Luscious | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

LusciousLuscious
BA SCORE
4.41/5
634 Ratings
LusciousLuscious
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#286
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
634
pDev:
7.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
593
Gots:
94
Trade:
5
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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of esktime
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwbbq
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samact
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jmonah3
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

16oz can, undated but purchased at the brewery and known to be fresh, poured into an Alchemist stemless angular glass. Enjoyed on 4.15.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and oily with a soft brown head, good height with nice retention and spotted lace. The aroma is great, lots of roast, tasted dark grain with bitter dark chocolate, stone fruits, molasses, licorice and brown sugar. The flavors offer a lot of bittersweet chocolate, smooth and hearty with some dark grain, light coffee roast, rich stone fruits offer a hint of acidity while licorice, brown sugar, nougat and brown sugar linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is great, coating, creamy, thick and chewy full body with a very luscious texture and a soft but full finish.

Verdict: An excellent beer from The Alchemist. Known for their hops, but this is an extremely impressive RIS. Balanced, roasty, flavorful and as advertised, luscious.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chaaaaadddd!

Motor oil black appearance with a thin beige collar. Aromas of roast, chocolate, piney hops. Lovely flavor. Pronounced hop finish. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Tasty.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FCal79
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alexcortez426
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with thick chocolate colored foam.

Smell is full of coffee and licorice. Hints of soy.

Taste is just massive, with tons of coffee and licorice and just a hint of chocolate. Complex and lingering, awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. A little bit thinner than I would like, but still very good.

Overall, just a LUSCIOUS beer, huge and complex.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khoff5
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k47k
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raspy22
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My overall impression of this beer is that it drinks like a super-charged, super-thick Fuller's London Porter. A tidal wave of bitter baker's chocolate, jammy dark fruits, cream, charred wood, cold espresso, and that detergent-y floral hops aroma that I've also gotten from Pappy's and Beelzebub, open the olfactory floodgates.

Much like with Pappy's, the aromas consolidate to something more reminiscent of an everyday stout with temperature, but a nice entangled affair of bitter vs. smoky/sweet remains a constant throughout the entire drinking experience. Nose is pleasantly matched on the palate, but with a nice rounded sweetness like one finds in the Fuller's classic; the sweetness isn't quite dominant, as each sip ends pleasantly dry with a slightly powdery and smoky after sensation on the tongue.

The mouthfeel on this beer is, for the lack of a better word, luscious. Gorgeous thick chewy full body, with a nice creamy initial mouthfeel that you don't find too often on stouts anymore. Despite the thickness, there's a soft, silky consistency to this that makes you keep going back for another sip--until you realize this is baby is 9% and you start pacing yourself again.

Whereas I do enjoy the occasional Dortmunder as an everyday beer whenever I find myself up at odd hours of the night trying to fall asleep so I can wake up early like a responsible adult, I wouldn't mind being less responsible if it meant I can drink one of these as a nightcap every night.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Luscious from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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