Dosvidanya - Rye Barrel

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #89
Ranked #1,465
4.32 | pDev: 6.02%
Illinois, United States
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an undated 16oz can, dark brown with a small dark brown head that fades away quickly, no lacing.
Rye is noticeable when opening the can, dark chocolate, molasses and oak fill the air, very aromatic. Taste matches the aroma quite nicely.
This is a bit thin for the style and I think a bit more carbonation would add.
Overall a well done brew.....

Monday at 12:20 AM
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass

Pencil thick fizzy brown layer quickly recedes to a ring over a dark cola liquid

Aroma is rye bourbon whiskey

Taste is rye, sipping bourbon , roast malts , hint of chocolate , sorghum molasses

Mouthfeel is rich , good sudsing, rye taste without the burn

Good beer

Apr 21, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of rye whiskey, chocolate, molasses and toffee. Strong whiskey taste with vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and caramel.

Jan 24, 2021
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was stunned at how good this beer was. I was hopeful but cautious as the other Destihl beers I’ve had were decent enough but not close to the quality of this barrel aged stout. Another review compared it to BCBS and that’s more than fair, it’s actually quite similar. Maybe ever so slightly lighter in body but not at all to its detracting. The difference in rye vs bourbon barreling is fairly subtle but as an avid consumer of both spirits I though I detected a bit of the spicy pepperiness of the rye. Understated oak note offers a touch of dryness to counterbalance the chocolatey sweetness. Not at all excessive or cloying. Just a phenomenal beer all around.

Aug 28, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black color with a dark tan head that rises slowly after an aggressive pour, this massive beer features rich dark chocolate, toffee, and spicy rye notes on the nose - and dark cherries, or in beer nerd parlance, stone fruit.

I am now officially salivating.

The dark chocolate and rye flavors are really nice, but what elevates this beer 3 or 4 notches for me is the toffee flavor (think Heath bar, old timers) and the dark cherry flavor, which guides this RIS into a soft landing.

And then, when you think the ride is over, you get a subtle burn from the barrel at the way WAY back of your palate.


The mouthfeel is very full and approaches creamy. This is, quite simply, magnificent.

Aug 06, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 10/31/19, had 7/3/20.

Pours an opaque and thick looking dark brown, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head and some light, soapy cling. Aromas of rye whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, some toffee. Similar flavors- rye whiskey, roasted malt, chocolate, oak, caramel, light cocoa. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Just an excellent rye barrel stout. Have had this a few times over the years at events and it’s terrific every time. Really roasty, like an RIS should be. Well worth a purchase.

Jul 26, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This pours as expected: pitch black with a foamy tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Marshmallow chocolate and rye appear in the aroma. Can't wait to dig in!

T: Awesome. I get rye barrel, chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and caramel. The flavor is very intense. It's sweet but not overly so. Has some warmth to it which I enjoy.

M: Lovely consistency... silky smooth, thick, fluffy.

O: This reminds me a lot of Goose Island BCBS. I compare a lot of big stouts to BCBS, but it's the perfect example of a BA stout in my opinion. Dosvidanya has a very similar flavor and consistency, despite the rye barrel (vs. the bourbon barrel in BCBS). This is not only a world-class beer, but tied with BCBS for me.

Mar 10, 2020
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David_Switzer from Minnesota

4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours pitch black with a rather large caramel brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly.
Smell: bourbon, cherry, chocolate, caramel
Taste: Rich, strong rye barrel flavor -- one of the better barrel-aged imperial stouts I've ever had and I've had my share. Caramel and barrel are the dominant flavors. It's a bit more sweet than I would ideally prefer but that's not going to stop me from buying this again.
Feel: On pouring, you would think this would be thicker and more viscous, but it actually is fairly light on the palate. Well carbonated, which helps balance out the sweetness.
Overall: Amazing if not just a bit sweet. Comparable to the barrel-aged Dogfish Head World Wide Stout or Bell's barrel-aged Expedition Stout, but I get a little more cherry and caramel flavor in this one (whereas those are predominantly barrel flavor).

Dec 12, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The base beer was awesome, can't wait to try this one.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha fluffy head with good retention, and good lacing, long thick legs, pitch black beer

Nose similar to the base but the dark fruits are quite strong, as well as some nice whiskey notes and rich oak barrel, plenty of roast again but not as much as the original, some char as well, and mild roasty coffee, layers of chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cookie wafer, mild baking spices, fair amount of fruity esters mostly dark fruit but also a bit of dried various fruits, buttery vanilla oak, some rye whiskey, a lot going on there

Taste very rich again, more dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate, baking spices and some more cookie dough, then into big vanilla oak barrel as well as a touch buttery oak, more whiskey, into spicy hops and bitter roast, roasted malts bring char and some earthy spicy bitterness with the hops, a touch of caramel and some cookie dough wafer like, rich chocolate chip cookie, a bit of dark fruits on the finish, drier finish than the base, lingering spicy hop and malt bitterness, a little fruit note but not much, lingering roast and chocolate, and just a flash of alcohol.

