Darkstar November
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #14
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
98
Ranked #237
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 5.8%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
668
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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Darkstar NovemberDarkstar November
Notes: Imperial Russian stout with rye and molasses, aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 668 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Info on the bottle:
2017 release. 14.1% ABV

Pours pitch black, and is a very thick pouring beer. There's a 1 finger brown head, and the head retention is good for such a high ABV beer. The head dissipates into a brown ring around the edge of the glass, with no lacing.
The nose is rich and thick. I get a nice hit of molasses. Strong barrel aroma, but it's not overpowering.
Taste - woah! Deep molasses flavor. Some maple. Some chocolate. Some caramel. Rich barrel flavors mixed in, and part of it all.
Thick as hell, smooth as hell. Almost no alcohol burn. Hard to tell it's a 14% beer.
Damn tasty and amazing beer from Bottle Logic.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, oily black with low, chocolate colored foam.

Smell is sweet and rich with notes of chocolate, molasses, coffee, cinnamon and some bourbon and rye.

Taste is boozy and powerful with huge notes of coffee, chocolate, golden syrup and bourbon, backed by minor notes of cinnamon, muscovado sugar and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and well carbonated.

Overall, a monster of a stout, huge in every way.

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Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2017 Bottle opened with a couple fellow BA members. Would put this ahead of many of the BA stouts I have consumed this year by a large margin. Thick fudge brownie. It was still a bit warming, so I imagine it may have been quite hot when fresh.

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Photo of rmpic82
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The molasses in this beer adds some leveled sweetness and complexity to an already superb mouthfeel. Great depth and a delicious beer that many don’t give proper due.

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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Light shade of darkness. Much more brown than black
S: Extremely sweet molasses.
T: Extremely light dark beer notes. Very sweet and most of the dank, darkness is massed.
F: A kiss of darkness that fades into sweatness.
O: A very light and sweet dark beer that hides it's powerful 14%.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Edition, bottle #114.

Black pour at 54 degrees with grey/ruby edges when held up to the light; fizzy grayish tan head with some retention of swirls of micro dot bubbles/cap; solid ring, sudsy lacing; medium thick legs. Chocolate, coconut, molasses, rye nose; bourbon on exhale. Bourbon, molasses, rye, chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark stone fruits - cherries and plums; caramel malt sweetness as liquid warms; molasses finish. Velvety smooth, medium full feel with a dry tongue coating; moderate minus carbonation; face flushing warmth from 13.7%. Overall, very satisfying; no oxidation or off flavors on this 4 1/2 years old stout; the bourbon/barrel notes are somewhat subdued but present; the rye drys the tongue, but not aggressively; nice balance of semi sweet malt and fruit with barrel flavors; tasty long molasses linger; World Class!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a snifter
2017 Vintage

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to leave a ring around the edge

S- bold barrel aromas up front with notes of wet oak and barrel juice, peppery rye adds some spicy elements, sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, fudge brownies, molasses, figs and vanilla cream

T- caramel fudge brownies up front, with a distinct molasses note staying on top. Mid-palate brings out some oak and bourbony notes, along with peppery rye that battles with the molasses. The finish adds notes of milk chocolate, raisins, figs and caramel. Lingers of bourbon and molasses

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- the molasses and barrel notes really come through, complimenting each other quite nicely, well done

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Photo of Rristow
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Just a perfectly done BA stout. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of molasses, bourbon, caramel, maple. Thick and chewy. Moderately to heavily sweet. Flavor with lots of molasses and caramel, chocolate, bourbon. Excellent.

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Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 bottle poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown color with a modest but persistent tan head. Rich bourbon, maple, and chocolate on the nose. Smelled decadent, and the taste was more so. Thick but not overly sweet. A rich serving of barrel, vanilla, chocolate, and enough maple to punctuate it, but not dominate. Warm but not overly boozy on the finish. Worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Hollingshead Deli during latest Orange County CA “Beer Safari”.
Met the hype and more. Outstanding BAIS... rye barely and molasses stand outs. Beautiful beer with exceptional smooth body and feel. Just one of those very special beers. These guys can cook!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is truly delicious. A little bit foamy, the foam spilled a little.

