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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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 776
Photo of scotorum
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Bought at the brewery 5/26/19.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into an English nonick pint.

a; Opaque black with a slight tan head which receded to a thin tan ring and patchy lacing.

s: Very mild chocolate.

t; Milk stout-smooth roasty malt followed by a moderate hop bite on a sweetish finish. High ABV is nicely covered and bitterness does not long linger.

m: Full, great body and a little carbonation tingle.

o; A superior imperial stout, flavorful with great mouthfeel. If it was identified as a milk stout I would not have questioned that. Truly Luscious.

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

Grabbed a 4pk at Alchemist Stoe. Big beautiful Imp Stout. Very much like a sweet milk stout on steroids. Classic British lines in malt and hops. Some bitterness but mostly from roastiness and then subdued with lactose/milk. Not unlike a latte style stout I guess.
Enjoyable complex taste where the base stout picks up a bit of coffee; bitter chocolate; milk sweetness and some figginess. A smooth sipper that also had a bit of lactic quality. Very enjoyable

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Photo of agreenman19
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a deep, dark black with a massively fluffy mocha chocolate head. Thick, creamy, bit of jello jiggle, the gang's all here. Looks like the surface of the moon.

S - distinctly English, roasted barley, toffee, hints of metal, and raisins. There's dark cherry tart as well, along with molasses.

T - more of that cherry bitterness. Toasted English malts, baker's chocolate, and vague citrus. On the flip side, we have rich decadence in the form of brown sugar-encrusted coffee cake drizzled with milk chocolate sauce. The sweetness can actually sneak up on you and you're left wondering why everything is so sticky and heavy because the bold roastiness trains you not to expect such flavors. Wears many hats. Pretty restrained in the finish; begs a second sip. And a third... and a forth...

F - big creaminess. Such heft. Full-bodied and expansive. What little carbonation exists is just enough to zestify and electrify.

O - delicately balanced between big, bold RIS flavors and sweet, creamy coffee ice cream sugariness. Amorphous in flavor, whatever you're looking for seeps into the forefront, making it easy and enjoyable to pick out certain flavors and sensations. Neat beer; masterfully done.

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Photo of thebeers
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cherry-tinted motor oil black with two fat fingers of dark tan head that leave rings of lacing.

Roasty malts with a little plum sweetness in the nose. There’s some definite carbon dioxide in there, too.

Nice dark malt flavors: roasted malts, a little char, a little molasses, sugar, some more stone fruit, a hint of licorice, and a nice kiss of alcohol. Nice mix of dark and sweet.

Full bodied and creamy feeling with plenty of carbonation.

Maybe a touch on the sweet side, but otherwise a really solid, complex and relatively-balanced imperial stout. A pleasure to try.

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Photo of Dope
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No canning date that I can find. Purchased 2 weeks ago.

A: Midnight black pour with a head that's nearly indistinguishable at first. Incredibly dark. Huge head with great retention. Heavy walls of lacing as it finally fades away. Excellent.

S: Roasty malt, smells a lot like pretzels. Nice dark chocolate in there with a backing of vanilla.

T: Fudgy and creamy up front with hints of vanilla. Tiniest hint of char and burnt toast in the middle. A touch of leather in there. Chocolate turns dark and a little bitter in the finish, which helps balance it out nicely.

M: Heavy and super creamy and smooth. Really great mouthfeel.

O: One hell of a super smooth and creamy stout. Mouthfeel is off the charts which pushes drinkability to the heavens. Not a monstrously bold beer, no over the top strengths or complexities but boy is it balanced and delicious and easy drinking.

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Photo of RockHop
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my this is a perfect Imperial Stout. Luscious is right. Pours black with rich mahagony head. Dissipate quickly otherwise this would be perfect. But good lacing and creaminess. Feels terrific. Satiny will adequate carbonation. Little smoky aromywith molasses and berries. Flavor is robust, sweet, and lightly smoky with notes of horehound, prune, leather, and bacon. Coffee and chocolate in a sweet middle, and little bitter hit at the end. Fine stuff. Purchased at the Alchemist Stowe.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark, black, thick beer with a quickly fading brown head. Smells like coffee, chocolate, blackberries and a wee bit leathery. Tastes amazing with all the tastes that are in the smell. Starts sweet and roasty, finishes with a bit of berries and floral notes and lingers as a nice bitter and roasted coffee. Just an outstanding beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like dirty motor oil with a thick beige head; leggy, with a draping of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, caramel, graham, dried cherry and roasted walnut

Taste: Chocolate fudge forward, with caramel and graham cracker tones emerging; hints of dark dried cherry and roasted walnut; earthy hop flavors build, through the middle, providing a lot of complexity as the flavors merge into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Hiding the ABV surprisingly well, this is one of the more complex Imperial Stouts I have encountered; not sure what the difference is between a "British Style Imperial Stout" and a Russian Imperial Stout but this is one terrific brew

Thanks, Skellbop, for the opportunity

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Photo of npolachek
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, Good head.

S: Coffee, Fruit, Molasses

T: Fruit and Molasses, balanced, solid.

M: Full bodied, some carbonation

O: Solid Stout drinks well for the ADV. Highly recommend.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses with a bit of coffee and dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and molasses and then goes into the dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some char towards the end. Finishes with lingering roast, dark fruit, and molasses

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great British-style stout that packs a punch. Alcohol is hidden well, which makes for a nice sipper. Definitely worth getting your hands on

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

Very good example of the Russian Imperial Stout style, and a beer that lives up to its name. Dark, creamy head and lacing. Roasty and malty scents, notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and molasses. Big dark malt flavors. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, but not a lot of sweetness nor bitterness. Sweet welcoming aftertaste, however. Feel is mellow and velvety, neither thick nor oily. Mild alcohol presence. Excellent beer.

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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 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 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 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 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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