Darkstar November | Bottle Logic Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
bottlelogic.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Russian stout with rye and molasses, aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-25-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#229
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
559
pDev:
6.04%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
165
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 559 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Dark, brooding and smooth. Pour jet black and viscous with slight brown foam that quickly dissipates. Has a bitter bite to awaken the drinker from the smooth and tranquil body. Molasses and rye bitters combine with the bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and licorice sweetness to make a full flavor complexion. Smell is bourbon and rye forward.

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Photo of illtexzona
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dukeandduke
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/17/18 (Chicago): 2 oz 14.1% ABV pour at FOBAB into taster glass. Black pour, thin tan lacing. Malt, chocolate and coconut aroma, whiskey faint. Chocolate and whiskey the predominate taste, light coconut, balanced. Creamy mouth feel, smooth. Overall very good offering!

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Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sordyl
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ssippisam
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strohme2
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from 2017. Poured into tulip. Pours a dark, dark brown (I can’t say that it’s black), finely bubbled creamy tan head, recedes to just a fine inner ring.
The aroma is molasses, bourbon, milk chocolate.
Taste matches the nose. Chocolate, roast, molasses, rye spice, bourbon, touch of heat. Lingering vanilla, and just a hint of marshmallow. Pretty sweet for a RIS but I’m not knock it down for that. How could I? It’s too good.
Thick, rich and chewy. Slick with light carbonation washing it down.
Another top notch beer from a top notch brewery.

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4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flockofjay
3.34/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This tastes a lot like sour black licorice. It is single a dimension. I hate it so much. Why age this trainwreck? There are too many other good beers that would be improved by barrel ageing, this makes a hunk of shit almost tolerable.

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Photo of Jmonah3
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ToddBeans
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikaveli
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bferber
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkJC1018
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skiking70
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Bottle Logic can glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a small light brown head that reduces quickly to leave a ring of retention and no lacing.

Aromas are deep and inviting with tons of bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, light booziness, molasses, rye spices, vanilla beans in the background.

Taste mostly matches the nose with tons of milk chocolate, rye bourbon, vanilla beans, caramel, roasty malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, finishing sweet with more vanilla, roasty malt that lingers on the tongue for a bit, which I love. Thick, rich, mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I really, really enjoyed this beer, the rye and molasses really melded with the bourbon barrels to give it a complex and sweet-vanilla-chocolate forward flavor and aroma profile. No adjuncts needed.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HOPTOMIC_BOMB
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Darkstar November from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 559 ratings