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:
#342
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
752
pDev:
7.24%
 
 
Wants:
589
Gots:
124
Trade:
6
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Photo of Phil9250
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stonermouse
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam poured into a perfect pint glass.

Spectacularly beautiful beer. Body is black as night with a gorgeous brown pillow head.

Smells like an English pub. Sweet but stale stout, but sets a great scene.

The flavor is a mild, dry chocolate with notes of sweet, slightly tart fruit. Reminds me of a fancy raspberry chocolate.

Smooth, slightly dry, nonsticky finish.

I rarely drink stouts, but this is a very fine beer.

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Photo of gbiello
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Larueminati
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHMD_Brewing
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Bitterbill
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can was part of a trade with my buddy, Tyler from Sheridan Wyoming. Thank you!

It pours a pitch black with an impressive head of tan foam. Lacing is equally impressive.

The smell...is huge roasted malt that brings only mild but adequate bitterness. There's a strong malty sweetness that accompanies it and to me, that makes it special. Chocolate notes cannot be ignored. An Imperial Stout nose that I can truly admire.

Sweet and slightly bitter chocolate flavours, roasted malt, balanced in a way that I dig for the style, some heat from the abv, but not too much. Wowser. More malty than bitter and that, I reckon, gives it the right to be called British Imperial Stout.

Not quite full bodied but close. The carbonation is there but not intrusive.

Such a pleasure to drink. Slowly. With purpose. Not wanting to reach the end of the journey...

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Photo of EMV
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rare 2011 edition... 'Hell or High Water' series... poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour... thin tannish head leaves a thin rim of lacing.

S: Rich and decadent... sweet and roasty... dark sugars and darker fruits.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet up front.. burned sugars and roasted malts. Dark cocoa, plum, milk sugar, and very faint espresso. Balanced out with some roast bitterness. Creamy on the tongue... sticky and warming. Complex and delicious.

O: Just an outstanding beer... only stout I can fairly compare it to is 3 Floyds 'Dark Lord'. Spectacular. Merry Christmas to me.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can. Pours beautifully. Light balks at the task of entering the beer's body. Really an exquisite looking stout. Constant, brown head. Fuzzy sheets of lacing. Chalky, cocoa nose. I get why they're calling out that it is a "British Style" stout. Has a lot of commonality to a big porter in the nose. Flavor is cocoa, some dark fruitiness, chalky yeast, roasty and a bit milky. Body is creamy and full. Pleasant aftertaste. Haven't had a good, sturdy stout in a while. This beer is solid all the way through. A high quality style-loyal brew.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black pour with ruby edges, greyish tan head; fairly quick cap leaves solid ring; light lace and light legs on swirl. Sweet roast malt nose. Taste follows nose, bitter sweet chocolate right behind. Thin light body and moderate plus carbonation. Overall drinks thin for an Imperial and is a tad cloying with sweet roast linger that dominates the experience.

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

Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

I had three cans. Two were poured into snifters, my last one was poured into a tulip in which this review weighs in on.
The appearance pours jet black like motor oil and leans mostly upon a dark brown close to black color in the body. A nice thick tan foamy head sat atop and slowly dissolved. Semi-thick lace in spots with one ring and a speckled spotty lace underneath the ring.
The aroma had some sweet milk and dark chocolate malts, nice roastiness, coffee sweetness and a light bitterness at the end.
The flavor seems to blend exceptionally well between the roast and the sweetness between the chocolate malts and the coffee. Light bitterness from the coffee. Mild roasty aftertaste with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and coffee.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a kind sipping quality about it. Carbonation and ABV felt fine. Superb finish of roast, coffee, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
Overall, I really liked this beer for me. Definitely would come back to!

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful slick black color with a billowing head of mocha colored foam which hangs around forever. The aroma is smoke, chocolate, burnt sugar, toasty malts, and some hop bitterness. Taste is an elegant mix of all the flavors in the nose, finishing with just a slight hop bitterness, kind of like a yeti, which yields to a sweet finish of chocolate and roasty malts. So after it warms the taste starts with bitter dark chocolate then melds to burnt, smoky sugars, then hops, then sweet chocolate and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is full, sick, teetering on the edge of chewy. Overall this is great.

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

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

Photo of DaveCash
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LoudRed
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A-Pours a very dark brown hue with a a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has roasted malts, dark chocolate and slight coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with roasted malts, dark chocolate and slight coffee
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer with the flavors opening up as the beer warms
O-A very nicely balance Russian Imperial Stout

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Luscious from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 752 ratings