Double Barrel V.S.O.D.
Revolution Brewing

Double Barrel V.S.O.D.Double Barrel V.S.O.D.
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #212
Ranked #1,282
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Double Barrel V.S.O.D.Double Barrel V.S.O.D.
Notes: 2-Year Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
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4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 1/4/18, had 11/23/18.

Pours dark brown, opaque, with a half inch quickly dissipating foamy head and some spotty, soapy lacing. Aromas of bourbon- really smells great, roasted malt, tobacco, figs, oak, some rye whiskey, chocolate, caramel, raisins, some molasses. This is a real treat for the nose. Flavors of bourbon, roasted malt, oak, rye whiskey, tobacco, chocolate, raisins, some vanilla and char, caramel as it warms. Light alcohol, but not much for the ABV. Very smooth at 17%, a great full body, well carbonated.

Fantastic aroma overall, complex aromas and flavors that offer so much to single out and enjoy. Just an incredible effort.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 14, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft 12/13/19 @ the taproom.

Midnight black appearance.

Small khaki head; minimal lace.

Chocolate, raspberry, oak & sweet bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Chocolate covered cherry flavor, with oak & sweet bourbon coming out as this warmed.

Above average barrel alchemy.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 15, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Filled 01-04-18. Can from @FlintB way back in NBS BIF #007.

Pours an obsidian obilisk. Aggressive initially gives a glass that's about 80% head. Pouring the rest of the can a little more gently it almost looks still. Extremes. Small half-eclipse ring of medium brown that I hesitate to even call head.

Boozy sweet nose. Vanilla and wood. Spice and some coffee. All fairly understated though. Boozy but not 17% boozy.

Well that's where all the booze went. Spicy up front. Gives the impression of significant effervescence that's not actually there. Lots of oak. Lots of booze. The first 2/3rds are dominated by these two. After that some of the rich depth peeks its head around, but it's only ever hints and suggestions. Some level of vanilla from the bourbon, some shadow of fudgy chocolate, some light chicory and the alcohol and oak almost leads to a licorice root-esque character.

The booze smacks you up side the head initially, but as it sits it mellows out significantly. It'll still never be mistaken for a low-abv sessionable beer, but the 17% that was so in your face to start sits back and becomes more of an upthrust influence. Spritzy carbonation plays with the alcohol spice and the finish is mainly alcohol bitterness.

Much thanks to Brian for sending this my direction. The base VSOD was big and boozy and this dials it up a notch, to my mind unnecessarily. It's tasty. It's big. Is it necessary? Eh. It's well done at the least.

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kemoarps from Washington, Nov 10, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of cured meats,bourbon, and caramel. A hint of smokiness. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn noted. Lots of bourbon, caramel and molasses. Some cocoa and smoked meaty notes with a little oak. Complex huge well done beer.

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4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking on draft at a Whole Foods and excited to find it. Very bourbon forward smell which I like but others may not. Thinner than my favorite stouts. At 17% abv, it’s easier to drink than I’d expect. It has a dry mouthfeel which is nice. I’m missing a lot complexity. I guess I like it but I’m a little disappointed.

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Apr 28, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black body with a head that dissipated after lingering for much longer than expected for the abv
S: Rye whiskey, dark chocolate, port, roasted dark malt, burnt marshmallow, brownie batter, bourbon, dates, brown sugar, leather, oats
T: Rye whiskey, charred oak, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, roasty malt, alcohol, hint of dates and raisins, marshmallow, bourbon, oat
M: Full and creamy but still goes down easy
O: Incredibly impressive for the abv. Very barrel forward but the alcohol is well integrated. Definitely for fans of charred oak, whiskey/bourbon and roasty malt.

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Nov 10, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous draft pour into a 9oz stemless tulip boasts a light denying deep brown body and floats a 3/4in head of dark cocoa colored varied-sized bubbles. Sheets of lacing run back to the ring.

Aroma is mostly booze, but the cocoa, vanilla, oak, and leather are present.

