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

Double Barrel V.S.O.D.Double Barrel V.S.O.D.
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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #142
Ranked #453
4.46 | pDev: 6.05%
Oct 22, 2022
Jan 04, 2018
Double Barrel V.S.O.D.Double Barrel V.S.O.D.
Notes: The absolute pinnacle of our Deth’s Tar lineup, “Very Special Old Deth - Double Barrel” sits at the intersection of extremity and sophistication. During the second year of aging, a small number of specially selected Deth's Tar barrels are blended then finished in fresh Weller Special Reserve Barrels and Weller 10 year barrels. 17% ABV
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to gudbrande for this 12 oz. can as I seek to hunt down every Deep Woods brew in existence. The quest is going well, thank you,

The pour is Yankee black without the link to a cold, dead soul. The nose is rich, bourbon, chocolate, burnt things.

Double Barrel V.S.O.D. deals barrel. Heavy bourbon with a hint of spiciness (is there a rye barrel engaged?) smacks the palate barehanded accompanied by a deep, throat-scouring burn of booziness. Mid-palate is vanilla, chocolate, burnt oak, with lower levels of leather & brown sugar. Finishes with dry, dry oak. Full. So tasty I could drink this until I dropped (over/under at 26 ounces).

It's a miracle! The double barrel aging takes what is (to me) a pretty routine stout & turns it into a borderline magical experience. Superb beer.
Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Received from @fbarber in the NBS BIF #14. Canned on 12/3/2020. Poured into a Revolution stemless glass. It pours almost ink black with a thin, light mocha-colored head and lite lacing. On the nose there is milk chocolate caramel, earthy nuts, and lite but noticeable bourbon. The taste is big with rich chocolate, caramel, and lots of bourbon over an earthy, nutty malt base. The flavors blend beautifully. But it's very boozy. Its mouth feel is fantastic - rich, creamy, and viscous with low to moderate carbonation. There is no escaping the 17.8% ABV; it's a big, big Stout and most definitely a sipper. Overall, Double Barrel V.S.O.D. is just a great BA Imperial Stout. I've enjoyed every beer from the Deep Wood Series.
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brownish black with a finger of dark mocha foam, not much lacing or surface skim due to the higher abv.

Aroma is bourbon forward, sweet and sticky fudgy brownies, caramelized sugar and vanilla.

Taste is drenched in bourbon, caramel and vanilla, rich fudgy brownies, ample bourbon flavor and heat that lingers. Has a bite to it, and it’s got lots of warmth. Medium bodied with some creaminess, the booze really cuts through. Overall really tasty, especially as a mid-winter sipper. Thanks to Chris for this one!
Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 12/3/20; consumed on 12/9/21

Pours an inky black body capped with a short-lived two fingers of tautly bubbly, rocky, burnt beige foam, fizzling out as quickly as it formed to yield a few paper-thin spots over a void-like surface, a thin, frothy collar, and no lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma shows robust chocolate malts at the forefront, detailing bakers chocolate and a milder brownie batter richness; hints of dark cherry over the middle are born from ripe bourbon undertones, with caramel and vanilla-imbued roast accentuating oak on the back end.

Taste opens with heavy doses of bourbon imparting oaky vanillins and toasty toffee details upfront; an ashy char over the mid-palate is softened by doughy cacao, while heavier char cuts through dark cocoa on the finish, a slight nutty sweetness lingering.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with minimal carbonation tingling gently into a weighty slickness and deft char over the mid-palate; the warmth upfront coats the palate over time as a dryness evolves and trickles into the back end, the finish disguising its weight.

Impressively balanced barrels guide an amplified roasted malt decadence through layers of char across the profile and peaking with a residual bourbon sweetness; a level execution of multiple barrels at work allowing both the base beer to shine and the lingering spirit influence to accentuate.
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - black thick and a great thick tan head and lacing
Smell - So much chocolate and caramel wood bourbon smell
Taste - Shocked that it doesn't taste as boozy as it is. Lots of chocolate caramel wood like the smell
Feel - creamy and thick
Overall - Just fantastic!!!
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.84 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jun 27, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Jun 08, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 16, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a very dark black color, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells like rich dark chocolate, black cherry, oak, port, oak, vanilla, tobacco, leather, and cinnamon.

This is amazing in a number of ways, but possibly most mind-boggling of all is that it's 17% ABV. If I were to guess the ABV without knowing ahead of time, it would have guessed 9 or 10%, honestly. There is a ton of pure barrel character here, with spicy oak, leather, caramel, dark fruit/cherry, etc, along with other notes of vanilla, espresso, coconut, tobacco, maple, and lots of dark fudgy chocolate.

