Luscious | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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 far333
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown and opaque with a thick and frothy inch-high head of dark brown foam that lingers long. Rich aroma of espresso and leather, some dark chocolate. Rich and sharp flavors of cocoa and espresso, smoke and leather, some fruity tartness, sharp bitterness seeming to come from hops as well as roast malt. Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation, good body, very tasty beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz. can. Pours inky black with a huge, thick, mocha head. Smells of heavily roasted malt, licorice, and some milk chocolate. Tastes of milk chocolate up front, then strong roasted malt. Dark fruits. Has a distinct European stout profile. A little sweet. Mineral backdrop. Medium heavy and creamy. Been wanting to try this for a long time and I am impressed.

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Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Extremely dark and incredibly pitch black pour from the tall boy into a pint glass. The head is pretty much as dark as they come at a dark brown coffee hue. It forms to about an inch high with a thick creamy texture and great retention. Webs of lace cascade down the glass.

S- Dark malt mastery with a bit of an English kick; perhaps bringing this back to the roots of the style. The grains are like midnight oil with roasted barley and black patent donating intense notes of raw barley, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso beans, sweetness, toasted almost burnt nuts and toffee. Some yeast influence just makes it feel English but it is hard to describe exactly why, just an insanely small phenolic hint?

T- Actually very similar to the aroma but the sweetness and a definite hint of earthy hops join the party. Again, think of the night sky or the texas tea as the darkened grains run the show with a glorious spectrum of flavors. Bitter dark cocoa poweder, milk chocolate, medium-dark roast coffee, ashy burnt grains, raw black patent malts, tobacco, fudgey fig truffles, dates, toffee, caramelized sugars, blackstrap molasses and vanilla sweets come to mind. Those dark fruits once again give it an English feel.

MF- Had to write about this first before the taste. The body on this beer is unreal. It is like your taste buds are floating sky high above Mt. Mansfield on some heavenly pillow of cream and fluff. Heavy but gentle. The carbonation is at a medium level but the smoothness is at 11/10. Hit that with some burnt barley bitters and everything is all set.

This might be the most intense, black grain filled beer I can think of. That being said it is in no way balanced but still glorious in its own right as the flavors are just so strong and the body is somehow utterly astounding. If you want to know about roast grains, give this one a shot.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid smooth tasting stout. Lots of flavor yet still smooth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hands down the winner of the four new cans from these guys that my buddy just sent me. its a perfect take on the style, almost better than any actual british example i am aware of, and just a great beer overall. black as can be, creamy headed, and with a rad nose of dark roasted malt but no bitterness, organic unbrewed coffee, dark bread, and an english yeast profile thats familiar but fresher and better and bolder than we are used to from any import i can think of. there is a little bittering hop in the taste, but its actually right up front for me, and the yeast and malt follow it, with a really round complete flavor, dark chocolate all over, raisin for a moment, and the yeast, which is sort of pizza dough english meats a more mature, almost lagered complexion, bold on the grain side of things too, full spectrum, dry chocolate and coffee, licorice spice, four season stout for sure, and not a trace of alcohol anywhere. easily my favorite of their recent cans, a way too good american take on a classic style, and a beer that saves these guys and their new releases for me. i needed this to be amazing and it delivered!

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

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wayne17
3.67/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
No date (Consumed May 10th)

Pours a creamy jet black with a voluminous than head that lasts, and is easily roused, leaving sheets of lacing in its wake. (4.25)

Tobacco, chocolate, coffee, smoky malt, dark fruits. (4.25)

Follows the nose but with a body of fruitiness and sweetness that I think must be from hops but it is hard to tell with the layers and layers of roastiness. (4.5)

Rich full body, feels like carbonated whole milk, alcohol is noticeable and completely blends into everything‚Äč else. This is what a stout should feel like I'm my opinion. (4.75)

Great all around beer.
This is just what a stout should be with a little twist and so it is solid-yet-interesting and definitely enjoyable.
It pours a lovely black and keeps its head well. The aroma is on the spicy/earthy and of the roasty spectrum with some sweet chocolate and herbs. The flavor follows but is sweeter with coffee and a really pervasive fruitiness that must be hop-based. Not what I was expecting but very good in that respect. It feels like velvet whipped cream. Like a dream. In that respect it is what I think of a stout feeling like, rich and creamy,filling and drinkable, the alcohol plays well. As it warms it becomes very sweet. It actually got too cloying for me after a while. While that doesn't keep me from thinking it was a stunningly good stout, it does keep me from bumping it up a quarter point or so on taste and overall.
Almost everything almost right where it should almost be. I'd love to try this one again. (4.5)

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4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcvalocchi
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nfedas
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost black dark brown color with two inches of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

Dark chocolate, roasted malts, milk chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, toasted notes, oak, and some hops, but no real bitterness. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid RIS; very roasty but no bitterness so I dig it.

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Photo of byronic
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a viscosity reminiscent of motor oil. Very thin head which vanishes rather quickly. Lacing is minimal just barely creating a rim on top of the brew. Lots of roastyness and malts present on the nose with a touch of chocolate and hops. Explosion of flavour, very rich caramel and mocha. A nice balance of sweetness with a bit of bitter from hops. A chocolate presence becomes more apparent as it warms. Very smooth with a little prickle of carbonation mid tongue, somewhat mouthcoating.

A wonderful bunch of flavours that evolve throughout the glass. A definite must!

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Photo of Mbo108
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ironnb
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like a sweet dark syrup. So smooth and tasty, it may be my new favorite.

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Photo of jhavs
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Deep and black as oil. Thick and creamy. Dark tan head is creamy and full. Settles slowly and tons of clingy lacing hangs on the glass.

Aroma is rich malt, roasted and bittersweet cocoa. Hint of dark fruit sweetness and a little bit of floral hops.

Taste is full of rich and roasty malts. Smooth and balanced flavors are bitter, sweet, and smooth. Dark fruit, cocoa, bitter chocolate, hint of dark roasted coffee and slight floral hops.

Full body, creamy, smooth with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

Excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. Looks and feels like the perfect brew (as per style).

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Photo of TTTBeer
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Angerhaus
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weird, but very delicious beer. Smoke, fruit, chocolate, leather, and more all wrapped up in that one little can. I recommend to drink this as fresh as possible to get all the flavor from the hops - I suspect that aging takes away some of the more interesting bits.

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Photo of cvandette
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roze
3.34/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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