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:
#200
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
540
pDev:
5.8%
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
163
Trade:
16
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Reviews by dirtyhalos:
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4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of amano_h
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Darkstar November was apparently a call-sign once used to hail down what some believe to be a working prototype of the rumored reconnaissance aircraft Aurora, whose existence has been and is still being denied by the United States Government.

Whereas conjecture over its existence leads to some dangerous hypotheticals such as "why would the USG deny the existence of a reconnaissance aircraft" and "why have there been supposed sightings within American soil, in Southern California no less," the fact remains that both the existence of and the aircraft itself is enshrouded in mystery and we, as unprivileged civilians, will probably never come across the truth during our lifetime.

Never mind the spy aircraft that could or could not rain death from above, the only mystery surrounding the beer is perhaps "how is this not more hyped up" or "how is this not Bottle Logic's flagship beer" and finally, "which testicle do I need to give up to procure a case of this?"

Throughout various stages of 2016 I've been lamenting what I thought was the death of the classic Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout. With BCBS having been an inadequate shadow of its former self and the trend for big stouts leaning more and more heavily toward adjunct ingredients, I was faced with an inconvenient truth as I was ushering in the new year: big, simple, no-nonsense BBA stouts were no longer sexy.

But against all odds, out of the ashes of dispair arose a bourbon-barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout sporting an incredible balance of flavors sweet, smoky, and bitter; a thick chewy texture with a huge huge body; a slick viscous velvety mouthfeel that lingers but doesn't overstay its welcome; a beer that finally brought sexy back to bourbon-barrel aged stouts. And its name was Darkstar November.

Admittedly I went a little overboard with the theatrical description, but Darkstar November is basically everything that used to get me excited about driving 40 minutes into Philadelphia to put together two four-packs of BCBS by paying 12 USD per bottle at three different Fooderies, with a touch of sweetness at the end from the molasses. The rye is mostly absent save for a slight "spicy" sensation toward the end of the tongue once the brew warms up.

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

This has everything you want in a BA Imperial Stout. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, stone fruit, raisins, and figs plus a good bit of barrel character. If I ever manage to land a bottle of this for myself, rather than trying it at a share event, I think I would legitimately cry.

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

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. It is thick, dark and throughly delicious! Other reviews here mention aroma and the flavors, including vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee with a touch of caramel! All with a wonderful kick! Just a fascinating beer all around!

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3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer (especially for a first BA beer for Bottle Logic) but it is too young and there is way too munch heat from the bourbon. The bourbon aroma and flavor are 95% of this beer. This beer has the potential to age well is the bourbon and heat mellow out. I think the non barrel aged version (Project Aurora) was much much better.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Bottle Logic Tap room this was a surprise went there hoping for something good and different.
This beer lived up to that completely great smell, great bourbon & barrel character, taste was absolutely fantastic. This beer had everything you want in a big bold barrel aged beer! to bad it was only for instant consumption would have loved to bought 2 or 3 bottles of this excellent stout.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of mmcurran
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Photo of hbmcdrew
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Darkstar November from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 540 ratings