Darkstar November
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #14
ABV:
14.76%
Score:
98
Ranked #240
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 5.8%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
703
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Notes: Imperial Russian stout with rye and molasses, aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
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maxcoinage from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 Vintage, enjoyed on election night 2020. Can't remember who sent me this but won in a NFL BIF from 2019. Poured bottled into snifter. Has a bit of sweetness, some spice, good amount of chocolate and a boozy finish

Feb 11, 2021
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Yabu from California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DSN...the first BA release from BL before FO explored into the scene of June 2015.

DSN has always been under the radar, as it's not a pastry stout.

I don't get the complex flavors as others, Molasses , chocolate, etc...

I can detect barrel & rye, which is just about enough.

I've had them fresh and aged. IMO, better at fresh < 1year. Not 1-5+ years. At that point, flavors are muted.

Jan 20, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 bottle poured to a teku glass. Thick and redolent in appearance, with moderate lacing left from a full finger of head. Smells a bit like a boozy s'mores, joined by vanilla and rye spice. More rye than any other rye stout I've ever had, very strong grain notes on the front palate, boozy heat shortly thereafter. The molasses lends some sweetness at first but then dries out the finish. Light notes of sorghum and dark chocolate. Very satisfying.

Jan 06, 2021
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2020 vintage

Pours a jet black. Caramel head dissipates completely. Nose is of bourbon layered with vanilla, molasses, and spice from the rye. Marshmallow starts to come through as it warms. Taste starts off sweet from the rye and finishes dry due to the rye. The palate is left with dark chocolate and vanilla from the barrel. Taste initially starts out viscous as milk, but a cola like fizz thins out the beer. Overall, very impressed with this. Really like the showcasing of the barrels with some additional sweetness and spice.

Dec 05, 2020
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IKR from California

4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020 Vintage
500 ml

Appearance: Black with a medium sized thick foamy dark beige head that slowly faded. The head stayed thick for a while and subsided very slowly. An extremely good looking stout for my tastes.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon aromas, moderate brown sugar aromas, and mild roast malts aromas.

Taste: Prominent Bourbon notes, roast malts, moderate brown sugar, some black pepper spiciness from the rye, and drying tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry with the rye spiciness, roast malts, and tannic oak notes lingering. The alcohol is nicely hidden for the listed 14.76% ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Pretty nice mouthfeel to this beer.

Overall: A good bal-aged Imperial Stout. The rye used in the brewing nicely counters the molasses so that while the beer starts off fairly sweet it dries up nicely in the finish.

Nov 29, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

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

Darkstar November comes all the way from California. This is the 2019 release so it was aged about a year. It is a unique BA stout because it has rye in the mash but aged in Bourbon barrels. Molasses is also added so the result is the spice of rye, the depth of molasses, and the sweetness of bourbon. It all blends together in a thick, syrupy body. Great job by Bottle Logic.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Nov 08, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Dec 15, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Dec 06, 2019
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ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

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.

Nov 06, 2019
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rmpic82 from Kansas

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.

Oct 11, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

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%.

Jul 13, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

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!

Jun 16, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Jun 08, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

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.

Jun 04, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

May 17, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

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!

Feb 13, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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.

Jan 16, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

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!

Jan 07, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

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!

Dec 22, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

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.

Nov 23, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Nov 20, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

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!

Nov 19, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

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.

Oct 26, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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

2017 vintage poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter. pours a shiny black with a tiny bit of mocha brown head. aromas of strong oak bourbon barrel, spicy rye, sweet sugars and a hint of dark fruits. taste has a much more pronounced chocolate flavor to it in addition to the strong barrel character and spiciness. superb mouthfeel as BL goes. definitely better than the majority of their stouts. this is an old school unrelenting in your face BA stout but it’s well done and damn tasty. it’ll kick your ass too if you’re not careful. i dig it.

Oct 20, 2018
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flockofjay from Indiana

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.

Oct 19, 2018
Darkstar November from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 703 ratings