Flavors are outstanding. All of them. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, leather, ash, dark stone fruit...and perfectly balanced bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is everything I expect. Full and creamy without being sticky, but just enough booze warming in the back of the palate and chest.

Overall I am leaving open the possibility that a brewery can top this. I double barrel dare them.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Oct 20, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle for this
12 oz can, dated 1/4/18, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a very small mocha head

S- Bourbon, oak, dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, a little boozy.

T- Dark fruits, combo of figs and cherries, bourbon, chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, caramel, minimal booze for 17% ABV and very well balanced.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- Another great version of Deth’s Tar, very balanced and easy to drink given the ABV.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Aug 20, 2018
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4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding beer! This beer truly showcases barrel character and what a phenomenal job it does. You can taste the subtleties of both the Woodford and Whistle Pig Rye barrels. Deep, complex and amazing. The whole Deep Wood series has been amazing this year and this beer truly showcases what you can do with barrel aging.

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4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pure black pour with dark mocha foam. The head recedes immediately to nothing and leaves no lacing. The aroma is superb. Bourbon and whiskey notes obviously are prominent, but don't overpower the complexity of the beer. Notes of oak, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, char, spice. Taste matches the aroma. Again, plenty of bourbon and oak. But the notes of chocolate, spice, and vanilla shine. Medium-full body, low carbonation, dry finish. There is some alcohol heat on the finish, but surprisingly easy to drink for 17%. A gem from Rev.

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BSiegs from Illinois, Mar 31, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From one stout lover to another, i really enjoy the harmony created by an excellent base with a really definitive barrel character. Shoot ill even get down with a nice muddy pastry like Noah or whatever Proprietors Goose is offering up. But man when i just took a whiff of this monster i knew i was going to be taken away but probably among my favorite spirit presence in any beer period. Prepare to be whisked away by the Rye whisky and Bourbon, which individual spirit tastes will have you relating them exactly to what barrels were used (Whistle Pig and Woodford). the non adjunct stout of the gods guys it will not disappoint!

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Tobin776 from Wisconsin, Mar 05, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, served in a stemmed glass. Pours a dark black body, slight cola brown hue, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is heavy on the bourbon; light smoke, quite a bit of sweet oak, touch of tobacco, vanillin, milk chocolate, a touch of cocoa, trace leather. Flavour is a bit simplistic though very rich and bourbon-forward; oak, vanillin, whiskey dominate with a dab of cocoa. Tobacco, milk chocolate, touch of dark fruit, hint of leather on the finish. Lots going on, although the body is medium and certainly thinner than expected based on the can of VSOD I had recently in comparison. Lower end of normal carbonation, smooth vanillin and slight whiskey heat on the finish; not much of a hint that this is 17.0% which is kind of insane. Altogether, a very good beer although I think as a whole, I prefer its single barrel component blend, VSOD, to this one. Great tick, lots to taste here.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Mar 03, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can a nice black tar beer. Very little foam, but has lots going on in the body of the beer. Smells super boozy and malting, with hints of caramel and chocolate. Taste is VERY boozy, with hints of dark beer. Almost burns a little on the aftertaste, though very complex and rich beer. Would love to get some to age!

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REVZEB from Illinois, Jan 28, 2018
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4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a slightly sweet bourbon and caramel. Taste is also a slightly sweet bourbon and caramel with some alcohol aftertaste. This beer would score higher with a year of aging.

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Radcpa from Washington, Jan 23, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can obtained yesterday at the release, into the official Deep Wood glassware; I did not try it on draft. Black, thick, and syrupy in appearance, with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves a cocoa-colored rim of foam around the edge of the liquid. Big fudge, cacao nibs and oak on the nose, with hints of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and almond liqueur--a stunning aroma. The flavor profile is less impressive, as the barrel oak and bourbon comes on quite strong, pushing some of the malts and fruit into the background. That said, DBVSOD still drinks pretty smooth for 17% abv, coming across more like a full-bodied 12%. Very special indeed, and one I will definitely look for again next year.

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