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Dosvidanya - DESTIHL Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 69
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
DESTIHL Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-09-2008

Like a Russian Matryoshka or 'nesting' doll, the secret of Dosvidanya® Russian Imperial Stout lies locked deep within her mysterious & elaborate wooden layers. The hidden soul of this oak bourbon barrel-aged beer that we said Dosvidanya ('goodbye') to several months before revealing, is its rich flavors like dark chocolate, toffee, black cherries and coffee along with robust & roasty maltiness that finishes dry.

84 IBU
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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 69
Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep midnight black with a nice layer of frothy caramel brown foam.

Dark chocolate, fresh coffee grounds, toffee, subtle fruitiness, and a welcoming whiff of bourbon.

Immediately flavors of oak and bourbon gentle wash over the tongue as flavors of cherry, coffee, chocolate, and roasty goodness soon follow.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, viscous, chewy, pleasant bourbon warmth.

Overall, Destihl knocked it out of the park with this one! (459 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bourbon, dark toasted malt, vanilla, hints of dark fruit, chocolate and oak. Flavor is well integrated dark toasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocoalte and hints of dark stone fruit, oak, licorice and cherry; hints of butter and caramel. Nice moderate body with pleasant creaminess and good carbonation. A very flavorful and well balanced barrel aged RIS. Complex with no single flavor dominating. Although I like bourbon forward stouts, this more balanced flavor is very enticing. Delicious and well done. (656 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid blackness, reflecting nothing, and a rich chocolatey-brown head holding court atop.

Aroma: whiskey, vanilla, oak, deep and delectable, hanging tight on top of massive malt. Sweet and lovely.

Taste: starts out hot and heavy, rich and forceful. Full-bodied, abundantly malty, with all the requisite flavors from the beer and the barrel. Some cocoa, some coffee, a little bit of anise, all dripped over with whiskey. Not too thick, never overly rich, surprisingly smooth, and ultimately delicious. Yeah, it's pretty good.

What's the label have to say? "Like a Russian nesting doll, the secret of Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout lies locked deep within here dark, mysterious and elaborate wooden layers. The hidden soul of this oak bourbon barrel-aged beer we said Dosvidanya to several months before revealing, is it's rich, robust and roasty maltiness that finishes dry. Please consume slowly and enjoy. Cheers." alc. 12.5% by Vol. IBU: 84.

Someday, like hop-related puns, we will finally run out of Russian phrases, historical figures, or cultural artifacts to refer to when creating new Russian Imperial Stouts. That day is soon. (1,153 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.92/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 Batch.

A- Pours pitch black with a small amount of khaki colored head which fades to the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts and chocolate on the smell. Slight hints of oak and bourbon but mostly the roastiness.

T- The roasty malts and chocolate notes start off strong, along with some coffee hints too. The oak and bourbon flavor from barrel aging is not as heavy as I would have expected though. Some hop character as well at the end of each sip.

M- Heavy, thick and chewy, a warming sipper.

Not a bad RIS. The BA flavors are a little more subdued than I expected, but still noticeable. (648 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.54/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Pitch black with no head or light passage. The nose is intense, tons of dark fruit, dark cherries and molasses. Rich waves of dark chocolate come next. Taste matches nose well, very bold with flavor. Things start malty and sweet. Chocolate, cherry, and molasses are predominant. This beer could have a crazy bottle release like dark lord or darkness, it's that good. Mouthfeel is thick and mellow carbonation. Delicious. (435 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.24/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


22oz bottle shared by Jason. Thanks!

A: Black with a small beige head.

S: Diacetyl and acetaldehyde. Caramel and chocolate with a little vanilla and bourbon, though it's not too important with the big butter notes. Oak.

T: Charred malt with some green apple and butter. Licorice and chocolate. Oak, bourbon, and brown sugar.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel with a light warming presence.

Overall: Riddled with flaws. (473 characters)

Photo of Dethsloth7
4.62/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 8oz glass at Dehstihl in champiagn.

A- Heavy dark black with .5" brown head. One may mistake it for coffee if served differently

S-Heavy dark cocoa with coffee bean burbon vanilla and oak notes. Very pungent and distinctive

T- suits odor, sweet dark cocoa followed by a bourbon/coffee bitterness with a dry finish. Surprisigly well balanced for a 13%.

M-thick and luscious though not as creamy as expected. leaves palate a black vanilla bean coffee dry, unique

O-definitly a post desert or end of the night brew as the name suggests. This is without a doubt something special and if you have the opportunity to try it I highly recomend it. (657 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at FoBAB 2011. Served in a taster pint. Listed as brewed at the Champaign location. Aged in a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body.

S - This reminds me a fair bit of Good King Henry Special Reserve. There's an mildly buttery note present, but it integrates very well with the vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted grains, oak, and light bourbon presence. Very enjoyable, and doesn't seem as hot as the listed 13%.

T - Taste is equally nice, with more dark chocolate and roasted malt character shining through. Mild oak and vanilla character rounds things out, and the finish is a mix of roast bitterness and whiskey bite. Super smooth considering the high ABV.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body, with medium-low carbonation, and some grain and barrel tannins in the finish. Some alcohol warming, but nothing untoward.

D - A very nice barrel-aged RIS that's on the sweeter side of things. Get the butter out of the nose and this would become a slam dunk. I enjoyed it quite a bit even with the diacetyl issue. (1,101 characters)

Photo of ajmoody76
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked a growler up today. glad i did. poured into an imperial pint glass. thick and dark. pretty much black. one finger dark brown head. looks great.

smells of dark chocolate. fruity hops also in there. no off odors.

get the chocolate up front. good hop bitterness- fruity sweet. dry aftertaste.

low carbonation with a full body. silky. i dig this beer. i would like to have more of this. (392 characters)

Dosvidanya from DESTIHL Brewery
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.