Mouth is rich chewy lush a bit creamy, medium carbonation small bubbles, and very little alcohol warmth

Overall very nice, good barrel although not a lot, most of the awesome base beer is there but some of the goodness has gone down a bit, but still a great beer and some nice barrel additions. Very enjoyable.

May 19, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017 Bottle pours an effervescent mahogany with one finger of caramel colored head. Viscious, zero head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & boozey barrel

T: Follows the nise, really dry, I presume from the RYE & the barrel, a little vanilla too up front. A little coffee & chocolate, along with dark fruit & barrel dryness as this warms, just a little boozey vanilla as well. Finishes with vanilla, caramel, a little coffee & little peppery rye

MF: Fairly chewy, low level carbonation

Beautifully executed, not perfect but in the neighborhood, the ABV is fairly well disguised

Feb 22, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown (near black) with an adequate dark mocha cap, generous lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts and rye. Flavor follows with some chocolate, vanilla and oak. Feel is medium to thick bodied, oily. Overall a very pleasant stout.

Jan 01, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into glass. Label is marked as 'BATCH DATE: 2018'.
Black colored body, without any backlit highlights. Minimal tan head sticks around as interrupted cap and ring. Each sip leaves behind lacing that cascades back down into body.
Aroma has lots of dark roasted malts that are soaked in whiskey barrel, together with dark chocolate and vanilla. The rye spiciness comes through as a whiff.
Taste follows with a blend of oak whiskey barrel, chocolate, vanilla, and rye spice.
Mouth feel is heavy and mouth coating. Just the right amount of carbonation. So smooth and no felt alcohol burn.
Very enjoyable slow sipper for a higher ABV% stout. Very flavorful and without added flavors and ingredients.

Dec 24, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a good sized, slightly frothy dark brown head. Body is firm and black.

Tons of barrel action on the nose, along with a traditional RIS profile. Rye whiskey, char, ash, oak, red grapes, and bitter, earthy hops. Strong and slightly intimidating nose, this is all I could have asked for here!

Flavor matches, with an intensely bitter stout, sharply sweet in places. The rye adds both a sweet mash taste up front and a mild spice to the back end. Red grapes, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, whiskey.

Decent heat; full bodied and sticky. This is a beer that feels appropriate for 12.5% ABV.

This is a really, really nice BA RIS.

Nov 14, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, thick and syrupy, minimal head. Aroma is chocolate fudge, whiskey, boozy. Flavor is mainly dark roasted chocolate malt, some dark cocoa, barrel aging has a nice presence, big burnt coffee finish. Fairly sweet and very fudgy. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, quite viscous. Overall a very good BA imperial stout.

500 ml bottle, 2017 vintage
4.25 rating

Oct 08, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 2017; drank 2/4/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; frothy lace.

Dark chocolate, oak, mild dark cherry, faint smoke & faint bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate, oak & dark cherry flavors up front; whiskey heat notes on the finish.

Harsh but drinkable; a nice RIS.

Feb 05, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter a deep dark chocolate fudge color with a thick creamy deep beige head that settles into a creamy froth.The oak barrel and rye play a role in the toasted giving off some toast and and spice but there is also the roasted nut,chocolate,and dark fruit notes to go along with it,fantastic!A creamy lush feel with light carbonation is spot on.The menagerie of flavors are amazing,dark fruit,peppery spice,chocolate,roast,just so much going on.What a joy to drink,the label says drink slow and they are right,take it all in.An awesome beer.

Apr 12, 2017
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KevSal from California

4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straight outta the box and into a perfect stout glass!

right away you can tell this be good.
nice huge 3 finger dark chocolate head!

aroma knocks it out of the park! immediate fudge brownie right up front, great rye all over. this is decedent and layered, reminds me a lot of ba silhouette. great malts underneath. ends with sweetness

flavor is stunning! follows the nose, starts of with fudgy brownies soaked in whiskey. great dark malts, some roastiness that is cut by the whiskey sweetness, magical. rye pepper was at the very end. the barre aging is fantastic, again it reminds me of ba silhouette and the barrel treatment on old mad joy.

mouthfeel is another winner. thick and full, leaves the great taste lingering after each sip. alch present just the right amount, no where near the abv, the buzz im feeling is telling me i should slow my sips down and listen to the label, enjoy slowly

overall this is excellent! i'm surprised by some of the reviews, they are all over the place. is there bottle variation or variation on tap? cuz what i'm drinking is world class. i like the beer, i like the bottle size and the flavor. home run!

brian thanks for hooking me up with this guy and recommending it, i love trying something i've never heard before taste so well

