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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #191
Ranked #3,685
4.19 | pDev: 7.64%
Illinois, United States
Notes: Privyet, which is Russian for 'hi' or 'hey', is the base beer for our award-winning, bourbon barrel-aged Dosvidanya®. Even though this beer isn't aged in oak barrels, it greets you with a color as dark as night, a thick, tan head & characters of dark chocolate and roasted malts with abundant fruity esters. Generous hop additions balance the maltiness of this beer, along with a mouthfeel that is rich, creamy, full and smooth. Ypa!
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md3kcn from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased as a four-pack from a local distributor for $9.99. Poured into a snifter glass.

L - Pours a viscous motor oil black, with an incredible three-finger mocha head that coats the edges of the glass nicely. Slow to dissipate.
S - Rye chips and pumpernickel up front. Certain notes of espresso, cacao, and pipe tobacco lay our base. Also picking up a lot of ethanol throughout - minus a bit for this.
T - STRONG burn and warmth before the sucker punch of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. Hints of fig and charred woods pop up, and the experience finishes with a mellow pumpernickel.
F - Again, very strong! Definitely gives your body a warm feeling all over. Velvety, filling, and full-bodied. Creamy at first, then finishes each sip with a rather chewy take.
O - What an incredible beer! All the coffee and chocolate notes common to Russian imperial stouts, but with a very unique feeling and scent! A beer best had for sitting around a bonfire with good friends after a long day. My only gripe with this beer is the alcohol-forward flavor. It almost discouraged me from finishing the glass, unfortunately. This being said, it's a rich and flavorful brew that I will definitely buy again. Highly recommend.

Apr 29, 2021
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robwired from Kansas

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Base beer. Nice and raw. Bitter. Roasty.
Out of the can, roasty with a tasty malt bill. The bitter is on the throat. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. The ABV isn't hidden. That's fine.

Mar 27, 2021
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Da. Ya ne zniu pamymia pa ruski. It's St. Patrick's day and I had a nice Masthead stout earlier. That and this one were the only holiday appropriate drinks I had on hand. Maybe some Jameson.

This pours black with nice fizz that continues throughout. The aroma is not profound except how clean plus a little roasty it is. Not being aged on anything is kinda cool for a high ABV brew. Raw. It has a deep malty roasty taste that sticks with you.

Recommended. Very cost effective too. I will seek out more.

Mar 17, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You taste the strong malt up front along with bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and charred sweet molasses, dark fruits are mixed in. Nice viscous mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. A good one!

Feb 21, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 12/14/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some hints of chocolate and dark fruits. The flavors are bold. Lots of dark chocolate. Some raisins. Mild and subtle hints of coffee. Nice solid bitterness. Low sweetness. Solid malt backbone. Subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable despite the ABV.

This is a pretty solid Russian Imperial Stout. It's a classic and traditional example of the style. It's big and bold while remaining balanced. It's a nice "base beer" as well. I like it.

Feb 19, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at the local World of Beer. Pours into a snifter.

Deep dark brown color with good head and nice lacing. Strong smell and taste of dark chocolate. Roasted malt and toasted pumpernickel. Some berries. Nice smooth feel. Good beer to sit and enjoy a Stanley Cup playoff game!

Sep 05, 2020
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ChicagoJoe from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours dark, which is a hint of what’s to come. The beer features dark chocolate, toasty malt and raisin flavors offset by the hops and the slightest bit of carbonation. For a beer with a 12% ABV it lacks a strong boozey presence. Goes down smoothly. Definitely looking forward to having another one of these in the future.

Apr 01, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is quickly turning into an evening of Stouts & AmeriCAN Imperial Stouts, no less! 8=O Even better & more amazing is that they are CANned! The CANQuest (tm) was roundly ridiculed at its outset & tars, sours & RISs were the ones that some said would NEVER be CANned. He who laughs last, laughs best! J/S.

From the CAN: "Russian-style Imperial Stout"; " Privyet, which is Russian for 'hi' or 'hey', is the base beer for our award-winning, bourbon barrel-aged Dosvidanya®. Even though this beer isn't aged in oak barrels, it greets you with a color as dark as night, a thick, tan head & characters of dark chocolate and roasted malts with abundant fruity esters. Generous hop additions balance the maltiness of this beer, along with a mouthfeel that is rich, creamy, full and smooth. Ypa!"; "Support Flavor[,] Boycott Bland".

I got out my nesting dolls & my coloring book & beCAN with a Crack! of the vent. I had dented the CAN through stupidity so when I got a fingertip spritz, I was not surprised. I CANtinued with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug that produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a pleasant unadorned quality, no barrel aging, no untoward adjuncts, just a liquified chocolaty fudginess with a light smokiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was dense & solid, a real presence in the mouth & on my tongue. I let it roll around in my maw to warm, savoring an emerging anise flavor to acCANpony the rich dark chocolate fudginess noted earlier. Mmm. None of that is meant to CANvey an inherent sweetness, however. This was quite dry throughout, including on the finish. Mmm. YMMV.

