Darkstar November
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #17
Ranked #245
4.48 | pDev: 5.8%
Saturday at 03:05 PM
Oct 25, 2014
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Notes: Imperial Russian stout with rye and molasses, aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
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4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Saturday at 03:05 PM
4.1 by Affinity from Missouri on May 02, 2022
4 by BigIronH from Michigan on Apr 16, 2022
4.04 by beerbones from Washington on Apr 07, 2022
4.46 by rab53 from Washington on Mar 30, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a nice black color with dark mocha bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The barrel aging was evident in the nose with notes of dark chocolate and molasses.

Taste - Coffee was very evident with a Bourbon also being apparent. Molasses sweetness was strikingly noted as well. Dark chocolate round out the finish.

Mouthfeel - With a thick body and low carbonation, the beer had staying power.

Overall - I would not call it elite, but this was good.

Mar 14, 2022
4.93 by Chilmer from Iowa on Mar 04, 2022
4.48 by jhavs from New York on Mar 03, 2022
4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York on Mar 01, 2022
4.35 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jan 31, 2022
4.66 by irishevans from California on Jan 24, 2022
4.25 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 22, 2022
4.23 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 12, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours pitch black with a finger of tan foam. Aroma is roasty, toasty, and caramely malts. It's accentuated by chocolate, vanilla bean, and some mild char, adding sweetness and bitterness, respectively. Big and bold on the nose. Flavor profile leads with more sweetness - vanilla bean, molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Roasty and toasty malts lay underneath, keeping the beer from listing into sugary, and doing their darndest at that. A touch of barrel char at the end insures balance. Mouth feel is thick with a consistent, creamy texture. That creaminess keeps it easy to drink despite the alcohol content or the weight of each sip. Overall, smooth and bold with a focused push of vanilla bean

Draft. Reviewed from notes.

Jan 11, 2022
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Jan 05, 2022
4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2021
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5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by erosier from Connecticut

Pours a deep black color with a thin tan colored head that laces a bit on the way down. Smells of sweet deep roasted malts, a nice rye spice, and some brown sugar/molasses sweetness to it. It's not as sweet as it smells but it is still sweet. Roasted malt body with a nice rye spice mixed with molasses at the end is really nice. Smooth, velvety, perfect amount of carbonation. Bottle Logic knocks it out of the park on this one.

Dec 24, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a 6 oz tumbler glass from draft at Phase Three Brewing on December 8, 2021.

Dec 17, 2021
4.36 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Dec 08, 2021
4.4 by jakecattleco from California on Nov 27, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MacMalt from New Jersey

2019 release. I received this from @2beerdogs. Poured into a snifter. It pours nearly black with a full finger of creamy, medium-mocha lacing with excellent retention considering the alcohol level. On the nose there is roasted malt, char, tobacco smoke, toffee, and a strong scent of bourbon. The taste is considerably sweeter than the smell would indicate. It opens with fudgy chocolate, vanilla, and molasses with hints of dark fruit in the background. The Buffalo Trace bourbon is strong and warming but the overall flavor has a soft quality. Its mouth feel is plush and creamy with lite/moderate carbonation, and I can really feel the 14.09% ABV. Overall, Darkstar November is a huge Russian Imperial Stout with loads of flavor. It's a great sipper and I'm grateful to have tried it.

Nov 27, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, quarter finger brown head, minimal lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, rye, alcohol.

T: Chocolate, rye, alcohol. Fantastic.

F: Full bodied, full flavored. Smooth.

O: Superb Russian imperial stout.

Nov 26, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by larryi86 from Delaware

500 ml bottle, 2020, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Rye, oak, dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, molasses, some vanilla, hints of berries

T- Dark chocolate, rye, whiskey, touch of caramel, some vanilla, molasses, oak, hints of berries.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A well done barrel aged stout, good balance just a touch heavy on the barrel.

Nov 20, 2021
4.69 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
4.25 by Ajlvt from Washington on Sep 29, 2021
4.56 by bret27 from California on Aug 26, 2021
4.76 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jul 29, 2021
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jun 20, 2021
4 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.5 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Jun 05, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


bottle to tumbler; share complements of DC.

LOOK: Motor oil black color, small light brown head. excellent retention

AROMA: wow. lots of wood and spice mixed in with wonderful roasted malts. just the right touches of chocolate, vanilla, whiskey.
TASTE: cocoa, rye whiskey flavor (and aroma) makes this special, roasted malt, oak.
FEEL: super smooth, dry spicy finish perfectly whisks away the sweetness.

Another very good stout from Bottle logic.

Jun 04, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Sandis from Minnesota

2018 version poured from a bottle into a snifter. I greatly enjoy this beer. Molasses and dry rye spice. Tasty.

May 28, 2021
4.5 by phizzle from Illinois on May 18, 2021
4.54 by Zonian1 from Ohio on May 01, 2021
4.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Apr 26, 2021
4.66 by beefbucket from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
4.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 15, 2021
4.9 by JAWS from New York on Mar 26, 2021
4.5 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Mar 24, 2021
Darkstar November from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 736 ratings