Red Eye November
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #15
Ranked #260
4.5 | pDev: 5.11%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Red Eye NovemberRed Eye November
Notes: Redeye November features an exclusive blend of Brazil Oberon and Sumatran beans from our friends at Mostra Coffee. Flavors of dark fruit, Baker's chocolate and caramelized sugar meld with the spicy rye malt and bittersweet molasses of Darkstar November, our original barrel-aged beer. Yet another piece to the grand puzzle...
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4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this for NYE 2019. Great stuff! I really liked the rye malt addition to pair with the molasses and the bourbon barrel. It was a little thick but, still very drinkable. Would buy again!

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Chcshammonde from California, Apr 27, 2020
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4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter April 13, 2020. 2018 version. Very well blended. Molasses, rye spice and coffee all sharing equally. Got a bit of heat in the finish!

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Sandis from Minnesota, Apr 20, 2020
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5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

29 March 2020 - Beer #61

Corona Day #17

Acquired via trade

Appearance: 5 - opaque black with a dark brown head. Reduced to a lovely halo. Perfect.

Nose: 5 - exactly like a barrel aged coffee stout should smell. Mostly barrel, complemented by roast and coffee.

Taste: 5 - reminds me a lot of the barrel aged Speedway stout. The tire gives it a different kick, not quite as good, but I'm nit-picking. This is fabulous.

Mouth: 5 - not terribly thick but very chewy. I need to swallow twice to get it all down.

Overall: 5 - very well played by Bottle Logic. Looking forward to a couple bottles of FO in my cellar.


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CraftFan5 from New Jersey, Apr 01, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It is quite strong, the bottle said ABV 14.09%, it has a lot of flavor, especially chocolate, so I sipped it slowly late at night. It was great and not much alcohol flavor.

Look: black with a thick off-white head

Aroma: dark chocolate and coffee, some bourbon

Taste: The flavor is toasted rye bread, dark chocolate, coffee, it's sweet and the a modest bourbon flavor.

Body/Overall: full bodied.

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Photo of emyers
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with a thin mocha brown head quickly dissipating into lacing.

Nose: Exceptional blend of spicy rye whiskey and espresso, nice vanilla and oak undertones. Tons of depth.

Taste: Rye barrel hits first followed quickly by espresso. Milk chocolate and molasses also present. Finishes with some alcohol heat, coffee, and lingering spice from the rye. Massive presence from both the coffee and the barrel, incredibly impressive.

Feel: Full-bodied with some bite from the rye, medium carbonation

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emyers from Illinois, Jan 18, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a pinky worth of caramel colored crown that dissipates down to a ring attached to the glass.

The nose carries in molasses, some spicy rye, slight vegetal/green pepper coffee and finishes with the barrel notes of bourbon and dry oak.

Wow the taste is a beautiful mix of sweetness from the molasses, coffee and an accenting bourbon. Caramel notes dance throughout as well. Brown sugar.

Coats the mouth with a thick sweetness. Smooth the whole way through, not offering hardly any burn from the ABV.

Overall, that’s a well made brew.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Draft at the source. Love fresh coffee beers. Huge body, huge bourbon, huge coffee and roast. Plenty of caramel sweetness. Velvety smooth. Lingering lacing, lingering on the palate

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this one is lights out, and as hard as these have been to track down, its not its rarity that makes it special, its just really good, better than what everyone else is doing with these it seems, and such a smartly constructed beer. 2018 vintage, no sign of the coffee oxidizing or fading at all. thick as tar in the glass, near black, frothy headed, mocha crema on top, real long legs on it, and a visual sexiness that radiates. the aroma is heavy on the coffee, bitter from it, past roasted to almost burnt, but a nice contrast to the sweeter bourbon thats all over this. the rye in the mash is evident, slightly peppery and more nuanced on the grain base than a lot of these are. the rye in the flavor is really clever, a great add, it brings some spiciness and earthy grain character that is needed to balance some of the sweetness and enhance the coffee, makes a ton of sense, not sure why more of these dont use it like this, its a really nice touch. the coffee is really intense here, notes of almond, fudge, and vanilla in with it, even a hint of hazelnut or something, some caramel from the mid level grain, and some cigar as well. the whiskey is bold too, but it doesnt run away with the flavor, neat toffee and vanilla layers to it, plenty of alcohol too, especially as we let this warm up in the glass. big chocolate, oak, and whiskey finish, and the coffee comes back after the swallow too, warming and hearty, wintery even. the flavors, proportions, and overall quality here is just amazing. huge body, palate coating, but not overly sweet thanks to the rye and the coffee. i couldnt even really imagine this without the coffee now, although im super keen to try that version too. the coffee just makes this so complex. loved it. worth the hype!

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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 edition. Pretty standard pour, black with a dark tan head. Coffee has faded on the aroma at this point, although it's still there. For me, chocolate dominated the nose with lots of barrel notes as well. Taste is similar. Again, a lot of chocolate flavors for me at this point with coffee just being in the background. It's pretty thick, but surprisingly carbonated compared to what I'm used to with Bottle Logic's stouts. Overall, very enjoyable. Not that it ages poorly because it was still excellent, but being a coffee lover I likely would have enjoyed this more with less age on it.

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SoCal_Matt from California, Aug 06, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with beige head. Huge coffee aroma with some molasses and bourbon. Somehow seems a little more thin on the mouth than Darkstar November. Flavors of bitter coffee, caramel, molasses, bourbon, chocolate. Excellent coffee beer but I prefer DN better.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 release. pitch black pour. smells great with lots of coffee. Very viscous mouthfeel and very smooth. Barrel flavor is nice. The coffee tastes exceptional along with hints of dark chocolate.

