Luscious | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#291
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
673
pDev:
7.48%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 673 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of tobelerone
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukiluka
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGold
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had poured from pint can, gift from friend, into Seidel. My first non-IPA from The Alchemist, Luscious is huge and roasty, hides the ABV rather well, and ultimately balanced and all-too-drinkable.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tscanlon51
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srw
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and moderately thick, with half a finger of audibly fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Floral hops, chicory, and bittersweet dark chocolate on the nose, reminiscent of hoppy dry stouts like FFF's Blot Out the Sun. Vinous and botanical on the palate, with strong hop character befitting The Alchemist's reputation. Mild notes of cherry and plum, leather and tobacco. A deep sniff at room temperature is all chocolate and red wine, but in beer form. Very dry finish. You could call this an RIS or a robust porter, and I wouldn't bat an eye at either one.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first few sips were really disappointing to me but as it warmed it got better and better. By the end, it is the best Russian Imperial Stout that I have ever had. 55 degrees. Get it there and enjoy!

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Photo of eluvah
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vermontcraftbrewfan
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a strong beer but a great tasting beer Im not sure why its not on there main page any more but I hope to see this beer again down the road It reminded me of moter oil but not in a bad way down right nice heavy beer I could see this a a nice Oktober beer

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Photo of Eman17
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tony210
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours like motor oil, impervious to light, beautiful mocha head quickly recedes to a faint ring. Not much to the nose. Aroma is mostly burnt malt, some roasted chocolate, faint molasses. Flavor bursts with chololate, roasted malt, sweet vanilla, a little toffee in there also. Some coffee flavor on the finish - like a very gentle, bitter espresso. Definitely a bit in the sweet side, but not too sweet. 9.2% abv hidden nicely. Thick and syrupy, oily and viscous, this beer really coats the tongue nicely. Carbonation adds to the thick mouthfeel perfectly.
Overall, wow. This beer would be amazing in a barrel. Alchemest does it again. This is up there with the best imperial stouts from Evil Twin, Hoppin Frog, Epic - you name it. Another winner.

3/14/18
16 oz can fresh from brewery - thanks Adam!
4.25 rating

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Photo of Mrthetank
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of folkstar
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Satchboogie for this brew.

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves a pretty nice medium size oil slick, and also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, little roastyness, licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, slight roast, pretty nice chocolate/toffee, nice touch of vanilla, nice sweetness, some licorice. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Thanks Kyle!

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Photo of Grady61
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phishagonia
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was very excited to try this English-style stout! Poured from can to Fullers nonic imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark black, with really nice cola/coffee colored head that fizzles away after a minute or so. Smell is roasty with a hint of bread. The taste follows suit. This starts off very smooth and a bit dry. The alcohol is well hidden in the background, as I'm mostly getting roasty chocolate, a hint of coffee, and light oats. The finish is a tad hot, but much less hot than I expected. Definitely a sipper, but doesn't knock your socks off. A very fresh take on a dry stout.

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Photo of Kettle1
3.24/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Greywulfken
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and viscous-looking pour produced a dark brown head about a thick finger in height... Presented solid imperial stout characteristics, from a roasty bittersweetness to some notes akin to licorice/anise... Starts sweet but finishes more bitter and dry... Leaves something of a dark shellac coat behind... Full-bodied and smooth... This and Beelzebub were solid dark ale entries from the Alchemist, but I'm way more partial to their pales... Still, you can't possibly pass it up if you've never had it...

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Photo of Dellert32
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is heaven in an imperial stout. Very smooth, soft, with plenty of chocolate & light cocoa character. Earthy hops and the roast is low enough to avoid any astringency or acrid notes. Mouthfeel is tremendous as the soft, lush body gives such a full, creamy character this beer is like drinking a milkshake. Just outstanding. Wish I had some more of this.
Another dynamite offering by the Alchemist!

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smi69
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Luscious from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 673 ratings