Mar 29, 2020
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, oily dark brown, small tan head that fades to a ring, no lacing, but it leaves an oily slick on the glass.
Roasted malt, stale coffee, bitter cocoa aromas.
Tastes is similar, some dark dried fruit. Prunes.
This just lingers on your tongue, smooth, minimal carbonation.
This is terrific, purchased a single can, should have bought a case. This will hold it's own with Expedition, Narwhal, ol' Raspy and any other RIS.

Feb 13, 2020
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JasonQKing from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Russian Imperial Stout @12%abv!

Pours dark as midnight, smells delish, tastes delish, can barely taste the alcohol.

Competes with Xocoveza and Breakfast Stout for me


Jan 25, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Abyssal black body, surmounted by a small, dense, fine-beaded, and persistent tan head. Scattered, somewhat coarse lacing decorates the glass wall.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt, charcoal, cold coffee, bitter cocoa, and only the barest hints of alcohol, astonishing, considering the ABV of 12%

Taste: Opens with strong flavors of dark-roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cold coffee,black bread, and charcoal. There is a moderate undercurrent of sweet molasses, as well. And the alcohol, with an ABV of twelve percent, I would expect it to be front-and-center. Its is not, however. It is mildly warming, and offers a hint of spiciness, but is, in no way, the center-point of the taste. Late in the taste, the bitter chocolate, cold coffee, and bitter herbal hops bring the taste to a balanced close. A bit of herbal hops lingers on, well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and very full, almost syrupy, with just a hint of stinging carbonation

Drinkability/notes: A superb example of a Russian Imperial Stout, and very reasonably priced, at $8.99 for a four pack of twelve-ounce cans. Perhaps there still are some bargains to be found among craft beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Save the World Brewing Company Teku.

Jan 20, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours motor oil dark with a mocha colored head that rises to one finger before pancaking; loads of squiggles

Smell: Very roasty, with black bread, dark chocolate, caramel and prune tones

Taste: The roast and char is powerful, up front, with the the hops kicking in before the chocolate malt; with solid bitterness and plenty of roast, the caramel and prune add a bit of sweetness underneath; the finish is roasty and somewhat bitter

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: This beer packs great flavors and is quite good, though I prefer a little more fruit in the style

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity

Jan 05, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This
mighty fine brew pours a deep coal black with a nice head of
tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pooling layer, and
sports some decent lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, alcohol esters,
dark coffee, and subtle char. Flavors surpass the nose with dark
chocolate fudge, dark coffee, dark fruit notes of black raisin, medium
heavy char, and a moderately robust herbal hop note on the rear.
Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, lightly slick, light carbonation
that is just enough to give lift, and a nice char and roast laden finish.

Overall, a FANTASTIC brew from a brewery that I am becoming
intrigued with.


Dec 31, 2019
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can with a date

Black oil glugs out almost completely dark, with a tiny ring of mocha foam. Smells extra hoppy, tastes more bitter than expected as well. I taste chocolate powdery malts, the hops, some dark fruit in the smell and taste (-1), and just a touch of alcohol. I've had 7% beers that had more alcohol taste.

Easy sipper, at 12% I can take this down easily - very dangerous. I love it

Nov 07, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich darkest chocolate and black patent malts, smoked, slight sweet, molasses, hint of hops, boozy finish. Same with the nose. Black/Brown hue, mostly opaque, dark brown head with ringed lace. Full body.

Oct 30, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/8/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Fresh earth, mild marshmallow & mild black licorice notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream & black licorice flavors; mild booze heat on the finish.

A bit sweet, but overall a nice RIS!

Oct 09, 2019
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Radome from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

L - Thick and dark while pouring, like motor oil. Tall, dark tan head is fluffy and thick but fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Strong nose is a blend of coffee, sharp molasses, dates, prunes and brandy-like alcohol. Maybe some earthy hops in the mix, but I'm not certain. With the sweet alcohol aroma I could be convinced the beer was aged in a spirit barrel, although I know that it wasn't.

T - Massive flavors of dark, roasted malt--bitter coffee, dates, prunes, blackstrap molasses, but no burnt notes. Hops are not a noticeable flavor component, but there is certainly high hops bitterness that slices through the malt, leaving a surprisingly dry finish.

F - Thick, silky mouthfeel with low but creamy carbonation. Massive hops bitterness that does not seem extreme thanks to the sweeter malt notes and thick mouthfeel. Strong alcohol burn.