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ktr5010 from Illinois, Apr 30, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. An opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head. The foam left quickly but left some rings behind. Aroma full of bourbon, vanilla, and dark roast coffee. Taste followed nicely. A big barrel presence but the other parts were big as well. Rich roasted grain presence, huge coffee fruitiness and bitterness, and a chewy chocolate aspect. Thick but not overly sweet - threading the needle for such a big beer. World class.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Apr 27, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky and coffee forward, dark color with tan head, nose of burnt sweet coffee, full mouth feel and chocolatey aftertaste.
The abv is pretty well hidden and overall a great beer

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clay23 from New York, Mar 17, 2019
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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

L - typical ris. Surprising to see such a light colored head (almost grey) that completely dissapated
S - phenomenal. Coffee and barrel first, followed by sweetness from the molasses, and bitterness at the end
T - coffee with some green pepper/astringency, bitterness that is expected in a ris, barrel, molasses sweetness. Cannot tell this is a 14% beer.
F - creamy mouthfeel, coats tounge nicely, great sipping stout consistency.
O - really nailed this one. Bottle logic described the beer well and it is a good representation of a ris.

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jheimbigner from Washington, Jan 31, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thick mocha head that fades to leave sticky lacing with a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of pleasant bourbon barrel, good vanilla. Super good coffee grounds, rich decadent chocolate fudge brownie. Really really aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of fudgy brownie batter and chocolate chip cookies. Lovely bourbon and vanilla barrel. Really luscious and thick.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nice creamy thick and luscious.

O - Overall this was a very very good with excellent cookies and fudge with lovely bourbon notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Jan 19, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud
Forced pour yields a giant frothy foamy darker head, nice soapy lacing and long legs, good retention, pitch black beer

Nose super rich creamy big dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, char, super thick fluffy nougat caramel, rich chocolate coffee, fudge, nougat, bourbon juice, vanilla barrel, sweet molasses brown sugar, nice big coffee roast

Taste super rich thick creamy malt, super dark chocolate, choc ganache and cocoa, into roast, little roasted malt and roasted coffee, background char and mild bitterness, little vanilla barrel, little bourbon and some alcohol heat, mild spicy hop bitterness

Mouth is thick fuller rich, creamy lush, almost no alcohol, nice creamy fluffy carb

Overall this was an incredible beer, great base beer and awesome barrel notes, maybe the only thing preventing higher numbers is the spicy bitter tannic char notes

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jan 19, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The coffee adds some nice complexity over the base beer, biut this has a huge reputation that I don't think it lives up to. This is an excellent beer but the ratings suggest it is spectacular.

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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada), Dec 23, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with dark brown head. Nose is bourbon, licorice, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and maple. Taste is ridiculous. Huge and beautiful coffee, bourbon, maple, molasses, vanilla, lactose, rye, black licorice, tobacco. There is this amazing integration of the flavors that brings this to a level I have never experienced. Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy. Overall, this is one of the best from BL.

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Beersnake1 from California, Dec 22, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release. Bottled a couple weeks ago.

A: Pours black with some swirling tan colored head. A few sticky dots of lacing and pretty good retention for the little that’s there.

S: Punchy, delicious espresso coffee grounds, liquid dark chocolate, bourbon, moderate sweetness, dry oak, hint of dark char. Well balanced and appealing.

T: Liquid dark chocolate, very light, round bourbon, dark roast coffee, and roast. No bitterness. Fairly sweet, which makes this good for dessert but limits the drinkability somewhat; if the coffee came through on the palate as much as on the nose, it’d probably balance it out more.

M: Medium-full bodied, a bit chewy, with medium-light carbonation. Mild and smooth alcohol warmth.

O: Delicious barrel aged coffee stout. I wish more of the coffee came through on the taste.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Nov 26, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light and airy, Raul almost floats off his feet like a fairy. Now, I know what you are thinking, how can the big beast that is Red eye November be so light? But consarnit, it is. Think of Yoda riding Chewbacca; yeah, now who’s large and In Charge?

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RaulMondesi from California, Nov 23, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m sold on the Monstra coffee; held up really nice (2017 bottle). Rye pops off and here’s a lot of sweetness, but that spicy rye balances well. Nice thick feel, great BA stout.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle of 2017 release. Poured into tulip.
Pours rich and dark with about a finger and half of finely bubbled mocha head. The head receded down quite a bit as I sat here to search for this beer. Head is staying strong here. Huge nose! Decadent fudge brownies, dark fruits, vanilla. just amazing. More fudge, fruity notes (which I can only assume are from the coffee), vanilla, rye notes, caramel, dark cocoa powder, bitter and slightly acridity coffee notes. Just a touch of boozy heat Silky yet slightly thin. Very drinkable, with low carbonation. This beer hits it on all levels.

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strohme2 from Michigan, May 15, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a couple bottles of Red Eye November now, and some fairly generous pours - I'm undecided whether I prefer it to Dark Star November, but it's a terrific beer.

Red Eye features very prominent coffee and nice, rich molasses. It's a thick, warm, boozy beer, and it truly does deserve its accolades - a friend swore that he was having to decide whether he preferred it over Fundamental Observation. I have no such doubts - FO is still, hands down, my favorite... but Red Eye is quite good and obviously deserves attention.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Apr 08, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts out there. I like to let it sit, because the coffee can be aggressive. Wish I could have gotten a second bottle, definitely worth seeking out.

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AdamofSoCal from California, Mar 31, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight head. Aroma is a slightly sweet dark fruit with coffee. Taste is also a slightly sweet dark fruit with coffee and little alcohol aftertaste.

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Radcpa from Washington, Dec 16, 2017
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