Feb 28, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

two good ones in a row from these guys, i must have beaten the odds! cool of them to put this is a rye barrel too. i loved the bourbon release, and i almost think the base beer is constructed so that it actually prefers the sweetenss and corn in the bourbon over this somewhat drier and more earthy rye, the beer already has some of that in its own DNA, but personally being a lover of rye whiskey, i am digging this quite a lot. its dry as they go, and not as intensely thick as some, even the booze remains rather well hidden for its sneaky strength. heaps of dark baking chocolate combine with a peppery rye element, a relaxing vanilla note from the wood, and a lot of roasted flavor, but not quite suggesting coffee, more of a campfire char without the smoke, deep and mellow, really good. rich feeling without the sugar, but its not stuck to my teeth or anything, and i find myself drinking it pretty swiftly. wintery as the big stouts go, this is a hair on the chest type of beer, almost manly in its overall vibe cast. i rarely prefer bourbon barrels to rye in beer, but i think in this instance i might. still, one can really appreciate the unique impact of the rye barrels here, its a great showcase of that. super spendy, unfairly so, but it might just be worth it...

Jan 20, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice work here, probably the best beer I have had from destihl. The rye is warm and inviting off the nose, adding to the already nice bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. The taste add in toffee, molasses, and wood. Robust and fulfilling, body is medium to full, but not to weighty. This one is a winner

Aging Note: Good either fresh or aged

Dec 16, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black bodye with small cap

Smell: spicy rye whiskey note with oak. Roast malts and tobacco. Milk chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: fudgy stout with nice rye whiskey flavor. Vanilla, oak, tobacco, molasses, and moderate roast malts. Lingering chocolate and vanilla mix with a spicy rye whiskey finish.

Mouthfeel: medium almost full bodied beer with low carbonation. Adequate carbonation. Thick and oily body. Not a hint of booze.

Overall: what a pleasant surprise by Destihl. They really nailed this rye whiskey barrel stout. This is of the same quality or higher quality than some of the popular barrel aged stouts in the midwest.

Oct 06, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/16/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye, whiskey, marshmallow, smoke, char, light licorice/dark fruit, and oak/roast/charred earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and rye whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Some booziness in the nose as it warms. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye, whiskey, marshmallow, smoke, char, light licorice/dark fruit, and oak/roast/charred earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye, whiskey, marshmallow, smoke, char, oak/roast/charred earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from roast/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, sticky/chalky, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is an an incredible barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and rye whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Love this just as much as the Bourbon barrel version; but this felt more aggressively roasty, spicy, and dry; less fruity; and a bit more boozy from the barrel. A highly enjoyable offering regardless.

Sep 26, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do not understand the mediocre ratings on this. Pours black with a nice mocha head that sticks around. A touch of lacing. Aroma is beautiful but does have a touch of alcohol: oak, caramel, cocoa, chocolate syrup, licorice, marshmallow, surprisingly milky ... like flan or creme brulee. The flavor follows but adds intensity and the alcohol or the aroma is gone. A long, lingering savory, syrupy note. A touch of what some would call soy, yeah, but it just makes it more dynamic. The feel is creamy and thick but not viscous. This is just spectacular.

Aug 25, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color.

Lots of oak and rye spice. Warming. Big whiskey flavor. Vanilla and chocolate. Decent roast. Dry.

Fully bodied. Roasted.

The rye barrels show a ton here. Very neat to actually tell a difference from the bourbon.

May 28, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Passed on this a few times before reluctantly committing to the big price tag on the small bottle. 500ML bottle on, perhaps, the most inexplicably named beer I can recall.

The pour is black & hath long-standing froth. The nose is a fine mix of chocolate, wood, slight barrel, gentle spice, & nut shavings. Despite that cold listing of ingredients, they hang together really nicely & the sum is unique to the bunch of its parts. Or something like that. I lost my train of thought halfway through the sentence.

Dosvidanya - Rye Barrel is like rye-aged lighter fluid. Only 12.5% ABV? Seems like about half what it is, woooo. Wood is dominant here, big, solid-state galleon timber. Next up is rye-infused coffee: the barrel brings the unfiltered still alcohol while the roast is unsanded, rough. Allspice from the rye, fudge crumbs, alcohol vapors, lingering astringency. A pint of this could get both my teenage daughters drunk. Man, what a disturbing thought.

Some nice flavors here that are stalked & harassed by raw alcohol. A very good beer, but at the price point, it would have to reach into my sweat pants for a repeat purchase.

Apr 07, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with hand written 2015 vintage date.

This beer shocked me! The dense foam lasted for what seemed like whatever. The delightful, spicy rye nose was repeated in the taste. Very nice barrel characteristics that almost have me thinking of BCBS, though I hate making that comparison. It's highly viscous and has a lingering whiskey finish. Awesome beer, but with a $20 tag I don't think I will get this as much as I would really like. That said, it was well worth the purchase to get to try this beast, even though I might not be revisiting for a while.

Mar 19, 2016
Dosvidanya - Rye Barrel from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 124 ratings