This is medium bodied, thick and creamy, but with no boozy astringency at all - this is clearly blended extremely expertly.

This is absolutely one of the best Revolution stouts I've ever had - it's absurdly nice, and so easy drinking.
Feb 22, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can courtesy of ShawnoftheD3ad.
Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Feb 03, 2021
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Rated by Jaycase from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2020 edition
Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by DeadWax from Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
2020 vintage from a can.

Pours dark brown with a rich mahogany foam head that falls away to patchy lacing. The head reveals gorgeous deep and complex bouquets of well blended excess. Bourbon and oak, char smoke, sweet cherry, forest on the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy thick with medium low carb. Layers of raisin, chocolate, brown sugar, char, oak, boozy light cherry flavors are awash with the booze still well hidden, keeping this a crushable 17%, if not for the fact you want to savor every waft or sip.

One of the best Revolution beers I’ve had!!! Simply sublime.
Jan 20, 2021
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Reviewed by BunsMcGillicuddy from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice head in a stemmed taster glass. Beautiful nose, boozy with caramel and other sweet notes. Very smooth with nice roasty notes playing off the oak and boozy character. Pretty smooth mouthfeel but still a little rough like most rev stouts. The base deth's tar is still noticeably present, but the barrels play off each other beautifully for a delicious beer.
Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Sammonsd from Michigan

4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Holy shit. This beer is huge and blasts you in the face with bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and more bourbon. A sipper for sure but made my night.
Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by krl2112 from Illinois

Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 4.83 by brewskis from Indiana

Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this one out of a crowler. Wow. Amazing. Such complexity in this beer as waves of chocolate, vanilla, deep char, bourbon and lots more bourbon flow perfectly. This beer is 17% but is so silky smooth that you would not know it. It doesn't come off as hot either as the alcohol is well hidden. This beer was amazing.
Dec 15, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +2%
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.
Feb 14, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.
Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 5 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -11%
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.
Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
4.45 out of 5; rating with no review.
Drank on 6/8/2019.


12oz can poured into Revolution Stemless Deep Woods series glass.
Canned on 12/03/2020.
Consumed on 01/28/2020.

Appearance: Jet black body. Medium khaki to dark brown colored head that pours a few finger tall and quickly drops down to thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Thick and noticeable booze legs. Not much of the head sticking to the glass.

Smell: dark chocolate and fudge. big barrel. Such massive oak / wood notes. What's not to love?

Taste: Barrel forward with heavy, intense oak in the best possible way. Light charred barrel notes to provide some balance to the huge oak that's in your face. Premium bourbon, no doubt. Lots of dark chocolate brownie batter flavors from the base stout. As well as a undeniable note of brown sugar richness and I detect a hint of walnut too. Leather, molasses, and tobacco hang in the background which accentuate the complexity and add great layers to this huge stout.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied stout with perfectly dialed in carbonation levels that are on the lower end of the spectrum. Finish has a touch of dry and crispness to it. Surprised, but not surprised at how mellow this stout is especially with the high ABV. Well quite frankly, I was expecting much more booze heat at 17.0% abv, but its not harsh at all. Lightly warming booze kick describes it well.

Overall: I have got to say that Revolution really did those 10yr Weller barrels some real justice. This stout is extreme in its ABV, but impressively refined with smoothness, excellent mouthfeel / texture and so much complexity. Seriously, how often can you sit down and drink 12oz of a 17% abv stout and it is a fantastic / smooth / complex drinking experience the entire time? Doesn't happen very often, but Revolution barrel program really knows how to pull it off and exceed expectations. Geez! Top 5 beer from 2020 Deep Woods series this year.
Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
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.


Drinking a can canned 1/4/18
Consumed 10/30/22

For some reason for me, Rev's ba stouts never match up to their barleywines. Coming back to this big boy after a few years I am still of that opinion. On the nose now I get bourbon which I really like. Tasting it, I do like the dry finish. There's lots of bourbon which I love. But it's a one note beer. I want more complexity to be the world class ba stout I expect in line with their best barleywines. My ratings haven't changed from the time I had it on draft
Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by TylerJ from Iowa

Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Dec 13, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

Nov 29, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by npendres from Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
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.
Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Oct 27, 2018
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
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.
Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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.
Aug 20, 2018
Double Barrel V.S.O.D. from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 94 ratings