Revolution Deth's Tar Imperial Stout

Review Date 3/14/2024 By John Staradumsky


Standby alert. Dethís Tar approaching! Iím paraphrasing a line from the very first Star Wars film, of course, but Iím referring to Revolution Brewing Dethís Tar Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. I had never tried the beer before, so when I saw it for sale on the Half Time Beverage website I immediately added a can to my cart. My great fear was they would run out before they filled my order, but they didnít, and the rest is history.

You could easily sit on this beer and age it for several years or more I think, but I chose not to do so. I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype, and besides, it was the occasion of my 60th birthday and that called for something special.

Revolution says:

A prolonged repose in bourbon-soaked American oak barrels adorns a dark chocolate profile with notes of toasted coconut and vanilla. A rich, supple texture belies the unholy power of our Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Revolution Dethís Tar Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels has an alcohol content of 14.8% by volume-a sipping beer to be sure-and thatís exactly how I enjoyed it. I paid $14.99 for my 19.2 ounce can. Total Wine sells it for $23.99 for a 4-pack of 12 ounce cans. My can is stamped FILLED 10-04-2023.

Revolution Brewing Dethís Tar Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels pours to a jet-black color with a moderate creamy tan head and a nose of black coffee and boozy bourbon. Taking  a sip the beer is full in body, luxuriant in mouthfeel as it slides over the tongue. Notes of caramel and coffee, toffee and roast, and oh so much boozy bourbon abound. Dark fruit emerges akin to bourbon soaked raisins, woody oak is apparent, a hint of vanilla and in the finish there is super warming alcohol and a strong lingering bourbon character.

Not many beers can back up $15 a can, but this one does. Judged by style, a barrel aged imperial stout, I canít think of any better.

 Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned