really just nit picks, but The Alchemist consistently brews such great beers that you have to nit pick a little! Although I do get a hint of alcohol in the flavor, this beer still goes down very easy and is dangerously drinkable for an imperial stout. The 16oz can disappears quickly and you could easily want another which is saying a lot for this style.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark body with medium dark tan head
S - coffee forward with chocolate back
T - taste follows the nose, though more subtle on both
F - fairly thin feel, bit of creaminess
O - enjoyable beer, subtle flavor notes

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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!

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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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a motor oil black color. Aroma is super roasted malts and almost charred. Has aromas of sweetness too. Flavor is roasted and has a milky sweetness. Great body to the beer and overall really delicious.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together (2014), over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Exemplary Imperial Stout. Tasty and warming.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 can opened in Oct 2015

A – Beautiful pour. Thick, viscous black body. Dark hkahi head pours 2 fingers high with a brief cascade, nice retention and ok lace.

S – Raisiny net sweet nose with balsamic, prune, cherry cola, and medium roast coffee.

T – Bold cherry cola flavor profile with vanilla, caramel, black cherries, buckwheat honey, and sweet coffee.

M – Super smooth, creamy medium-light body.

O – Absolutely delicious, and stunningly smooth for 11%.

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Photo of beersdmf17
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and thick with a good inch of head that lingers for a while. Smell is dominated by bitter chocolate, coffee, slight burnt aroma as well, reminiscent of a smoked stout. Taste is of bitter chocolate, umami, subtle notes of smoke and coffee. Distant notes of fruit, both stone fruits and berries, as well as hints of molasses are also hidden in the background. Alcohol is present but not overpowering, covers the inside of the mouth and lingers on the pallete. Very rich and velvety mouth feel. Overall a solid stout, dominated by the umami and chocolate bitterness.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky dark brown with a wispy halo of light reddish brown bubbles. Smells like bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, char. Tastes like bitter single origin cacao, hints of coffee and dark fruits. Feels dense, creamy and thick. Great RIS.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a lot from the Alchemist. This beer was a solid non-BA stout, just was expecting more. I got lots of roastiness and coffee, along with a pitch black color.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip

L - Thick and oily looking. Dark mocha colored head

A - Roasted malts, dark chocolate and as the beer warms, there's a black licorice aroma

T - Lots of roastiness with dark chocolate flavors along with some bitterness. Slight alcohol burn and some black licorice flavors as the beer warms up

M - Viscous and creamy. Med/hvy body with med carb. Coats the mouth with bitter chocolate flavor

O - Excellent RIS....Alchemist can certainly do more than great IPAs. Lots to love in this beer. Wish it wasn't so limited.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an oversized tulip.

Pours like motor oil, thick, black and viscous. Glugs out of the can. The head that forms is humongous in height and burly in its composition, appearing to have some real weight to it. The dark khaki color sets a gorgeous contrast to the pitch-black body which, despite it's color and opacity, still manages to show a relentlessly surging carbonation. As I take notes, the head recedes and rings of laces and a downward wall of lace develop. This is a beautiful sight to behold. 5

I took a few whiffs from the can and got some coconut notes. From the glass, coconut is either gone entirely or simply subdued, here by a deep, layered roastiness and bitter hop combination. It's like charred wood, I suppose, in that there's a smoky quality as well. Dark chocolate lends a note or two as do occasional hints of caramel and the coconut I noticed before. It's an assertive nose and more challenging than inviting. 4

I was bracing for something harsh given the roasty and bitter nose, but I'm greeted by a sweeter chocolatey and caramel flavor, light molasses and brown sugar, and a finish of plums/prunes and light, lingering smokiness. A slight taste of booze mixed with everything else develops a red wine-like flavor, which I enjoy. Overall, I like the medley and interplay of flavors. 4.25

There's a smooth velvety feel that introduces each sip and is pretty charming and really sets the tone for this beer. Sweet and bitter are in perfect balance, the booze is subtle and lends a vinous touch that adds dimension, as does the occasional roasty smokiness. I'd say the feel of this beer is the real star. 4.5

This is a standout for sure. As I gear up to drink a lot of RISes and barleywines and other beers of the higher ABV over the next several months, this has set a high bar for those that follow.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the moon & back to Joe_Grizzly for sending me 9/24 of a case of this stuff, which popped me upright in a hurry as they kept emerging from that big box. Already had a couple, so the stock is falling rapidly. Tall 16 oz. silver can with a minimalist sticker. Dig.

The pour is dyed black with a pretty feisty head after a hard pour. It’s one of those fairly rare beers that you can smell the instant the liquid hits the glass – a washout of big black malts with a side of licorice, plus a healthy helping of chocolate milk. The crowd starts a slow clap.

Luscious is a cocky-ass name for a beer, eh? I’ve had a few beers that should have been sued for malpractice in my day, right after they were burned at the stake. A nice big gulp brings out chocolate as bitter as Alex Forrest, & much more attractive. Intermission features a mild roast, sharp night-born licorice, creamy nuttiness. As it warms the line between sharp chocolate & hop roughage blurs. I swear I can taste wood. Full, rich, creamy, thick, you could attach all or any of the nicest descriptors to this puppy. And a sipper, if you mean, I just lost my train of thought.

As a straight-up old big stout this hits every cylinder. Excellent.

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