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:
#271
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
709
pDev:
7.24%
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Photo of GravityKills
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sheppard
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Smells the part too. There's a nutty aroma. It's rich, chocolatey, decadent, with a touch of almond nuttyness. It's is smooth and viscous. While this isn't my ideal beer for this particular time, this is fantastic.

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

The Alchemist labels this as a "British Style Imperial Stout" and I am excited for it. Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass this brew yields a very dark brown, coffee colored beer with half a finger of mocha colored crown that sticks around for about a minute before only leaving an outer ring clinging to the glass. The smell brings a roastiness that can be smelled from the initial crack of the can and a sweetness that is reminiscent of honey graham crackers. Tasting this beer will bring a huge creaminess to offset the roasty and bitter notes, making this a pretty easy drinker. The sweetness detected in the nose doesn't show up too much in the taste, but I can get some hints of the graham cracker like notes in the aftertaste as it sits. It makes it a slightly bready mouthfeel in that nature. Overall, this beer is good all the way around and a nice treat and it's got that classic mix of roastiness and bitterness that you can expect from Alchemist dark beers.

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

Photo of BeerBeast
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of mothmanscott
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one a gift from outdoor7or24: Pours thick & shoe polish black with an aggressive but rapidly fading, deep mocha head leaving rich brown wisps of lace. Aroma is burnt pumpernickel and chocolate fudge with a hint of licorice and coffee faintly backed by more hop hints than most other stouts except that from Green Flash. Taste is an oh so rich version of the nose that is more intense on the chocolate. Tastes like something that should be drizzled over an ice cream sundae. Fudge cake in a bottle. Mouthfeel is viscous & chewy, creamy with a finely honed prickly bite. I don't know but this stuff has to have oats in it. It's so creamy!!! An absolutely delightful brew. Order it instead of desert.

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Photo of JonB25
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice roastineaa to balance the chocolate sweetness. Really well made.

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

Photo of JoeB51982
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BenBreeg
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can picked up at brewery on trip, poured into pint glass.
A: pours a rich dirty motor oil brown, frothy 2 finger chocolate milk foam head, stringy lacing, carbonation
S: sweet chocolate malt, roasted malt, coffee, hints of earthy hops, the sweet young aroma is very fresh and soft
M: medium thick body, tingly on the tongue with a semi drying finish
T: chocolate, roasted malt, toasted hazelnut, coffee, light earthy hops, very smooth and well balanced
O: I'm impressed with the smoothness of this imperial stout, soft pillowy, the name luscious fits this brew very well

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

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

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

Photo of Simon212
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajdemma
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-06-02 in Philadelphia, PA at Monk's Cafe on tap. John Kimmich, brewmaster of The Alchemist was in attendance.

A -

S -

T - Chocolate, medium roasted grain, milk sugar. Smooth and delicious. Tastes like a milk stout.

M -

O -

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Photo of liquorpig
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep solid black in color with minimal head. Lacing is decent.

Smell is amazing. Chocolate, roasts, leather and smoke. So much going on, but working so well.

Taste follows the nose. The roasts and chocolate are very present and that peaty smoke is also noticeablebut blends with a fruity treacle flavor. Very nice.

Feel is full bodied,with good carbonation. The beer coats you mouth and has a very smooth slick finish.

Well, color me impressed. A little off the path that Alchemist follows, but damn this is a nice beer.

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Luscious from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 709 ratings