Every now and then you come across something that just seems to call to you, like it was made specifically for your enjoyment. For me, this beer was one of those things. I had been in the market for stouts, and both the name and label aesthetics of this beer instantly drew me in. I know that’s not always the best way to choose a brew, but this one felt special.
Beer Name: Deth’s Tar
Brewer: Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)
Style: Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Description: Part of the brewery’s Deep Wood Series of special barrel aged offerings, this beer is officially named as a play on the name of founder Josh Deth; though a careful reading of the box reveals a that this “fully operational Imperial Stout” gives a subtle nod to a certain film franchise as well. As for the actual contents of the bottle, this beer was aged in two different types of bourbon barrels and brewed with a “variety” of malts and oats. Check out the brewery website for more information. The bomber was on the higher end of my usual price range at $18, but I was sold at first sight.
Appearance: Deep black body topped off by a dark tan head.
Smell: Sweet malts and dark chocolate underneath strong bourbon notes.
Taste: Sweetness upfront in the form of rich malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of caramel. A creamy, light roast coffee taste arose roughly mid-sip but was soon overtaken by a massive surge of bourbon. The finish was creamy and chocolately, with a subtle oak/roast combination underneath a sweet and distinct kick of heat. Bourbon, sweetness, and chocolate were the main flavors here, definitely in that order.
Mouthfeel: Thick, full-bodied, and silky smooth with minimal carbonation.
Hype: There was some excitement about this locally, considering I found out about the beer’s existence and availability via social media announcements from various bottle shops. It went pretty fast at my downtown spot despite a one bottle per customer limit.
Overall: I ended liking this just about as much as I had hoped I would. It was definitely a beer meant to be enjoyed slowly on cold winter night (indeed I drank this during a snowstorm), but that’s pretty much the point of something like this. Fantastic. I would no doubt pick this up again, worth the price tag.