Look: Black with an inch thick mocca colored head.

Aroma: wonderful aroma of sweet raisin rye bread and bourbon

Flavor: It is sweet raisin rye bread, molasses, and lots of bourbon.

Feel: medium to full body.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2018 edition. Had on tap at the source.
L: Pours pitch black. Chestnut ring around the edge of glass. Viscous looking with minimal residual lacing.
S: Molasses is abundant on the nose, followed by bourbon. Notes of black licorice, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and malts also detectible. Smells complex and fantastic.
T: Molasses-forward. I love that I pick up the rye character on the flavor, adding an additional depth to the complexity. Finish is bourbon heat with lingering malt/molasses flavor. Moderate bitterness with the perfect pinch of sweetness to round it out.
F: The most disappointing aspect. Somewhat thin and light in bodied. Carbonation was appropriate but it didn't have the weight I love in other BL offerings.
O: A damn good brew. Masks the abv well and I would definitely try again. I am glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Having at a share right after I had Damon from Hill Farmstead and I think I like this better. Very marshmallows mouthfeel. Pours so dark with a great head. Delicious!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, baby, talk to me. Hey, baby, want me... This beer 100% is the hot girl at the club, gym, and goat Yoga. Everyone wants her. Deep, luscious, bold stout essences with heavy, yet smooth chocolate that make a playa want to scream for dayyyzzzzzz

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Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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 dukeandduke
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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 strohme2
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of flockofjay
3.34/5  rDev -25.4%
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 gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is boozy, malty and whiskey forward. Taste is bittersweet, earthy, woody with lots of whiskey and dry finish with lots of roasty bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite good but a bit harsh on the bitterness and booze.

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. Batch 2016 and review #3300

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice rich dark motor oil black with a good almost two finger dark chocolate mocha head that fades nice and slowly to leave a thin blanket. Very, very nice legs as well.

S - Aromas of chocolate fudge brownies, cookie dough, vanilla, nice barrel presence, rich and slightly sweet bourbon and caramel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with pleasant chocolate brownie batter, very light roasted malts, little vanilla and oak. Bourbon is a bit muted as is the vanilla. Whole thing comes across far more muted than the nose, though the alcohol is hidden very very nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth, creamy, little chewy with the alcohol being very very tame.

O - Overall this was a phenomenal beer...until I took a sip. With how stellar the nose was I feel the taste was just a dialed down version of that. All those great characteristics were there just far more mellow. Really unfortunate, but at least the alcohol was hidden. If the taste was a hair closer to the nose this would be a home run.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of AdamofSoCal
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. So complex and nicely balanced. The Molasses just gives such a nice texture to this beer that you just don't see in others. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Perfection.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Good amount of rye, spice. So much sweet bourbon and vanilla-oak on the nose. Lots of vanilla, bourbon and oak, milk chocolate, and soft/silky smooth heat. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, not overly syrupy. Yhis is a great staright up imperial russian bourbon barrel-aged stout. I will say it lacks some bitterness. More sweet than bitter.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous, black motor oil with thin mocha head.

Smells of caramel, molasses, a bit of vanilla

Taste has bourbon, chocolate, burnt sugar

Chewy, thick, syrupy not overly sweet for what it is

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours out black with a dark tan head that is creamy and hangs around for a few minutes, great looking!

aromas are whiskey, spicy booze, molasses, leather, hint of dark fruits.

has a definite boozy spice to it, big molasses and burnt sugar quality. dark fruits coming through, plum, raisin, and cherry perhaps. there is dark roasty malts, a deep oaky quality, some mellow barrel sweetness, caramel and a touch of vanilla, char, and a mellow bitterness. overall this was good but didnt taste much barrel character.

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Darkstar November from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 668 ratings