O - This is a stunningly good RIS. Despite what must be a massive malt and hops bill, the beer is mellow and rounded with a strong alcohol presence, characteristics normally associated with a barrel-aged version. I would love to try some of the wood aged versions that are created from this base beer. What a fantastic beer it is on its own merit!

Jun 09, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can date smudged, but shouldn't be too old
Pours a dark tan fizzy head, 1/2 finger with good retention, lacing, and legs, basically jet black color

Nose nice dark roasty malts, a bit of char but in a good way, hint of coffee, fluffy nougat and a little caramel, plenty of dark chocolate, creamy oatmeal like, deep dark malts, and hints of dark fruits, later brings toasted bread crust

Taste thick lush creamy goodness, dark toasty malts, a bit of char and roasted coffee, bitter roast but stops short of acrid, then spicy hops add to the bitterness as it gets medium high, creamy milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, light caramel and cookie dough, little biscuity and toasted bread crust, thick velvety chocolate lingering, cocoa, and big bitterness, roast also ramps on the medium sweet finish, and a little alcohol, and flashes of dark fruit late

Mouth is full bod rich creamy lush velvet medium high carb but creamy and small bubbles, light alcohol tingle

Overall this was awesome! I do love a good RIS and this does very well, all the right malts, mouth was incredible, nice hop and roast bitterness, although lacking more dark fruits but that's not always necessary in the style. I can't wait to try the rye barrel version next

May 19, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had out of a can at the restaurant in Normal. The pour was dark black with a thin tan head. The smell was of roasted malt and dark cocoa. The taste was a lot of chocolate but some stone fruit made their way in at the end. Overall a nice stout that hides the 112 ABV very well

Apr 27, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a one finger tan head. Light lacing. Nose of toasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is a wonderful malt bomb with layered, toffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, a hint of coffee and a balanced piney hop finish with a tad of black licorice that lingers on the tongue. A wee bit of booze is detected. This a really gooood. Mouthfeel is thick, oily and sticky at the same time. Bought this as a single in a mixed pack. So glad I did! I will be looking for this in the future.

Mar 14, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another of those leftover from the party beers you figure someone was pawning off because it didn't cut it enough in the rarity/boldness department.

Astounding looking beer with a mountain of firm dark tan froth that just won't split.

Toasty to the nose with a blend of black cherry, cocoa and currant in the background.

A hefty, full-flavored stout with prominent notes of sweet chocolate and rich cocoa followed by more a more subtle mix of ripened black cherry and grape among even lesser notes of dark chocolate and pine for a bittering effect.
Has a touch of deep, lingering alcohol heat. Never syrupy, but it sticks to the palate.

Because I've never been a big fan of Destihl, I would never have grabbed this one off the shelf. I mean come on, it's not barrel aged, it appears to be just another beer from just another in a few hundred breweries of some merit that ship around the country, and based solely on appearances, it's a utilitarian bore.

But I think there's a lesson I need to learn here, because when all has been said and drank, I would put this "regular" old stout up against many of the pricier BA brews I've tried of late.

Mar 10, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Sweet chocolate and toffee taste with a touch of coffee and roasted malt.

Feb 16, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to say this beer lives up to the hype especially after warming up. Very smokey and chocolatey flavors but still retains the mild tobacco and shoe leather taste one would expect with the style. Beer itself is quite dark viscous and a good amount of head. What I love most is it comes off rather sweet rather than bitter or ashy but still maintains a good enough body to conceal it's massive ABV. I will be sure to grab a four or six pack next time I see it Prost!

Jan 19, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and rich, near-black mahogany with more than two fat fingers dark tan foam head. It lasts a good while and leaves solid webbed lacing.

Creamy dark chocolate, umami and roasted malts in the nose.

The taste is very similar with big chocolate and umami up front and some clear char and tobacco added to the roasts character. There’s a creaminess throughout with the char, a little cherry cola, smokey pepper and fairly strong pine bitterness mixing in the aftertaste.

Thick-bodied and oily in the feel with enough carbonation.

This is one deep, dark and dangerous brew. Strong char and bitterness mixing with the creamy dark chocolate. The only thing that’s not really to my taste is the umami.

Jan 13, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Looks like stamped canning date is '10/04/18'.
Black colored body, with only the tiniest of a sliver of dark brown back lit highlight. Two finger expressive tan colored head settled, after a few minutes, to a thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some oily spots of lacing but no patterns.
Aroma is vibrant, and full of dark roasted malts, with side smells of molasses and licorice.
Taste is expressive with dark roasted malts, with results in a full expression of molasses for an end of profile flavor. As the beer warms, a dark chocolate emerges along with a touch of tang from dark fruit. Has a touch of smoke.
Medium to full mouth feel. Supportive carbonation. Finish is of a dry nature.
The entire smell and flavor profile is positive for me, and very dramatic in expression. More of the more opaque beers I have reviewed.

Dec 11, 2018
Privyet from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings